The essay "Interview With a Trainer of Self-defense Class for Women" discusses the nature of the self-defense training the trainer gives and how he prepares a woman who thinks she is physically weaker than men to stand up to him, that too under attack, and if he can claim for sure that all women who take his training will become capable of self-defense.
Our primary objective is to help a woman identify the physical capabilities of her body and understand the natural weapons she possesses by way of her physique. This is more about mind than body. Here what we teach include, to identify the targets on the opponent’s body, to make a move properly and to keep your mind calm when you are faced with a physical or sexual attack situation. Another important part of the training is to learn how to launch a counteroffensive after being attacked first by catching you unawares. This comprises of what to do when you are pinned to the ground, how to get a man twice your size off your body, how to escape from being choked, what to do when you are grabbed by someone from behind and how can you counter attack when somebody is pulling your hair. Our classes are continuous and ongoing. But we would recommend women to take at least 3 months’ training to achieve a minimum level of competence. Each class comprise of three sessions- one is the body strengthening exercises, yoga, and meditation, the second session is for ground fighting and the third one is specially designed for standing fights.