Women only classes have become very popular lately. I’m trying hard to understand the trend. I understand that some women have had a difficult time in their lives and may find the idea of a women only class comforting. I also recognize that it is a very personal decision.
Ladies, what you may not realize, a mixed gender class is not necessarily a testosterone fest. I’m seeing more and more women in our classes, and I’m seeing the respect they get from the men! It is good for the guys to see you learning, asking and answering questions and building your own skills. It is also humbling for them in many cases when we get to the range. The ladies frequently shoot better than the men! Not quite sure why, but I’ve seen it over and over.
My opinion, it is more important to find caring, thoughtful and safe instructors than a single gender class. If you call and talk to an instructor and don’t feel comfortable, keep looking. Many of us have men and women co-teaching classes. Most women instructors will be happy to take a few extra minutes to answer questions that are gender unique, like holster and concealed carry issues.
If you really want to take a single gender class, go for it. They are out there, check your local range or gun store for flyers. It is more important to take formal training in whatever environment is most comfortable for you.
Men, it is good for you to see the ladies learning and realizing their own power. Many men have told me that they want the women in their lives to be able to defend themselves if needed. I think this is the ultimate statement of Love.