Self Defense or Traditional Martial Art?

Personal defense in Everett

In this article, we will talk about the importance of self-defense and martial arts. Let’s start with the definition of “self-defense”. Self-defense is the set of techniques and strategies that a person can use to protect themselves from an attack. This includes fighting techniques, but also prevention techniques, such as self-control and awareness of the surrounding environment.

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Traditional martial arts and self-defense are often considered two different and distinct things. Traditional martial arts are often taught as a form of cultural and spiritual expression, while self-defense focuses on personal protection. In other words, traditional martial arts are more oriented towards culture and philosophy, while self-defense is more oriented towards personal safety.

There are many martial arts schools that teach self-defense. These schools offer a wide range of techniques and styles, including karate, judo, jiu-jitsu, taekwondo and krav maga. Each of these styles has its strengths and weaknesses, but all are effective for self-defense.

The difference between prevention and defense is important. Prevention focuses on reducing the risk of assault, while defense focuses on personal protection in the event of an assault. Prevention can include techniques such as self-control, awareness of your surroundings, and avoiding dangerous situations. Defense, on the other hand, can include techniques such as hand-to-hand combat, use of weapons, and escape.

Prevention, defense, control, you will also find the same words in a Traditional Martial Arts course, the main difference is that initially the focus is not so much on learning to defend yourself quickly, but on knowing how to control your own body, with coordination, agility and power.

All qualities that MUST be developed to be more effective and which therefore serve the so-called Personal Defense.

Bukti Negara a Traditional Art for Self Defense

In conclusion, traditional martial arts and self-defense are two sides of the same coin, and both are important for personal safety. In Everett, there are many martial arts schools that teach self-defense, so if you are interested in learning, there are many options to choose from. If you want an art that unites both souls, contact us by clicking on the button below to chat directly with us.


“I’ve dabbled in different martial arts, always looking for the right fit. Then I discovered Indonesian Silat. It’s an effective simple combative art, not a trendy sport art. And the Naga Kuning Institute is the place to train! Jon, Adam and Mike are the truly the best teachers I’ve trained with. They explain the techniques clearly and give examples of how each can be used in different real world situations. Their style of teaching is focused yet relaxed and makes for a comfortable class. I also enjoy their knowledge of the history and culture of the art which connects you to the heritage of it. I would definitely recommend NKI Everett is you want something deeper and more effective than ground and pound!🤜💥”


“I have had the opportunity to train with Jon and Mike over the years and it  has always been such a great experience. As a female, I have never felt uncomfortable with them or like I was “less than”  or treated differently than any men training. They are super knowledgeable in their art, good at conveying that knowledge, and really pleasant people to be around.”


“Been training with this group for over 6 months and I value their time, since they teach from the heart. I find the curriculum both practical in application, and I feel the instructor understands the art. Good stuff and a great group 👍”


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