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

Holiday Travel: 6 Ways to Deter Home Break-ins While You are Away.

Dec. 23, 2018 by

Holidays offer many of us people an opportunity to travel.  Some Torontonians fly south to enjoy warmer climates (sadly missing some of our colder winter days).  A vacation offers a well-deserved break from the rigours of our daily lives.  It

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 and “Old Man Winter”

Nov. 30, 2018 by

It is winter in Toronto.  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, winter comes every year. 

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,