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Self Defense and Your Surroundings

Jun. 28, 2019 by

Sometimes one can be so closely involved with things that the larger context is lost to view. Brian Ferneyhough One aspect that separates Krav Maga from many other self-defense systems is its emphasis on context. In real life situations, your

What is Scanning?

May. 8, 2019 by

Scan: to look at intently or quickly Rarely, perhaps never, does a class go by when an instructor doesn’t remind a student to scan.  We sometimes sound like those pull-a-string dolls that repeat phrases over and over again.  Yes, it

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

Basic Level 1 Techniques: Preventing Chokes

Feb. 20, 2019 by

In Kravolution’s Basic Curriculum, “preventing chokes” is the first explicit example of “timeline” and decision-making.  Generally, timeline refers to when an attack is recognized and defended, evaded, or avoided.  Decision-making involves choice, choosing the best defense against an imminent attack.

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 in Public Places and the “Diffusion of Responsibility”

Dec. 8, 2018 by

Generally, we perceive a greater sense of security in groups.  Whether we are walking through a shopping mall, traveling on the subway, or sitting a movie theatre, we often relax, taking comfort in the “safety in numbers.”    There are many

When and Where Do Assaults Happen?

Aug. 4, 2018 by

When and where do assaults happen?  It is a question often asked during our training sessions.  The short answer? Anywhere and anytime.  A commonly held view is that assaults happen in “bad neighbourhoods”, when the victim is alone, and at