Self Defense in Public Places and the “Diffusion of Responsibility”

Dec. 8, 2018 by

Generally, we perceive a greater sense of security in groups.  Whether we are walking through a shopping mall, traveling on the subway, or sitting a movie theatre, we often relax, taking comfort in the “safety in numbers.”    There are many

Bullying: An Introduction

Dec. 5, 2018 by

Bullying is something all of us have experienced to some degree.  I certainly did as a child, and to some extent as an adult, as did my friends, family, and acquaintances. Defining bullying is a challenging endeavour.  Barbara Coloroso offers

Gift Certificates!

Dec. 4, 2018 by

Give the gift of safety, sweat and sore muscles!  Gift certificates are available for group classes or privates.   For package options visit:  http://www.tkma.ca/schedule/ Contact Christopher Gagne at torontokrav@gmail.com with any questions or to order a gift certificate.

Self Defense and “Old Man Winter”

Nov. 30, 2018 by

It is December in Toronto and winter is here.  Yeah! The best season of the year!  Who is with me?  No? Okay, so winter is not everyone’s cup of tea (or hot chocolate).  For Torontonians, Canadians and other global communities,

Defending Against Larger, Stronger Attackers

Nov. 28, 2018 by

One of the more frequently asked questions Krav Maga students ask is:  “How do I protect myselfagainst someone bigger and stronger than me?” In real life, after all, assailants often chose victims smaller to better intimidate and physically overwhelm.  There is

Escaping Chokes: Some General Points

Nov. 22, 2018 by

Chokes are among the most dangerous of assaults. Cutting off air can lead to passing out or death. Also, the attacker is likely larger and stronger than thevictim of the assault. Surviving these attacks requires quickdecision-making and precise and effective

Defending Punches: An Introduction

Nov. 19, 2018 by

Many assaults involve punches.  Learning how to defend against such attacks comprises a significant part of our training. Punches pose a serious problem as they can come from various directions, angles, and heights. Here are some basic factors to consider when

Understanding the Problem: A Vital Aspect of Teaching Self-Defense

Nov. 14, 2018 by

A problem well stated is a problem half solved. – Charles F. Kettering  If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because theanswer is not separate from the problem. – Jiddu Krishnamurti  Before students

Getting Up Off the Ground: Some Checkpoints

Nov. 8, 2018 by

In an earlier blog (see http://www.tkma.ca/tips-for-surviving-assaults-on-the-ground/ ) we offered some general tips for surviving assaults on the ground.  One key aspect is getting up as soon as possible.  Getting up can be difficult from a physical standpoint as many adults are

Krav Maga and Decision-making: 3 Training Goals

Nov. 2, 2018 by

When people describe Krav Maga they often emphasize the physical aspect of training: striking, defending, escaping grabs etc… Often overlooked is the mental aspect of Krav Maga training, particularly decision-making. This is a vast topic so this article will focus