One of the most obvious universal benefits of learning martial arts is self-defense. Many martial arts instructors, whether they teach traditional styles or focus on modern arts, will offer self-defense seminars or classes specifically for women and girls. In principle, this is a great thing and instructors mean well. However, there is a right and wrong way to hold these seminars. Remember, the material you teach can potentially save a life – you need to make sure you are delivering it as effectively as possible.