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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Striking Vulnerable Points to Overcome an Attacker.

Krav Maga self defense involves striking (if necessary) in the most efficient and effective way possible.  This involves striking with the closest available tool - e.g. side elbow if threat is very close to your left or right).  It is also important to strike a vulnerable part of the body to disable or distract an attacker - especially one larger and stronger than you. Punching a determined attacker in the chest, for example, might only slow him down.  On the other hand, he might have so much rage and adrenalin that he barely notices and continues his assault.

So, what are these vulnerable points?  Here is a short list: Eyes, Nose, Jaw, Chin, Throat, Groin, Thigh, Knees, Shin, Top of foot... Yes, there are more!

Here are some examples of defenses involving striking vulnerable points.
Choke defense with knee strike to groin

Eye gouge defending vs bear hug.















Choke defense with palm strike to chin






Bear hug: Elbow strikes to chin/jaw/temple


















Monday, December 15, 2014

Gift Certificate: 3 months unlimited classes ($350)

3 months unlimited classes for $350.




Contact us for details:

Christopher Gagne, Owner
416-657-1028 or torontokrav@rogers.com


Monday, December 8, 2014

Winter Camp with IKMF Expert 3, Jean-Paul Jauffret, Feb 19 to 22


In February, 2015, Expert 3, Jean Paul Jauffret is visiting Toronto to offer a winter camp that will include instructor and student training, and workshops. Jean Paul is considered one of the world's leading Krav Maga experts. Among his other credentials he is Instructor of Close Combat for the French Foreign Legion in Corsica.

See below for:
  1. Schedule of Events
  2. Pricing
  3. How to Register.

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Understanding Inside Defenses

Our most recent blog addressed Outside Defenses against strikes.  http://ikmfto.blogspot.ca/2014/11/understanding-outside-defenses.html

This article will focus on (surprise!)inside defenses.  Inside defenses involve redirecting strikes/grabs from an outside position to inside using your arms or legs.  Often, these are straight attacks such as straight stabs, punches, and kicks.  

Some examples:
  • Inside Defense vs straight punch
  • Inside Defense vs straight stab with knife (see pick below)
  • Inside leg deflection vs straight kick. (see video below)
Here are some visual examples:

Tamir Gilad performing inside defense vs straight stab


Jean Paul Jauffret: Inside Defense vs Front High Kick



Here is video demonstrating inside reflexive defense vs low straight kick.






Stay safe,


Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor, International Krav Maga FederationToronto
torontokrav@rogers.com
416-657-1028
Ikmftoronto.com









Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Understanding Outside Defenses

Krav Maga training includes various terms to help students understand techniques and tactics. Some topics, however, are inherently confusing.  One of these is differentiating between outside and inside defenses.  
 
Outside defenses involve your arms or legs moving outward away from the body to block or redirect an incoming strike/grab - armed or unarmed. 

Some examples:
  • 360 defenses
  • Defense Against Roundhouse Kick
  • Defense vs Knife Slash
  • Outside Defense vs Straight Punches
Here are some photos of outside defenses.  Our next article will focus on inside defenses.

360 vs ice pick attack from side
                                                      






360 defense vs ice pick from front
P2 diagonal/up (no.4) vs straight punch