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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

Creatures of Habit: Assaults and Location.

Nov. 12, 2020 by

From mid-January to early March 2018, a group of attackers terrorized a series of victims in the Yonge and Eglinton area in Toronto. They robbed these people with unarmed threats, as well as knife and gun threats. They took items

Khabib, Goldilocks, and Training Resilience

Nov. 3, 2020 by

Recently, a friend of mine sent me a video of now-retired MMA champion Khabib Nuragomedov swimming against a river’s strong current in very cold water. The current tested his stamina while the cold temperatures added an extra stressor to the

Pandemics and Potential Violence.

Oct. 27, 2020 by

On October 25, after an alleged argument over social distancing in a Liquor store in Toronto, one of the participants followed the other and shot the other in the parking lot and fled the scene. The victim died in a

Challenging our Image of Violent Criminals: Age

Oct. 10, 2020 by

In previous articles, we explore how we need to expand our sense of who assailants are. Many of us, inspired by cinema, books and other pop culture influences, have an image of those who commit violent crime. Close your eyes

6 Ways Assailants Conceal Sharp Weapons

Oct. 2, 2020 by

In Toronto, a series of recent stabbings has raised concerns about knife violence. One question that people often ask is how assailants conceal the knife – at least enough to get close to a victim. Knives, after all, are close

Krav Maga Training and the Power of Habit

Sep. 6, 2020 by

Habit. A settled or regular tendency or practice. A mental constitution or attitude. In his fascinating book, The Power of Habit, Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg explains the transformative effect of a habit.   His

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