At White Tiger KMA, we emphasise realistic and practical street self-defence. We are constantly practicing and evaluating our self-defence techniques, getting to a point where we react quickly, decisively and effectively when our training partner puts a move on.

But at what point do you put these techniques into action in a real “street” scenario? Would you react to someone using foul language or making terrible remarks about your partner, family member or friend? The answer is No. The only time you would use your self-defence techniques is when you are threatened with physical attack, or if you sense an imminent physical threat. The word “physical” must be stressed because words or taunting isn’t considered a call for you to defend yourself. It is only if you sense that you are going to be, or are, attacked that you must defend yourself against potential danger. As a martial artist, you should always assess and determine situations and try to avoid them where ever possible.

But, if the situation heats up and you can feel it is unavoidable, you should plan out in your mind the attacker’s vital points i.e. hair, ears, groin, knees, arm pits, hands, fingers, elbows etc. A real life street situation is not like a Taekwondo self-defence training exercise; therefore, you should be ready to improvise any number of moves to help defend yourself against attack. Just remember, that a simple loud “gihap” can be just as effective to surprise your attacker so you can make a quick exit.



The law states that if you are assaulted physically or verbally, then you have the right to defend yourself. Keep in mind, you must also prove your actions of self-defence, not only to the police but to the courts.


Here are some hints on self-defence that are within the law:


Prevention is the most successful form of self-defence

• Always try to talk your way out of it first

• Try to get away

• If the attacker wants possessions, hand them over



• Walk confidently with full awareness of your surroundings

• Show the attacker you are serious about defending yourself

• Escape, if you can, using any method



• Be committed

• Act quickly and decisively

• Apply all means necessary and possible, without hesitation

• Your techniques must be fast and accurate

• Using reasonable force