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Krav Maga and Use of Force

Posted: December 12, 2017 by urbantacticskravmaga in Krav Maga Principles
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This photo is a representation of the complex decision making that needs to occur in a split second in your brain during a violent confrontation. It is meant to be confusing, it is meant to be cluttered. See Stages of mental processing for more.

 

Krav Maga was developed to deal with extreme duress and potential risk to human life, which makes the style very aggressive and functional, However, since its creation, countries have grown and laws have changed. Not all countries have the same outlook on what is an appropriate use of force. In many developed countries, it is expected from trained individuals to minimize their use of force to only that which is necessary. Therefore, know your country’s laws; know what is considered too much force in your country. In some places, the law may consider killing acceptable, so long as it is in self defense. But in other places, that may not be the case. It is up to you, and only you to use your discretion to decide what amount of force is appropriate. Above is a guide to situations in which one should or shouldn’t use force. This is only a guide; we can’t tell you what is right or wrong. Know the laws, and use your discretion.

Understand, that how fast you can react or make a decision is based on many factors such as training, and experience. It can also be determined based on what state of mental awareness you are in. One key is to be situationally aware or at mental colour code yellow. (See Awareness Colour Code for more detail). No matter what your training or experience if you fail to be situationally aware and identify the threat your reactions may be too slow. Add on to the complexity of the decision-making process as seen (above) and you may start to understand why so many are woefully unready to deal with an initial burst of violence.

There is a reason the best Self Defense is to not be there in the first place because the more complex the situation, the more complex the decision making and the more likely there will be an error in judgment. Real life is messy, and mistakes happen, no matter how well you are prepared. This is why unless it is your job to engage practice avoidance and diffusion as a general lifestyle (See The stages of Self Defense).

After all, “You Win 100% of Fights you are not in.” – Nir Maman – CT707 Founder

Use of Force is a term usually to describe a model of one form or another that is a decision making tree to decide when and how to use violence to counter violence. It must be remembered that in the immediate situation and acute exposure to a violent act if you are unable to avoid or diffuse the situation then you must meet violence with violence. There is no way to overcome this it is the time to fight fire with fire. In that one moment, you MUST meet violence hard, fast and aggressive all while applying the appropriate level of force for the level of violence you are dealing with. It will always be messy, it may be full of mistakes, but if you make the correct decisions you will go home to safety.

*Topics under any principle category (EX. Krav Maga Principles) may be updated from time to time so always check in every few months to see if the posts have been updated.

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My first Krav Maga class: Carrie, 48

Posted: December 7, 2017 by urbantacticskravmaga in UTKM Student Corner
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To be honest, I thought that my first blog post would certainly involve sublime musings on clothes, shoes, and purses. As it turns out, fashion bloggers run rampant on the internet.
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No Groin, No Krav Maga

So, upon the suggestion of my colleague, Warren, a self-proclaimed pragmatic, and a brown belt in Judo and green belt in Krav Maga (he is one of the original students at UTKM), I succumbed to writing a snippet about my brief encounter with this Israeli fighting system. To say that I was apprehensive about my first class would be slightly misleading.  I was quite enthusiastic about it.
Warren had provided me with an insider’s peek into the class through our chats, his blog posts, and the UTKM promotional video.  His approach to personal and general safety was just sensible. As Jon, the instructor points out, living in Vancouver, we are a little spoiled and possibly sheltered.  But that does not mean we are above crime, danger, and random confrontations.  I don’t walk around in constant fear but I do walk around with a sense of awareness and my surroundings that goes with the territory of being small, and a female.  You just want to feel safe.
My husband and I did the free trial class a couple of weekends ago.  We had always been mildly interested in the notion of taking up a martial art that wasn’t just textbook techniques.  That has no real world application for us, being parents of two young girls. Krav Maga, the way Warren explained it to me, seemed like a logical thing to try.
The class started off simply with Jon going over levels of situational awareness, levels of action/in-action, and some basic stances.  Pretty common sense stuff.  We played a cardio “game” that involved the group throwing various sized balls to each other while in motion.  The punishment, for lack of a better word, for dropping a ball was ten pushups.  After the third ball drop, my muscles were sore and weak, and I jokingly asked, “can we do sit-ups instead?”.  Jon was kind enough to switch us to burpees which I admittedly find easier to cheat on than a pushup.  But he did remind the class first that normally you don’t get to ask your attacker if he would go easier on you. I nodded in agreement, happily doing my half-burpee.  During the rest of the class, Jon and Warren demonstrated how to protect yourself and possibly escape from a rear-naked choke hold, and another move which we practised with a belted partner.  The class demographic was mostly male, with one orange-belt female.
Though I did feel self-conscious being a newbie, the atmosphere of the class was not intimidating, and people were friendly.  I felt as if everyone was there to learn and practice an important life skill.  As much as swimming is considered a life skill so should be physical self-preservation.  I would love to assume that I could run away from most danger, but in the event that I could not outrun a scary situation, it would make sense to me that I should be somewhat equipped to assess, diffuse, and, or buy enough time to flee danger.
There is one important aspect of the Warrior class that happens at the end of each class.  For five minutes, members, donning full protective gear, randomly spar with each other, tapping each other in and out, doing full contact punching and kicking. As I watched, I felt amused, fascinated, and impressed.  I was pumped.  From my onlooker’s perspective, I very much wanted to spar for a number of reasons, including tension and stress relief, and really just to see how hard I could punch and kick someone. You don’t get an opportunity to do this every day with a “willing partner”.  It felt real, but not scary.  You will attack and be attacked.  But in a safe and controlled environment.  At that point, it seemed to me that what was being taught was how to use your adrenaline, remain focused, not freeze, and confront what was in front of you, using whatever means necessary to protect yourself.
My only regret with taking the class is that I have not been able to mentally commit to carving out the time to pursue it further and feel guilty for my excuses. Not right now, I guess.  But feels like definitely, hopefully, soon.
By Carrie, 48.

