There are techniques on the ground, but very few that I would ever recommend to a non-martial artist. And it's just my opinion that you give up too much on the ground just for the sake of harder kicking. Most people don't know a proper upkick, and knees/groin can be attacked standing. Take the average woman on the ground. Changes are she'll be on her back. The average woman is 5'4". We're talking short legs with ankles than can easily be grabbed, allowing your attacker on the ground and in your guard. And where exactly is she kicking? What are the targets? Now, I firmly believe one should learn defenses from the ground, but to voluntarily put yourself there for KICKING purposes? To hell with that. Most competent instructors still concentrate on soft targets (eyes, throat, solar plexus), joints (fingers, elbows, wrists) and pressure points.
Honestly, I feel self-defense is a bit of a crock (and what the hell is WOMEN'S self-defense?). Like anything, it has to be practiced regularly
. For that, you may as well take up a martial art. Except taekwondo, because that doesn't count.
*takes off running*
*edit* Goat definitely said it best. Self-defense is about getting the hell away from your attacker.
Nothing less, nothing more. I'm not trying to stand and throw punches with my attacker. I'm trying to rip his eyeballs out of his socket. You think I'm going to stand there and take a bite out of his corneas? This isn't Mortal Kombat, ffs.
*edit II, electric boogaloo* More self-defense talk here