The self-defense class I took this weekend was really good, not that I have a lot of comparisons or anything. My only other self-defense class was one when I was ten-ish years old with this non-profit that my mom was president of. The retention stuff was really fascinating, it would be neat to have an entire class based on that. The instructor said he wasn't going to spend much time on that section because he wanted us to remember the self-defense portion. I think what impressed me most of all was the last segment of the class, he got our adrenaline up, got a bit exhausted, then made us close our eyes and after a brief moment, he attacked. Now granted he didn't attack at the force that an attacker might but it was to show us just how much we are hindered in moments like this.
I think I did okay with it, I didn't freeze but I still have hesitations about whether or not I would fight my way to freedom if I were ever attacked. My worries come more from that I would probably tire out before I got away. Also when I was showing one of my male friends what I learned, I didn't do so well at getting free where as with the instructor I thought I did okay but I'm sure he wasn't going to go full force. I'm an extremely petite girl, 5'6 and 107 pounds, most can over take me without a loosing a breath. I'm not sure exactly what my next move will be in this area but if it ever came down to it, I'm going down fighting with all my might!