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UTKM Online Store Coming Soon

Posted: August 13, 2017 by urbantacticskravmaga in UTKM General News
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UTKM Online Store

Coming soon

UTKM Products will be offered via a third party Seasonal Store. While this year it is late, our goal is to offer a variety of Branded UTKM Products to both students and the general public. The goal is to open up season stores 3 out of the 4 seasons, Summer, Spring and Fall/Winter. Each Season will offer seasonal Appropriate Apparel.

How it will work:

Each season or just before each season the Store dates will be listed and the store will be open for the selected period. ALL orders will be taken only during this time. Once the store is closed orders will be processed by the third party company and all orders will be shipped to UTKM HQ. If you are a regular student or are able to pick up your order in person no additional charges will occur. If you are ordering from out of the Metro Vancouver area or are unable to be contacted you will be contacted by UTKM staff for additional shipping costs at which point UTKM will mail you your items. UTKM will only keep a few items of each in stock after the store closes, if you do not buy when the stores are open you may have to wait until next season to get them.

The Steps Broken Down

  1. Seasonal Store dates announced and items listed.
  2.  The store opens for a limited time and orders are placed
  3. Orders are processed and shipped to UTKM HQ

Then:

  1.  You pick up your orders in person at our Richmond Facility OR;
  2. You will be contacted by UTKM for additional Shipping costs and after being paid will have the items shipped to you.

Please Read the following Carefully:

  1. ONCE THE STORE IS CLOSED THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS FROM UTKM, PLEASE ORDER WISELY.
  2. ADDITIONAL FEES WILL APPLY TO ALL OUT OF TOWN ORDERS
  3. LIMITED STOCK WILL BE KEPT ON THE SEASONAL ITEMS ONCE THE STORES HAVE BEEN CLOSED.

Summer Season Items:

  1. UTKM T-Shirts (Uniform)
  2. UTKM Tank Tops (Uniform)
  3. UTKM Branded Hats
  4. UTKM Branded Duffel Bags
  5. UTKM Branded Shorts
  6. UTKM Branded Women’s Leggings

Photos to Come.

Fall/Winter Season Items:

List to come.

Spring Season Items:

List to come.

20170807

Warriors Den Podcast

Download on iTunes Today! https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/urban-tactics-krav-maga-warriors/id969549693?mt=2

 

Terramce Flipping a tire

Terrance Flipping 200 kilogram tractor tire through the back roads east of Whistler, B.C., while wearing nearly 25 kilograms of steel chain for awareness

 

Project Power Gym Local

John Sambo

John Sambo doing some heavy lifting.

Mr. John Sambo asked us a while ago to plan a podcast with Terrance J. Kosikar founder of Camp My way. After hearing about the camp we of course agreed. John Sambo is a powerlifter & Strength athlete, bobsledder, musician and an all around great guy. Terrance was the first responder who attended the Fatal accident that occurred at the 2010 winter Olympics and subsequently developed PTSD or PTS Injury as Terrance prefers. This caused a downwards spiral mentally which eventually lead to his self-isolation out near Lillooet BC. This gave him the ability to heal and subsequently found Camp my way a place dedicated to helping First responders and recovering drug addicts recover from PTS. Terrance is also helping get legislation pushed in BC to address this increasing problem of first responder suicide by getting them the help they need sooner. See information on this Bill here. UTKM is proud to help promote this non-partisan cause and support Camp My way to grow and achieve its goals. You can support Terrance by donating via his website at Campmyway.com or by using his #itsnotweaktospeak which can also be found on the website itsnotweaktospeak.com.

 

A long but well worth it listen to any one struggling with mental health issues or is a first responder who is affected or has friends affected by this silent injury.

Episode 44 – Fightcast UFC 213

Posted: July 9, 2017 by urbantacticskravmaga in Warrior's Den
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Warriors Den Podcast

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This is a UFC 2013 Fightcast. The main event was supposed to be an Amanda Nunes fight but was pulled off the card at the last even making the Co-Main event the Middleweight Interm Belt fight. The guests are some repeat offenders, with Ben and Dave from the last fight cast and our New Muay Thai Instructor Bilal Mobarak.  Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

This blog post is written by one of our female students who wishes to remain anonymous. Names in this article have been altered for the sake of anonymity.

I have been doing Krav Maga at Urban Tactics Krav Maga for a few months now. I am a 46-year-old mother of three: a teenage daughter and two adult sons. I started Krav partly because my family does it and partly because I work as a paramedic and occasionally find myself in some tense and even dangerous situations on the job.

Another student in our class recently came across an advertisement online for a women’s only Krav Maga class and asked me what I thought about it and if I would write a post on the subject.

When I consider a women’s only self-defense class, it seems counter-productive to me. I understand women’s only dance or yoga classes. Some people feel uncomfortable exercising in the presence of the opposite sex and that’s fine. Self-defense classes, however, seem to be based in self-defense, first and foremost. That’s the most important thing.

