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Have You Ever Taken A Self Defense Class?

There are many classes out their designed just for women to learn self defense skills. I have even seen boot camps designed especially to train women with defense skills. These classes seem like a good idea and I am wondering if you have ever taken a self defense class.


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frogjuice frogjuice 9 years
I'm also practicing Tae Kwon Do. :)
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 9 years
I took a kickboxing class with a friend for a few months- it was AMAZING! in just a week i felt more toned and had more engergy.. and i can pack a good punch =]]
pk9000 pk9000 9 years
apriledawn is's good to have some self-defense skills in case an attack is physical. However, I do get concerned that some classes, especially the ones that are only a few sessions on college campuses, give some women false confidence in their abilities. As apriledawn mentioned in her first post, sparring larger men is difficult.
Amethyst Amethyst 9 years
I take martial arts classes regularly now so yes. We have self defense training in our curriculum.
apriledawn apriledawn 9 years
Ya know, making yourself unattractive might work on some, but I'm not going to take my chances. There are some pretty sick people out there...what disgusts normal people isn't going to disgust a psycho. I agree with the post above about letting them have your purse/money/whatever. Your purse and it's contents aren't worth risking your life over. Unfortunately, it's not always what an attacker is after, so I still am a huge advocate of self-defense skills.
a199 a199 9 years
I want to take one, especially like krav maga. This is due to being in the city area. In college, I tried a class briefly with my roommate. I had my hip replaced twice, and need to work it anyway.
Tech Tech 9 years
My best friends and I took a self defense class when we were in college and I honestly think it was one of the best things we've ever done together. Most of what they teach you is instinctual, but it's really great to familiarize yourself with combos and own your strength. I think it's a must do for every woman and I'd even recommend refresher courses.
lrgoldman34 lrgoldman34 9 years
I actually just emailed a place this morning for information - a friend and I want to try it. both to feel empowered and safer and also, she has a little baby and is always leaning into her car, buckling the baby in so her back is turned, so she wants to feel more prepared.
A-Journey-To-Wellth A-Journey-To-Wellth 9 years
best friends* oops!:)
A-Journey-To-Wellth A-Journey-To-Wellth 9 years
I took a self-defense class with one of my best.. it was offered by my university and the campus police back when I was a sophomore. That was 3 years ago and I've retained a good amount of the info as well as the class materials.. I would like to take a refresher in the near future tho.
GeikoSera GeikoSera 9 years
I've taken a few kickboxing classes, does that count?
Feesje Feesje 9 years
Facin8me is right, I learned that in my psychology class too: you have to make yourself as unattractive as possible when you're under attack and the best (and perhaps easiest) way to do that is to pee in your pants. On topic: I once took a Tae Bo class but I don't think that counts as a REAL self defense class, does it?
facin8me facin8me 9 years
I haven't taken a self-defense course, even though I'd really like to. I guess the most training I've had self-defense wise are the tips my parents gave me when I was ten years old and walking home from school by myself: if somebody attacks you remember the three 8s- urinate, regurgitate, and defecate! That way nobody will want to touch you (unless they're into that sort of thing)!
pk9000 pk9000 9 years
I'm a black belt in tae kwon do, but I think the most important thing about self defense is knowing how to evaluate a bad situation. I've been mugged by an armed man before, and even though we did learn how to fight an opponent with a knife/gun, losing some money is better than trying something you only learned in a controlled environment and ending up hurt or dead.
minhoca minhoca 9 years
i've been in capoeira close to 3 yrs now. my reflexes and reactions, which i think are crucial in self defense, have improved immensely. we mix all sizes of people, both genders, and depending what you want, you can either have a pretty, non-contact game, or a game where your sweeping someone's foot, then kneeing them in the face before you make your exit.
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 9 years
No but I want to sooooo bad.
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 9 years
Self-defense in high school, Kickboxing and TaiChi in college and now kickboxing and wrestling. I really love all of my defense classes and every class I've taken as been co-ed. I think women really need to take a course at least once a year.
NdHebert NdHebert 9 years
I took a karate class and I was the only girl, when we sparred I would always loose. Honestly, even if I am a black belt I think a man could still beat me up :/
laurarose520 laurarose520 9 years
I take karate and we have a lot of self-defense applications for our moves.
apriledawn apriledawn 9 years
This is not meant to offend anyone, but kickboxing aerobics is NOT self-defense, and will never prepare you for a real-life situation. There are many forms of self-defense out there. Pick a reputable school and stick with it, and forget Gold's Gym and these other so-called kickboxing classes. Also, if the class doesn't include sparring (fighting) with all levels, all sizes, all genders, IMO it is a joke. How will I ever learn to defend myself against a man if all I've sparred are women my size and my level? I don't want to have to defend myself one day and realize I don't know what to do because the attacker is 100 lbs heavier and a foot taller than me. You can't use the same techniques on him. A good school fosters an environment of learning where classmates are teaching each other when they spar, not hurting each other. If your only goal is to do some cardio, kickboxing aerobics is fine (although the classes I've attended for fitness teach VERY BAD form).
millarci millarci 9 years
I always wanted to take one. I'm not as fit as I want to be yet so I'm not sure if I could handle it. Has it been helpful to others? Please let me know. Thanks.
eaker eaker 9 years
My uncle used to show me defense moves.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
Tae Kwon Do
mizlynz mizlynz 9 years
The closest thing to a self-defense class I've taken is kickboxing aerobics. That's really hard on your joints.
rocketgirl rocketgirl 9 years
I took a self-defense class offered by the campus police at my university. My roommate is a brown belt in karate so she gives me a refresher every year. I feel safer walking around and running errands now that I know specifically what to do if I am ever attacked.
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