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 Decision-making: 3 Training Goals

Nov. 2, 2018 by

When people describe Krav Maga they often emphasize the physical aspect of training: striking, defending, escaping grabs etc… Often overlooked is the mental aspect of Krav Maga training, particularly decision-making. This is a vast topic so this article will focus

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,

Deliberate Practice and Krav Maga

Oct. 7, 2018 by

Krav Maga instructors are always looking to help students improve while striving to improve their own skills. Over the years, we have seen instructors and students who steadily improve, becoming very proficient. We have also seen those who improve at

8 Striking Principles: An Overview

Sep. 13, 2018 by

Striking is an essential part of self defense . Striking can surprise, stun, or disable an assailant and get you home safe. There are many strikes and innumerable self-defense scenarios. Memorizing effective strikes for every situation simply isn’t possible as

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

Learning Krav Maga: Ask Questions.

Jul. 21, 2018 by

“The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.” – Ruby Dee “How are you going to find out about things if you don’t ask questions?” ― L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables When one teaches, two learn.  – Robert

7 Traits of an Effective Krav Maga Practitioner

Jul. 6, 2018 by

Over the past 13 years, I have seen many Krav Maga students and instructors progress at various levels. The ones who become the most proficient have the following traits: Consistency. Three, two, even one session a week consistently over a

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4 Guidelines for Protecting Yourself

Jun. 5, 2018 by

During our Krav Maga classes, we spend a lot of attention to detail.  These details involve the body mechanics of striking, deflecting, blocking, releasing holds and much more.  All of this, however, is in the context of some of the

“Hands Up” 3 Reasons to Keep Your Mitts Up.

May. 9, 2018 by

“Hands Up” – 80s music duo Ottawan Possibly the most frequently used phrase in Krav Maga classes is “hands up”.  Sometimes, I am sure, it sounds like nagging. (It can sound a lot like “elbows off the table!”) There are