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Best Defense: Training and More Training

Despite concerted efforts by law enforcement authorities and the criminal justice system, costly crimes such as burglary and muggings still take place far too often in communities everywhere. If you have found yourself in a position where you are confronted by a mugger or a thief with intent to harm, you may suddenly discover the importance of self-defense. While violence is never the first resort, in some cases, there is little one can do but to fight back. In the heat of the moment, it can be quite difficult to summon up the self-defense training that you have learned though.

The only way to actually to identify how one would truly react in such a confrontation is to experience it first-hand. Many experts in martial arts and self-defense have commented that with constant and dedicated practice, self-defense eventually turns into “muscle memory” and “automatic reflex.” Self-defense training through the practical application of martial arts yields many benefits to students of all ages, genders, goals, and backgrounds.


It goes without saying that the primary benefit of self-defense training is the increased safety and security of yourself and your loved ones. Unlike going to the gym or performing cardio exercises, self-defense training focuses on particular situations in which individuals are against the odds. Participants will learn how to handle criminals who threaten them with superior strength, numbers, or weapons in a variety of practical means. Sometimes using speed and space to gain advantage in a confrontation is all that is required to make an escape from harm.


Another important aspect that self-defense training builds in individuals is confidence. Living in fear of what could happen to you on the streets after the sun goes down is hardly a way to live at all. While some precautions need to be taken, learning self-defense training will boost your own confidence levels and allow you to go about your life with this fear diminished.


Finally, self-defense training is not solely about situational encounters. In order for you to perform certain skills and techniques, you will need to be physically capable as well. Self-defense training involves a number of exercises that help individuals build their strength, agility, and balance so that bodies and minds are both prepared to perform the required actions. During self-defense training, attentive teachers will identify aspects of your physical ability that could potentially be your weaknesses and look to help you improve upon them over time. and Crabapple Martial Arts Academy has been selected the nation’s #1 martial arts schools for SIX YEARS IN A ROW by the American Budokai International!

Founded in 2013 by Mr. C. Matthew White a 5th degree Black Belt in Karate and 6th degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu, and Master Instructor, Crabapple Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 4-6, and elementary age kids ages 7 and up, are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Crabapple Martial Arts Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay) in shape, or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at or call directly at 770-645-0930. You can also visit our website at

About C. Matthew White, Renshi:  Matt is a fifth-degree black belt in a traditional Japanese and Okinawan Martial Arts – Shuri Ryu Karatedo. He is also a sixth-degree black belt in Japanese Jiu Jitsu – Shintoyoshin Kai Jiu Jitsu, and a master instructor with the title of Renshi, which means Scholar in Japanese.  Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Physiology. He has been training and teaching martial arts for over 27 years and has owned Crabapple Martial Arts Academy since 2013. Renshi White is a motivational speaker and educator and teaches seminars in bullying, business, and martial arts training, around the world.

Crabapple Martial Arts Academy Headquarters is in Alpharetta, Georgia at 12315 Crabapple Road., Suite 124, Alpharetta GA 30004. You can locate the Chief Instructor, Sensei Robert Reed there or directly at (770) 645-0930.