Hands Off!: Hap-ki-do self defence for women
Adams and Webster
Now wait just a minute! I was about to say that even though this book is old, its techniques are probably mostly valid to keep it around if it is all a library had. Then I read the back cover (above). The paragraph about how hap-ki do is perfect for women because it requires no real strength nor years of training to perfect the moves is just insulting. Many, many women I know are a lot stronger physically than many, many men I know! I don’t think women shy away from activity that takes years to perfect, either. Maybe they did in 1986 when “attitudes [were] changing,” as the back cover notes, but not in 2011.
Still, the book is probably ok if it’s the best you can do. If you’ve got something more current and less insulting, even better. I’d only weed it if you don’t have/can’t get something better.
Here are some other women’s self-defense (defence? Must be the UK spelling, since this was published in the UK) posts from ALB’s past: