It pays to know how to defend yourself. Whether you’re shopping at the grocery store, having fun with friends at a bar, or waiting for a tow truck after your car breaks down, you never know when someone could attack you. In these situations, knowing some self-defense moves could come in handy. With that in mind, below are five benefits of taking self-defense classes.

Know How to Take Care of Yourself

Whether you’re throwing kicks up and down the floor at self-defense class or blocking someone’s punch and counter-attacking, you’ll learn the necessary skills for handling any potential adversary. You’ll also learn to become more aware of your surroundings when you’re out. In fact, self-defense teaches students how to assess their environments to better position themselves for safety in any situation, according to TBO-Tech. Even in situations that aren’t life-threatening, it’s important for individuals to know how to carry and defend themselves.

More Self-Confidence

One of the more important benefits of taking self-defense classes is knowing you can protect yourself. This self-confidence will manifest itself more as you perfect your techniques and truly believe you can ward off any attacker in any situation. Self-confidence is important in everyday life, as well.

Improves Balance

When facing unexpected danger, you have to be able to execute defensive maneuvers without falling down. It’s also imperative to stay on your feet in case your assailant continues attacking you. Self-defense classes teach you to control your body while you focus on your target. Your instructor may, for example, have you tense your stomach muscles during attacks to strengthen your core muscles and help you stay upright.

Enhances Natural Reflexes

Over time, and through continuous practice, you’ll learn what moves to use against different attacks and assailants. When your attacker grabs you from behind, for example, you may automatically slide your foot down his shin and stomp on the instep of his foot to get loose. In fact, your self-defense tactics will become so automatic for you, they’ll almost seem like reflexes.

Get You In Fighting Shape

Whenever you’re attacked on the street, you must have the endurance to execute the moves to subdue your attacker. Otherwise, you’ll collapse and get pummeled due to pure exhaustion. When you take self-defense classes, you’ll build up your stamina so you can withstand the rigors of fighting and defeating an adversary. Naturally, maintaining a regular exercise regimen will also help you maintain your strength and physical abilities even outside of the classes.


Javill Byron is an accomplished martial artist, entrepreneur, businessman, and philanthropist based in Miami. As the owner of Top Shot Miami and WMB Martial Arts, Javill strives to serve as a valuable resource for individuals who want to improve their physical abilities and learn to protect themselves. Javill is especially passionate about helping children with disabilities and children who are bullied.

As a philanthropy-minded person, Javill Byron devotes much of his time to his nonprofit, WMB Foundation, Inc., which provides services to families and children diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, or Autism and aims to promote academic success and generally enrich their lives.


Originally published on JavillByron.org


  • Javill Byron

    Senior Instructor at WMB Martial Arts

    WMB Martial Arts

    Javill Byron is an accomplished martial artist, self-defense instructor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. His organization, the WMB Foundation, strives to improve the lives of children and their families, primarily by influencing their education. At WMB Martial Arts, Javill Byron is particularly interested in teaching women, single parents, and children with ADHD & Autism the ways of various martial arts. He is sympathetic to individuals who have been bullied and firmly believes that confident kids don't get bullied; learning martial arts, he endorses, is a great way to boost confidence and individual capabilities. Understanding that there are parts of life beyond our control is important, but Javill Byron promotes the belief that learning martial arts improves the agency and confidence necessary to seize control of aspects without the realm of possibility. From self-esteem and physical capabilities to interpersonal relationships, martial arts can aid in the development and improvement of these things. Javill Byron, as both a student and a teacher of martial arts, strives to instill these ideas and values in his students so that they can grow to be successful individuals and martial artists. As a lifelong student of martial arts, Javill Byron attests to the numerous benefits a martial arts background can provide. Javill spent much of his younger years learning forms such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling, and in practicing these styles every week, Javill was able to hone his physical prowess and connect with a community of individuals who shared beliefs. Javill Byron also promotes self-defense training, especially for single parents, women, and other vulnerable groups of individuals, and he owns Top Shot Miami, a business dedicated to educating individuals on proper methods of gun safety and self-defense shooting. He believes that it is important to take your safety into your own hands, and ensuring that your education is comprehensive and accurate is especially crucial.