Wausau Karate

When you train in Martial Arts, in our Wausau Karate school, you look for what you think works best to defend yourself. Sometimes you are not sure what moves work well and what does not. I have alway worked off the premise that if it does not work 95 percent of the time, get rid of the move.

Sometimes flashy moves look really cool but they don’t have a practical purpose. Some moves are effective but a little, overkill, which can get you into legal troubles if you use them. Some get you away and create distance from you and an attacker.

Escaping your opponent is the most intelligent choice because you are getting a great result and are not causing any damage to anyone. Moves that get you away work well in school situations, where fighting is not allowed and you resolve a conflict by only escaping.

Sometimes escaping is not enough and you have to hurt your attacker. You have to determine how much damage is enough to get rid of an aggressor. If you look at the news and wonder about the “stand your ground rules”, like in the George Zimmerman case, you can see the issue of defending yourself but going too far. When self defense turns into offense, things get a bit messy. The law allows you to defend yourself but not to go beyond what is reasonable to get away.

If someone hits you with a pipe and you take the pipe away from them, you are not allowed to smack them with it, even though they may have done it too you.

You would be just as guilty as the attacker in the eyes of the law.
So you have to learn how too defend yourself without going too far.

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