Sun, Sand and Self-defense: New things to do on your vacations

With the equality of the sexes more evident that ever before in the spheres of politics, economics, and in the workplace, it seems to be a great time to be a woman. Women of today enjoy more freedom and privileges compared to the many generations before them.

However, all is not as sunny as it seems. Crimes against women have been on the steady rise too. Just yesterday, I read in the news of a 13 year old girl who was raped in Detroit. Reuters recently reported on a Bosnian Serb indicted on the rape of 2 Muslim women. Just as the world is opening more doors for us, it is proving to be a more dangerous place too.

Women shouldn’t stand idle while all this is happening! If they are earning enough to buy nice houses and go on nice vacations, then they should think about investing in ways and means to protect themselves!

The next time you go on a luxury vacation, why don’t you consider a destination where some effective self defense methods hail from too. Aside from getting a well-deserved break, you’ll also walk away from your vacation with a good amount of exercise, and something that could potentially save your life. If you don’t know where to go, here are some suggestions:

1. Brazil– the streets and beaches of Sao Paolo or Rio de Janeiro are rife with fun, flavor, color and all things that we love about the Latin culture. However, not many people know that Brazil is also the home of Capoiera. Capoiera is a mixture of dance, martial arts and acrobatics that originated from the African slaves. Its aesthetics are so unique and draw on its rich African heritage.

 2. Israel – Many consider visiting Israel for the Holy land tours- trips that take one to Jesus’ homeland. Israel is also the homeland of Krav Maga. Krav Maga is a self-defense system that utilizes hand-to-hand combat. It applies “real life” context to its movements in the sense that it employs just the minimum practical movements to defend oneself from attack. It is the self-defense method used by the Israeli Security Forces.

krav maga

3. China– While the great wall and the upcoming Olympics are great reasons to visit China, they are not the only ones. Karate, arguably the most famous self-defense method hails from China. It developed from Southern style Kung Fu and is a striking art, involving punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes.

4. Thailand– A very popular destination for those who want a taste of the “real Asia”, Thailand offers wonderful shopping, great food and beautiful beaches. Thailand also includes in its offerings Muay Thai or more popularly known as Thai Boxing. Thailand’s national sport uses a series of punches and kicks which targets the “8 points of contact”. It is so effective that the military even employ it as their form of defense.

muay thai

5. Japan– With the Yen in a not-so-good state, It’s the perfect time to head to Japan to enjoy a taste of the Hariijuku street life, while partaking in authentic sushi and wagyu beef. The dropping Yen has also made the art of Ninjitsu more affordable. Ninjitsu, in laymen terms is “Ninja training”. This martial art follows the way of the Ninja, with rapid and fluid hand and foot movements.


These destinations are just a miniscule taste of what the world has to offer. Each country actually has its own native and specialized form of self-defense. It is only up to you to ask and look.

The next time you go on vacation, come home with more than just a nice tan. Come home with a means of protecting yourself and your loved ones as well.

5 Responses

  1. Kung Fu is arguably most popular in China. After reading your blog, I find Karate is also from China. So a interesting thing.

  2. Not only do I come home with protection, I travel with it.
    Awesome that you are doing this. I post lots of great info and news related to self defense on my blog as well. Please check me out some time. Because I believe in self defense, I carry a lipstick pepper spray when traveling to discreetly ward of any possible attacks. I haven’t had to use it, but I sure do feel confident. I found it at and purchased a pepper spray pager for my mom at

  3. Hi there, I stumbled along your website as I am an avid world traveller and linguist, and thought this website looked interesting. However, due to reading the above list, I can see a few glaring errors that really common knowledge should fix. One, Karate does not “hail from China”, I speak Mandarin and Japanese, and I can tell you know that “karate”, or “空手” is not a Chinese word, and literally means “empty hand”. It might be one of the most famous martial arts, and like pretty much everything traditional in Japan, a varient was once found in China, notably KungFu, or “功夫“ but it is a fallacy to say that “karate hails from China”. Secondly, In the bit about Japan, it talks about Ninjitsu [sic] as “the art of the ninja”. Not only is ‘ninjitsu’ not even a word, (you are looking for ninjUtsu), you say that “ninjutsu”, or “忍術”, is the art of the ninja. No. “Nin” is part of the word for “stealth”, and “jutsu” means “technique”, so ninjutsu actually basically means “stealth techniques”. Now I’m not a nitpicker really, I am just an educated person that can see through naïveté and lack of fact-checking when it is jumping off the page. Take these comments as interesting trivia tidbits and do better research next time.

  4. Sorry about that, I got a lot of comments about the incorrect information. I’ll be sure to double-check it next time.

  5. Karate was developed in Okinawa, by the founder Funakoshi Sensie, and was a mixture of the Okinawan fighting art, Toe-de, and Chinese martial arts.The style was called Shotokan.
    From this style, various styles emerged from Funakosih’s students and other masters from Okinawa.

    It then spread through Asia, and to the western world.
    Yours, Simon (Shodan)

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