Kickboxing and Self-Defense: Feeling Safe In Today’s World

We live in a world where personal safety is an increasing concern and at KickBasics, we understand the importance of feeling secure and capable in your own abilities.

This is why we offer kickboxing classes for all ages and genders that focus on the fundamentals of self-defense.

Let’s take a look at how kickboxing can be used as a self-defense tool, when to use it, and how to get started:

Can Kickboxing Be Used as Self-Defense?

Kickboxing is more than just a sport – it’s a practical approach to self-defense. The skills you learn can help you in situations where self-defense may be necessary.

However, there are self-defense laws in Canada to keep in mind. Basically, you are allowed to use reasonable force to protect yourself or others from immediate harm.

The key term here is “reasonable force,” which means that the nature of the force but be proportionate to the threat faced. You can use physical force to defend or protect, but you can’t continue to use extreme measures once the threat is neutralized.

Thankfully, kickboxing also has amazing mental health benefits, including how to maintain mental clarity under pressure. This can help you use kickboxing for the purpose of defending yourself without breaking any laws.

Does Kickboxing Make You Tougher?

Kickboxing is more than just building muscle and learning how to throw a few kicks and punches. It’s a journey of personal growth.

Physically, it conditions the body, enhancing strength, speed, agility, and endurance. This is important in improving your overall resilience and making you tougher and better prepared to handle physical confrontations.

However, the toughness you acquire through kickboxing goes beyond the physical – it also fosters mental toughness and helps to build self-confidence.

Going to regular kickboxing classes teaches perseverance, sharpens focus, and builds the kind of grit that’s essential not just in self-defense but in facing all kinds of challenges in life.

Self-Confidence and Feelings Safe

Speaking of mental toughness, feeling more self-confident can help you feel more safe and secure in your daily life, even if there is no immediate threat.

Learning kickboxing helps you develop a sense of self-assurance. This newfound confidence can impact different aspects of your life:

  • Body Language: Confidence people carry themselves differently and are less likely to be targeted by those looking to cause harm
  • Mental Preparedness: Knowing that you have the skills to defend yourself gives you a psychological edge, reducing anxiety and fear.
  • Decision-Making: Confidence in your abilities enhances your decision-making skills, allowing you to quickly adapt to situations and make quick decisions.
  • General Well-Being: The overall well-being that comes with being healthy and confident can give you a more positive outlook on life and help you feel safer.

At KickBasics, we believe that building self-confidence is just as important as building physical skills. 

Our kickboxing classes will help you build both physical and mental strength, empowering you with the confidence to handle whatever life throws your way!

When to Use Kickboxing as Self-Defense

While the primary goal of any confrontation is to avoid getting physical, that’s unfortunately not always possible.

And with Canadian self-defense laws, it’s important to respond to the situation proportionately.

Here are some instances where using kickboxing techniques may be necessary and appropriate:

  • Immediate Threat: Use kickboxing when there is a clear and immediate threat to your personal safety or the safety of others around you.
  • Preventing Harm: If someone is attempting to physically harm you or another person, and you cannot safely retreat, employing defensive techniques learned in kickboxing can be justified.
  • Escalating Situations: In situations where a confrontation is escalating, and you perceive an imminent risk of violence, using kickboxing to neutralize the threat could be necessary.
  • Last Resort: Always remember that physical defense should be your last resort. First, try to de-escalate or remove yourself from the situation safely if possible.

It’s important to remember that the goal of self-defense is to ensure your safety, not to fight for the sake of fighting.

Kickboxing provides the techniques to manage threats effectively, whether it’s creating distance from an attacker or neutralizing a threat.

However, each situation is unique, and the use of any physical force depends on the threat.

Self-Defense Classes Near Me

If you’re interested in learning kickboxing for self-defense, improved physical health, and increased self-confidence, KickBasics is here for you!

Our classes are designed for individuals of all levels, from beginners to pros. We are committed to providing a supportive environment where you can learn kickboxing even if you’ve never tried it before.

Take a look at our class schedule or contact us today to get started – and your first class is free!



Amanda and Jess are awesome coaches who help me grind through some tough kickboxing workouts. No matter how tired I feel going into class, I always leave feeling confident and motivated!

Kathleen B.

You will not find a more invested coach and friend—someone who caters to and accommodates each person individually. She is truly passionate about what she does, and it shows through her work and dedication. I look forward to every session and have been attending for over 4 years now. I am proud of the goals I have achieved, both mentally and physically, and I thank Amanda for her encouragement and knowledge.

Cortney R.

I’ve been going to Amanda’s women’s only kick boxing class for about 6 months now and I LOVE it. When I went in there for the first time I was nervous, this was the first time I was ever stepping into a gym/studio or taking a class of any sort, I didn’t know what to expect but almost immediately the anxiety left and I felt comfortable. Amanda is an amazing coach and human. She’s a huge part of the reason I stuck with it. The workouts are great, the classes are fun, and it’s so nice to be in a room full of women cheering each other on. Highly recommend checking it out!

Mallory F.

I started taking my daughter to kickboxing classes in Saint John as a way to help her deal with stress and trauma. Amanda has been absolutely amazing with her and for the first time (I think ever) my daughter has found an activity she looks forward to participating in. What was supposed to be a once a week commitment has turned into twice a week – and what has become extremely beneficial for her has been beneficial for me as well. Even if you don’t know anything about kickboxing, or haven’t broken a sweat in an embarassingly long time (I’m speaking from experience), I highly recommend KickBasics for your physical and emotional health.

Chelsy T.