I wrote this guys after spending WAY too many hours trying to explain to people why MMA is effective base for self defense and why TMA are not the only answer for self defense. (I stole some quotes from a few people)
Why can I not begin in the self defence class after all I am here to learn to defend myself not play sport?
The answer is both simple and complex. The simple answer is that self defence itself is very much misunderstood. People generally look for a quick answer to their self protection needs and there is a quick answer but most people don't like to hear it.
It is two fold:
1) There is no way someone can quickly (in under a few lessons) learn to defend themselves effectively in the variety of situations that will present themselves.
2) There is no way someone can effectively predict all of the situations in which they will have to defend themselves and even so their prediction will not prepare them for it.
So if someone cannot predict where or how they will be attacked how can one prepare for self-defence? Luckily the answer is very simple and largely overlooked.
The answer is to not prepare for the situation but rather prepare the effective delivery systems, which can be readily, effectively and easily ADAPTED to the situation.
Take this exercise:
1) List every which way in which u think you could be attacked.
2) Take these scenarios and identify the weapons or body parts and methods used to attack you.
3) Put them into groups and tally the common ones.
If you did this exercise truthfully you will realise that despite the numerous number of situations, there are limited ways in which to assault someone utilising the human body and extensions of it (knives, sticks, bats, bottles etc).