The Blog of UTKMs (Christmas)Future

Posted: December 5, 2017 by urbantacticskravmaga in Urban Tactics Krav Maga
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Yes, we know Krav Maga is Jewish in origin we get it GEEZ! it’s just a literary reference. 5 points if you can tell us who. (There are no actual points given, you can just feel special that you knew the reference)

 

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Its a ghost of some kind of Future at least…Morbid, we know. but hey it fits the reference. Really it should be a happy ghost because our future looks nothing but bright.

 

Anyways, as with every year, we tend to time the changes for the good and the growth of UTKM with the New year. One of the changes we are making is that we are going to phase out Belt Guides its hard copy and Digital and instead importing all the intro information onto this blog for FREE! Over the next, however many weeks it will take, we will be posting one topic that can be found in the intros of the books. We will then create a new page under the Krav Maga tab called Krav Maga Principles where they will all be easy to find.

One of the reasons we are phasing them out is because they are somewhat out of date and we are not happy with many of the photos in the guides. In stead, we will be re-filming our entire white belt curriculum and re-posting them on our youtube channel. In addition, we will be releasing the basics of the yellow and Orange Belt curriculum in Video form as well.

Eventually..at some point in the “Christmas” future…. we will be having some kind of pay to access website or channel for all the more advanced topics as well as more fleshed out explinations of a variety of topics. So in the mean time you can enjoy our usual shenanigans on this blog or on our facebook page.

 

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This week’s Krav Maga and BJJ curriculum: November 20 – 26th, 2017

Posted: November 20, 2017 by urbantacticskravmaga in Uncategorized

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Say Hello to our Little friend, I mean our newest Orange Belt

Posted: November 12, 2017 by urbantacticskravmaga in Testing
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Quinn Gets His Orange Belt

 

UTKM – 3 Animals you should embrace & embody

Posted: November 7, 2017 by urbantacticskravmaga in UTKM Principles
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Our Slogan at UTKM is “Turning Lambs into Lions.” As humans, our greatest attribute is our intelligence, our creativeness and our ability to adapt. But that does not mean we cannot draw from the animal world and invoke their spirits in times of need. 3 animals invoke the attitudes and approaches that we would like all UTKM Students to have.

The Lion
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The lion, as they say, is the king of the jungle. They are strong, Courageous and their warriors cry in the form of a roar can be heard for miles away. Just as our slogan indicates, no matter what your skill level we want to make you from a lamb following the herd, someone who needs the protection of the masses to feel safe, into a lion. Someone who is strong and courageous and needs no one else but themselves for their personal safety. So when you cannot run, you cannot hide, and you cannot avoid the fight, Be Strong, Be Courageous like the lion.

 

 

 

The Fox
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The fox is the main image in the centre of our logo. They are cunning and quick. In a fox hunt, humans are only successful with a pack of hunting dogs and horses in keeping up. Foxes apply speed, agility to avoid harm. The term sly like a fox doesn’t come from nothing. They are small, silence predators that chose stealth and avoidance over direct conflict. So when you choose to avoid the fight or run from conflict, be cunning and quick like the fox and perhaps no one will even notice you were even there.

 

 

 

The Wolf
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The Wolf is many things, but weak is not one of them. They flourish in the pack but like the lone wolf can operate independently. They are strategic and adaptable. We are humans after all, which means we are social creatures and like the wolf, we need to be able to work in teams but not crumble should we be alone. Like the Wolf, we are also capable of strategy. Krav Maga is far more than just some techniques; it is a way of life and a strategic approach to conflict. So when you want to apply Krav Maga as a complete system, be like the wolf and strategies and adapt and you will always come out on top.