I love the fact that I'm a small to average size woman and I know how to effectively get out of a bad "club" situation or street situation with maybe a few bruises but nothing worse that what my brothers used to dole out as a kid. Now, nobody wants to play with me.
I don't like the fact that where I learn is 95% men. The women that are there are so afraid of actual contact that it doesn't provide me a chance to get used to being hit either. I enjoy training with a guy, just not doing kicks with a guy. I have no weight to hold against him. my 115 lbs isn't much against a 195 lb kick. My upper body doesn't like that much force and usually caves first, no fun for me and no resistance for him. Only down side so far.
One only regrets what he missed or cannot accept.