Archive for September, 2011

Don’t become a crime statistic!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

According to The Home Office Crime Statistics 2011

Violence against women and girls is often a hidden crime; a comprehensive understanding of its prevalence remains a challenge. However, the research that we do have reveals a shocking picture:

  • at least 1 in 4 women in the UK will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime (British Crime Survey 2009/10)
  • almost 1 in 5 women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime (British Crime Survey 2009/10)
  • almost 1 in 20 women was stalked last year and 1 in 5 women will experience stalking in their lifetime (British Crime Survey 2009/10)
  • the United Nations estimates that every year 5,000 women are victims of honour-killings internationally
  • in 2009, the forced marriage unit provided direct support to victims in the UK and overseas in 377 cases
  • the minimum cost of violence against women and girls in the UK is £37.6bn

Take action not to become a crime statistics, Women will find reality based self defence systems very easy to pick up and simple to use.   After all, the Krav Maga concepts is designed to work on the largest attacker.  Tring Krav Maga offers reality based self defence, check out our website or call 0845 094 8805.

Crime Prevention Tips for Students

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

posted by Admin

Student houses and halls of residence can be particular targets for crime, as thieves know that there are likely to be a number of valuable items inside.

Lock your door in halls, even if you are only going down the corridor

Make sure that main entrance doors shut behind you and don’t let other people in with you

Make sure security measures are in place if you are renting in a shared house

Get home contents insurance. You may be able to extend your parents’ home insurance policy for no extra cost. Alternatively, many insurance companies have competitive deals for students. Remember that you are likely to have many more electronic goods (computers, stereos, TVs etc) than most households

During Christmas and summer holidays, when it is likely your house will be empty for a long time, implement additional security measures, e.g. putting a timer on lights. Also see if someone will be around to check on things. Student areas/villages are particular targets for holiday-time burglary.

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Nonverbal Communication

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Posted by Admin

Believe it or not, words and language are actually your SECONDARY form of communication. That’s right, whether you’re aware of it or not, your main form of communication is not transmitted verbally, but rather nonverbally.

Here’s some fun facts:

·         Studies show that 65 – 85% of communication between people is carried out nonverbally – which means at least two-thirds of our total communication occurs nonverbally.

·         Over the course of an entire day, the average person is actually engaged in talking for only about 40 minutes. Yeah hard to believe, but it’s true. The rest of the time you are busy communicating through nonverbal body language. (now that 40 minutes doesn’t include you guys who like talking to yourself).

·         The people with whom you’re engaged in conversation with will put more “weight” on your nonverbal information than on your actual words. Typically your nonverbal messages are not controlled consciously — so it reflects your true feelings, emotions and moods. The person you’re talking with subconsciously understands this and uses your nonverbal signals to develop opinions, beliefs and feelings about you without even knowing how they did it. Your own experience should reinforce this notion if you consider how you form almost “instant” judgments about someone’s character in the first minutes of meeting them. Yes the brain is a powerful and scary thing.

·         You will form and solidify an opinion about someone within the first 4 minutes of knowing them – after which point it will be difficult to change that opinion. People resist changing their minds about someone, (a process called “selective perception”), and we will ignore any information that is contrary that that initial impression. Not only that, research shows that we’ll even amplify any information that reinforces that initial opinion. It’s on the television news all the time. The shocked neighbor expressing something like “but he is such a nice, quiet man… I just had dinner with him. I can’t believe he had all those people in his freezer.” Even in the face of hard facts to the contrary, people will tend to hang onto their initial judgments.

Okay… so what does all this “non-verbal” stuff have to do with you protecting yourself and your family? Well actually a lot, because your adversary — if he’s human — is quite attuned into what kind of person he is willing to confront. As we discussed earlier, he is rarely willing to engage in a confrontation he thinks may end badly for him – so he’s essentially looking for a victim. It’s all done by “sizing up” your non-verbal signals mainly because he can’t ask “Can I humiliate, dominate, rob and/or beat you senseless with little or no danger to myself?” Nope, in all my years of research I’ve never come across that.

My point is this: Your opponent will always be actively “sizing you up” by your non-verbal signals – that is, your body language. It’s why dominant alpha, males – no matter what their size — are rarely picked on by bullies or targeted by predators. They convey nonverbal signals that they can and will “take care of business” if necessary. What’s surprising is that these non-verbal signals cut across all barriers and are instinctively understood by all humans – no matter what language they speak verbally.

In the end, your goal should be to use nonverbal communication to your advantage – to take “conscious” control over them so you can “sell” a certain image of yourself. To do this, we need to dig a little deeper into specific “Power Signals” which I will cover in the next post – but until then be safe out there!

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Develop your Internal Triggers – When to take action…

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Posted by Admin 

Developing Your Internal Triggers:

Picture this. An electrician is standing on a step-ladder working on a ceiling light. There’s bare wires exposed and he asks you “Is the light switch turned off?”.

What’d think would be his reaction if your answer was “well… kind of…”? He’d probably get off the ladder and check for himself. He can’t put his safety on the line. The switch is either on or it’s off. There’s no grey area about it.

That’s exactly how you need to think about your “Internal Triggers”. You set up your switches beforehand and when one of them is tripped, you automatically take some kind of action. The point is to be mentally prepared with personal guidelines in place to deal with a confrontation BEFORE it ever takes place. Grappling with these questions during a confrontation is like trying to “figure out” where the rip-chord is after you’ve jumped from the plane (“hmmm… where is that thing…”) Yeah… you got it… splat. (more…)

Personal Safety MOT

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Originally posted by –

Complete the following quiz and see how much you know about how to reduce the risks of becoming a victim of violence and aggression.


1: Which of the following do you think is most likely to be a victim of a violent attack?

a) A female over 45

b) A female between 16 –24

c) A male between 16 – 24


How do I know when I am in a fight?

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

I know what you are thinking – surely everyone would know when you are in a fight, so please allow me to explain the eye catching title, so perhaps I should retitle this article as “How do I know when I am in a confrontation” – just checking you are awake and thoroughly reading this…

A confrontation doesn’t start with a punch to your nose, it starts when your intuition tells you “something’s wrong” (something called “combat awareness”).