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

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

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

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

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

5 Ways to Create and Maintain Distance

Jun. 1, 2020 by

During our self-defense training, we remind students that distance is their friend.  But how do you create distance if someone is trying to get closer? After all, people are not always respectful of our space, and someone intending to harm you certainly

Working with your Current Fitness Level: 4 Tips

Mar. 31, 2020 by

Please be assured that your fitness limitations will not prevent you from learning self-defense. We are adamant that self-defense should be accessible to everyone. Of course, we encourage you to improve your fitness but we will work with “where you

Self -Defense Training: Avoid “Perfection Paralysis”

Mar. 9, 2020 by

There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen, Anthem. At its root, perfectionism isn’t really about a deep love of being meticulous. It’s about fear. Fear of making a mistake. Fear of disappointing others. Fear of