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

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 “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,

Back to School: Some Tips for Campus Safety

Sep. 1, 2018 by

Sadly, Toronto has witnessed its share of assaults on and around the campuses of its post-secondary institutions(York University, University of Toronto, Seneca College, George Brown College, Ryerson…). Many students are living away from their parents for the first time.  Many

Danger Signals: “Are You Alone?”

Aug. 18, 2018 by

There are many reasons strangers enter our homes. They might be there to fix our internet, plumbing, or furnace. They might be delivering food or other items. Perhaps, they are a door to door sales person. In most cases, they

Tips for Surviving Assaults on the Ground

Aug. 2, 2018 by

 Many assaults end up on the ground.  You can fall, trip or slip.   An assailant might hit you, push or pull you to the ground. In real situations, you are not falling on a soft mat but rather on a

Subways, Self-Defense, and Safe Travels

Jul. 29, 2018 by

Subways are public places but assaults still occur as people travel to work, home etc…  Two examples: In April 2013, as a subway approached Davisville station a man was stabbed in the throat. April 2010, 2 men held down and