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

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,

“Follow Your Gut”: Intuition and Self-Defense

Mar. 6, 2019 by

Intuition:  immediate apprehension by the mind without reasoning.  Empiricism: the theory that all knowledge is derived from sense-experience.     Reasoning: Coming to an understanding or conclusion through logical argument.   Your “inner voice, a “gut feeling”, a “hunch.”  People use

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

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,