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Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink”: Some Implications for Krav Maga Self-Defense Training.

Apr. 12, 2019 by

In his fascinating book, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell explores how people can make immediate assessments or “snap judgments” without consciously knowing why they know what they know. He cites numerous examples including, • In basketball,

Abduction Prevention: 5 Practical Self Defense Tips

Apr. 2, 2019 by

Abduction: to carry off or kidnap (a person) illegally by force or deception In May 2011, a woman was walking along Lakeshore Avenue in Toronto when two men tried to pull her into their vehicle. Thankfully, she escaped. More recently,

6 Tips for Preventing and Surviving Assaults in Elevators

Mar. 15, 2019 by

In a densely populated city like Toronto, many people use elevators to access floors in high rise buildings such as apartment buildings, condos, and offices. Sometimes, these elevator trips are during busy times when we are crammed with others. Other

“Follow Your Gut”: Intuition and Self-Defense

Mar. 6, 2019 by

Intuition:  immediate apprehension by the mind without reasoning.  Empiricism: the theory that all knowledge is derived from sense-experience.     Reasoning: Coming to an understanding or conclusion through logical argument.   Your “inner voice, a “gut feeling”, a “hunch.”  People use

Asking What If? Krav Maga Training and Thinking “Outside of the Box”

Feb. 24, 2019 by

Many of the most welcome questions from Krav Maga students begin with “What if..?” What if they don’t let go of my wrist? What if I am sitting down instead of standing? What if I am in a small space and can’t

6 Habits to Develop Your Situational Awareness

Feb. 11, 2019 by

While it is not always possible to prevent an assault, developing greater awareness will better your chances. In a previous blog, we offered an overview of “What is situational awareness. Now, the challenge is putting this awareness into practice. Here

What is Situational Awareness?

Jan. 29, 2019 by

During our Krav Maga classes, we devote a lot of training time to defending against assaults we are unable to prevent – punches, grabs, weapon assaults etc… The preference, of course, is to avoid these situations whenever possible. This involves

Understanding Body Language: Some Potential Signs of Aggression.

Jan. 23, 2019 by

.Kinesics: the study of body language We often say avoidance is the best self defense.  Avoiding involves being aware of signs of danger.  Vital to this is the developing field of kinesics. The body can indicate when a person is

Self Defense in Crowded Public Spaces

Dec. 11, 2018 by

With our Krav Maga school located in Toronto (the largest city in Canada), we often talk with people about safety in busy public areas.  Many of them travel via public transit(subway, bus), visit malls and stores, and enjoy outdoor venues

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