Self-Defense Class

Northwest Pearls: Self-Defense Class I went to a second self-defense class this past week. I've been wanting to learn basic self defense so I tried out this class a few weeks ago. I was hoping to do something at class, I'm not really sure what, but it didn't involve wearing huge helmets with face guards and punching someone (or getting punched in) the head.

But that's what we did.

It was so far out of my comfort zone. I've never done anything remotely similar to this. It was disorienting to keep on getting hit in the head. Even if it was done lightly and done with thick gloves and it was only a plastic shield in front of me that got hit. Still super scary.

I closed my eyes for just about every hit. Even though you're not supposed to close your eyes, it's really hard to keep your eyes open. I don't understand how you do so.

But while it was really far out of my comfort zone, I did have some fun. I didn't land very many hits, and most of my "opponents" were pretty easy on me. (There was one who I didn't like going against because he didn't go as easy on me and it was hard to block all his hits and annoying to get hit that much.)

If I had the money, I would continue to go to the classes for a workout, but since I'm looking for a self-defense class and this one is oriented towards men, I'm going to look for one that is for women. While it's probably good to know how to punch someone in the head and some of the other things that this class teaches, I think that I would be better off learning other techniques. At least until I have the money to take both.

Have you ever been to a self-defense class? What did you think?