Sometimes ladies are concerned that they might be coming into a testosterone filled environment, with aggressive guys knocking lumps out of each other. We’re not like that at all, just check the testimonials from some of the ladies who’ve trained with us. Holistic Karate is a very positive environment where we all support and encourage each other.
Our programmes are aimed at empowering all our students, especially women. Alongside the fighting skills we teach you assertive behaviour and strategies to avoid and/or de-escalate a situation without having to fight!
Should these strategies not work (nothing is ever guaranteed), you learn how to line up a would be attacker for a strike to a vital point before the attacker realises what has happened. And should you have to strike, you’ll learn good body mechanics and structures so that you don’t have to rely on strength and physical prowess.
Our Adult programme is different to most martial arts, as we don’t focus on training for a, “fair fight”! There is nothing fair about a woman being confronted be a man. If you train for a fair fight, you’re training for sport, not for self defence.
Also we don’t do ladies only classes. They can be fun and “feel safe”, but if you’re really interested in self defence, then a man is going to be your worst case scenario. You therefore really need to train with men if self defence is important to you. Don’t worry, all our guys are very friendly and supportive (nothing else is tolerated at Holistic Karate).