Archive for August, 2011

The 7 Rules of Street Defence – Rules #6 and 7

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Posted by Christopher Allen, Tring Krav Maga

Hit Them First

By changing your mindset and hitting them first (often called pre-emptive striking) you can potentially lower the threat level to you in an instant.  Even in law, you are allowed to hit first if you honestly believe that your life is in danger.  Obviously, the strike you make must be appropriate to the level of threat, which is a difficult one to assess in the heat of the moment, but as an example, if someone is squaring up to you with their fists up and you hit them with a baseball bat, the court might think you were a little over the top.


The 7 Rules of Street Defence – Rule #4 & 5

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The Fourth Rule of Street Defence: Keep It Simple!

Posted by Christopher Allen, Tring Krav Maga ©UK Martial Arts Ltd

Under extreme stress, any technique that involves more than two gross-motor skills will likely fail. If said technique is composed of more than five or six individual moves, it’s even worse. When panic and adrenaline take over, confusion is the first thing to set in.

At Tring Krav Maga we encourage simplicity.  Simplicity is key to the success and widespread appeal of Krav Maga. Most of the techniques we teach are universal. They work when performed with your left or right hand and to the front and back.

It’s a universal solution to a variety of problems, which is important because under stress, most people are limited to performing simple, quickly accessed tasks.


The 7 Rules of Street Defence – Rule #1,2 & 3

Friday, August 26th, 2011

The first rule of street defence – Practice to defend yourself in real world settings.

Posted by Christopher Allen, Tring Krav Maga

©UK Martial Arts Ltd

Car ParkPracticing your techniques in a nice, safe training hall or dojo is fine, but you must also incorporate real world settings into your practice.  For instance, if you don’t want to be shocked about being attacked in a toilet, train in a toilet – no I’m serious, how can you techniques be effective in a confined area if you don’t practice as such.

At Tring Krav Maga we regularly train our students in all types of real-world settings, many of which are engineered by our instructors within the dojo.  For instance, we set up disco lights and strobes and play Drum and Bass very loudly, we put chairs and tables into the area as well to replicate being attacked in a club.

Other scenarios include training outdoors, in the sun, shade, rain, sleet and last December in the snow with welly boots and gloves on – after all if you prove to yourself that you can apply your techniques in a heavy coat with mittens on then it will work if you are in shorts and a t-shirt. 

Authentic – reality based training available from Tring Krav Maga – see or call 0845 094 8805 


The “Four D’s” Of Self Defence

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Posted by Christopher Allen – Tring Krav Maga

Understanding the Four D’s of Self Defence will help you understand how to win against even larger and more aggressive opponents. It’s crucial that you begin to understand and incorporate these tactics.

The Four D’s are;

1.    Deception

2.    Distraction

3.    Disruption

4.  Destruction

First off know this. Unlike “sport fighting”, prevailing (winning) a street fight has little to do with size, strength and physical skill. The Four D’s are the great equalizers of those factors.


Personal safety tips

Friday, August 19th, 2011

There are many occasions when you feel threatened. These useful tips give some good ideas on how women – and men – can keep themselves safe.

HOW TO AVOID BEING THE VICTIM OF A VIOLENT CRIME The three reasons you can become an easy target for random acts of violence are:

1.     Lack of awareness (you MUST know where you are & what’s going on around you).

2.     Body language (keep your head up, stand up straight and make eye contact if necessary).

3.     Wrong place, wrong time (DON’T be walking alone in an alley, or driving in a bad neighbourhood at night) (more…)

“This is Jason Bourne”! – Now you can fight like him

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Now you too can fight like Jason Bourne when you attend Krav Maga Concepts training at Tring Krav Maga

We all love a good kung fu movie – but as much as Jet Li’s backflips and sword fights look awesome, chances are your living-room impersonations won’t do much good in real life. Enter Krav Maga, the kick-ass fighting style used by everyone from the FBI to Matt Damon in the Bourne films and Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher.

Write off your assailant

Developed in conjunction with the Israeli defence forces in the aftermath of WWII, Krav Maga (Hebrew for ‘contact combat’) isn’t like other martial arts. “In fact, Krav Maga isn’t a martial art, or not at least in the traditional sense, we train our students to use simple straight forward techniques which require little skill or finesse, sometimes I’ve heard it described as “dirty fighting” and this is probably a good description – after all, there is no honour in a street confrontation, the criminal who attacks you couldn’t care less about you before and definately not afterwards.  It is a modern system designed for problems that are faced in the modern world.” comments Chris Allen Chief Instructor at Tring Krav Maga.  “We use the body’s natural weapons: palm, fist, legs, knees, elbows, head – as well as other more extreme measures that may be necessary, such as biting,” Chris explains. “Krav also promotes using the environment and common objects for self defence where appropriate – such as bags, chairs, keys, and pens.” Forget the nunchucks, for a Krav Maga expert, the pen really is mightier than the sword.

