Anti-Social Behaviour

May 28th, 2012

 

Anti-social behaviour includes abusive or noisy neighbours, littering and graffiti. It can leave you feeling intimidated, angry and frightened. Your council and the police can help. Find out what can be done and what you can do to stop it.

 

What is anti-social behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour includes things such as:

  • rowdy, noisy behaviour in otherwise quiet neighbourhoods
  • night time noise from houses or gardens, especially between 11.00 pm and 7.00 am
  • threatening, drunken or ‘yobbish’ behaviour
  • vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
  • dealing or buying drugs on the street
  • litter and fly-tipping rubbish
  • aggressive begging
  • drinking in the street
  • setting off fireworks late at night
  • abandoning cars on the street

Anti-social behaviour doesn’t just make life unpleasant. It can ruin lives and make whole areas feel unsafe.

 

If you encounter it, report it

If anti-social behaviour is a problem in your area, there’s a lot you can do to help put a stop to it.

You can:

  • talk to your neighbours to find out if they’re affected as well
  • if you feel comfortable doing so talk to the person causing the problem; they may not realise how it is affecting you
  • report the problem to your local council’s anti-social behaviour coordinator
  • call your police force’s non-emergency number
  • tell your landlord or residents’ association about the situation
  • contact your local neighbourhood policing team, or attend one of their regular meetings

If the situation is an emergency (if someone’s life or health is threatened) call 999.

No matter how you report anti-social behaviour, all complaints are treated as confidential. So you don’t have to worry about your identity being revealed.

The council and police both need evidence of what’s happened to you, so keep a note of problems. They should not ask you to do this indefinitely.

Once you have reported the problem, you should be kept informed of progress in your case.

 

Anti Social Behaviour can lead to physical confrontations.  Never be drawn into taking the law into your own hands, always contact the police.

Tring Martial Arts – helping to keep you safe in our community 

The Suzy Lamplurgh Trust

March 5th, 2012

Any worried parent should check out this website. It is full of useful tips and information to give your child about keeping themselves safe whilst they’re out and about. Here below is an example of what the site offers; these are some simple ways to get ‘Street Safety’ messages across to young people.

P.L.A.N

This helpful acronym can help young children to think about personal safety and remember these important safety messages.

P – Prepare – before you go out think for a little bit about where you’re going and how you will get there and back. Tell someone where you’re going and who with before you leave.

L – Look confident – Walk tall and hold your head up. If you look confident, other people are less likely to trouble you. Pay attention to what’s going on around you so that you can see if there is any trouble about and what the best way is to avoid it.

A – Avoid danger – Keep to well lit streets and places where there are lots of people. Don’t take any shortcuts down alleyways or across fields.

N – Never think ‘I’m just being silly’ – If anyone ever does anything to make you feel unsafe, no matter who it is, walk away and tell an adult what has happened.

We can help build your child’s confidence and help them deal with a difficult situation by teaching them good self-defense moves. Visit www.tringmartialarts.com or call us on 0845 0948805 for more information.

Shocking Statistics

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

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

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!

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

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…

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

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

Gestures – non verbal communication – what are you really saying about yourself…

November 14th, 2011

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Gestures:

Unlike postures, gestures are generally confined to a specific part of the body and are relatively quick motions meant to emphasize a certain point or to reinforce or de-intensify the perceived strength of emotions.

A typical example of an “Illustrator” gesture would be hand motions while giving direction, pounding on your desk, or shaking a fist. A hand or finger in a baton-like motion to emphasize or accent particular words or phrases during a conversation is another example.

Even though illustrators are used with your conscious awareness they can still convey subconscious information about mood, self-confidence, and power. A decrease in the use of illustrators during communication can indicate waning interest, non-dominance, a decrease in self-confidence, or an indication of deception.

On the other hand “Adaptors” are gestures that are done almost subconsciously as a reflex action. A typical example is nervously scratching your face. Adaptors communicate a great deal about an individual’s attitudes, anxiety level, comfort/discomfort, and self-confidence level. Since communicators who exhibit adaptors aren’t using them with the intent to communicate, they’re usually unaware that they’re using them. As a result, adaptors are an important source of involuntary information about the psychological states of individuals who exhibit them. It’s important to be familiar with these signals, become aware of your usage of them, and begin eliminating them. Let’s look at the two types of adaptors and the signals they convey:

  • Self-Adaptor: A self-adaptor is a gesture that involves the hands to another part of the body and provides reliable information about the current level of self-confidence and self-esteem. A common example of a self-adaptor is any gesture that involves the hand-to-face. Gestures, such as covering the mouth, decrease both the beta and alpha-signals because they signal insecurity about what is being said (or about to be said) and indicate possible deception. Other self-adaptors include: picking or scratching, rubbing or massaging (typically the forehead or neck regions), covering the eyes, or the combing of the fingers through hair.
  • Object-adaptors: The object-adaptors involve the use of the hands to touch, hold, or manipulate an object in the immediate environment. Object adaptors, while not as indicative of the psychological state of the person exhibiting them, do often reflect uncertainty. During police questioning, suspects frequently play with objects close to them at the moment of deception.

Let’s talk about “touching”. Now before you get too excited, let me clarify myself. I’m talking about a gesture that involves contact with another person. Like self-adaptors and object-adaptors, touch can communicate a great deal about a person’s psychological state. Unlike other gestures, however, touch is much more conscious and controlled and is an important means of communicating when up close.

Touching is one of the most powerful means for establishing and maintaining social contact because it effectively communicates caring, comfort, affection, and reassurance.

It also serves a major role in communicating power.

In touching exchanges between men and women, men typically touch women more frequently than women touch men.

But among same sex, touching among men tends to increase the level of discomfort and anxiety. High status individuals are more likely to touch and initiate touch with lower status individuals. This is viewed as a signal of exercising dominance. Therefore, touching is seen as a reliable indicator of status.

So here are some “Gesturing” tips to being an Alpha.

  • Avoid using any adaptors – especially touching your face or playing with objects.
  • Make sure your gestures are very controlled and deliberate.
  • Always initiate the touch (a handshake for example).
  • Simultaneously touch two areas to establish dominance. An example of this would be shaking his right hand while grasping his shoulder with the left.

Also, touching outside of the normal regions can show dominance over a lower status individual. A pat on the back to show approval is acceptable and clearly demonstrates dominance. A pat on the head, however, would appear very condescending, and would most likely be challenged. And well… a pat on the rear-end means you’re likely on very thin ice.

Sound:

The fourth channel of nonverbal signals is sound, or “vocalic communication”. Simply put, sounds convey meaning. Aside from facial gestures, the voice is the most powerful channel for transmitting the emotional state of the communicator. Perceived personality characteristics and social class are also revealed through the various attributes and characteristics of the voice. The voice can be very effective in shaping whether the speaker is introverted, extroverted, likeable, dominant or submissive.

Here are some “Sound” tips to being an Alpha:

  • Speak with a loud, strong voice.
  • Pace yourself at a moderately fast rate with full resonance.
  • Articulation and correct pronunciation are very important for effectively portraying status.
  • Dominance can be displayed in crisp and clear speech, as though you were issuing commands.
  • Avoid “non-fluencies” words such as “umm,” “like,” or “you know” used between sentences or weak expressions such as, “I guess,” or “ok”. These dramatically decrease your alpha-level presence. Vocal cues of confidence are vitally important.
  • Throat clearing and nervous coughing are perceived as non-Alpha traits.

Let’s move onto when (and how) it’s possible to “cool down” a situation before it escalates into physical violence – that’s next time on www.hertfordshirepersonalsafety.co.uk

Hertfordshire Personal Safety is an initiative of Tring Martial Arts, our reality based self defence classes deal with real world threats, attacks and how to counter or defend them, see our website www.tringmartialarts.com for more information or call 0845 094 8805 now for your free trial class.