Watch out behind you…

January 20th, 2013

TaxiI have been thinking about a suitable post for this blog for a while and last week I was having a conversation with a student, who shall remain nameless, about a incident that occured to him whilst out drinking with some friends.  I am sure he won’t mind me telling this story as it is a powerful lesson for all.

The story starts innocently enough with a group of guys out on the town having a few drinks after work, “to cut a long story short” the group became involved in an argument over, yep you guessed it a woman!  There was a verbal exchange and the argument spilled out onto the street with some pushing and shoving.  Our student did just what he was taught in our Self Defence classes, to move away with his open hands up in front of him telling the people that he “didn’t want any trouble”.  Unfortunately, whilst moving backwards he forgot to check his surroundings and moved into the road and was consequently struck by a taxi.  Whilst it was only a glancing blow and doubtless the alcholol prevented any major injuries it did bring home to him the importance of being aware of your surroundings.

If ever you find yourself in a similar situation always make sure that you are aware of what is around you, trip hazards, other people, holes in the road, taxis can all impede your ability to move away from an altercation.  Just think about the amount of public furniture in our streets today, (public furniture is a posh way of saying benches, litter bins, bike racks, taxi ranks (ahem), bus stops etc).

Tring Krav Maga teaches you 100% reality based self defence and we make sure that we cover not only the techniques but how to handle the whole confrontration from noticing a threat to exiting the area, each and every area is vitally important.

Call us today on 01442 768057 or see our website www.tringmartialarts.com

12 Days of Christmas

December 11th, 2012

12 Days of Christmas

Hertfordshire Constabulary has launched its very own Christmas carol video – Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Twelve Days of Christmas – to help share seasonal crime prevention advice. The video is performed by the volunteer Constabulary Choir with guest appearances from Kim Wilde, Watford Football Club, and police officers and staff.

source – http://www.herts.police.uk

It is available on the Web Link Herts Police YouTube Channel and features the Constabulary’s top twelve tips for Hertfordshire residents over Christmas, ranging from postcode marking your presents to locking your shed securely.  The best singers have to be he traffic cops, almost pitch perfect.  See the full video here http://youtu.be/yib75Y9_jXs

Merry Christmas from Hertfordshire Personal Safety and Tring Martial Arts

Personal Safety at Work

December 11th, 2012

Your personal safety in the workplace could be breached in a number of ways, from threats and verbal abuse to intimidation, bribery and physical assault.  You could also be subject to racial or sexual harassment.   It could be your colleagues, customers or suppliers who threaten your safety in your place of work.

Did you know…?

There are approx. 655,000 incidents of workplace violence in England and Wales per year

Your employer has a legal duty to protect you from violence and abuse while you are at work and should have a company policy for dealing with it.

·          If you work alone or away from your company’s office, make sure someone knows where you are going and when you expect to come back.

·          Carry a mobile phone, personal alarm or pager.

·          If you find yourself in a situation that could turn violent:

·          Try to stay calm.

·          Be aware of your body language and the other person’s.

·          Try to keep a safe distance and avoid physical contact if possible.

·          If you cannot calm the situation down, call for help or look for opportunities to move away.

We recommend seeking out the advice and support of a qualified personal safety expert. These can be security consultants, body guards, door men and martial arts instructors.  Tring Martial Arts are experts in personal safety and our martial art and self defence programmes can offer reality based self defence strategies and tactics that really work.  “Unfortunately”, we have many testimonials from our students who have used the skills we have taught them to defend themselves.  Such as:

·          Matthew who defended himself against two muggers and walked away with only minor bruising. 

·          Matt who defended himself in a bar room brawl

·          Bruno who defended himself against a drug crazed attacker wielding a baseball bat

·          And many more…

Contact Tring Martial Arts today on 01442 768057 or see our website Tring Martial Arts – http://www.tringmartialarts.co.uk

Defence against Pickpockets

November 16th, 2012

Pickpocketing is one of the oldest crimes in the world and remains common today. More often than not, pickpockets get away, and those who are caught face minimal jail time. So the appeal of pickpocketing is strong for crooks.

There are many tricks pickpockets use to get access to your purse or wallet. At the beach or library they are on the look out for backpacks and belongings lying around. Sometimes they have accomplices who distract you, while the pickpocket gets away with your wallet.

