Many people searching for self-defense classes in Scarborough believe they will find them in a Karate Dojo. Please continue reading to learn why you would be doing yourself a disservice joining such a place.
The large majority of traditional martial arts academies that teach Karate are failing to teach their students actual self-defense. Self-defense isn’t found standing in lines, memorizing dance routines (called Kata) and two-step sparring (called Ippon), breaking dried out boards, and screaming at imaginary opponents.
One of the obstacles many Karate schools put up against learning self-defense is the lack of training against a resisting opponent. This is something we call, Aliveness, at SBG Scarborough. Without Aliveness you can’t truly learn how to defeat an opponent that is trying to win (whether on the mats or on the streets). One can truly only get better at fighting if they are training against someone who fights back.
The idea of training against a resisting opponent can be witnessed during any soccer, baseball, football, or hockey practice as well. It’s something that has long been understood when winning is a priority. And when it comes to your safety against a person trying to do you physical bodily harm, isn’t winning all that truly matters?
This is where the disillusionment with Karate begins but continues with the weird stances, defensive structures, lack of fighting in different ranges (there was a complete lack of fighting on the ground, no clinching, or wrestling), and the stringent rules.
With the introduction of MMA in the early 90s, the limits of Karate were made apparent. People saw that it didn’t represent what a fight looked like nor address many of their concerns about what happens when a fight enters the wrestling or ground range.
Don’t get caught up in all the fancy terminology, far east mysticism, and techniques too deadly for training. Let us show you how boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and Brazilian jiu jitsu not only provides health, fitness, focus, discipline, confidence, and self-esteem; but it also teaches you how to truly defend yourself when it counts the most.
Here at SBG Scarborough we teach the same styles taught to military, law enforcement, and special operators. We teach you in a safe, friendly, and family oriented environment. Not only will you have fun and get a great workout, but you will leave knowing you are more dangerous than when you came.