Martial arts for self defense is quite different from competitive martial arts. In competitive, sport martial arts, students practice techniques to be successful within a framework of rules. In real self defense situations, however, we need to be free of those rules and limitations to do what is needed to keep ourselves safe from harm. A competitor in a contest is prevented from poking someone in the eye, or picking up a nearby tool, but these can be very useful when defending ourselves. Our students are not learning how to score points in a contest. They are learning techniques and strategies for handling real life threats.