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Personal Security / In And Around The Car

In the car, It’s pretty simple really.
The car is in it’s self a secure location for you if some one’s chasing you or trying to do something to you. Get in, lock the door and keep the windows up, move the vehicle to a safer place and call for help. If need be use the car as a ramming device.

Road rage incidents:- Stay in the car! Keep the windows up and doors locked, car windows are suprisingly tough and will withstand reasonably hard impact from fists etc. Move the vehicle away from the attacker if possible and call the police for help. If you can’t move the vehicle then call for assistance immediately and get a photo of the attacker/attackers.
It’s worth noting at this point that in Australia it is illegal to resort to violence in the protection of property, so don’t worry about damage to the car! If the attacker manages to get in then you can legally defend yourself within the bounds of the law. Don’t start off as the victim and end up being the criminal.
Krav Maga Canberra offers training in and around cars, busses trains and planes.

Property:- As far as securing personal items goes again it’s just common sense:- don’t leave valuable items exposed where they may tempt a would be thief, perhaps if leaving valuables in the car and you have a boot then lock them in there or hide them under clothes behind the seats etc. Having tinted windows can even be a way to make it harder for potential thieves, they’re after an easy target with a clearly defined valuable object in view. chances are if they can’t see in they won’t bother.

When stopped:- Don’t leave the windows open or doors unlocked when you stop at the lights, not such a huge problem in Australia but in other countries this could end up being a fatal mistake. In a lot of places it’s very common to lock the doors when you get in and only unlock them when you arrive at your destination, for a single female occupant of a car this would be sound advice in any country.

True story:- I taught a couple of young women who were traveling to South America to work with an aid agency and one of them told me about a girlfriend who’d been dragged out of an open taxi window in Buenos Aires Argentina, she was robbed then let go fortunately for her.
She spoke Spanish well enough to understand that the assailants were discussing whether to kidnap her but didn’t have anywhere to take her, so they just robbed her instead, the taxi driver did nothing to assist the girl. You’re often on your own in such situations, a good reason to learn Krav Maga.

Parking:- When parking the car where ever possible reverse park so you can make a rapid escape when under pressure from an attacker or group of attackers.
Always park in an area where you can see clearly at night with good lighting and other people around, not up some dingy poorly lit alley way.
Arrive at the car with your keys out ready to go, don’t be caught off guard bent over foraging for your keys in a handbag, this would make you an exceptionally easy target.

Being threatened:- If you are being followed or chased make sure you use the environment to create barriers and obstacles between yourself and the attackers, think tactically and keep them at distance. If need be head to a safer place rather than trying to get into the car and manage a bunch of fine motor skills under pressure. Where possible in a safe manner get in and lock doors and windows move the vehicle to a safe location and call for assistance.

Apon arrival:- Most of all when you arrive at your destination be observant of your surroundings and aware of potential hiding places for dodgy characters and avoid being secluded from the view of the general public by choosing wisely where to park. Where possibl e reverse park in case you needto make a quick exit.

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Training and age! = Constant Body maintenance!

Old Guys Rock!

Age is no barrier, check out the guys at the back of the room on the video!

Well, where do we begin, I’m too old for that? Or don’t be silly, you’re too old for that!

Really?

I often hear these comments bandied around when it comes to people thinking about training in Krav Maga or for that matter any kind of physical activity at a later stage in their lives.

The truth is you’re only as old as you choose to think you are!
Your body may tell you otherwise, but essentially it’s a choice whether you let the niggling aches and pains take over or not!

I myself at the time of writing this article am 51, and yes I’ve had an active lifestyle since I was young which helps enormously. But having said that I do suffer from many an ache and pain and in fact I’m carrying a chronic (long term) groin injury which if I was to believe the armchair experts, should have put me into retirement some 2 yrs ago.

Fortunately I was directed to a very good Physio who literally saved both my careers. At this stage I should state that I have a concreting business and I have a Krav Maga business and between the pair I can live comfortably.

I have had to make some changes to my lifestyle and work options, notably I have to be a lot more selective about what I do when it comes to concreting and indeed have to turn many a job away due to the physical nature of certain aspects of those jobs. I still do my own physio work at home on my own, I have no choice or my injury will simply reoccur, not that it’s ever left it’s just that I manage it or it becomes unbearable.

So, I adapt and most importantly don’t give up!
Perhaps the lifestyle changes are the most difficult to deal with as being limited in one’s leisure options is really quite mentally challenging at times.

