From a female self defense perspective, it is important to understand that just because you take a few classes does not mean you are equipped to stop an attack from an unknowing aggressor. In the idea of self defense tactics, it is the idea to train the body to be comfortable in the most uncomfortable situations in order to better respond to the born and innate fight or flight response that could help or hurt us. Wether you chose to learn striking, grappling, or both, any training is better than no training. How hard you push yourself is up to you, the environment to learn and grow is prime and set on the mats here with a world wide wealth of practical and battle tested techniques and strategies from an mixed martial arts legend and real world champion. Self defense starts with self awareness, a strong mind is a product of a strong body.