Thursday, July 21, 2016

Interview with Megan Berkman - Expert 2 Instructor....

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Why Are More Women Training in Krav Maga Self Defense?

Self Defense Workshop at Enbridge
ONE OF THE more gratifying developments I have witnessed over the past decade is the increasing number of women training in Krav Maga.  Reports from various International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) schools across the world report this and it is certainly the case in the Greater Toronto Area and at our Toronto school. 
Over the years, women I have talked with (instructors and students) have identified numerous reasons for this exciting development.

Here are the most frequently cited reasons. 

1.       “It is Practical”:  Krav Maga is based on principles of human kinetics, our natural reactions to danger and simple and easy to perform techniques.  Women, like men have gravitated to its simple and effective approach to self defense. 

  “It is Effective Against Larger Attackers:  When women in our classes escape from a very strong wrist grab or any other hold, a door is opened.  This door leads to recognizing how to survive an assault from a larger and/or stronger attacker.  Learning about leverage, striking vulnerable areas, and appropriate aggression inspires confidence and the ability to avoid, escape, and survive. 
Defending Against Choke on the Ground
Toronto students learning knife defenses

3.       “Training is Safe and the Instructors and Students are Respectful” People feel safe training in Krav Maga at our schools.
       We want to train hard but also safely.   Instructors and students, I am
      very happy to report, are respectful and friendly. It is part of "our culture" 

Learning to protect others
      " I feel more confident and aware."  Enhanced awareness coupled with developing the physical tools to avoid, escape, and defend are frequently cited reasons women continue to train. 

      " It's Fun."  Self-defense is a serious topic but students like to learn in an environment where people smile and laugh.   

Monday, July 4, 2016

Group Class and Private Pricing

International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF), Toronto

Group Classes 
(HST not included)

1 class/week:
$80.00/1 month
$200.00/3 mo

2 classes/week:

Unlimited classes
(1 year)  $975.00  **includes free monthly workshops offered by IKMF Toronto and 5 free private sessions

Private Sessions

For more information please contact:
Christopher Gagne
Owner, Lead Instructor

Friday, July 1, 2016

Open July 1st Weekend: Our Class Hours

Group Classes

Tuesday: 12-1, 6-7, 7-8, 8-9pm,

Wednesday 5:30 to 6:30pm Kids Class

Thursday: 1-2,  6-7, 7-8, 8-9pm

Saturday: 11:45 to 1(Women's), 1 to 2:30pm, 2:30 to 345pm (Curriculum class)

Sunday: 11:45 to 1pm (Fitness and Fundamentals), 1-2pm Kids Class

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Krav Maga Training and the Benefits of Diversity

Toronto enjoys an international reputation as being a "diverse" city in many senses of the word and we are fortunate at IKMF Toronto to have a diverse group of students.  Besides enjoying meeting people of various backgrounds and experience, diversity benefits our training.   

Here are some areas where diversity benefits our training.  

Size and Strength:  In our adult group classes we have students ranging from under 5 feet tall to well over 6 feet.  In terms of weight the range is approximately 100lbs to 300lbs.  Working with various sizes allows students to adjust to differences in reach, strength and other intangibles.  Of course, size and strength are not synonymous but there are real challenges involved with (for example) throwing off a heavier attacker.  Practicing wrist releases, for example, with a student with a strong grip highlights the importance of precise technique and raises your level. 

Gender:  Most physical assaults are committed by men.  We have Women's Only self defense classes but some of our female students want to work with men.  From an educational standpoint some men share their perspectives on violence and experiences and so do women.  This leads to a better understanding of how gender can factor into a person's sense of safety.  

Profession:  Our practitioners include doctors, labourers, academics, business people, teachers, servers, lawyers, students.....   The range of professional experience brings diverse perspectives including safety in the workplace. With our growing corporate self defense programs this is especially helpful in shaping what and how we teach.   

Age:  Our students range from the late teens to their 70s.  Different age groups can face different challenges. Bullying in high school, for instance, can be very traumatic or worse.  Seniors are sometimes targeted by assailants.  From a physical standpoint there are some realities we need to address as instructors.  We have some very fit students in their  50s, 60s, and 70s but we also recognize that a 17 year old student will often find getting up off the ground easier than someone in their 60 or 70s.  Such differences off us the opportunity to adapt techniques. 

Fitness/Physical Ability:  We have a wide range of athleticism, strength, agility, etc...   One of the key strengths of Krav Maga is its capacity to adapt to various physical abilities.  One of our students is blind.  By modifying techniques and through his impressive work ethic, he is becoming an excellent self defense practitioner! 

National:  We have students who were born or grew up in various parts of the world - India, Venezuela, Russia, Australia, France etc...   These students share their different experiences and interpretations of assaults and self defense that enrich our understandings in a broader content.    

Experience: Many of our students have no experience in self defense training and bring excellent questions that help instructors and other students understand self defense techniques and principles.   We also have students from other systems including boxing, karate, MMA, Kali... etc...  who offer excellent comparative insights.  

One of the strengths of Krav Maga is its adaptability and having diverse training groups only enhances this.