So what’s to be done about it?
Well you could just sit back and give in to the people who’d have you bound up in cotton wool for the rest of your life, (I can’t think of a more miserable existence) or you could take the positive approach and get on with it!

What do I mean by get on with it?
Well to put it bluntly, you need to accept that some things just won’t be the same any more and focus on what you can do and what needs to be done to make it possible to continue doing those things. I’m not saying give up on the things you used to be able to do, just don’t focus on the (used to be able to) part.

I have in my class a couple of older guys (mid sixties), hope I don’t get into trouble for giving that away! But back to the point, they both started training krav late in life by comparison to the majority of my students. Neither of these guys is injury or pain free in day to day life let alone when they come to Krav training. But they both love it and have a great deal of fun every time they train regardless of the niggling aches and pains.

So what keeps them going?
Well, it’s simple really. Apart from determination to have fun and keep active, they both work on body maintenance as do I and most instructors involved with Krav Maga Global.
The bottom line is that you must spend some time if not everyday, then at least 3 times a week working on your body.

No I’m not talking about serious weight training, yes with a carefully managed program it can be very good for your body, but most of you won’t have the desire to, or the need to train that way and perhaps other aspects of your life / lifestyle will prevent you from affording the time to get serious results with weights.

What I am talking about is is a hand full of basic body weight exercises, may be some band work (resistance bands) and a bit of stretching on a regular basis. You don’t need hundreds of reps and sets but just enough to keep the joints oiled and the muscles challenged. You can achieve that sort of result in a very short period of time, say 20 minutes out of your day and you don’t need a bunch of fancy expensive equipment just a bit of imagination.

Mobility is the key to longevity!

Maintain your body!

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Personal security? What is it?

We mainly think of personal security from a self defence perspective when the reality is that there is so much more to it than defending yourself from an attacker.

Indeed there are many aspects to personal security that really get no attention at all, let’s stop and consider a few of those things that frequently get overlooked.

For instance how and where you position or carry your personal items such as mobile phone, purse / hand bag, wallet and other easily transportable items. In the photo’s below we see somebody walking down the street presenting several opportunities to the bad guys out there.

To list but a few, you’ll notice that the back pack has a vertical zip in the center, not secured!

Just sitting loose in the right hand mesh pocket is the mobile phone with a cable running to ear phones. Easily removed by a sprinting opportunist, what’s more the victim would have no idea until the last moment due to lack of peripheral vision due to wearing the hoodie and of course having no audible warning of the assailants approach due to the sweet tunes playing on her phone.

All simple stuff to rectify really, secure the phone somewhere on the front of yourself, secure the pack through the loop on the zip with a small lock of some description, pop the hoodie down, turn the music down to allow some of the outside in and from time to time turn around and look behind you.

So without going into great detail we can see how easy it is to unwittingly leave ourselves vulnerable to to an opportunistic attack.

In the next few installments we’ll look at all sorts of areas that need attention such as our vehicles, around the home (that’s a big one), traveling and of course internet security.

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A bad situation with an easy solution!

An unlucky guy for sure, but a very simple choke release would have resolved the situation in the initial stages.
Even if he didn’t react at the onset he could easily have been kicking when the second guy approached and then continued with the release, some of our regular students may recognize the same scenario minus the steps as a P3 multiple attacker scenario drill.

This is why we train Krav Maga!

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22nd of October Introductory Package

Last intro until February 2018!

Don’t Miss Out!

Date:: Sunday the 22nd of October 2017, start time 12pm (approx 3.5 hours duration) Please be a little early as there is a form to fill in if you haven’t registered online and we commence the warm up at 12pm sharp.

Location: The Canberra College Gymnasium on Launceston St Woden (map) . After the intro your first 2 classes are also included, a total of 6.5 hours training for $55.

Cost: $55 pp register and pay online or register by contacting us and pay cash on the day.

Details: Introduction session for anyone interested in starting training in Krav Maga. The introduction session runs for approximately 3.5 hours and covers all the basics required to start training in the regular Krav Maga classes. After which your first 2 lessons are also included, so a total of 6.5 hours training for $55.

What to Bring: Comfortable clothing such as t-shirt sloppy joe or fleece etc, track pants and runners. A bottle of water and something to snack on (eg muesli bar ) to keep the energy up for the full 3.5 hours. If you have a mouth guard it is worthwhile bringing it along, but it is not required, and a basic mouth guard can be purchased on the day for $ 11, also a groin guard would be worthwhile but not essential, or can be purchased on the day for $35.

Please register online now or contact us.

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