Developing Self-Defense Skills through Martial Arts | One Nation Jiu JitsuIn a martial arts practice, each student’s goals are unique to their practice. Some students are mostly interested in building up their fitness through martial arts. Others have competitive goals.

No matter your personal martial arts goals, it’s likely you’re also interested in developing self-defense skills. It’s true; you’ll learn techniques that you can use if you ever find yourself in a bad situation. However, the self-defense that you learn through martial arts goes beyond the technical skills.

Developing self-defense skills through martial arts is about more than physically protecting yourself against an attacker. It’s also feeling:

  1. Confident
  2. In control
  3. Physically fit and capable


Once you begin to learn martial arts skills, these skills can create a boost in your confidence over time. You could find that you are more comfortable standing up for yourself when a situation calls for it. The confidence in how you present yourself will make you less of a target for unwanted encounters or attacks.


Through martial arts, you’ll gain physical control of your body and a sense of control and safety about your surroundings. You’ll become more aware of what’s going on around you and learn how to react to situations.

Physical Fitness

Martial arts is a great workout, and your physical fitness will improve because of it. Most classes include a group warm-up and incorporate a few strength movements to support the movements and techniques of martial arts. You will gain strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness, which could put you at an advantage if you ever need to defend yourself from an attacker.

At One Nation Jiu Jitsu in Smyrna, our mission is to help people evolve and improve their lives through the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle. Whether you are a seasoned martial artist or a beginner, we can help you achieve your goals. Contact us to learn more about how to get started.