“Self-defense is not just a set of techniques; it’s a state of mind and it begins with the belief that you are worth defending.”

-Rorion Gracie



should I learn self-defense?

The ability to protect oneself physically from violence is a basic human right that should be reachable for everyone, including children and teenagers. Self-defense is an overlooked skill in our society, but it’s significant. In an age when bullying in school is a huge problem, it’s important to ensure that boys and girls can defend themselves in an appropriate way if the situation requires it.

Self-defense techniques taught in our programs not only allows teens to defend themselves against physical attacks, it also has diverse benefits for students in their everyday lives. Hard work, loyalty, patience, as well as self-confidence are all important values and principles taught in our classes. Furthermore, martial arts can help to reduce stress and control aggressions for people of all ages.

when to practice self-defense

Of course, physical self-defense is ALWAYS a last resort! We teach students how to defuse potentially dangerous situations in a number of ways. Unfortunately, it is a very real possibility that you may at one point find yourself in a situation where you need to physically defend yourself. We want you prepared for any potential scenario.

Martial arts teaches self-defense, self-confidence, self-respect and much more. There are so many benefits that teens can learn from practicing martial arts, that it definitely becomes something you should consider for your child. As a teenager, there are many stages of development to go through. It’s best you ensure that they’re being exposed to the correct principles of self-defense.

If you’re looking to get your teen into sports, provide them with a safe and fun after-school activity, or simply to have them learn proper self-defense, we highly recommend martial art classes taught by professionals in a good environment, like our Sovereign Martial Art schools.

importance of self-defense for girls

The world can be a dangerous place for girls and women, as they often experience violence. They’re often perceived as easy targets – and while this may not be true, there is still a disproportionate amount of violence conducted against them. Many parents of girls and girls themselves are interested in learning how to protect themselves against violent situations, but they are often not sure where to turn. Our martial arts classes are a safe space where women of all ages develop mental and physical skills to defend themselves against attacks.

We believe that every girl is strong and has to become aware of this internal power. In martial arts, girls practice making judgments about allowing others into their personal space and experience what it’s like to give and receive respect. By participating in our classes, girls develop confidence, better decision-making skills, and a stronger character. Self-respect is taught which allows girls to recognize situations in which they need to employ self-defense. Overall, there are many benefits teenager girls have from learning martial arts. Our programs help girls to develop their personality and grow into strong women.

importance of self-defense for BOYS

Of course, violence does not only happen to girls. As boys can become victims of violent situations and attacks too, it’s important that they know how to protect themselves. Getting lost in the heat of the moment and not wanting to solve problems with communication, but rather with physical actions is a common problem among teenage boys. Misunderstandings can easily happen, and suddenly a fight breaks out.

Besides learning to physically protect themselves, we teach the boys in our classes to develop mental strength. We show them that there are better ways to solve tough situations. A conflict that could be resolved with words comes down to fists all too often. We show boys how to de-escalate a violent confrontation and how to control their emotions.




Which program is the most effective to learn self-defense?

To learn to defend themselves, we recommend Krav Maga classes for teenagers. Our powerful Krav Maga classes teach girls and boys from Howell, Belleville, and Rahway the skills needed to quickly react to any situation by being aware of the world around them. Krav Maga was designed from the beginning to teach the most effective techniques to some of the least dangerous people, in the shortest amount of time. Our Krav Maga classes teach teenagers the mental and physical strength to act under the pressure of tough situations and defend themselves.

Learn self-defense now

Of course, Krav Maga isn’t the only option! We offer a wide variety of programs to develop self-defense skills in Howell, Rahway, and Belleville for different age groups. We pride ourselves on working with professional instructors in order to make sure every skill is picked up correctly. Our Sovereign schools stand for a good learning environment and positive experiences.

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call, send us an email or a message on Facebook. Our Sovereign family can’t wait to get to know you!