Whoa! This is quite a story to read. I had no idea such training existed, and have to say I admire you and the other men who train and volunteer in order to enable women to have this critical self-defense training. While I totally understand the attitude of the women, as described, about men — being a woman and knowing the intense vulnerability that exists at the edge of awareness and hopefully will never be triggered to be experienced in reality — by the same token, providing the intense service to women that you do with your time, pain and training — in a very real way, you are the ultimate gentlemen. Isn’t it ironic? Thanks for posting!