Chris continues, “recently we had an improvised weapons seminar at class, we used objects such as cowboy hats, hard hats from building sites, chairs, keys and I even tried using my Yoda Lego Keyring but I think that was going a little too far”!  So, there is room for humour too!

Pressure, pressure, pressure!

They like a laugh at Tring Krav Maga, but don’t expect them to go easy on you though; after all, the bad guys never do. “Krav Maga uses pressure tests in order to prepare trainees for a violent situation,” Chris says. “We practice in all manners of situations; from standing, to sitting, in the dark, or with loud music, outside in the rain, the car park and narrow alley ways – every pressure test is designed to stimulate the student, and getting them into a “real” scenario.

Stave off a knife threat

If you are unfortunate enough to face an armed assailant, the first option is always to avoid risk, comply with any demands and try to de-escalate the situation. “Don’t look at the knife or into the attacker’s eyes. Watching the chest area will increase your peripheral vision,” says Chris. If the situation becomes violent, it’s important to act quickly.  If you’re wearing a hat or carrying a bag or magazine use this as a “fence” to keep the blade away from you (just like Bourne eh?), always consider your escape route, but if you have to engage target the face or groin with 100% force and then run like hell!

Stop a bag snatcher

If a thief is trying to snatch your bag, whether it contains top secret documents or your lunch, don’t pull away. Krav Maga shows the effectiveness of surprise. “Don’t resist – go with the direction of the pull,” recommends Chris. “Using their momentum, burst into the attacker with a swift knee to the groin and pull the bag away.”

Long live gaming

For the chance to dish out some Krav Maga justice without the potentially tricky legal issues post-brawl, try Splinter Cell: Conviction (£39.99, As if you needed any other excuse to break out the Xbox, researchers at East Carolina University found that two hours of casual gaming a week will cut your blood pressure by 16%, lowering your risk of a stroke. What’s more, scientists at McGill University found that playing video games can reduce your stress-inducing cortisol levels by 17%. They obviously weren’t playing on Veteran difficulty!

Tring Krav Maga is part of Tring Martial Arts.  See our website – for more information on our classes in reality based self defence or call 0845 094 8805.

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

What Reality-Based Self-Defence Is and Is Not

According to Christopher Allen of Tring Krav Maga, “reality-based” is defined as training and survival skills based on modern conflict situations that practitioners are likely to encounter in their environments (their “reality”).

Reality-based self-defence eliminates the unnecessary from martial arts, such as tradition, ceremony, formality, and forms/kata. Techniques are not fancy or impractical such as spinning kicks, high kicks to the head, complicated joint locks. It does not and should not take years of training to be proficient.

Reality-based self-defence is also not mixed martial arts (MMA), which is a sport with defined rules and controlled environments.

This system is based on a few simple techniques based on gross motor skills, practiced in a realistic environment with actors and props. Adrenal stress is introduced. The focus is on the few skills that you are most likely to use in a conflict.

Reality-based is now very popular, as more people learn the difference between martial arts and self-defence. Jim Wagner coined the term, developed his system for law enforcement, military, and civilians. He popularized it through his monthly column in Black Belt magazine. Reality based Self Defence systems are now very popular in the UK, with many types and alternatives available.  If you are considering joining a class, judge it not on the illustrious career of the lead instructor but on the content and quality of the club, its students and how they practice.

Clubs affiliated with a governing body are okay, but remember that just because a club is affliated doesn’t mean they are any better than an independant club, more likely they will be paying ££££’s of pounds to remain affiliated and this in turn will be passed to the student to pay.

Tring Krav Maga is an independant Krav Maga club teaching a modified syllabus called Krav Concepts – its Krav Maga but as we’re independant, we’re not allowed to call it such – crazy eh?!


