If you are solely looking for learning how to protect yourself then
you may first want to focus on taking a self-defense workshop or course. However, to truly learn self-
defense, you will need to commit to a martial art which will teach you techniques to respond to from a
variety of attacks. Aikido is effective because it emphasizes blending with an attack, not blocking. You
become comfortable training with a variety of partners (male, female, large, tall, etc.). It teaches you
how to fall safely and control your breathing and to relax in a stressful situation. Aikido techniques are
frequently included in training military and tactical training due to the efficiency of the movements.