Here are some ways you can thwart the pickpocket’s efforts:

Don’t assume that a well-dressed person, or a woman with a baby, or a tourist with a hat and camera cannot be a pickpocket. Pickpockets blend in with the crowd and do not look like criminals.

Don’t carry your wallet in the back pocket. If possible, keep your wallet in a money belt under your clothes or in your front pocket.

Carry your purse under your arm.

Work on looking self-confident. Pickpockets tend to prey on vulnerable targets.

Remember if the items are really valuable, should they even leave your house??

Tring Martial Arts – helping to keep our belongings safe – tel 01442 768057

 

Child Abduction Prevention Check list

November 16th, 2012

THE BASICS. Make sure your child knows his or her full name, home phone number, your cell number(s) and address. Older kids should know your work phone number as well.

HOME ALONE. Create rules that must be followed when your child is left home alone. Write them out and post them. Go over situations that might come up and what he or she should do. Experts tell us: “When your child is left at home they should NEVER be allowed to open the door.” This same rule is applied to the phone when you are away. Predators are experts at talking their way into your home.

ADULTS SHOULD NOT BE ASKING FOR ANYTHING FROM A CHILD. Adults do not have to ask children questions in the street; they should approach other adults. Adults do not have to seek out kids for help in asking for directions, to post mail, to assist with groceries, etc. Go over with your child the different lure scenarios, such as: mail lure, animal lure, toy lure, direction lure, and help me lure.

EMPOWER YOUR CHILD. Teach your child no one (friends or family included) should approach or touch them in an inappropriate way, or in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable. Empower your child to say “No” to uncomfortable situations with any adult. Reinforce the importance of great communication with you.

ROLE-PLAY WITH YOUR CHILD. Role-play various situations. Make sure your rules are black and white. Your child should not have to make a judgment call in a dangerous situation, but instead should follow the clear, well thought out guidelines that you have established and discussed beforehand.

PERSONAL FENCE. Teach your child about a personal fence—verbal and physical. Your child’s greatest weapon in any abduction situation is maintaining distance and making confident “Stay Away” statements. Teach your child which adults they should seek out in any emergency (policeman, store counter clerk, moms/dads with kids, teacher). Teach your child to run for help if the situation is dangerous.

 GO CRAZY. Teach your child how to “go crazy” in an extreme situation. Make noise, yell out, “Help me! You are not my parent! This person is trying to hurt me!” Teach them to run like the wind if they are in danger.

RULES WHILE PLAYING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Establish rules your child must follow when playing in the neighborhood: where they can and can’t go, whether or not they have to call you when going to any neighbor’s house, etc.

Tring Martial Arts – helping to keep our kids safe – tel 01442 768057

 

Out after dark

October 22nd, 2012

Poor visibility and quiet roads exacerbate safety risks after dark. There are lots of things that you can do to avoid the attention of opportunists so take a moment to read our after-dark safety guide. Think safe – and avoid becoming a target.

 

Money and Cards

Assess where you are keeping your valuables when you’re out after dark. Choose a zipped or buckled bag (open bags are tempting for pickpockets), roomy enough to hold everything at once, with a secret compartment for high-value items. If you have more than one bag it can be easy to forget or drop one (or more!).

 

When you’re in a foreign city or out very late, it’s a good idea to keep spare cash (including change for a telephone box) in a different pocket. If the worst happens and you’re relieved of your wallet, you will have enough to get home. If you’re concerned, you could use a money belt – worn inside your clothing, it provides a safe and discreet home for your cards and money. Openly using an MP3, camera or mobile phone can make you a target; these items are the most commonly stolen, so tuck them away when you are walking after dark.

 

Safety Equipment

From personal alarms to reflective clothes and numbers on your phone book, a little forward-thinking means you will be well equipped to deal with an emergency. Before you leave, check for all the essentials, and add useful numbers to your mobile phone – local taxi firms, friends, local police and hospitals. You might also include a ‘Directions’ service if you subscribe to one. Personal alarms are cheaply available and give you extra moral support if you’re nervous about walking alone. The very best safety equipment you can take out with you after dark? Is a set of self defence skills that can help you to walk away from the situation if you need too such as Reality Based Self Defence that we teach at Tring Martial Arts.

Family Spies?