Some common aspects of reality-based self-defence training available at Tring Krav Maga are:

  • Realistic Scenario-Based Training. Scenarios include attackers shouting or threatening you, confined spaces, uneven terrain, objects and debris on the ground, clothing you normally would wear, weapon props, and adrenal stress.
  • 3 Stages of Conflict – Pre-Conflict, Conflict, Post-Conflict.
    • Pre-conflict includes training, conflict cues, and indicators of danger.
    • Conflict includes the confrontation and response to attack.
    • Post-conflict includes escape, first aid, police contact, litigation, and learning from the experiences.
  • Graduated Response. Different levels of threat demand different levels of response. Do not use excessive force from a legal standpoint.
  • Techniques. Hybrid of techniques from martial arts and other fighting disciplines. They are instinct based and simple, and can include striking, blocks, takedowns and throws, ground fighting, defending against holds, knives, guns, multiple assailants, and terrorism.

Tring Krav Maga meets on a Tuesday (7pm) and Thursday (8pm) see our website for more info –

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Nurse’s warning to youngsters on carrying knives

Talks by an A&E nurse that graphically illustrate the perils of carrying knives are having an impact on Liverpool’s young people, Tuesday 5 July 2011 14.30 BST

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Rob Jackson, accident and emergency nurse,

Accident and emergency nurse, Rob Jackson, giving a presentation in Merseyside, aimed at deterring teenagers from getting involved in knife crime. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

One of the excluded pupils in the 30-strong audience asks A&E nurse clinician Rob Jackson to describe the worst thing he has ever seen while dealing with the aftermath of knife crime.

Without hesitation, Jackson says: “A very close runner up to watching children die is seeing the look on the face of a mother when I tell her that her son has just died from knife injuries. We had a boy in recently who was asking for his mum and five minutes later he stopped breathing. We couldn’t save him. If you carry knives or hang around with those who do, believe me, your luck will run out.”

Jackson, 39, is addressing boys from a secondary school and others with behavioural difficulties as part of an anti-knife crime event in Liverpool’s North End. The city sits alongside London and the West Midlands as the three areas with the highest knife crime in the UK. Jackson’s presentations have so far reached more than 1,000 young people in Merseyside. His talk is accompanied by gruesome photographs of knife-related injuries blown up on a big screen to hammer the message home that a momentary act can have devastating consequences.

Injuries from knife attacks in Liverpool have decreased by 28% during the 18 months Jackson has been doing this pioneering work. He points out that many knife-wound victims are injured with their own blades, carried for their own protection, often against drug dealers who seize the weapon and use it against them.

Not all injuries are attacks. Jackson tells of a young lad who was carrying a knife in his back pocket and slipped and fell. The knife lacerated the boy’s backside and he developed flesh-eating necrotizing fasciitis from bacteria on the blade which ate away most of the bottom half of his body and killed him.

This approach to combating escalating knife crime was the brainchild of Rachel England, team manager at Liverpool’s youth offending service, which received funding from the Youth Justice Board to run a pilot involving healthcare workers in knife crime prevention.

“There has been research in London and America showing the effectiveness of health worker involvement, but we didn’t just want groups of kids taken to A&E to be shocked into stopping carrying knives – that approach is a proven failure. We wanted to make a hard-hitting impact on them but in an educational setting, with proper learning outcomes,” says England. “Rob has treated a lot of the cases he talks about so he is very connected with the images and he has been absolutely brilliant. He took a bit of arm twisting at first because he didn’t believe the kids would listen to him. They do listen.”

An initial pilot involved 100 young people with convictions for carrying knives, and only one participant has since reoffended with a knife. “Normally it is much, much higher”, says England. “We wanted to illustrate that knife crime doesn’t ‘just’ result in death but also serious disability and impairment and terrible devastation for families. We believe Rob’s work has contributed significantly to the reduction in knife crime here.”

Actor Brooke Kinsella, whose younger brother, Ben, was stabbed to death in 2008, and who was commissioned by the prime minister, David Cameron, and home secretary Theresa May to write a report on schemes to discourage young people from carrying knives, cites Jackson’s work as having a bigger impact than other projects. Jackson and England are talking to the Home Office about how the model can be replicated in other areas of the UK with young offenders and in schools and centres for excluded pupils.

Last year, a group of magistrates persuaded Jackson to extend his presentations beyond young offenders. Although there is no money to fund his preventive work with teenagers he says his employer, Royal Liverpool hospital trust, is supportive and allows him time off.

He says of his success: “There are limits to what we can do, but if we can make young males think of the aftermath of knife crime at that critical moment when they might be about to acquire or carry a weapon, then at least they can make that decision knowing the possible consequences of their actions. Hopefully, some will decide not to carry a knife.”

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