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

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

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

Situational Awareness: An Introduction

Jul. 30, 2020 by

What is situational awareness?   A quick google search offers various definitions. Wikipedia, for example, defines situational awareness as “the perception of environmental elements and events concerning time and space, the comprehension of the meaning, and the projection of the future

Uppercuts

Jul. 24, 2020 by

In Level Two of our curriculum, we introduce two new medium-range strikes, the hook punch and the uppercut.  In a recent blog, we outlined the former.  Now we are going to focus on the uppercut.   Like, hooks, uppercuts are circular

Palm Heel Strikes

Jul. 15, 2020 by

What is a Palm Heel Strike? A medium range strikes (arm’s length) An effective tool for striking soft and hard targets (e.g. side of the attacker’s head). Palm heel strikes are usually the first strike we learn in Krav Maga