October 22nd, 2012

According to an article published in Success Magazine, 87% of parents have friended their children on Facebook so they can keep tabs on them.  66% follow their kids on Twitter. We believe this is a great idea to safe guard your children because most children and young people use the Internet positively but sometimes behave in ways that may placethemselves at risk. Some risks do not necessarily arise from the technology itself but result from offline behaviours that are extended into the online world, and vice versa. Potential risks can include, but are not limited to:-

 Bullying by peers and people they consider  ‘friends’;

 Posting personal information that can identify and locate a child offline;

 Sexual grooming, luring, exploitation and abuse contact with strangers;

 Exposure to inappropriate content;

 Involvement in making or distributing illegal or inappropriate content;

 Theft of personal information;

 Exposure to information and interaction with others who encourage self harm;

 Exposure to racist or hate material;

 Encouragement of violent behaviour, such as ‘happy slapping’;

 Glorifying activities such as drug taking or excessive drinking;

 Physical harm to young people in making video content, such as enacting and imitating stunts and

risk taking activities; and

 Leaving and running away from home as a result of contacts made online.

Online safety advice is available from http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/

Tring Martial Arts Academy – Keeping our children safe!

Workplace Bullies

October 22nd, 2012

Posted by Christopher Allen

It is no surprise that people who are bullied at work feel inclined to quit, but it turns out that the people around them (the ones who aren’t the targets) want to quit more, according to a study in the journal Human Relations.  In fact, the researchers suggest that work colleagues may be so incensed that they are moved to quit as a way to retaliate. Wouldn’t it be better to approach your line manager, union representative or even the boss to report work-place bullying?

Whether you are in work or at school, the bully preys on the weak and vulnerable.  Bullies do not bully the confident or those who fight back.  Learning coping strategies and gaining self confidence can be best accomplished by learning martial arts.  This is because martial art training doesn’t rely on being part of a team or living up to others expectations, its about self improvement and through it, self confidence.  Contact us today on 01442 768057 or see our website www.tringmartialarts.com for more information on how we can help you to overcome work-place bullies!

Other useful resources – http://comerecommended.com/blog/2012/08/01/workplace-bullying-a-solution/

Knife Crime- What would you do?

July 3rd, 2012

Say no to knife crime!In 2007 a survey was carried out in the UK by Say no 2 Knifes (an organisation dedicated to protect children and teenagers from knife crime), 5300 pupils were asked about knife crime, and the results were shocking:

-28% of students said they had carried a knife in school in the last year.

– 9% of students said they carried a flick knife, which is illegal.

– 15% of students said they feel unsafe in their own school.

– Approximately every 24 minutes, knife crime happens in the UK.

 Say no 2 Knifes works closely with the police force in order to provide these shocking figures. With knife crime showing no sign of decreasing, what can be done to prevent this problem? It is evident that knife crime is a major issue in schools. This puts many students at risk every day.  Therefore, it must be treated with severity, and cannot be overlooked. If you witness knife crime in or out of school:

1. Call the police.

2. Do not attempt to get involved; one victim is better than two.

3. Make sure it is reported as soon as possible.

If harsher punishments are put in place for those found carrying an illegal knife or blade, this problem could slowly decrease. This cannot be done by one person alone. Say yes to helping, say no to knife crime.

Women’s safety

May 28th, 2012

Women and girls are often the targets of violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, forced marriage and trafficking. If you are a victim, you don’t have to put up with it.

Violence against women: the numbers

In the last year, more than one million women and girls experienced domestic abuse in England and Wales.

Each year, more than 300,000 women are sexually assaulted and 60,000 women are raped.

Studies done by the British Crime Survey and similar surveys also show that:

  • more than one in four women have experienced domestic violence
  • 39 per cent of women say that the fear of crime impacts on their quality of life
  • nearly one in ten women say they have been stalked
  • 40 per cent of victims of serious sexual assault tell nobody

Domestic violence

Domestic violence can include physical abuse, sexual assault and verbal threats.

It can also include more subtle attacks such as:

  • constant breaking of trust
  • isolation
  • psychological games
  • harassment

It can affect partners in all types of relationships and can also involve violence between parents and children.

 

 

Learn how to defend yourself with proven systems of reality based self defence, only available at accredited martial art schools such as Tring Martial Arts Academy.  Call us today on 0845 094 8805 for a free trial, and let us help you to protect yourself.