It's easy to be overwhelmed with the unknown. This is the reason why most people put off going to hand to hand combat courses. They come up with all the reasons they can think of, no matter how insane these reasons may be. Oh, I have a bad back. Oh, I have to do my laundry on Saturdays. This is because they don't know what to expect if they go to these courses. They always promise to go the following week. But I have news for you. It's not a beauty out there in the real world. Every second that you put off instead of training can spell bad news for you.
Are you guilty as charged? You have to act now or else, you're putting yourself and your family in danger. But just so you can be ready, here are the things that you can expect with hand to hand combat courses.
It's going to hurt a little sometimes.
What a way to convince people to sign up for courses! But let me ask you this. Are you willing to risk your survival just so you can avoid getting a little hurt? If you have a death wish and you want your remaining days to be as pain-free as possible, then don't enroll in a course. That is if you can live or die with the fact that you couldn't defend your loved ones when they needed you.
Besides, it's not as if you'll have to go straight to the hospital after these courses. The pain is very minimal and this will only happen when you're just starting. This is when you don't have any idea about what you're doing and things may go wrong from time to time. But most practitioners think of the little pain and they're reminded why they're doing it in the first place. The little pain is necessary so they can avoid the big pains in life.
Things will get better as you continue the course. You can think of it like going to the gym. The first time you go to the gym, it's going to hurt. But once you and your body gets used to it, you'll be looking forward to it because it's all pleasure from there.
You'll be exposed to real world scenarios using stimulations.
The best way to be prepared with what's out there is to know what's really happening. A lot of classes would start with your trainer saying, Let's say you have someone grab you from behind¦ Let's face it. It happens a lot in the real world. The course would teach you to be always wary of what's happening behind your back during crucial situations. Let's say that you're walking down a dark alleyway in a bad neighborhood. You're going to instantly assume that there are dangers involved so you'll be ready. Once someone does grab you from behind, you'll know what to do.
You can also expect very minimal or even no classroom learning. Most courses are hands-on which is perfect because hand to hand combat is best taught outside the classroom.
You'll be a machine.
You can expect to do things over and over again. This is necessary so that your body will develop the instincts needed in order to be effective. This is why it's important to stick to a program until it's second nature. You can't walk out just because you already know what to do. You'll only get a split second to react in real-life situations and you want your body to be able to act on its own without really thinking or planning what to do. You can expect your trainer to have you repeat it over and over until muscle memory steps in.
You'll learn ways on how to defend yourself.
Why are you taking hand to hand combat courses in the first place? If you're like most people, you want to be able to defend yourself and your family. You're just a civilian and you're not taking the courses so you can fight crime at night. You're taking the courses because you want to be able to fight back when needed.
The courses follow a stepladder system.
You have to start at the beginner level together with the other beginners. You can't expect to jump in an advanced class just because you're physically fit and 6'2. Each level runs for around 20 sessions depending on the program that you're in. This stepladder system is perfect if you really want to gain all the training needed.
You'll be a better man (or woman) overall.
You'll see changes in yourself as you finish the courses. You'll have more peace of mind and you'll also feel more secured about yourself. You'll be stronger and more agile. Your overall body conditioning will be like never before.
It's not so bad now, isn't it? These are basically the things that you can expect from hand to hand combat courses. So now, there's no reason for you not to undergo these courses.