WMMA Certified Self Defense Instructors
Want to learn self-defense? You’ve come to the right place!
Instructors certified by the World Mixed
Martial Arts Federation are skilled in both physical and verbal self-defense
skills, knowledgeable about violence against women, have strong backgrounds in
the martial arts, and support empowerment as a goal of women’s self-defense.
Contact them directly for more information on classes and
workshops in your area
How to Choose a Self Defense Class
A good self-defense class teaches skills in awareness,
assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies, and physical
techniques. These strategies can help you prevent, escape, resist and survive
assault, abuse or harassment. A good self-defense course provides training in
psychological awareness and verbal skills, not just physical strikes.
In choosing a class, look for a program or an instructor
Knows the facts about abuse and assault aimed at women, and
tailors her classes to this reality. For example, a good class will address
situations involving acquaintances and romantic partners, not just attacks by
Knows the realities of women’s lives and is able to work
with each student where she is. For example, a good teacher is able to adapt
verbal and physical techniques to each student’s strengths and challenges; she
will not have a “one-size-fits-all” program.
Respects women’s decisions on how to handle dangerous or
threatening situations and does not blame or judge survivors.
Offers techniques, knowledge and strategies to help students
make their own decisions about how to handle situations. She does not tell
students what they should or should not do.
Takes an empowering approach not only to the practice of
self-defense but also to teaching the program. For example, students should be
able to determine their own levels of participation in the class, and no one
should feel pressured into doing specific exercises
Arts Martial Arts By Sensei Arezou Babri
Avoid the 10 Most Common Mistakes Martial Artists Make In
* Training one side of their body more then the other:
Students do that becausethey always face their opponent with
the same foot forward, and they think they will be able to make the same choice
on the street. They do not know that
always fighting from the same stance will make them predictable in the dojo,
and it can ruin their ability to respond to unorthodox attacks on the street.
Train your weaker side first. In sparring, try to launch an attack using
the arm or leg you normally don't use.
Merely switching your stance frequently in a match can help keep your
focus and techniques sharp.
*Using excessive force:
Many beginners try to punch or kick so hard that they lose
control of their body and set themselves up for injury.
When you learn a new technique, try to focus on the proper
body placement from the beginning to the end of the movement. When you have mastered that, you can add
*Moving too quickly:
Lower-ranked students sometimes observe the speed with which
higher belts perform and try to duplicate it before they are ready. That can lead to improper technique and
increase the risk of injury.
Ask advanced students to show you a new move slowly, then
try to duplicate their movement in slow motion.
As the technique becomes second nature, you speed will improve.
*Stretching too far too fast:
This is a big problem, especially for older students just
getting into the martial arts. When
their motion exceeds what their body can handle, it can result in torn tendons
Stretch at home or in the office before you go to
class. That will give you an edge
because your body will be partially warmed up before you begin stretching in
*Holding their breath or exaggerating their breathing
Many beginners do this so frequently that they become
lightheaded or dizzy. They also
subconsciously reduce their energy levels and disrupt their concentration.
Relax. Breathe while
you move and exhale at the climax of your punch, kick or block. Try to breathe from your stomach, not form
*Drinking too little before, during and after a workout:
The martial arts are one of the most strenuous aerobic and
anaerobic workouts on the earth, yet many students don't drink ant fluids
because they think sweating is good and replacing lost water is unnecessary.
Drink water before, during and after class. It will keep your muscles - which are 70%
water - functioning at maximum capacity and shorten your recovery time.
*Overdoing it too soon:
Most martial artists fall prey to this trap. They throw one too many punches into the
focus pad, blast one too many kicks into the heavy bag or execute one too many
break falls on the mat and find themselves sidelined with an injury.
Make your workouts 90% physical and 100% mental, saving some
energy for your next training session.
Focus on control and precision.
*Practicing only their favorite moves:
All martial artists tend to practice the technique=es they
are good at more than the techniques they need to improve.
Perform all your techniques using both sides of your
body. In friendly sparring matches,
surprise yourself and your opponent by executing a difficult move you have
never used before.
*Training only once a week:
Some martial artists are so busy they can't find time to
work out more than once a week. They
train one day, and over the next six days their memories fade and their technique
Try to get to the dojo at least for times a week. On your day off, do your martial arts
homework. If you think of your training
like attending high school, you will improve more quickly.
Learning the Martial Arts requires an understanding of the
"Few Step Process" which includes: observation,
perseverance,technical knowledge, repetition,
experimentation & self-evaluation:
A student of the Martial Arts must focus on all key
essential elements of his or her Sensei's Teaching Points (Explanation &
Demonstration). To begin trying a technique without careful observation will
often cause mistakes or bad habits to form early in the learning process. These
mistakes or bad habits can cause delay & possibly injury to the
participants when careful observation is not included in learning the Martial
Arts. It is noteworthy to mention that the student should watch for all aspects
of an each technique, both what your sensei explains & what he or she may
not explain. Certain elements of every technique, such as timing & distance
are not easy to explain, but must be observed by the "watchful eye"
of an astute & dedicated student.
Any student of the Martial Arts must display a strong sense
of perseverance in his or her studies. As your Sensei will surely tell you, it
requires many steps to climb a mountain. The same is true in studying the
Martial Arts. In most cases, there are specific paths or steps that must be
followed. Learning a technique completely will generally mean taking the time
to allow the knowledge & skill to "Soak In" and remember,
everyone learns at different speeds.
Learning the Martial Arts requires having a Qualified
Instructor. Students must take the time
to "hear" what their Sensei is explaining so that they gain a
complete understanding of each technique.
By AREZOU BABRI
Sensei Arezou Babri’s Kickboxing/KarateFight Part 1
Sensei Arezou Babri’s Kickboxing Fight Part 2
Sensei Arezou Babri’s Kickboxing Fight Part 3