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Escaping Headlocks from Behind

May. 14, 2019 by

One of the more dangerous attacks is what we identify in our Krav Maga curriculum as headlocks from behind. Basic Level Two includes three variations. Arm-bar on front of the throat (windpipe) Arm-bar on the neck (carotid artery) Hand/s covering

What is Scanning?

May. 8, 2019 by

Scan: to look at intently or quickly Rarely, perhaps never, does a class go by when an instructor doesn’t remind a student to scan.  We sometimes sound like those pull-a-string dolls that repeat phrases over and over again.  Yes, it

Basic Level 1 (B1): An Overview

Mar. 20, 2019 by

The Kravolution curriculum includes 11 levels. Basic 1-5, Advanced 1-5, and Expert 1. This series of blogs will offer an overview of each level. We begin, of course, with Basic 1 (B1). B1 can be divided into categories. and offers

Basic Level 1 Techniques: Preventing Chokes

Feb. 20, 2019 by

In Kravolution’s Basic Curriculum, “preventing chokes” is the first explicit example of “timeline” and decision-making.  Generally, timeline refers to when an attack is recognized and defended, evaded, or avoided.  Decision-making involves choice, choosing the best defense against an imminent attack.

Basic 1 Upper Body Strikes: An Overview

Feb. 5, 2019 by

One of the first things you learn in Krav Maga is how to protect ourselves using upper body strikes – punches, elbows etc… During training you learn effective body mechanics, how to strike at various directions, angles, and distances. The

4 Tips for Level Testing

Dec. 19, 2018 by

Testing can be an effective way to evaluate your progress and highlight what you need to work on.  To prepare for testing I suggest the following: Consistent training. Would you run a half marathon without training?  I did 15 years

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 “Timeline”.

Oct. 19, 2018 by

An oft-repeated term we use in Krav Maga is “Timeline.”  In most cases, a timeline refers to the distance of the assailant.  This distance has an integral role in how we defend ourselves. There is a significant difference, for example,

8 Striking Principles: An Overview

Sep. 13, 2018 by

Striking is an essential part of self defense . Striking can surprise, stun, or disable an assailant and get you home safe. There are many strikes and innumerable self-defense scenarios. Memorizing effective strikes for every situation simply isn’t possible as

Striking Fundamentals

May. 23, 2018 by

We prefer not to engage with an assailant.   Avoidance is the best self-defence. There are situations, however, when you must physically protect yourself.  To protect yourself you need to strike effectively. Strikes can be used to create distance, to distract