Learn Self Defense in the Philippines
Learning self-defense in the Philippines is highly recommended. Not only does it help you protect yourself, it also promotes health and exercise.
Crime is rampant in the Philippines. As a Filipino who has lived here for the most part of my life, it’s saddening to admit to it but it’s a fact. In Southeast Asia, the Philippines is among the countries that have the most number of crimes happening in any given day. Most of these crimes happen in the nation’s major cities such as Metro Manila, Cebu City and General Santos City. And it will only get worse as these cities grow and expand. And if that’s not bad enough, there’s the worsening economic situation. The government will tell you that the economy is growing by showing charts and statistics with figures improving in this and that percentage. All you need to do is walk the streets and look around you to see that this isn’t the case at all.
Poverty remains to be the root of most crimes. And if the rampant poverty in the Philippines isn’t solutioned, the rampant crimes will remain to bring pain and suffering to innocent Filipinos and visitors of the country.
What are you going to do about it?
Prepare yourself. This is what you must do. You have to learn about the ways on how you can protect yourself and the ones that you love when you or them are put in danger. That is called self-defense. It is never a good idea to put your whole trust in the Philippine police or military. This is not to belittle them or anything. As you should be aware by now, the police are usually there when the crime has already transpired. The goal of self-defense is to help you prevent the crime to happen. That is if you CAN. There are situations where self-defense is applicable and there are those wherein trying to protect yourself can cause even more harm. For example, if you are held up by a single person, self-defense can be applicable if you think you can tackle or overcome the person. Now, if you are held up by five persons, it’s best that you just give them your wallet or whatever it is they want because if you try to fight them off, real bad things can happen to you.
Here are your options on how and where to learn self-defense in the Philippines:
Join a self-defense training club. There’s just a handful of these clubs operating within the country but they are not that hard to find if you look at the right places. The best place to inquire about them is a fitness gym or boxing gym or an MMA gym. Due to the popularity of mixed martial arts as evidenced by the growing clout of MMA organizations like the UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator, mixed martial arts gyms are sprouting all over the archipelago. A lot of these MMA gyms teach self-defense and they usually have self-defense training clubs. So if there’s a gym near you, try your luck there first.
Get a personal trainer. Again, the best place to find an appropriate trainer is a nearby gym whether it’s a boxing or an MMA gym. Just ask around if anybody is willing to teach you one on one. Also check their schedules and events. You might find something that is relevant to the kind of training you are looking for.
Follow well-known Filipino mixed martial artists. Some of them are Eduard Folayang, Honorio Banario, and Crisantu Pitpitunge. Connect with them on social sites like Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. These personalities in the fight game often conduct events where they show and teach their fans and supporters fighting techniques. You can learn a lot of tips and pointers from these events.
- Do-it-yourself training. This is not recommended at all but it can be a good alternative if you can’t do the other three options discussed above. There’s a ton of tools and resources in the form of books, videos, blogs and forums where you can learn anything you want to know about self-defense. However, you need to make sure that the material you are learning from is legit and is actually applicable.
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