Learn self defense through adult martial arts classes
The first rule in self defense is to prevent a dangerous situation from developing. Your greatest success would be to never have to use a single self defense technique.
The best way to handle an actual attack (or threat of attack) is to try to get away. It is always your best chance to avoid injury. However, if you cannot get away and find you need to protect yourself, knowing self defense techniques can be invaluable.
Self defense is important for eveyone - men and women
Self Defense for Men
Men are more likely than women to fight back 'in self-defense.' In doing so they risk making a situation worse. The attacker may become more angry and violent. Again, the best way to handle any attack or threat is to try to exit the situation.
However, if all else fails you may have no choice but to defend yourself or someone you care for. Just like car repair, knowing how to protect yourself in a fight is not a skill you're born with - to be good at it you must study and practice it hands-on.
Adult martial arts classes are a good solution. You will learn a variety of self defense techniques, with the added bonus of gaining greater strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and stamina.
Self Defense for Women
The majority of violent attacks are on women. A woman that's alone will almost always be targeted before a man. Trust your instincts. That gut-feeling, along with common sense, can help prevent and get you out of trouble.
The best way to prepare yourself to fight off an attacker is to take a self-defense class. Although reading about how to defend yourself is certainly useful and better than nothing, it's no substitute for hands-on experiece; some things you just have to learn in person.
Taking self defense classes (such as martial arts) are a safe way to prepare yourself in case something does happen and you are forced to defend yourself or your child. Knowing that you could do something if it came down to it will give you peace of mind.
"It's a good, very well structured, and safe program. It gives me the self confidence to know that I could react in any situation. I don't feel vulnerable." ~Joyce Humston
The best case scenario is that you will never have to use the skills you learn. However, just because you don't expect an emergency doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared for one, either. Just like having a carbon monoxide detector or fire extinguisher, it's always better to have it and never use it, than not have it and someday need it.
Why Tae Kwon Do
As a taekwondo student you will learn a variety of strikes, blocks, take-downs, throws, and joint locks that can be applied to any number of threatening situations.
The instructors at Master Chong's will teach you special techniques for breaking an attacker's grasp and effective strikes for disabling your opponent. You will learn ways to surprise your attacker and catch them off guard, especially useful if they are much larger than you.
Plus, one of the best things people gain from our classes is self-confidence. You never want to be confronted with a dangerous situation and think, "Oh no, I don't know what to do." It's much easier to stay calm and take action when you feel prepared. Knowledge will give you confidence.
"Everyone's really positive. You come here and you feel really good physically, but you feel good emotionally, too." ~Marnie Murrey