The reason that there are so many awful, embarrassing-to-watch women’s self-defense videos available is because of something called the “expert delusion.” This is when somebody thinks they’re an expert in a field, so they think that makes them an expert at everything else. Women’s self-defense is just the same as men’s self-defense, so both genders should be taught similar techniques. Any knowledge of self-defense can help a woman survive an attack. Make sure that women taking the classes know that your mindset is what ultimately will save you in the real world, and not any particular techniques you can teach them.
- The expert delusion is what happens when police officers or firearms instructors think they know how to teach a self-defense course.
- Beware of courses that offer bad advice, such as using your keys as a weapon or telling your assailant that you have AIDS.
- There really is no difference between women’s self-defense and men’s self-defense, as all self-defense courses use the same exercises.
“Something is better than nothing, and even a little self-defense training might help a woman escape and survive a sexual assault.”