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  • Situational Awareness | Women's Self Defense- Lethal Ladies, Part 1

    We often hear about “Situational Awareness” and the role it can play in Women’s Self Defense. When I train women clients in Krav Maga, I always include a running dialogue about awareness, predator optics, victim selection and strategies to minimize our “attractiveness” as victims. Awareness skills are not as common as you might think among the general population and need to be developed through practice and exercise, just like any other skill. We increase our ability to notice things in our environment by purposely doing so and making it habit. After some training in what to look for, I give my trainees “homework” to both sharpen their ....

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  • Women's Self Defense Krav Maga Style- Part 4 Putting It All Together: Sheep or Sheepdog?

    Congratulations. If you have made it this far and you are still reading our Women’s Self Defense article series, you have at least taken the initiative to learn more about your own self-defense. That is the first step in making yourself more prepared to deal with the violent world we live in and moving along the continuum from sheep to Sheepdog. If you have read my 3 previous Women’s Self Defense articles and have not tuned me out yet, I am guessing that you have at least accepted the possibility that you may be involved in a violent confrontation someday. In our previous articles we discussed Situational Awareness; The Predator Optic and the Attack Cycle; and The Switch: ....

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  • Women's Self Defense Krav Maga Style- Part 3- The "Switch" (The Attack and Your Response)

    Authors Note: This article deals with the situation where you are being threatened with violence or actually being physically attacked by a predator. By this point your Situational Awareness has been outmaneuvered and you are being threatened or you are taking damage. The opportunity for avoidance is lost, your reaction time is compressed, the fight is on. Many experts offer opinions on whether or not victims should fight back or comply with a predator. I do not presume to decide for any person which course of conduct is “best”. That is your decision. I do offer my own philosophy that if you are going to fight there are two thresholds to consider seriously: If a predator ....

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  • The Predator Optic and The Attack Cycle- Ladies Only Self Defense Classes| Lethal Ladies, Part 2

    Authors Note: This article deals with real world violence, not the sanitized violence of TV shows. I have been involved in the investigation of over 100 homicides and countless assaults and rapes. When violent assaults occur on the street, they are immediate, ferocious and bloody. I have described this difference between what we think violence will look like and what it actually does look like as comparing a drawing to a photograph. This article deals with the reality, not the drawing. Forewarned is Forearmed. Unlike the animal kingdom where predators will attack primarily for food, territory or self-defense, human predators can have several different motivations. In this article ....

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  • Family Activities | Krav Maga Style

    If you’re interested in alternative, fun, one-of-a-kind family activities, Krav Maga style family classes combine fitness, elite self defense training and character development strategies for kids. Plus, classes offer parents the unique opportunity to coach and work out with their children. Family classes promote a fun, structured and supportive environment that’s appropriately paced for even our youngest Krav Maga students to experience fitness, learn techniques, acquire confidence, and build self-esteem – with Mom and/or Dad both participating and coaching alongside. “I love taking class with Ms. Trish, and me and my dad go out to lunch after.” ....

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  • Krav Maga Lessons | Intro to Krav Maga

    A while back, a local news representative was looking for a new fitness adventure and ended up at our door. She concluded – based on the title she used for her article – that Krav Maga lessons offer a killer work out and life skills. Here’s some of what the she had to say: I’m all for strengthening my core, toning my muscles and getting my heart pumping, but when a fitness instructor looks at me and says now I’m going to choke you, I’m out the door. At least, I thought I’d be, but then I signed up for Krav Maga lesson. The self-defense martial art combines quick instinctive strikes and kicks with real life situations (hence, the chocking ....

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  • Anti Bullying Slogans for Schools

    If you’re looking for anti bullying slogans for schools, to post above chalkboard walls or hang on classroom doors, why not consider the word “Representation”? Though admittedly not as catchy as other anti bullying slogans for schools, explain Representation well and kids will better understand when abusive behavior warrants action and why. When I ask Verbal Self Defense participants “Who do you represent?”, I get varied answers, but so far no one has ever said “I represent myself first and foremost”. When I point out that we represent ourselves before anyone else, the look I get says, “Wait, I knew that”. Maybe so, but ....

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  • Israeli Krav Maga | What You Should Know

    Israeli Krav Maga is the official hand to hand combat system of the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces). It was developed and codified in the 1940’s during the formation of the Israeli state. The Israelis needed every able body man and woman to participate in the defense of the state, so the system could not be based on size or strength, and it needed to be effective yet simple, so it could be taught and learned quickly. Israeli Krav Maga made its way to the United States in the 1980’s and has since gained popularity among Law Enforcement and Hollywood stars alike. The system features realistic defenses against common, real world attacks coupled with an unprecedented ....

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  • Krav Maga Safe | Fear Less

    What does it mean to be Krav Maga safe? Is Krav Maga a safe training practice (because I thought it was for elite commandos?), and how exactly does Krav Maga make you feel safe? In any one of our classes you can expect to learn and deliver combative strikes like low kicks, elbows and punches (to name a few) and practice escapes from chokes and grabs – escapes that are made possible by way of the same combative strikes that you learned in class. So how is Krav Maga safe for the practitioner? Like any scrimmage, class is a tussle, a struggle, a vigorous practice session no doubt. It’s this controlled but vigorous mode of training that gets people into great physical ....

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  • Family Krav Maga Training

    It’s finally here! A family Krav Maga training class your entire clan can participate in! We’ve introduced family Krav Maga training so that parents can both learn and teach their children (ages 3 to pre teen) fitness exercises, proven self-defense skills and Verbal Self Defense – a character development tool used to re-inforce values, redirect abusive language, de-escalate conflict and persuade. A Krav Maga style family class is a great alternative to individual activities. Now you can train in fitness exercises together, you can learn and help us teach life saving skills, and you can talk to your child about values and other Verbal Self Defense topics intended to ....

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