Four Tips to De-escalate a Potentially Violent Conflict

Jul. 26, 2019 by

Last summer (2018), I was exiting a train at the Bloor/Yonge subway station. It was crowded and as I walked toward the stairs I accidentally bump into a man. I turned to apologize and saw him squinting at me with

What are “Reflex Defenses?”

Jul. 15, 2019 by

Reflex. an action independent of the will, an automatic response…. Let’s face it. As much as we want to be aware of our surroundings, we are not always ready. We might be daydreaming, preoccupied with work or personal matters, or

Understanding How an Attacker Attacks (in Real Life): 6 Points to Consider

Jul. 8, 2019 by

A vital aspect of self-defense training is understanding how assailants actually attack in real life. Without this knowledge, you are preparing for assaults that happen only in the safety of your studio/dojo. One of the things you learn during our

Real Life Assaults on the Ground: 4 Problems

Jul. 5, 2019 by

In previous blogs, we offered some general tips about protecting yourself on the ground. Now, we want to take a closer look at some of the problems involved in real life ground assaults. Here are four factors. There are no

Shirt Grabs: The Problem

Jun. 24, 2019 by

Assailants will sometimes grab your shirt (or jacket, blouse, etc…) to control you, throw you off balance, and to intimidate. The can grab with one hand or two and from any direction. As always we strive to avoid or prevent

Defending in Confined Spaces

Jun. 17, 2019 by

Some assaults occur in confined spaces such as an elevator, small room, on public transit, to name a few possibilities. These settings can have a significant impact on how you protect yourself. Here are some potential factors. Limited space. Due

Safety in Crowds

Jun. 14, 2019 by

This year the NBA’s Toronto Raptors went on an incredible playoff run culminating with them winning the NBA Championship. For the duration of the playoffs, fans gathered in Jurassic Park, an area outside of the Air Canada Centre in downtown

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

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

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