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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.

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.

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

See what you’ll learn at Tring Krav Maga

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Tring Krav Maga is an independant self defence that club teaches 100% reality based self defence training and fitness. The classes are led by Christopher Allen, 3rd degree black belt who has personally trained with Moni Aizik of Commando Krav Maga and Amnon Maor of Maor Krav Maga Israel.

Our Krav Maga Concepts™ syllabus incorporates a variety of technqiues, tactics and strategies from various Krav Maga systems to give students a rounded understanding of self defence possibilities from long, medium and close quarter scenarios.

So you can make an informed choice, check out the first part of our Level 1 – Beginners Syllabus and then book your free trial today!!!

   

TECHNIQUE

SCORE

1. Stance & Movements

Demonstrate the self defence stance. Demonstrate being able to move forwards, backwards and sideways correctly.  Demonstrate verbal communication and “talking out”.  Demonstrate clearly identifying threats and surveying the area.

 

2. Strikes

a)      Palm heel strike.

b)       Straight left punch to chin / Straight right punch to chin.

c)      Horizontal / Upward Elbow Strike

d)      Sideways and Backwards Elbow Strikes

e)      Knee Strike

 

3. Punch Defences – Outside

a)      Outside Defence against Straight Punch

 

4. Punch Defences – Inside

a)      Inside Defence against Straight Punch

 

5. Choke Defences – Front

a)      Prevention

b)      Release #1

c)      Release #2

d)      Release #3

 

6. Choke Defences – Side

a) Prevention

b) Release #1

c) Release #2

d) Release #3

 

7. Choke Defences – Rear

a) Prevention

b) Release #1

c) Release #2

d) Release #3

 

8. Fitness

a)      10 x Core Exercises

 

9. Pressure Test

Survive 3 minutes pressure test against 1 opponent 90% Co-operation

 

PASS MARK

(R) = RETAKE  (LP) = PASS    (O) = MERIT     (A) = DISTINCTION

 

 

 

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The only technique you need to defend yourself in any situation…

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

…..doesn’t exist.

Sadly there is no one size fits all method, technique or combination of techniques that you can learn to defend yourself.  No, regretfully you have to learn strategies and tactics, then learn the techniques that apply to each situation.  You’ll never know everything though! So don’t fool yourself, learn as much as you can, because you never know when you might need to apply your learning.

Practice, practice, practice in all scenarios against one person, two, three or even four people at once.  In the dark, in the light, outside, inside, confined spaces, car and home scenarios, pub and discos.  Even then you might still fall foul of an attacker but at least you are prepared.

Reality Based Self Defence classes at www.TringKravMaga.co.uk represents one of the best solutions for learning no nonsense self defence.  Make a fresh start for 2012 and enrol in our professional academy.

10 Top Safety Tips for Women

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Thumbs up for Tring Krav Maga1. Awareness: Your first line of defence. Most people think of kicks to the groin and blocking punches when they hear the term “self-defence.” However, true self-defence begins long before any actual physical contact. The first, and probably most important, component in self-defence is awareness: awareness of yourself, your surroundings, and your potential attacker’s likely strategies.The criminal’s primary strategy is to use the advantage of surprise. Studies have shown that criminals are adept at choosing targets who appear to be unaware of what is going on around them. By being aware of your surroundings and by projecting a “force presence,” many altercations which are commonplace on the street can be avoided.

2. Use your sixth sense. “Sixth sense.” “Gut instinct.” Whatever you call it, your intuition is a powerful subconscious insight into situations and people. All of us, especially women, have this gift, but very few of us pay attention to it. Learn to trust this power and use it to your full advantage. Avoid a person or a situation which does not “feel” safe–you’re probably right.

3. Self-defence training. It is important to evaluate the goals and practical usefulness of a women’s self-defence program before signing up. Here are two tips:

a) Chose a reality based system of self defence – Traditional martial arts offer fantastic training, life skill development and sound self defence techniques but these are normally introduced within a syllabus of learning. Many of these techniques are complex and unrealistic under the stress of an actual attack;

b) The self-defence program should include simulated assaults, in realistic rape and attack scenarios, to allow you to practice what you’ve learned.

4. Escape: Always your best option. What if the unthinkable happens? You are suddenly confronted by a predator who demands that you go with him–be it in a car, or into an alley, or a building. It would seem prudent to obey, but you must never leave the primary crime scene. You are far more likely to be killed or seriously injured if you go with the predator than if you run away (even if he promises not to hurt you). Run away, yell for help, throw a rock through a store or car window–do whatever you can to attract attention. And if the criminal is after your purse or other material items, throw them one way while you run the other.

