Women Only Classes
by Amy Horn
There are so many different schools out there where someone can go to learn Krav Maga. Some are better than others but I'm not discussing that here. I was going to write about an entirely different topic all together when I came across something interesting. I saw an ad posting for a school that teaches Krav Maga…to women only. They claimed that by removing men they are removing ego and testosterone so that they can focus on detailed training. I don’t understand this kind of thinking. Other than in workshops and specialty classes, why limit training to women only? Here are my thoughts on the subject:
Ego and Testosterone
Maybe this is just me but I don’t see this as being an issue in training. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you should worry about your own training and not compare yourself to others or allow other people in the class to affect how you see your skills. If you allow another person’s ego to affect your training then you are giving them power over you. If an instructor allows male bravado to affect how they teach, they’re a poor instructor. People are going to have pride and ego. Why let that bother you? Notice I said people, not just men. Women have ego too. If someone is going to go on and on about how good they are, that’s fine. It doesn’t affect me at all. They’re usually an idiot anyway and I don’t waste my time on idiots. I don’t see how ego and testosterone would affect a well taught class and so to me, it’s not an issue.
Detail & Technique
The school is saying that they are able to work on more detailed technique when there are only women present. This statement puzzled me more than the “ego & testosterone” part. Is that to mean that in the presence of men, technique is lacking? If that is that case, I believe that weighs heavily on the part of the instructor to be able to teach technique effectively no matter who might be in the class. If you have to exclude an entire gender in order to teach in detail then you’re not a very experienced instructor. I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be “women only” classes. What I am saying is that it should be reserved for workshops or perhaps one class a month that is dedicated to women only, as they do face challenges not always experienced by men.
Furthermore, if there are techniques suited more for women, wouldn’t it benefit men to learn them as well? Aside from sexual assault scenarios, many techniques taught to women specifically are geared towards things you can do when you are smaller and fighting someone who is bigger than you. Some Krav Maga moves, especially ground fighting, are often easier to execute when you are smaller (shrimping anyone?). However that’s a different topic altogether. Not all men are big guys with big muscles. Some men are small just like women and if there are techniques suited towards a smaller individual, I believe it would benefit men to learn them.
This is purely my opinion on the subject and so I really wanted to bring this up because I’m curious what other’s think. Do you think having a school that teaches Krav Maga to only women would be more beneficial to them than training in a mixed gender class?
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