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Are you thinking about learning martial arts for self-defense? Perhaps signing up for a class in karate, taekwando or Kung Fu? Well, here are some quick facts and myths to learn about martial arts before you dive in and begin your journey.

FIRST CONTACT: The first physical evidence of martial arts is in the form of murals painted in a tomb at Egypt’s Beni Hasan site. The scenes depict wrestling techniques and date back to 20th century, B.C.

CUSTOM TECHNIQUE: There is no such thing as the ultimate martial art. In truth, the ultimate martial art is whatever works for you individually. The key to learning exactly what works is trial and error. Build your repertoire of usable self-defense techniques that have been proven over time to create your own unique, yet, formidable offensive and defensive fighting system.

DOES RANK MATTER? The colored belt around your waist will not help you win a fight or make you invincible if you are attacked or surrounded by an angry group. However, testing and advancement of rank does serve a very useful purpose. It creates a personal goal for the practitioner and breaks down into smaller sections what most people would consider a very long journey to the intended result, that being the comfortable feeling to successfully defend themselves when attacked!

KNOW YOUR GOAL: Although estimations vary greatly, the percentage of students that achieve black belt level in their selected martial art is about 1 to 3 percent. This illustrates that commitment to the art over a number of years is required to reach this coveted rank. However, if your goal is to only learn practical self-defense, you can indeed become skilled to defend yourself in a lesser amount of time and without rank if you so choose.

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