What would you look for in a defensive class?
I've had most people tell me that martial arts is worthless for SD until years have gone by. (Makes sense. The focus is on form.)
Some people have told me that even SD classes are worthless without years of training.
I was looking at a member's site that does classes that look intriguing. Basically, dirty street fighting, with knives, guns, empty hand, etc. They aren't local and I wouldn't travel that far for class. but it seems like that's the kind of thing I'd want.
I posted some vids from that site and a friend tore them apart, suggesting it was a crud mix of martial arts with some possibly fatal mistakes.
I'm not necessarily buying it.
But it brings up the fact that I have no clue how to evaluate SD offerings.
I've looked at Krav Maga, figuring if it's good enough for the Israeli Army, it's good enough for me. But again, had people nay say it. (And KM doesn't include pistol, afaik.)
Ideally, I'd like to find a place that is 100% focused on SD, rather than "art" or "tradition", and ideally it would include pistol as well as blade and empty hand.
What would you look for if you were female or for a female in your life looking to improve SD skills and SD pistol?