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Learn to walk in peace

Posted: September 4, 2018 by urbantacticskravmaga in Krav Maga Principles
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When asked what the purpose of Krav Maga was and what he hoped for his students, Imi Lichtenfeld Quoted as saying,

“so one may walk in peace.”

To us at UTKM, this means so much, in such a short sentence. As Einstein also famously said,

If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself

or more precisely, if you can’t explain it simply, you do not understand it. So for Imi to explain so much in so little means he really must have understood what he was doing.

To us walking in peace means you have balance and security in your life so that you can walk day to day knowing you have the knowledge and skill set to deal with anything life might throw your way.

The obvious to this is the physical. By attending Krav Maga classes you are literally learning the physical skills you need to know where you stand in a physical confrontation.

The less obvious is the mental aspect. Krav Maga can help train your mind and nervous system to become accustomed to stress so that when you are really stressed you are no so overwhelmed.

For some people taking classes is not enough, perhaps you are coming to learn the physical skills to overcome a past traumatic experience. If the class is not enough we of course always recommend you work with an appropriate mental health professional, and of course, with your permission, your Krav Maga instructor and mental health advisors can work together to help you become stronger.

walking in peace could also mean how you look and feel. While Krav Maga’s goal should never actually be fitness, it is certainly a secondary factor or any regular physical training. The more you train Krav Maga, the fitter and healthier you will be. This will, of course, make you feel better on the inside and be confident knowing you look better on the outside. No matter what your stance on such things, it is never wrong to be fitter and healthier.

So no matter your goals, know that the main goal is to teach you to have not just outer peace but also inner peace, albeit Krav Maga’s methodology is a little different than say meditating on a mountaintop for 10 years but they are effective none the less.

So ask your self, are you ready to walk in peace. If so, come, train, be consistent and you will be happier, healthier and know you have the ability to defend yourself both mentally and physically.

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Create Space

Posted: August 28, 2018 by urbantacticskravmaga in Krav Maga Principles
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A Push Kick is one method of creating space

Creating space may be the difference between successfully defending yourself or unsuccessfully defending yourself. This is because of the concepts of Action vs Re-action in that action is always faster.

Creating space gives you time and time allows you to have more time to assess and make a better more appropriate reaction. After all, in our 3-dimensional world, don’t forget that time makes our 4th dimension and thus all movement whether it be action or reaction is dictated by such physics concepts. Who said you didn’t need to understand concepts like E=MC^2 but now at least you can make a connection with the practical application.

In the stages of self defense the order is important as the earlier in the stages there is more time and more space for better decision making but as you go down the scale there is usually less space and less time to react thus making it more difficult.

For example in avoidance (A) running or walking the other way will give you space. In Diffusion (D) stepping back with your hands up will create space, though be aware of whats behind you as stepping back might not always be an option. In pre-emptive self defense (PE) techniques will help create space but this may also escalate the scenario. Techniques such as the push kick, educational block or throat jab etc are things that will cause pain, off balance and disrupt enough to effectively create space in a quick manner. Of course, if creating space has only escalated the scenario and we have now gone into full Fight mode then we can no longer create space and as we go on the offense must maintain tight control to prevent the attacker from being able to use space to reset and go on the offensive.

Another way to discuss this is through grappling terms. If I am on the defensive, I need to create space to get to my feet (technical stand up) or create space using wedges and levers to re-guard. Contrary if I am on the offensive I need to take away space, while maintaining pressure and control to achieve my desired results.

Remember, if you can create space, so can the attacker. In the end, whoever acts the quickest with the best most effective strategy will come out on top most of the time. But at least if you have space you are more likely to make the correct decision.

The Stages of Self-Defense

Posted: December 21, 2017 by urbantacticskravmaga in Krav Maga Principles
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When people think of Krav Maga or even self-defense, they often do not understand the complex nature and progression of violent situations.  In the post on use of force the graph gives a basic idea of how complex a situation can get from a second to second decision making perspective. Almost all violent attacks are because of a failure to be aware and avoid the situation. However, it is also possible that a situation, due to circumstances was unavoidable which means how we approach it will be fundamentally different.

There are two primary reasons that you were unable to foresee or avoid conflict.

  1. You were not paying attention and your awareness level was probably at white. (See post on Awareness Colour code)
  2. They had been planning it and their tactics and approach were simply better.

In addition, this model is still subject to the model of action is faster than re-action.

Run away.jpgWhile you may see variations of this model below we offer a simplified version of the basic 4 stages for progressing in a self-defense situation. Ideally, you can use step one, as you win 100% of fights you are not, but remember at any point you may be in any one of the stages which means you must respond appropriately and in progressive order.

Avoidance (A)

If you do not put yourself in a situation where conflict is required then you will not have conflict in the first place. Avoidance can mean many things. It could mean you identify a threat and run away, or ensuring that you are not in a situation requiring conflict. Perhaps it means not walking in that dark alley at night alone. This seems like common sense but many people make poor decisions that naturally put them in a situation more conducive to conflict. Perhaps it means not going to a party with the person that doesn’t like you and that you know will result in conflict if you go. Maybe you are simply sitting at a coffee shop and you notice a person acting strangely so you decide to leave, or you simply make yourself aware of them so if they do something you are prepared. In the avoidance stage, the threat is not aware of you as a target. Of course, we recognize that avoidance is not always possible and as such we move down the progression scale.

Diffusion (D)

At this point in a conflict, the threat has actively identified you. This is the stage to which many first world countries like to advocate. This is essentially the diplomacy stage. In Canada, 9 times out of 10 you can talk your way out of a potentially dangerous situation. (In some countries, however, if a threat has identified you, you will have no choice but to run or skip to step 3 and/or 4). Or, at the very least you should talk as a distraction to find your exit and run. If you can talk your way out of a conflict do so, but remain defensive. In this situation, you MUST be in semi-passive stance or something equivalent. Your hands MUST be up and ready to act should the threat decide to attack. If they attack first you will be jumping right to Re-Active Self Defense. However, if attempting your diffusion you assess through observation that they are becoming more and more aggressive, then we recommend that you strike first as move down the progression scale to a pre-emptive attack strategy.

Pre-Emptive Self Defense (Pre-Emptive Action (PE))

Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. This is a common saying that could not be truer. Because of the concepts of action vs. reaction, it is always more beneficial to act first as this means you will be one step ahead of the threat. We cannot tell you when or how to act first as it is completely up to you to assess when it is required, but we can tell you that when you strike you must strike hard, fast and with retzev. You must attack with a goal which is to stop the threat and at any point you feel the threat is no longer there, you must assess and either detain the individual or run to safety.

Reactive Self Defense (Re-Active Action (RE))

If you are reacting to defend yourself it means something has gone wrong. It means you failed to use step 1-3 and have grossly misread the entire situation, or it could mean that the tactics the threat are using are simply better than yours. Either way you are reacting to defend yourself and stop the threat from doing you harm. This is where the explosive aggressive aspects of Krav Maga come in. It is not good enough to simply block, you must block and attack using retzev to escape or stop the attacker from wishing to continue.

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