Marge Sambol, a black belt in jiu-jitsu, explores the benefits of martial arts for women in this 10-part series.

10. Self-defence

Every women should feel confident in her ability to protect herself, but training in martial arts is not just about learning physical self-defence techniques. The self-confidence that comes from discovering your physical capabilities can also help you get out of and avoid future threatening situations.

Physical toughness is a great asset, but making choices to keep yourself safe is just as important. All women should learn to protect themselves by avoiding situations where they will need to use their martial arts skills. And if that situation does come to pass, it’s good to know techniques that level the playing field. In jiu jitsu, you will learn to defend yourself against someone physically stronger and heavier than you and you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to do it.