Learning self-defense is one of the best things you can do to improve your confidence and fitness levels, but it’s natural to be a little apprehensive in the beginning.

If you’ve never taken a self-defense class before, you might be nervous about working on moves with strangers, especially if you’re a shy person. Luckily, practicing a few simple psychological tactics before, during, and after your training can help you keep your wits about you.


You may think that your intention is already obvious. You want to begin training in Krav Maga so that you can get in shape and better protect yourself, right? While this is true for anyone taking a class, it’s a good idea to examine and become clear on a specific goal or set of goals before each class.

Maybe you want to master that block you’ve been having trouble with. Maybe you want to work on communicating better with your training partner. Maybe you simply want to push yourself harder physically than you could during your last class. Whatever your goal is, being mindful as you train will help you accomplish it.



Many studies now recognize the benefits of meditation, and by combining meditation with training, you will allow those benefits to aid you in learning self-defense. Meditation can increase your metabolism, improve brain activity, reduce stress, and even lower blood pressure. Exercise in general offers many of the same benefits, so by combining the two, you’ll essentially be doubling your progress.

Meditation tips for beginners:

  • Don’t get frustrated if you can’t empty your mind. It takes time to develop skills.
  • Concentrate on breath. Once you master your breathing, the mind will follow.
  • Use a mantra or visualization to center your focus every time your mind begins to drift.


It’s amazing how taking a positive approach to life can change everything. No matter what challenges you face, you’ll have a much better chance of tackling them if you believe in yourself. If you’re not yet a confident person when it comes to learning self-defense, remember that it’s okay to “fake it until you make it.” Simply choose to believe in yourself even if you don’t feel you have any reason to. After you see that you are capable of accomplishing your goals, true confidence will begin to develop.

How to Practice Mental Tactics While Learning Self-defense


It doesn’t take much effort to begin incorporating meditation and other psychological tactics into your self-defense system. Try committing to a short deep-breathing and focusing session while you’re warming up and another while you’re cooling down after class. If you find yourself getting frustrated or otherwise feeling out of sorts while training, feel free to take a short break to breathe and get yourself balanced again. It’s better to step away for a few minutes than it is to let your training suffer. Frustration is a part of any training regimen, and meditation is a skill that will allow you to easily handle it.

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