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Martial Arts And The Fundamentals Of Self-Defense
Studies show that a struggling economy yields a higher incident rate of violent crime and general lawlessness. That means you may be more likely to find yourself in a potentially dangerous or violent circumstance. A lot of martial arts students believe their training will give them an edge during such confrontations. In truth, it does. But not in the way many students believe.
The Mental Game Of Self-Defense
Suppose an attacker is coming toward you. Your instinct is to protect yourself. If you have studied karate or similar styles, you might be tempted to respond physically. Doing so can result in injury or worse, in the event that you overreact and cause excessive harm to your attacker. This is the reason it is critical that you are mentally prepared to respond appropriately to a confrontation.
Mindset plays a key role in safety during a potentially dangerous situation. Too often your emotions can get in the way. This can cause the manner in which you process your circumstances to represent the largest potential threat to your safety.
Understanding The Danger Of Emotions
Anger and fear do more to escalate a confrontation than any other response. Emotions are the antithesis of logic. It’s worth noting that few crimes of aggression (i.e. robbery, vandalism, etc.) are done with the goal of fighting. When someone robs you, they seldom want to fight. Martial arts students, prompted by fear or pride, will often react physically to an aggressive crime, which escalates the threat. It prompts a violent response from the robber or would-be attacker.
The Difference Between Fighting And Self-Defense
People fight for many reasons, though most of them can be categorized according to two primary triggers: to attain something or protect something. This can extend to private property, self-esteem, pride, or a sense of honor. These things have nothing to do with protecting yourself from physical harm.
Self-defense represents any action you take in order to protect your person. Many martial arts schools unwittingly encourage their students to use the style they are learning to “protect themselves” from criminals. There is a fine line between defending yourself from physical harm and fighting.
A Constructive Response To A Threat Of Violence
Shed your fear and anger. A threat of violence does not actually represent violence. Reacting to the threat because you are fearful or angry can lead to injury. Don’t challenge the attacker unless it is likely that you are going to be harmed. If they are demanding your wallet, give it to them. If they want your car, provide the keys. Regardless of how accomplished you are in martial arts, it is a rare situation that justifies using your martial arts as self-defense.
Lastly, provide your attacker with an exit strategy. If they feel cornered with no way out, they will react violently.
There is a time and place for using martial arts as a tool for self-defense. However, the key to remaining safe in potentially violent circumstances is to recognize that such occasions are rare.
The Dojo of Karate is a traditional martial arts school that focus on character development for your kids. They are trained to only use their new learned skill of Karate as a form of self-defense ONLY.
Students learn how to avoid conflicts, when to make proper decisions, what to do during a confrontation, etc.
To enroll your child in our Introductory Karate Program, call us today at: 303.920.4500 or fill out the form on the top right of this website.
Inner School Karate Tournament Rules
Please remember we are enforcing The Dojo of Karate Etiquette’s to all participants and spectators. If you have any questions, please refer to your copy handed out last week during classes.
The goal of this tournament is to teach our kids the importance of Sportsmanship, Determination, Integrity, Respect, and the Competitive Spirit of Sport Karate.
With that said, we want to lead by example so Karate students behave the way a true martial artist should behave – with integrity.
The tournament will take place on Saturday, February 5th at The Dojo of Karate.
Please arrive about 15 minutes before your start times.
Competitors that are in the Lil’ Ninjas – Beginners and Advanced programs and competitors in the Children Beginners program (White and Gold belts) will participate from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.
Competitors that are in the Children Intermediate program and Children Advanced program (Orange to Brown belts) will participate from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
All competitors will compete in their Forms and Weapons division first, followed by the Sparring or Bunny Ears divisions.
To make this tournament operate smoothly, we will need approximately 12-16 volunteers to help judge competitors, keep score, and run times in the Forms, Weapons, and Sparring divisions.
Even if you do not know what to look for in a competitor’s performance or how to keep score, we will teach you. It’s very simple to follow and understand.
Volunteer training will take place on Friday, February 4th at 6:00 PM. So, if you put yourself down to volunteer, please be here no later then 6:00 PM.
We will teach you how to judge a Forms or Weapons performance and how to call points in sparring matches.
Note: If you attend your child’s Karate classes on a regular basis, then you will understand on how to be a judge.
Forms & Weapons Competition
Competitors will perform a Kata that has been taught to them in class, in front of a panel of 3 judges. Each judge will then give a score based on the competitors’ performance. The score will be added up, and the competitors with the three highest accumulated score will receive one of the following places: 1st place, 2nd place, or 3rd place. All other competitors that do not receive a placing will get a Finalist Medal.
We are operating our sparring competition like a “Spar-A-Thon”, meaning students will spar for approximately 2 hours, accumulating points throughout every match. They will have a chance to fight between 8 and 12 matches throughout the day… maybe even more.
Matches run for 1 continuous minute, while competitors score as many points as possible during each match. Points will be tallied on their index card where they will accumulate points throughout the Spar-A-Thon.
At the end of the tournament, competitors will turn in their index card to be rewarded a medal for achieving certain milestones.
To earn a medal competitors must reach the following point totals.
Gold Medal – 35 points
Silver Medal – 25 points
Bronze Medal – 15 points
Finalist Medal – 14 points or less
NOTE: The person that scores the most points in the tournament will win the Grand Champion Trophy.
This sparring competition format teaches each competitor the importance of setting goals and working towards achieving them. It will also help develop their confidence and determination.
Bunny Ears Competition
Students that are in the Lil’ Ninjas Beginners program or Children Beginners program will compete in a Bunny Ears competition.
The format is nearly the same as sparring. For each time a competitor pulls another competitors bunny ear (belt loop) they achieve a point.
Matches go on for 1 continuous minute, while points are tallied up during their entire competition. At the end of the tournament, competitors will turn in their index card and receive a medal for the amount of points scored in their competition.
Below are the following points a competitor must score to achieve a medal:
Gold Medal – 30 points
Silver Medal – 20 points
Bronze Medal – 10 points
Finalist Medal – 9 points or less
We are looking forward to all students competing in the 2nd Annual – The Dojo of Karate Championships.
Best of luck to all competitors.