I took a basic self defense course over a summer at my college. We learned some basic techniques, like escaping from holds, throwing people, and punching. Some of it was useful, but most of it wasn't. I don't think it'd be worth paying money for a course like that. Most of the useful information can be found for free on the internet.
Originally Posted by rj4242
I'd mainly recommend that your son learn as much about situational awareness as possible. It's more useful than having a Glock stuffed with hollowpoints or a black belt in jiu-jitsu. He should walk with confidence, make eye contact with people, and always be aware of his surroundings.
I don't know your son's build, but being big and strong is useful, too. It won't necessarily make your son a better fighter, but it at least gives the appearance. Bad guys aren't dumb. They would prefer not to get killed or injured when they try to rob someone and pick their targets accordingly. I'm big, ugly, pay attention to my surroundings, and haven't been in a fight in maybe 6 years. I hope that helped.
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