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Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink”: Some Implications for Krav Maga Self-Defense Training.

Apr. 12, 2019 by

In his fascinating book, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell explores how people can make immediate assessments or “snap judgments” without consciously knowing why they know what they know. He cites numerous examples including, • In basketball,

Krav Maga Proficiency and the “Flywheel”.

Mar. 25, 2019 by

In his seminal book, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t, Jim Collins explores how good companies become better great. Though focused on business development, Collins offers some lessons that can be applied to becoming

Mistakes as a Necessary Part of Your Self-Defense Training.

Mar. 13, 2019 by

Forget your mistakes, but remember what they taught you. Dorothy GalyeanFailure is just another way to learn how to do something right. Marian Wright Edelman A smooth sea never made a good mariner. English proverb. Self-defense training offers a physical

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

Why is it Important to Vary and Develop Your Striking Combinations?

Jan. 11, 2019 by

As self-defense practitioners we all have our favourite striking combinations.  These are the ones we have frequently practiced and feel most confident performing.  Some people feel very comfortable punching but are less adept at kicking.  Others might want to rely

7 Training Tips to Act Effectively Under Stress

Jan. 3, 2019 by

Krav Maga instructors strive to prepare students for real life situations.  One of the greatest challenges in self-defense is managing your stress.  Assaults, verbal and physical, can evoke various stress responses including: Reduced motor skills Tunnel vision Nausea Muddled thinking

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

6 Ways to Use Your Voice to Protect Yourself.

Dec. 13, 2018 by

Self defense classes devote many hours teaching you to strike, deflect, block, escape…  Such exercises help you to understand how to use your body to protect yourself.  Training also develops your mental skills – identifying and assessing danger, adapting to

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