So another conversation got me thinking about this and I want to know now! How many of the women in this group take/have taken self defense classes of some sort? I mostly want to know about hand-to-hand sort of stuff because being proficient with a fire arm or other weapon is not really conducive to being constantly able to defend yourself from an attacker if you do not carry that weapon all of the time. For example, I am more than proficient with a firearm but I do not carry all of the time, or even most of the time, so it doesn't do me much good most of the time. Although the one time in my life I have been in position to need to defend myself in my home, I used a 12 gauge shotgun to great affect and didn't even have to pull the trigger! I feel like I am able to defend myself, especially against an un-armed attacker, because I have made it a habit to take any interesting looking classes I see being offered. I have a lot of training in defensive tactics through the military, LE and corrections also. My favorite class was offered by a fella that taught defensive tactics in the corrections academy many years ago and had a side business teaching knife fighting as part of a marital arts dojo. I am unsure what martial arts it was. I took the class about 10 or more years ago but so much of it stuck with me. It was Practical Self Defense for Women. He talked a lot about doing the unexpected, going against basic instinct, when attacked and demonstrated several different ways to react to being grabbed by the hair, grabbed from behind (around the neck and/or shoulders) and being advanced upon from the front. When I think about the class, a lot of the stuff comes back to me but some it has become second nature to me, like giving or actually pushing into a person that has grabbed me and is pulling or restraining my forward motion. It is expected a person will try to pull away so when you push into, it throws them off balance and can allow you to take the advantage. My husband complains about it on the rare occasions we have rough housed and my big and strong sons have suffered defeat many times from me using this tactic. They were teens when I took the class and I practiced on them a lot. They still don't expect me to basically run them over when they try to stop me from "getting away" form them. Anyway, I was just curious. I also want to encourage every woman out there to take some classes. Many of the classes are not physical and do not require you to show up in sweats and hit the mats. A really good class with teach you how to think, how to use your mental might to get away rather than requiring physical strength or muscle memory to be successful. I have nothing against martial arts and such but those things require dedication and repetition to be proficient and not everyone is physically able to participate in that type of training. Check it out and tell me your experience!