Self protection is a skill you would be led to believe is universal in all martial arts. The simple definition of martial means "military arts", teaching a person how to defend one’s self, family and country. However, the sad reality is that many martial art schools are not teaching realistic self protection. Everything in martial arts should be reality based. If you go to a dojo and the instructors are not using any resistance or if you see people catching punches in mid-air.... RUN! Instructors should be working hard to make sure that you are learning what you need for whatever you may encounter on the street, and doing it in a safe, fun environment.