A Deliberate Stranger

Apr. 14, 2021 by

“Charm was a scheme for making strangers like and trust a person immediately, no matter what the charmer had in mind.”― Kurt Vonnegut Some assailants simply attack. They might rush or ambush their target and overwhelm with brute force or threaten

Avoiding Ambush

Apr. 7, 2021 by

Ambush. A surprise attack by persons from a concealed position.  To lie in wait for.  Many assaults are ambushes.  An attacker comes from a concealed position and surprises his target.  The element of surprise startles, sometimes freezing the victim.  Assailants

A Different Kind of Animal

Mar. 30, 2021 by

When discussing assaults, people often express surprise and even disbelief. Who does that? Why would someone do that? I can’t believe it? What kind of person could do that? It is a natural response. Most of us, possessing some modicum

Don’t worry, be savvy

Mar. 22, 2021 by

 Worry. To give way to anxiety or unease.  Savvy.  Knowingness, shrewdness “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” Mark Twain  These days when we discuss distractions and safety, we often refer to cell phones and

Assaults and Civil Society

Mar. 12, 2021 by

Civil. Polite, obliging, not rude.  A couple of years ago, a Krav Maga instructor offered a workshop at a gym here in Toronto. At one point, he focused on defending against an attacker who has you pinned against a wall.  The

Varied Terrain and Krav Maga Footwork

Mar. 8, 2021 by

Terrain. A tract of land esp. as regarded by the physical geographer or the military tactician.   Footwork. The use of the feet esp. skilfully, in sports, dancing etc.   Years ago, I saw two men fight outside a bar. It was winter,

Guardians, Guards, and Cell Phones

Jan. 3, 2021 by

Carelessness doesn’t bounce; it shatters. Hartman Jule Guardians.  A defender, protector, or keeper.  Guard. A state of vigilance or watchfulness, a person who protects or keeps watch.  Accidents and assaults can happen very quickly. Criminals can be brazen, committing their

No Shortcuts

Dec. 14, 2020 by

Like most shortcuts, it was an ill-chosen route. Washington Irving During one week in October of this year, we received two interesting and very similar inquiries about our self-defense training. The first question, via email, asked if someone could master

Walking, Jogging, and Abductions.

Dec. 2, 2020 by

Sadly, a google search for adduction, even when adding keywords like locations, brings up page upon page of incidents. It is quite alarming.   Many of these incidents occur as people are walking or running. Why? Perpetrators are often driving a

The Glass is Half Full. Defying Defeatism

Nov. 20, 2020 by

Defeatism. An excessive readiness to accept defeat.   During the COVID-19 pandemic, I talked with people who lamented that social distancing made Krav Maga training impossible or compromised to a point where training is futile. Certainly, the pandemic has restricted our