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Security Guards and Martial Arts

What is Martial Arts?

In generalist terms, martial arts is considered a method of fighting and mental discipline.

Types of Martial Arts
The following are examples of the different types of Martial Arts that are practiced around the world (separated by continent):

Africa
• Istunka- Somalia
• Nuba Fighting- Sudan
• Tahtib- Ancient Egypt

Americas
• Tinku- Bolivia
• Capoeira- Brazil
• American Karate
• American Karate
• S.C.A.R.S (Military)- America
• SPEAR System- America

Asia
• Boli Khela- Bangladesh
• Pradal Serey- Cambodia
• Wing Chun- China
• Kalaripayattu- India
• Tarung Derajat- Indonesia
• Aikido- Japan
• Hankido- Korea
• Mongolian Wrestling
• Suntukan- Philippines
• Muay Thai- Thailand
• Vovinam- Vietnam

Europe
• Pankration- Ancient Greek hybrid combat sport
• Destreza
• Lausatok
• Savate- France
• Collar-and-elbow- Ireland
• Juego del Palo- Spain

Security Guards and Martial Arts Training

Krav Maga – Originally for the Isreal Defense Forces (IDF), has become a worldwide fighting style. Similar to American Mixed Martial Arts fighting, but deadlier and not to be taken lightly.
SPEAR – A system designed for close quarter combat that utilizes flight or fight techniques to help with self defense. Both are actively used in many security guard training courses across the country, and internationally.
S.C.A.R.S – This is a military training, however, anyone can utilize this training and many security companies have requested their employees to take this training.

Many police officers I know have trained in Krav Maga, Danzan Ryu jujitsu, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and judo. They are excellent candidates to join my Aikido program, and learn techniques to change aggressive movements of an attack, resulting in a throw or joint lock that yields the aggressor into submission. There are several main attacks that Aikido trains to defend against. Each of these is often encountered in an enforcer role, such as that of a security guard, police officer, or military patrol. These attacks include: front and side of the head strikes, chest thrusts, and face punches. The taninzudori, or taninzugake, is an Aikido defense maneuver when dealing with multiple attackers. This takes much mental training, as well as the physical strength, smoothness of movement, and keen reaction time.

For security guards, police officers and military personnel, I recommend training in multiple martial arts disciplines. Krav Maga is a good all-around start to street-fight defense. This should be followed by jujitsu, to take your training to the ground so you are prepared for a grapple. Judo is a good followup as you will learn to throw your opponent and distance yourself from trouble. All this defensive should be mastered by introducing Aikido into your skill-set, as an Aikido practitioner (or aikidōka) will learn to take all they have learned and translate into a powerful sense of self-awareness and control over your body, as well as your attackers. Aikido aims to not only protect you in an altercation, but also to protect your attacker from injury. This skill is great for one to have before they go for a security guard card, police commissioning, or military assignment.

Benefits of Martial Arts

Martial Arts teach discipline, respect and control. Other things that Martial Arts can help someone with is humility and social skills. However, the main reason for martial arts is self defense.