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

Deception: 5 Ways an Assailant Might Try to Get Close to You

Jul. 12, 2018 by

Deceive.  To mislead purposely. In 2012, a 16 year old woman was assaulted near the Broadview/Danforth intersection.  This horrible incident began when the survivor approached a man with his head down.  As she approached he asked her for “a light”

Knife Threats: Cooperate or Fight? 7 Factors to Consider

May. 18, 2018 by

When you are confronted with someone threatening you with a knife there is a vital choice before you. Do you cooperate or do you fight? There are innumerable variables at play and every situation is unique. Generally speaking, avoidance is

Knife disarms. Only if necessary.

May. 12, 2018 by

Surviving assaults with sharp objects comprise a regular part of our training.  Such objects, after all, are readily available. Some examples. Knives Utility knives Broken bottles Screwdrivers An armed attacker is obviously extremely dangerous.  A stab or cut can disable