Hello all -
This thread is getting quite dimensional - some of the development is very timely - I'm happy to be referring new self-defense students here during such discussion...
Thank you for contributing your thoughts on an all-important link between our forums - the development of mindset has got to be the single most important factor in any type of self-defense training for women - I like the word/idea picture Jason-san draws with mindset surrounding skill and tactics - I place much more emphasis on this in my classes these days - starting from day one introducing concepts of mindsetting, awareness, and primitive reaction under mental and physical stress - reception from wide-eyed students is almost always good - and more often than not they show up at the next class with a friend they have been discussing these concepts with during the week - kind of a grass roots rebellion!
Resistance, screaming, and attitude are all components of the class - and my favorite vehicle to bring forth a woman's inner strength is the "mother-bear" instinct we've discussed previously - it is frightening to face our worst fears ahead of time - no one wants to think of such horrors - yet if the worst case scenario can be played out ahead of time in the mind - then perhaps the reality can be managed better during that "floating" you speak of during a life-or-death situation. Thank you for your eloquent expression of points most important to this forum...
We seem to have a very similar course outline and philosophy! It is gratifying to see someone treating this subject with realism and concern instead of the posturing and egotism while making a few bucks that is yet another predator on women today! Women are SCARED and go to these courses to find some way to feel safer! Too many so called Martial Arts schools are capitalizing on this today with quick fix courses that I'm sure do some good in increasing a woman's self-confidence and may even give her some basic skills - but without the "tactics enhanced by skills surrounded by mindset" as the main thrust of the program - these courses MISS THE WHOLE POINT! We need more programs like yours out there - keep up the good work! And thank you for outlining your philosophy here - hopefully other instructors who have considered self-defense classes will take note and/or incorporate some of these concepts into their programs.
Now, as for the Titanic
I am enjoying the riposte!
Let's see now - this is getting into interpretation here - do you really think Rose was actually going to jump in the first place? I believe even Jack said he knew she wasn't really going to jump...I think they ended up responsible for each other in that tradition...
As far as women being good for you but killing you in the long run - there is a poem by Ovid that fits that - I'll post it in another thread...enjoy!