Protect Yourself with Practical Self-Defense Skills at Total Impact

Most people will agree that living in today’s world is unpredictable. Between the economy, politics, and social issues, there are many key topics that people disagree on. Financials and social unrest are a couple very common reasons people may resort to violence, theft, and other crimes. And let’s not forget about the alarming rate of domestic violence incidents or teenage bullying. That’s why it’s essential to be well-equipped with self-defense no matter where you live.

At Total Impact Martial Arts, we welcome students from all walks of life and all ages. It’s our goal to empower our community with real-world self-defense skills. Not only does learning to protect yourself help keep you & your loved ones safe from an attack, but our programs also help instill confidence, discipline, and street smarts!

Martial arts have withstood the test of time for hundreds of years because it’s so much more than staying in shape or competing. It’s about learning invaluable lifelong skills for success, self-defense, AND personal safety. If you’re wondering how you can better protect yourself, or how to set your children up for confidence in dangerous situations, you’ve come to the right place!

Today we’ll dive into the countless real-world threats happening across the country. Plus we’ll explore the many incredible benefits of different types of martial arts so you can better prepare yourself for real-life situations. Let’s go!

Real-World Threats in the United States

Every day there are constant risks that can impact people across all age groups. Here are some alarming statistics that shouldn’t be ignored…

Rising Crime Rates

Today’s society faces a variety of threats, making self-defense skills essential. Statistics show alarming rates of violent crime.  In the United States, an assault occurs every 39 seconds. The FBI reported over 1.2 million violent crimes in the United States in 2020, including assault, robbery, and murder. 

The chances of encountering a violent situation are higher than many realize. It is always possible to be attacked anywhere — a street, a parking lot, or even in one’s house. It is quite comforting to know how to stand up for oneself when these incidents occur since it can make a lot of difference.

Carjacking Incidents

Carjackings are the other common type of danger that a person can experience in this society. It is estimated that about 38,000 carjackings take place in the United States alone. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has reported a significant increase in carjackings in recent years.

We study ways to handle gun-wielding bad guys and how to avoid getting into these situations which may play a crucial role if you are involved in such.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a widespread issue that affects millions. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute in the United States.

Sadly, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe physical violence from an intimate partner. Knowing self-defense can be life-saving in these situations.

Gun Violence

Gun violence is on the rise in many regions of the global community. There are over 100,000 shootings annually in the United States., with nearly 40,000 resulting in death. Our training is detailed to cover when a person is attacked with a firearm, and other lessons you need to master to feel safe regardless of the circumstances.

These statistics highlight the importance of being able to protect yourself and your loved ones and Self Defense is the most important aspect to learn out of all.


What is Self-Defense? How Does it Work?

Self-defense is the ability to protect one’s self from physical attack or harm. It encompasses activities and methods used with the intention to repel an opponent through the use of force, be it hand-to-hand combat or from a distance. Learning self-defense disciplines can increase your self-esteem, guarantee protection, and give you a sense of security in your daily life.

Why Self-Defense Matters

Personal Safety: It trains one on how to handle himself or herself in a risky situation.

Empowerment: It helps to gain confidence and strengthens one’s mental muscles.

Preparedness: It contributes to the fact that you are prepared to deal with threats in a way that was not possible before.

8 Ways to Protect Yourself With Total Impact’s Practical Defense Training

Find out how these self-defense skills can transform your life for the better…

Situational Awareness

Total Impact teaches situational awareness as one of the first skills from reacting to a situation to active participation. This entails being sensitive to an environment and the ability to identify threats even as they are developing. One cannot eliminate a dangerous situation, however one can be able to prevent it by being vigilant.

Physical Fitness

The importance of physical fitness is very conspicuous especially when defending oneself against an aggressor. The style of fighting that we teach in classes enables you to develop strength, speed, and endurance as you fend off attackers. It increases your cardiovascular endurance; thus, you have the physical prowess to achieve more in every field.

Striking Techniques

In the form of martial arts taught in our center, some of the strikes taught are punches, kicks as well as strikes by the elbow. These techniques are meant to remove the attacker from the equation at least for some time to enable the victim to escape or seek help. Our instructors will make sure that these mechanisms are introduced and used as often as possible with professional feedback to have them polished.

Grappling Skills

We do not only pay great attention to striking techniques but grappling techniques as well. This includes knowledge on how to release oneself from holds, put locks on the opponent, and defeat them within handcuff range. Grappling is an important aspect of self-defense, especially in cases where someone wants to grab you or overpower you.

Weapon Defense

A very central maneuver in self-defense is known as the guarding method for weapons. This is the list of subjects we teach in our classes: how to disarm a knife, gun, and other similar weapon, and how to protect yourself in case your opponent is armed. Our training scenarios hence require you to prepare adequately in case you encounter one in the real world.

Stress Management

Staying cool under pressure is crucial when it comes to personal self-defense. The course covers coping with stress and maintaining attention in or outside the training environment. Anger management enables a person to manage his/her feelings and responses in order to reason and act properly.

Legal Knowledge

Another concern is the legal comprehension of self-defense. We give you knowledge about the laws governing self-defense to ensure that you understand your legal position. It makes you wise when dealing with issues to do with self-defense and ensure you do not break the law.

Beyond Self-Defense: Life Skills Outside of the Dojo

Find out how our classes can help individuals be successful in all areas of life…


The discipline required for martial arts training enhances focus and productivity in all areas of life. Whether at work or home, the ability to set goals, maintain consistency, and persevere through challenges is invaluable.


Martial arts training fosters a sense of respect for oneself and others. This respect translates into positive relationships and effective communication, both of which are crucial for personal and professional success.


Training in martial arts builds resilience and perseverance. These qualities help you overcome obstacles and achieve your goals, regardless of the challenges you face. The determination developed through martial arts training is beneficial in every aspect of life.


Increased confidence is one of the most significant benefits of martial arts training. Mastering new skills and achieving personal milestones boosts self-assurance, making you more proactive in all areas of life.

Try a FREE Self-Defense Class at Total Impact Martial Arts!

Whether it’s threats at the workplace, crime in parking lots, or facing the risk of attacks at school or at home, all young people and adults should be equipped with the skills to defend oneself and loved ones. We invite you to try one of our Adult Martial Arts or Fitness Kickboxing classes for FREE (valid for NEW students only). There is no pressure or obligation—only the amazing potential for you to witness how martial arts can make a positive difference in your life. Whether you are here for self-defense purposes, a great workout, or need to sharpen skills for your life/career, we have just the class for you!

Our karate school is passionate about making sure that people are safe, strong, and successful. Just fill out this form on our website to schedule your FREE trial class at Total Impact. Our dojo proudly serves families in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, and the surrounding communities. Enroll today, and let’s join on a journey of growth, empowerment, and excellence together: 224.248.8692
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What age groups can benefit from self-defense classes?

Self-defense classes offered at Total Impact are available for all ages ranging from kids, teenagers, and adults!

How often should I attend self-defense classes?

Consistency is key. Taking the classes at least two times a week is beneficial to refresh on some techniques and to enhance muscle memory!

What should I wear to my first class?

Wear workout clothes that allow easy movement.

Do I need prior experience in martial arts to join?

No prior experience is necessary. Our classes are designed to accommodate beginners and advanced students alike. Our instructors will come in to teach you the foundations and take you step-by-step in your learning process!

Can self-defense techniques be applied in everyday situations?

Absolutely. The Total Impact techniques you learn are practical for you because they are developed specifically for real-world situations.



Total Impact Martial Arts offers HIGH ENERGY, engaging martial arts programs to help students of all ages reach their unique health, fitness, and martial arts goals!