Self-defense is a big thing in martial arts, because it sells better than ever. Everywhere self-proclaimed self-defense experts emerge. Hardly a martial arts school that does not advertise – up to a 21-year-old, who after a few years of practice, sells an online course. It is a sad mirror of the Angst that is found in the population.
In workshops it seems inevitable to touch this issue. There is a short and long answer to the question of “self-defense” and the art we teach and practice. The short preliminary: “Whoever learns and exercises a martial art will definitely be able to defend himself better physically and with a high probability fall out of the patterns of victimization and victimhood. Personally I teach Historical Martial Arts but no self-defense.” If you want to know why, read the long answer.