Why a Ladies Only Class?

Sparrow Defense teaches a number of Ladies Only courses. Many students want to know how the content and teaching is different from our open-enrollment courses.

In most cases, the content remains the same. However, our method of teaching content changes. There are some specific benefits to taking a Ladies Course:

  • Course content begins with the assumption that students will be fighting an opponent who is larger, stronger, and heavier. This generally means that a female victim will be fighting at a disadvantage. That changes the use of force flowchart, equipment setup, and tactics used.
  • Whereas most men's clothing is built around wearing a belt and filling generously-sized pockets with gear, women's clothing is generally not built with storage space and function in mind. Because of this, a woman's gear setup will be different from a man's.
  • Off-body carry in purses, handbags, and backpacks is more common with ladies, and the course teaches the draw from those items if that is the student's preferred method of carrying.
  • Ladies' hands are often smaller, which can present issues when teaching the fundamentals of shooting to a new student.
  • The shape of the male and female pelvis is different, which changes the angle of a presentation from the holster. Equipment features, setup, and a modified draw procedure is taught in the course.
  • In many households, women remain the primary caregivers to young children. This means that a female victim is more likely to be defending herself and dependents.
  • Women are at a much higher risk for personal crimes such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, domestic violence, and unwanted advances than men. We discuss this unfortunate reality and provide methods for lessening risk.

Ladies Only Classes

Ladies Only Defensive Pistol

A blend of our Defensive Pistol I and II courses, with a focus on concerns for women using a pistol against a larger and stronger opponent. Methods of carry will also include purse / bag carry, as well as equipment setups to offset the drawbacks to most clothing designed for ladies.

Ladies Only Skill Builder

This is a 2+ hour of recurring instruction, open to Ladies who have previously taken our Defensive Pistol, Tactical Rifle, or Ladies Only Defensive Pistol courses. The Skill Builder series is a monthly training session that focuses on teaching and refining a specific skill.

Ladies Group Training

All of our courses can be taught as a Ladies Only Course. This is a popular option for professional and social groups, ladies retreats, or families. Please inquire with us about scheduling.


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