Self defense is a countermeasure that involves defending the health and well being of oneself from harm. The use of the ‘right to self-defense’ as a legal justification for the use of force in time of danger is available in many jurisdictions, but the interpretations vary widely.
• PHYSICAL SELF DEFENSE
Physical self defense is the use of physical force to counter an immediate threat of violence. Such force can either be armed or unarmed, in either case, the chances of success depend on a large number of parameters related to severity of the threat on one hand and the mental and physical preparedness of the defender on the other.
Many styles of martial arts are practiced for self-defense or include self-defense techniques. Some styles train primarily for self defense while other martial or combat sports can be effectively applied for self defense.
Some martial arts train how to escape from a knife or a gun situation, or how to break away from a punch, while others train how to attack. To provide more practical self defense, many modern day martial arts schools now use a combination of martial arts styles and techniques customized to self defense training to suit the participants, lifestyles, occupations, age groups and gender, and physical and mental capabilities.