Posts Tagged ‘Principles’

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 would say;

“So one may walk in peace.”

To us at UTKM, there is so much meaning 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 few words means he really must have understood what he was doing.

To us, walking in peace means you have balance and security in your life; allowing you to walk day-to-day knowing you have the knowledge and skill to deal with anything life might throw your way.

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

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 with life you are not so easily 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 making a deep enough impact, we, of course, always recommend you work with an appropriate mental health professional.  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 result of any regular physical training. The more you train Krav Maga, the fitter and healthier you will be. This will, in turn, 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.

Know that our 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 it is effective none the less.

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

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

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 due to the reality of Action vs Re-action, in that action is always faster.

Creating space gives you time, and time allows you the opportunity to assess and make a better, more appropriate response. After all, in our 3-dimensional world, that time is our 4th dimension and thus all movement, whether it be action or reaction, is constrained within those 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-defence the order is important, as the earlier in the stages the more time and more space you have for better decision making. 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 what’s behind you, as stepping back might not always be an option. Preemptive self-defence (PE) techniques will help create space, but this may also escalate the scenario. Techniques such as the push kick, educational block, throat jab, etc. will cause pain, off balance and disrupt enough to effectively create space in a quick manner. Of course, if creating space has escalated the scenario, and we are now in full Fight mode, then create space may no longer be an option. When we go on the offensive, we must maintain tight control to prevent the attacker from creating and using space against us.

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. On the contrary, if I am on the offensive I need to close distance (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.

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

The Stages of Self-Defence

Posted: December 21, 2017 by urbantacticskravmaga in Krav Maga Principles
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When people think of Krav Maga, or even self-defence in general, they often fail to understand the complex nature and progression of violent situations.  In the post on the use of force, a maze-like graph provides a visualization 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. The attacker had been planning it, and their tactics and approach were simply better.

Run away.jpgWhile you may see variations of the model presented below, we offer a simplified version of the basic, four stages of progressing in a self-defence situation. Ideally, you should employ step one as often as possible, as you win 100% of fights you are not in.  Remember, however, that at any point you may find yourself in any one of the stages, which means you must respond appropriately and progress in 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 that you ensure, through wise choices, that you rarely encounter situations requiring conflict. Perhaps it means not walking in that dark alley, at night, alone. This seems like common sense, but many people routinely make poor decisions that naturally put them in situations more conducive to conflict. Perhaps avoidance means NOT going to a party hosted by a person who doesn’t like you, knowing conflict will result if you go. Maybe it is deciding to leave a coffee shop after noticing someone acting strangely, or simply making yourself aware of them so that you are prepared if they do something. In the avoidance stage, the threat may not even be 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.

De-escalation (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; the moment to “talk it out.” 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, like it or not, you will have no choice but to run, or skip to step 3 and/or 4). If you can talk your way out of a conflict do so, at the very least, you should talk as a distraction while you find your exit and run; either way, you will remain on the defensive.  In this situation, you MUST be in semi-passive stance or something equivalent. Your hands MUST be up, non-aggressively, but ready to act should the threat decide talking is over and attack. If they attack first you will be jumping right to Reactive Self-defence. However, if in attempting de-escalation you assess, through observation of indicators, that they are becoming more and more aggressive, then we recommend you strike first, moving down the progression scale to a Preemptive Action strategy.

Preemptive Self-defence (Preemptive Action (PE))

Sometimes the best defence is a good offence. This is a common saying that could not be truer in street self-defence scenarios. Because of the concept 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 do strike you must strike hard, fast, and with retzef (relentless attacks meant to overwhelm).  You must attack with the goal to stop the threat. If at any point you feel the threat is neutralized, you must assess and either detain the individual or run to safety.

Reactive Self-defence (Reactive Action (RE))

If you are reacting to defend yourself (rather than acting), it means something has gone wrong. It means you failed to use steps 1-3; either you have grossly misread the entire situation, or the tactics the threat is using are simply better than yours. Regardless of why, you are now 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 retzef to escape or stop the attacker from wishing to continue.

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