One thing I like about the women-only classes is that we work on issues not strictly covered in the normal Krav Maga curriculum. Kelly Campbell talked to me once about boundary setting – that if you can’t stick up for yourself in life’s small matters you won’t stand your ground in the big ones either.
I think that’s very true, up to a point. My only hesitation on that score is that it’s socially acceptable for a person being beaten or robbed to defend themselves if they know how. It is rarely socially acceptable for a woman to draw a line in the sand when everyone else is wearing the mask of playing nice. Nor is it something we are taught how to do, which is why people go along when they want to say STOP. Sometimes the consequences are disastrous, sometimes one is just left stewing about it & thinking, “I should have said…”