I know that asking anything about martial arts can bring out the macho factor, but would welcome any reasoned advice. Looking at the delightful world in which we live in, where nutters offer excuses such as "I didn't kill her, honest your honour - I just came across her dead body and had sex with it..." (and other cases too numerous to mention), I would like a certain little apple of my eye to receive some form of training. I'm quite clear that, by and large, the best form of self defence against a sweating rapist is to be somewhere else, depart the scene at high speed, live in the US and whip out your trusty magnum, etc etc etc, but, all other things being equal, if a young lady were to end up cornered by said perv, what do we in arrse think would be the best training to have had? I'm wondering about something like a - well run - kick-boxing club. Primarily because there's the full contact element that means she won't freeze like a rabbit at the shock of being slapped, should the worst ever happen. (Again, yes, I'm clear that a proper right hook from the average bloke will lay almost any girl out - we're talking percentages, a bit of luck and a following wind here...) It will also teach her to get her legs into the fight, which are going to be a darn sight stronger than girlie arms. She's still too young to even start, but I'm thinking that if this can become a healthy hobby from about 8 onwards, I've at least given her health, self-discipline and a fighting chance. If nothing else, she'll be able to brush off cr@p chat-up lines in style... Thoughts?