Is there a “safe” martial art?

QUESTION: I’d like to learn how to protect myself. But, if I start studying karate, I’m worried that I might get injured. What is the safest martial art?

ANSWER: The easy answer would be the gentle art of tai chi. But, if you use tai chi for self-defense in an actual street confrontation, you might get injured. And, that might be okay if you prevail. In a real self-defense situation, you’ll want to fight like a tiger and when two tigers fight, one is killed and the other is injured.

In choosing a martial arts school, speak with the master about your concerns. Fell comfortable with the answers before you commit.


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