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Burn with Kearns: The Empowering Effect. Training in self-defense raises confidence – Kevin Kearns

by Kevin Kearns, contributing writer on exercise and fitness

The Empowering Effect: How Training in Self-Defense Raises Confidence Levels

In a world where personal safety is a growing concern, the importance of self-defense training cannot be overstated. Beyond the practical skills learned in self-defense classes, there lies a transformative benefit that extends far beyond physical protection: a significant boost in confidence. Training in self-defense has been shown to have a profound impact on individuals, empowering them with a newfound sense of self-assurance and resilience. Let’s explore how exactly self-defense training contributes to raising confidence levels.

  1. Mastery of Skills: One of the most obvious ways self-defense training enhances confidence is through the mastery of physical skills. Learning techniques to defend oneself against potential threats instills a sense of competence and capability. As individuals become proficient in executing various self-defense maneuvers, they develop a sense of assurance in their ability to protect themselves in challenging situations. This mastery of skills serves as a tangible reminder of one’s capacity to confront and overcome adversity, bolstering confidence levels significantly.
  2. Increased Self-Awareness: Self-defense training goes beyond teaching physical techniques; it also fosters a deeper understanding of oneself. Through exercises that emphasize situational awareness and threat assessment, individuals become more attuned to their surroundings and their own capabilities. This heightened self-awareness allows individuals to recognize their strengths and weaknesses, enabling them to approach challenging situations with greater confidence and clarity. By understanding their own physical and mental boundaries, individuals can navigate potentially threatening situations more effectively, thereby boosting their confidence levels.
  3. Overcoming Fear and Anxiety: Fear and anxiety are natural responses to perceived threats, but they can also be debilitating, undermining one’s confidence and sense of control. Self-defense training provides individuals with practical tools and strategies to confront and manage fear effectively. By simulating realistic scenarios and teaching techniques for managing adrenaline and stress, self-defense classes help individuals develop resilience in the face of fear. As individuals learn to confront their fears head-on and respond confidently to challenging situations, they experience a profound shift in their self-perception, leading to increased confidence and self-assurance.
  4. Empowerment and Assertiveness: Perhaps the most significant impact of self-defense training on confidence is the sense of empowerment it instills. By equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills to protect themselves, self-defense training empowers them to take control of their own safety and well-being. This newfound sense of empowerment translates into increased assertiveness in various aspects of life. As individuals recognize their ability to assert boundaries, communicate effectively, and advocate for themselves, they become more confident in navigating interpersonal relationships, professional environments, and everyday interactions.
  5. Positive Mental and Emotional Benefits: In addition to the physical and practical aspects, self-defense training also yields positive mental and emotional benefits that contribute to raised confidence levels. Engaging in regular physical activity releases endorphins, which are natural mood lifters that promote feelings of happiness and well-being. Moreover, the sense of camaraderie and support fostered in self-defense classes creates a supportive environment where individuals can challenge themselves, grow, and build confidence together.

In conclusion, training in self-defense is not just about learning physical techniques; it is a transformative journey that empowers individuals on multiple levels. By mastering practical skills, increasing self-awareness, overcoming fear, and fostering a sense of empowerment, self-defense training raises confidence levels in profound ways. As individuals become more confident in their ability to protect themselves, they also become more resilient, assertive, and self-assured in all aspects of life.


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Both of Coach Kearns’ books may be purchased on For more information about Coach Kevin Kearns, including scheduling speaking engagements and classes (both online and in person), please contact him at 508-404-8503 or [email protected].Author of “There’s Light In The Tunnel” How to Survive and Thrive with Depression  – “Always Picked Last“ A guide to navigating bullies on Amazon and Audible

Coach Kevin Kearns has been coaching in the world of fitness, nutrition, and tactical self defense for over 3 decades. As the former conditioning coach to 15 UFC Pro Fighters, and ranked in the Top 5 in the UFC , he is no stranger to the the importance of proper nutrition and proper mindset programming. He has long advocated to all his clients – athletes or the general population – about the importance of programming mind, body and spirit. Coach Kevin Kearns BS FMS CPT – Former conditioning coach to 15 UFC Pros Ranked in Top 5 by the UFC Personal Fitness Coach, Author, Columnist, Motivational Speaker, Corporate Wellness Consultant, Youth Wellness Program Provider, Certification Specialist, Personal Self Defense, and Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Specialist.

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