Foundation-for-Self-Defense-Team-Rhino-Gracie-Jiu-JitsuMost people who gravitate toward martial arts are interested in learning self-defense. And practicing martial arts can get you into great shape as you learn.

But learning self-defense skills through martial arts is about so much more than the physical aspects. Yes, you will learn specific self-defense techniques, but martial arts also teaches you valuable mental skills like self-discipline, patience, and self-confidence.

Martial arts builds a foundation for self-defense through skill practice, physical fitness, and self-confidence.

Skill Practice

We hope that you will never have to use what you learn about self-defense. However, the goal behind learning self-defense is to prepare yourself for a threatening situation. How do you prepare for a physical threat? Practice. Practicing your skills over and over again helps you refine and improve your technique. And if you ever do need to use them, you won’t even need to think. You will just react.

Physical Fitness

Martial arts is an effective full-body workout. With training, you gain endurance and build strength. You increase your power, speed, and agility. Your flexibility, coordination, and reaction time all improve. These and other physical health benefits are what draws many people to martial arts. And, if you ever find that you’re the target of a physical attack, your improved fitness will help you defend yourself, as well.


A lack of confidence makes you more of a target to a potential attacker. But when you learn how to defend yourself, the result is a boost in your self-confidence. It’s empowering to know that you have the skills to protect yourself. And this confidence shows. Your confident body language not only makes you feel more confident, but it also makes you look more confident. You walk taller, stand up straight, and even make eye contact with more people.

Team Rhino, located in the Treasure Valley, specializes in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (grappling) for self-defense. To learn more about how to get started, contact us today.