TBH not much help - but have always wanted to go so could"protect" myself or me and the kids but never had the nerve to actually sign up to it on my own - don't think it would matter if it was a man or a woman and would be prepared(I think)to hurt someone but only because of an incident on tube years ago that has stuck with me
Yes, I'd try it. And in trying it I would have to be prepared to face the reality that at some point I might have to use it to hurt someone. I wouldn't want to learn purely to hurt someone though.
I think there are some benefits to experiencing a realistic though obviously structured scenario of an attack as part of the course, but would like to see experienced defence experts carrying out an attack/defence scenario as a demonstration before I took part in a structured attack scenario.
I think it would be important to be taught from an intellectual aspect as well as from a purely physical one.
I wouldn't care whether I was taught by a man or a woman, as long as it was someone who was well qualified in what they were teaching.
Did martial arts for 6 years and it really boosted my confidence. Even now in my creaky state I'm sure I could still give an attacker a fright and make my getaway.
TBH it's a bit more full on than just a self defence course but self defence was also taught. We used to run through various scenarios of different types of attack with different weapons so we'd have an idea as to what to do to escape.
It was a mixed class which was fine but whilst sparring there was never enough people the same sex or level to match up and some of the boys did tend to be a bit gung ho, particularly if a female was technically better than them.
I also did a boxercise class which was just keep fit to moves and there was no contact at all. It was also mixed and less competitive.
To answer your questions then
most definitely yes
no good at all, you need hands on experience
Can't see the taught from intellectual aspect working at all.
It would really depend on the person as to whether they'd prefer a male/female instructor. My instructor was male and excellent.
Thanks so much! I know a man who's setting up a new round of courses for WSD, and has been contemplating the original Q's.
Seeing as how it's for a good cause, I posted here . Thanks so much for your thoughts (and your offer NBG, but I'm covered .)
I'm all for experiencing the reality of an attack in a class setting, but other people I know seem to feel that women have trouble overcoming their (ingrained) feminine side, so have trouble lashing out if need be!
(And therefore wouldn't benefit from a true to life scenario during a class - WTF?!)
LOL at trouble lashing out. The first time I was attacked, the instructor fell over...not only because I repelled his attack so expertly, but because I shouted at the same time (the other women had gone 'ooh' really lamely). He fair shat himself