Self-defense for the elderly

Self-defense is the most important goal of all martial arts styles such as karate, aikido, kungfu, judo, eskrima, kickboxing, boxing, taekwondo, jiu-jitsu, aikido or wing tsung. The trend is that courses for older people, which strengthen self-esteem, speed, presence of mind and reactivity and learn from the victim role.

Active defense

When one thinks of self-defense, one usually has the unknown in front of the eye, who jumps out of the bushes and demands money or jewelery. In the opinion of the German Red Cross (DRC) self-defense begins much earlier. "Self-defense is a matter of attitude, " says DRK local chairman Werner Aschmutat.

"Active defense" is a matter of attitude that extends into everyday life. Ultimately, there is always the question of whether the person claimed himself or not. The keyword is self-esteem. Self-confident people can be in a position to deliberately discard the role of victim and to set verbally clear boundaries. In case of doubt, it may be sufficient to train loud calls in order to draw attention to other passers-by. If that's not enough, simple but effective techniques are needed to defend oneself physically.

Martial arts for seniors on trend

Older people should be more self-confident that they do not become victims of crime. They are often attacked on the street, or the perpetrators gain access to the victim's home with tricks. In doing so, the attackers often follow a certain pattern: as victims, those are selected who at first glance seem uncertain. Nobody should therefore fearfully go around and feel from the outset as a possible victim. Therefore, in principle, all martial arts are also suitable for senior citizens - but you should always discuss the risks with the family doctor.

Japanese martial arts for seniors is trendy. In Berlin alone, six clubs and many commercial studios offer special courses for older people. Dieter Bergmann, Senior Security Officer at the State Criminal Police Office, however, sees the increasing number of self-defense offers rather critically. "In aggressive attacks learned fighting techniques usually help little, " he says and appeals to the sense of responsibility of the coach, because ultimately one should not motivate older people to bring themselves through resistance in danger.

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