Archive for the ‘Self Defence’ Category

Watch out behind you…

Sunday, 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

Personal Safety at Work

Tuesday, 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

Child Abduction Prevention Check list

Friday, 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

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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!

Women’s safety

Monday, 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.

Shocking Statistics

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Young people can often be complacent about their risks. In order for young people to lead confident, safe lives, it is important that they are aware of the risks that they may face. Statistics can be an effective way of challenging young people’s preconceptions about crime and their specific risk of becoming a victim.

Statistics from the British Crime Survey 2005:

        10-15% of crimes involve violence against people.

        2/3 of crime towards us are committed by someone we know.

        Across all age ranges, men are twice as likely to be a victim of violent crime than females.

        23% of all violent crime victims are under 23.

        2% of all violent crime victims were over 65.

        In half of all street robberies, a mobile phone is taken.

        14-17 year olds are the most at risk of street crime.

Come and join us at Tring Martial Arts and learn how to defend yourself against any eventuality. Whether you are young or older, we have a class to suit you. Please visit our website, www.tringmartialarts.com or call us on 0845 0948805 to find out more.

Safety Tips – FOR MEN

Monday, March 5th, 2012

FACT: Men are twice as likely than women to be a victim of a violent attack.

– Think about where you are going and how to get there. Plan your route to avoid deserted streets and dark parks or alleyways.

– Avoid wearing headphones or chatting on your mobile when walking down the street alone, as this will prevent you from hearing any danger warning signals.

– Carry a personal attack alarm. They are not just for women. Use it to shock and disorientate an attacker. This will gain vital seconds for you to get away.

– If you hear or see trouble ahead, then cut off or turn around before you get to it and head to the nearest safe place, such as a garage, police station or anywhere where there will be lots of people.

– Remember, alcohol severely affects your ability to make safe judgements. The majority of violent attacks on young men take place in or around licensed premises.

– Think about how much you drink and the type of places you go drinking.

– Plan your journey home before your first drink rather than after your tenth.

– If you are trapped in an aggressive situation, then try and stay calm and talk your way out of it. Physical self-defence should only be a last resort. It limits your options and commits you to a fight you could lose. It is not weak to walk away from violence.

– Avoid an aggressive stance: crossed arms, hands on hips or a raised arm is challenging and confrontational. Avoid looking down on anyone or touching someone unnecessarily.

– Avoid using unlit or isolated cash machines.

– Keep fit. Good posture, stamina, strength and tension control can all aid personal safety.

– Be aware how you come across when you’ve been drinking. Ask your mates. Sometimes people can inadvertently attract trouble by the way they behave when they are drunk.

– If you have a friend whose behaviour or attitude (drunk or sober) attracts trouble, pick a good time and have a word with them. Make it clear that you are not going to be dragged into violence because of their stupidity.

– If someone is becoming agitated or aggressive, don’t crowd them. Invading someone’s personal space will only make them more uptight and defensive and therefore more likely to become violent.

– If you see someone else being attacked, it is not always the best idea to rush over to help as this could escalate the problem and you too could end up being attacked. It may be better to stand back at a safe distance and call loudly for help and use your mobile to phone the police. Seeing what you are doing should stop the attacker, whilst leaving you safe.

– Report any incident as soon as possible. You may save someone else.

– Never assume it won’t happen to you. Nobody is invincible. Even though the risks are slight, they are there – so think about your personal safety and don’t become another victim.

 Come and try out one of our Krav Maga classes to help prepare you for any eventuality. Visit our website, www.tringmartialarts.com or call us on 0845 0948805 for more information.

Tech No Chances – National Personal Safety Day 2012

Monday, March 5th, 2012

National Personal Safety Day is coming up this year on the 8th of October. It is an annual event aimed at raising awareness of the simple, practical solutions that everyone can use to help avoid violence and aggression in today’s society. It’s all about helping people live safer, more confident lives. This year, NPSD is called ‘Tech No Chances’. Technology is a wonderful thing that few of us could see ourselves living without. When it comes to personal safety it can be of a great benefit: a teenager can text their parent to collect them when they are stranded; a pensioner can phone a friend if they have a problem and it makes staying in touch with our friends and family much easier. However, there can be risks associated with technology so this campaign will highlight some practical, common sense precautions people can use to ensure that their technology works for them, not against them. ‘Tech No Chances’ highlights dangers associated with wearing headphones, or using your mobile phone when it’s late or what information you submit online and how you can avoid putting yourself in the line of fire.