In the first class that I sparred with a man, I hesitated. I was not aggressive. Partly, it’s because I was taught as a girl to be demure and to let the man lead. The thought also went through my head, “what if I hit him hard and he hits me back hard?!” Which is what could happen in real life, of course. It could happen to me at work, or to my daughter who is going about her teenage life in a crazy world. Attackers don’t wait for you to be ready or get over your conditioning just because you are a girl.

I learned that techniques work differently when used on people who are larger – or smaller – than myself. I wonder how a woman who has never practiced against a man would overcome her natural psychological reactions to such a different kind of opponent. How would she learn that some techniques simply do not work the same way on someone considerably larger or stronger than themselves and that those techniques must be modified?

In the real world, things will not go well if your reaction speed is slowed because you face an opponent you are really unfamiliar with or your situational awareness is less because something totally new is happening to you. You will most probably hesitate and get hurt. Krav Maga teaches us not to hesitate and to do whatever it takes to survive against an attacker. Against anyone trying to hurt us. Gender-specific schooling doesn’t really work well with that goal.

I have now practiced and sparred with both men and women and I hesitate less each time. I use different moves depending on size and aggression level of my opponent.

Krav Maga has taught me that self-defense is about awareness and reaction speed before technique and force. Technique and force are important, but great technique doesn’t help you very much when you’re already on the ground due to not being used to fighting a certain kind of opponent.

We all learn best by doing and practicing any kind of self-defense is better than none. However, self-defense techniques should be able to be used reliably, without hesitation, in any situation and against anyone who is trying to hurt you.

Warriors Den Podcast

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Michelle Tsoi is local martial artist practising in the past Capoeira and more recently started BJJ. She is also a local paramedic for BC ambulance. In this episode, we talk about how she got into martial arts as well as her experience with PTSD as a first responder among other things.

 

 

Warriors Den Podcast

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Tobey Reyes is an expert in arnis/illistrimo and is also a BJJ Blue belt. He was also on episode 2 of warriors den. He and host Jonathan Fader originally met when they were training BJJ at Trevor Clarkson’s place in Richmond BC. In this episode, we talk about the usual fighting, UFC, training, Politics and of course the fact we both have Knee injuries that we are recovering from.

Warriors Den Podcast

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Geoffrey Chiu of GC Performance Training is an up-and-coming local trainer, although he prefers the title “coach,” specializing in the strength and conditioning for any and all sports. Follow him on Facebook, he does weekly Q&A every Monday. Joining him and Jonathan is UTKM’s own marketing director, Miss Zerlinda Chau.

We talk about Geoff’s background, high school PE classes, Geoff’s blog post about MMA strength and conditioning, politics and more!

Action Movie Review Guide

Posted: January 10, 2017 by urbantacticskravmaga in Action Movie Review
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New year, new blog category!

Who doesn’t like movies? We certainly do! Quite often, we are asked about our opinion on a certain action movie or the choreography of a certain fighting or shooting scene. We decided to start a new blog section. Behold…

ACTION MOVIE REVIEWS!! (Imagine that said in a loud booming echoing voice…)

#UTKMmovies

Under this blog category, we will review movies that portray real life hand-to-hand combat and tactical action from the perspective of our experts. If you’d like to request a movie, let us know in the comments below, email us, or post on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #UTKMmovies.

First, let’s define our ranking scales!

The Categories:

  • Realism (of hand-to-hand combat)
  • Strategy (of the characters)
  • Firearms and Weapons (use and portrayal)
  • Enjoyment (did we like the film)
  • Final rating (an average total)

Each category is scored out of 5 stars, and the average total will be given for the final rating.

Realism

Obviously, a movie can have a variety of hand-to-hand combat styles. Some directors go for a more flashy, unrealistic style of fighting, while some go for more practical and realistic styles. While great, epic action scenes like that in Kill Bill (2003, 2004) are fun to watch, they aren’t exactly the most realistic at times. Not to pick on the Kill Bill series, we love that movie, but movies with scenes we find more realistic will score higher on the star scale and B Movies with “hacky” and unrealistic fight scenes will score low on the point scale.

Strategy

Both the main goodies and baddies have to have some strategy in their action, and obviously we must assess whether they were good whether or not it’s realistic. Running around shooting everything and blowing everything up may look cool, but is it a good strategy? A movie that is just filled with explosions and non-stop action will score low on the star scale. However, if there is an attempt to show a realistic and feasible strategy that is believable, it will score high.

Firearms and Weapons

What would an action movie be with out a little bit of firearms and/or weapons use? Thus, of course in modern action movies, we will also be looking at whether the firearms handling meets our approval or if it’s clearly actor/director improvisation that looks good but is actually total garbage. If other weapons are involved, we will also make a judgement call on whether it is more realistic or simply flashy.

Enjoyment

This is where we rate the movie on all the other factors, including script, character development, and whether we, well… enjoyed it or not. This is a bit more subjective and totally up to the individual blog authors’ likes and tastes. Even if a move is terrible on all other aspects, it may still have some hope.

Final Score

This is the average of all the previous categories, and thus its final score.

Would you like us to review a specific action movie? You can always request via email, or post on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #UTKMmovies.