5. Your right to fight. Unfortunately, no matter how diligently we practice awareness and avoidance techniques, we may find ourselves in a physical confrontation. Whether or not you have self-defence training, and no matter what your age or physical condition, it is important to understand that you CAN and SHOULD defend yourself physically. You have both the moral and legal right to do so, even if the attacker is only threatening you and hasn’t struck first. Many women worry that they will anger the attacker and get hurt worse if they defend themselves, but statistics clearly show that your odds of survival are far greater if you do fight back. Aim for the eyes first and the groin second. Remember, though, to use the element of surprise to your advantage–strike quickly, and mean business. You may only get one chance.

6.  Never depend on any self-defence tool or weapon to stop an attacker. Trust your body and your wits, which you can always depend on in the event of an attack.

7. Home invasions: A crime on the rise. The primary way to prevent a home invasion is simply to never, ever open your door unless you either are certain you know who’s on the other side or can verify that they have a legitimate reason for being there (dressing up as a repair person or even police officer is one trick criminals use). In the event that an intruder breaks in while you’re home, you should have a safe room in your house to which you can retreat. Such a room should be equipped with a strong door, deadbolt lock, phone (preferably cell phone), and a can of pepper spray or fire extinguisher.

8. Avoiding a car-jacking. Lock all doors and keep windows up when driving. Most car-jackings take place when vehicles are stopped at intersections. The criminals approach at a 45-degree angle (in the blind spot), and either pull you out of the driver’s seat or jump in the passenger’s seat.

9. A travel tip. Violent crimes against women happen in the best and worst hotels around the world. Predators may play the part of a hotel employee, push their way through an open or unlocked door, or obtain a pass key to the room. As with home safety, never open your door unless you are certain the person on the other side is legitimate, and always carry a door wedge with you when you travel. A wedge is often stronger than the door it secures.

10. Safety in cyberspace. Although the Internet is educational and entertaining, it can also be full of danger if one isn’t careful. When communicating on-line, use a nickname and always keep personal information such as home address and phone number confidential. Instruct family members to do the same. Keep current on security issues, frauds, viruses, etc.

Tring Krav Maga – helping to keep you safe

Internal Conflict – the fight before the fight

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Posted by Admin

It’s time to get into a very scary place – inside your own mind.

Because that’s where the real fight takes place. It’s time to clear away some of the cobwebs hanging around in your cranium and take a fresh perspective.

Now I don’t want to get too technical, but my research uncovered something extremely important – a thing called “cognitive dissonance”. This is nothing but a fancy way to say that a person’s actual beliefs don’t match up with their actions.

This can cause extreme discomfort and indecision – something you don’t want rattling around in your head during a fight. To win, you must be clear-headed, know exactly what to do, and then do it with decisive action. You can’t afford to be “working things out” inside your head while facing down an adversary.

Internal Conflicts:

Let’s begin to change some beliefs that you may be hanging onto – and may ultimately hurt you. Some of these beliefs are nothing but simplistic myths instilled in us as young boys – yet we still hang onto them as grown men.

Here are four of the most common examples — although I’m sure as you examine your beliefs, you’ll come up with plenty more. I’m avoiding the sugar coating here – and you should do the same with yourself. Because hanging onto baggage and childish notions will result in deadly hesitation in the heat of battle. Let’s take a look:

1.John Wayne Syndrome – a “real man” never backs down.

Now, there are people who actually live to fight. In my 18-years of research I’ve met plenty of them – and I can positively say that spending any kind of time with them means that they’ll be continually looking to you for “back-up”. If you want to be friends with this type of guy then you’d better be prepared to take many trips to the hospital and jail. They will break into their own version of “West Side Story” at the slightest indication of insult or reproach. These guys actually believe that a real man never backs down — and his actions match his belief. I may not happen to agree with his notions, but the man acts on his beliefs. There is NO internal conflict here.

On the other hand, if you’re not one of these “fight-at-the-drop-of-a-hat” guys, and yet you still believe that a “real man” never backs down – then you’ve got a problem. You must try to match up your beliefs with your actions.

That doesn’t mean I’m suggesting you start fighting more. No. It means I’m suggesting that you re-evaluate your beliefs.

Here’s something that may help. Do mental exercises of situations in which you would and would not fight. For example, a freeway driver flips you the bird. Now, if you subscribe to the John Wayne Syndrome, you’d pull your car off of the road and fight – no matter if the guy is twice your size and wearing a “Hell’s Angels” jacket. You’re belief system demands that you duke it out right there on the side of the freeway.

If this is what you’d really do, then fine, your actions really do match your beliefs. Like I said, no internal conflict here. But, if your actions would be different, then you must be honest with yourself up front – before that scene plays itself out – and come to grips that maybe you really don’t believe that a real man “never” backs down.

The key here is an honest mental evaluation of the differences in your fantasies versus what you’d really do down here on planet earth. It will save you a lot of mental torture.

Here’s a real life example. I personally received a call from one Fight-Fast customer who suffered mental anguish because he backed down from a fight, despite watching many self-defense Fight-Fast videos and feeling that he was a well trained fighter.

