Learning self defence techniques on how to escape and break free from various holds and grips that an assailant would possibly use to attack with, I believe is coming more important to learn, as not only does it help you to know methods of escaping and subduing an assailant, causing them great pain and discomfort. It also builds each individuals confidence in their ability to protect themselves.
Learning ways of how to apply fast, practical and effective joint locking methods (Qin Na Fa) can help both males & females to defend themselves from being assaulted from a standing, sitting & lying positions were the assailant attempts to attack you from the front, rear or from either side. These particular joint locking techniques also involve the ability to seal the assailants blood and air, meaning that you learn how to apply strangulations and chokes that are effect and quick.
The Li Style Qin Na-Kung Fu uses a tremendous amount of body physics, such as angles, leverage & pressure to unbalance the assailant using effective joint locking techniques that can be used to pin and immobilise an assailant on the ground in a variety of methods. As each individual becomes more proficient in their ability to apply these joint locking techniques, they will also begin to develop their tactile sensitivity skill to feel for the assailants strength and resistance, being able to re-direct the assailants strength and power and to then quickly subdue them using fast, simple joint locks.
Learning self defence can help many individuals to defuse a violent situation that could suddenly happen within their place of work, or out socially with friends or even at home. I have lost the count of how many times women have mentioned to me, that how vulnerable they feel when they are simply out taking their dog for a walk in the park or in a field and suddenly they come across a man who is innocently walking his dog or just out for a walk. This is were learning some self defence could possibly help you escape and save you from a difficult and life threatening situation.