Here at Tring Martial Arts we offer the best compliment to this years National Personal Safety Day – krav maga. To find out how to join a class or to receive a prospectus, visit www.tringmartialarts.com or call us on 0845 0948805.

10 Critical Self Defence Tips for Women!

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

If only women didn’t already have enough to worry about they are under fear of being attacked. Women are harrassed in their own homes, in public, and just about anywhere they can think about. The saddest thing is that women are easy targets for most muggers because they know that in most cases women do not know how to defend themselves. Therefore now more than ever self security for women is vital.

The numbers are shocking when it comes to women being harrassed. For more than 5 years I have been carrying out self defence courses and seminars. Over that time I helped many people to defence and take care of themselves. Individual safety always begins with awareness.

Look through the list of ten tips that can increase your safety fast:

1 – We should all have the ability to express ourselves as an individual, but consider clothing and behaviour whilst out and about, especially late at night.  Be confident but not overt, some sexual predators are attracted to individuals who behave in a flamboyant way which can lead to attacks.

2 – Believe your feelings. Women have a good intuition. When they see that situation can be risky then it probably is. So, listen to your intuition.

3 – Rape and other muggers` attacks are increasing. During a confrontation use your fingernails to scrap your attacker’s face. In such a way you will get DNA under your nails for identification.   Target the eyes or other soft tissue areas as this can lead to semi permanent markings which could help the police identify them.

4. Always be aware of how alcohol or drugs will effect your perception of danger and your reaction times to defend yourself.

5 – Avoid hitch-hiking and do not pick up hitch-hikers.

6 – Be wary of strangers, especially at night.  If you feel any threats to yourself, change direction.  If you think you are being followed head towards a crowd or enter a shop or bar, speak with the door staff and advise them, they should help you.  Failing that, flag down a police car or go to the police station, do not worry that you might be wasting their time, its their job and they would rather prevent crime than react to it.

7 – Avoid large cumbersome handbags. My partner will be shaking her head right now as she has a large hand bag, but with very few items in it.  Bags such as these are easy targets, remember not to carry all of your valuables with you in one bag.

8 – I’m sure we are all guilty of walking whilst talking on the phone, but to avoid being mugged why not leave that uber important phone call until you are in a safe place to take it.  Driving whilst talking on a mobile phone is illegal for many good reasons, the primary one is that the driver is distracted.  When you are walking back from a meeting or off to see friends, are you always aware of who or what is around you?  Surely that call can be made somewhere safe or best of all, do it later when you are back at the office, home or similar place such as a shop or restaurant.

9 – Sexual harrasement is commonly prefaced by some obvious signs, which are usually preceded by some verbal approach before the attack. The succession of actions commonly follows: the sight – the talk – the fight.
These are useful tips to prevent assailant`s attacks. Do not become the next victim!

10 – Learn Self Defence – not learn how to fight, Box or kick like Jackie Chan.  Learn reality based self defence techniques and practice them often.  Surely prevention is better?  I’m always amazed by how many people in general prioritise activities such as shopping, meeting friends or to the extreme of “straightening my hair”, as an excuse as to why they won’t come and take Self Defence classes.  In my opinion you owe it to yourself and your family to be able to defend yourself.  Don’t rely on the Police, they do their best to police our community and will get to you as quick as they can, but often they will arrive after the incident.  I suppose as a martial arts instructor I could be accused of having a vested interest and you are right, I do!  I want people to enjoy their lives and be safe at the same time, that’s why I run my martial arts academy, not for the money, but to make a real difference in our community.

We have a Womens Self Defence workshop taking place on Friday 16th March 10am – 1pm at our Academy in Tring.  It’s being run by the Women in Business Network.  If you would like to come along, call 0845 094 8805 asap.  www.TringMartialArts.com