Now, I personally believe he did the right thing – and I told him that. Nobody went to jail, the hospital, or the morgue. His opponent was a stranger and there was almost certainly no chance he’d ever see him again. The outcome of that confrontation turned out better than he could expect.

But, because somewhere in the deep recesses of his mind he hung onto this foolish notion that “real men don’t back down” – this guy suffered a lot of grief and sleepless nights. He simply never had done an honest evaluation of his own personal beliefs.

Here’s another way to think about this. Let’s say that the President of the United States– while whizzing by in his motorcade — is insulted and challenged by an angry citizen. Should the president really get out of his car and fight this guy? Should he feel ashamed for not doing so? According to the John Wayne Syndrome believer, the answer should be a resounding “yes”.

Now this example is obviously ridiculous only to make a point. Sit down and come to grips with your own beliefs beforehand – it’ll save you from making a stupid decision or the agony of dealing with internal conflict.

2.Never Hit First – Another notion from childhood – because what’s the first thing that your dad or a teacher asked you after a fight? Wasn’t it “who hit who first?”

Well research proves that hitting first means you’ve got a damn good chance to win the fight. You’ve initiated surprise, dismay, got the guy back on his heels, and have an excellent opportunity to keep up the pressure until you can end the threat. Everything you want.

Oh… but wait… that’s right… you can’t hit first. Teacher said so.

It’s time to grow up and get away from this kind of thinking – it’s just plain dangerous.

Let’s forget fist-fighting for a second and think about it as a gun fight. Would you allow an armed opponent the first shot? I sure hope not. Same goes with hand-to-hand combat. Do NOT freely give away your main advantage because of some misguided idea.

3.Fair Fight – This is more common than you’d imagine. Stuff like don’t hit a guy with glasses… no hair pulling… no biting… no eye gouging… and so on. If you actually believe this, you need to add one more to the list… no fighting.

It’s like the British officers who were so disgusted with the way “unchivalrous” American colonials fought. Those savages actually “unfairly” shot at them from behind trees and bushes. How uncouth.

Let me be clear… in a fight you want an unfair advantage. You never want to purposely give away anything that may give your adversary the edge.

In one of the videotaped street fights I researched, there was a young man who had his face nearly bit off in a vicious attack. He kept screaming out “no fair… he’s biting… he’s biting…”

I still get shivers thinking about that poor kid.

I only hope you will not be as naïve. You must assume that your adversary will do anything – and that he plays by NO rules. I know it’s an ugly thought, but you must treat every fight like it’s a life or death battle. The idea that you can somehow remain a “gentleman” puts you in an extremely vulnerable position.

4.Fight Your Fear – Fear is information; it’s not to be controlled or eliminated and is certainly not your enemy. Acting in spite of your fear is something called “courage”.

I’ve see too many “fight systems” that talk about “getting rid of fear”. Wrong-o. Understand that fear itself is a healthy emotion that’s protecting you.

You’d probably agree that being fearful of walking on the edge of a cliff is a fairly natural emotion to have – especially knowing that the “Bob Peirce’s One-Touch Death Move” is out there. It’s simply your body’s way of protecting you.

The idea that you need to get rid of it is foolish, and will either result in “brain freeze” or will simply put you in greater danger. The key is to “listen” to fear rather than deny it or attempt to suppress it.

Use fear as a way to trigger “external focus” – the key to avoiding “brain freeze” or the deer in headlights phenomena. You can’t afford to stand there drooling while waiting to “snap out of it”. I’ve got a whole section on this external focus technique in an upcoming chapter. It’s one of the most powerful ways to taking the fight to your adversary, and winning.

Okay… let’s conclude this “internal conflict” stuff for now. Use what you’ve learned to do some serious self-analyzing. Discover “gray areas” and where your indecision lies. Because with just 3-8 seconds to win a fight, indecision and hesitation can mean the difference between prevailing (and walking away), or taking that losers ride to the hospital… or worse… the morgue.

How’s that for positive ending?

Learn how to settle your internal conflicts and get yourself in the right mental attitude to defend yourself by enrolling at Tring Krav Maga now or call 0845 094 8805

Am I being followed?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Originally posted by Christopher Allen, Tring Krav Maga on Tring Anti Bullying

Question: Have you ever thought you were being followed? What do you do?

If you think you are being followed: Make a sudden turn, cross the street, accelerate, or go into a nearby business. If being followed by a car, reverse your direction – it will take them a much longer time to turn around and they will likely just continue on to find a different target. If you are unable to shake the follower, turn around and scream, “What do you want?” in your most indignant voice. This is likely to embarrass the innocent and frighten off a large portion of potential attackers. If this doesn’t work, now you must:

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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 www.tringkravmaga.co.uk or call 0845 094 8805.