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Personal Safety – its your responsibility

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

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Personal safety

The chances of you or a member of your family becoming a victim of violent crime are low. Violent crimes by strangers in public places are still rare and account for a very small part of recorded crime.

However, you can make yourself even less likely to be a victim of a violent crime, e.g. mugging or assault, by taking a few precautions. Many are common sense and may be things you already do.

Did you know…?

In 44% of all violent incidents, victims believed offenders to be under the influence of alcohol

There are different sections here for men and women because men and women experience crime and violent crime differently. It is important to remember this so that you can protect yourself as well as possible, but men and women will find points of interest in both sections.

You should think about how you would act in different situations before you are in them. Think about whether you would stay and defend yourself using reasonable force (See: Self defence), risking further injury, or whether you would give an attacker what they want, to avoid injury. There is nothing wrong with doing either, but you should think about the options – there will be no time to do so if you are attacked.

Self defence

In some situations it might be necessary for you to use force against others in order to protect yourself.

The law says that you can use reasonable force in self-defence or to protect another person in your property. The definition of ‘reasonable force’ depends on what the situation is and it may be decided in court after the event.

However, if you feel in danger and you think that using force might help you, then don’t be afraid to do so – always think of your own wellbeing first.

  • The force that is ‘reasonable’ to use depends on the threat you are facing. E.g. the level of force that you can use to defend your life is greater than the force you can use to defend your property
  • If a criminal complains that you used unreasonable force against them, the police will investigate. This does not necessarily mean that you will face criminal charges if you injure a criminal while defending yourself or your property
  • In the heat of the moment you may panic, so it may be hard for you to assess the level of danger you face. If charges are brought against you, the courts take account of your circumstances and they will make some allowances for ‘heat of the moment’ panic
  • The courts believe that if you only did what you honestly and instinctively thought necessary to prevent a crime, then that is strong evidence that you used ‘reasonable force’. Remember that courts try to use common sense and take account of what it would be like to be faced by a violent criminal
  • The law does not allow you to retaliate, for example if you try to punish a criminal who committed a crime against you or your family. Punishing criminals is for the courts to decide and the courts do not accept people taking the law into their own hands

Tring Martial Arts offers reality based self defence classes so that you can practice Personal Safety, 99% is NOT physical, its about being aware of your surroundings and being able to deal with situations in a calm and clear manner.  Come and learn from the experts! See or call 0845 094 8805

Am I being followed?

Monday, October 31st, 2011

posted by Christopher Allen, Tring Krav Maga

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:


Non Verbal Communication – A guide to reducing the risk of being bullied

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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Believe it or not, words and language are actually your SECONDARY form of communication. That’s right, whether you’re aware of it or not, your main form of communication is not transmitted verbally, but rather nonverbally. (more…)

You’ll never meet a shy black belt

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Written by Christopher Allen

“You will never meet a shy black belt”, this statement for me sums up the mentality and character of a person who has trained hard and made many sacrifices in their pursuit of the legendary black belt.  The black belt is really only a length of cotton, but the significance of the belt for both the wearers and others who encounter them is amazing.  Martial Artists who have trained with me at Tring Martial Arts, have spent many years developing both their fitness and skill, and when you devote your life to a particular pursuit the confidence in your own abilities increases, and if you can endure 100 rounds of kickboxing or a 4 – 5 hour grading (for 1st Dan Black Belt) then you will be outwardly confident and this will radiate to potential bullies.

Bullies tend to pick on people they recognise as “victims” or those they think they can victimise.  Sadly, like a Hyena in the wild, they prey upon the weak and vulnerable.

If you or your child has little or no confidence, is shy or you feel he needs to “toughen up”, then I thoroughly recommend that you enrol them with a professional martial arts club, look for one that’s emphasis is on both the physical and mental conditioning aspects of the martial arts.  This way they will learn about respect, discipline and have an understanding of when and more importantly when not to use their skills.

Tring Martial Arts offers our own life skills programme which ties into our training and syllabus for children aged 6 – 10 years.  We don’t believe that martial arts should be taught to children younger than this because they need to have a sense of responsibility and some common sense.

see our website or call us on 0845 094 8805


Bullying Advice

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011


Children are as much at risk from other children as they are from adults. This is most commonly in the form of bullying, although children can also be bullied by an adult.

If you are being bullied, you can phone ChildLine on 0800 1111.

Advice from Kidscape:


How can I keep my child safe from online strangers?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Excerpted from an article on –

Simple surfing and instant messaging with friends are common activities for kids — and generally safe, if you’ve discussed some rules of use with them. Chatting with strangers, however, may be a different story. Although there’s no way to know the actual risk, the FBI cautions that kids whose Internet activity isn’t monitored are most at risk for being exploited.

Keep the computer in a common room in the house, rather than in your their bedroom. Take an interest in the sites they are visiting and the people with whom they are chatting (some shady characters pose as kids or teens in chat rooms to seem less threatening). Warn him never to give out his personal information (his phone number, name, address, school name, etc.), agree to meet in-person anyone he meets in a chat room, or share any photographs.

Urge them to introduce you to any new “friends” he meets online and to tell you if they ever feel uncomfortable about conversations that take place. Most important, talk about the dangers of interacting with strangers online and remind them that people online often don’t tell the truth. The FBI also recommends that parents maintain access to young kids’ online accounts and randomly check their email.

Finally, you can use parental controls offered by your internet service provider or through blocking and filtering software.

Tring Anti Bullying is a free resource which aims to offer practical advice to help with all aspects of bullying.  It is operated by Tring Martial Arts – lets stamp out bullying forever!

Family Safety Online – Turn to Google

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

In my last post I covered some amazing facts of cyber bullying – now for those parents that are concerned I recommend that you check out Googles Family Safety Page – now I am sure that every search engine offers something similar but as Google is the most used search engine the link below should be a parents first port of call – see

Tring Anti Bullying is an initiative of Tring Martial Arts – please see our website or call us on 0845 094 8805.

How do I know if you are being bullied and what could I do about it?

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

According to  Bullying differs from harassment and assault in that the latter can result from a single incident or small number of incidents – which everybody recognises as harassment or assault – whereas bullying tends to be an accumulation of many small incidents over a long period of time.

There are things you can do to deflect people who bully:

  1. Act more confident. If a person who bullies feels that they don’t have any power over you, it takes the ‘fun’ out of it for them .

  2. Hang around with friends or an adult at times when you’re most in danger of being bullied.

  3. Don’t fight back. It can make the situation worse.Tell someone you trust, a teacher or adult. 

  4. Fight Back – didn’t I just advocate not fighting back?  Well, simple put, don’t be a victim especially if you believe you are going to be seriously assaulted, they have not right to hurt you but you have every right to defend yourself. 

I believe that Martial Arts can really help to build your confidence and boost your esteem, and whilst you might not want to hurt people, you should want to defend yourself from people who might want to hurt you!  Find yourself a good martial arts instructor / club, phone them and discuss your problems or concerns, if you feel comfortable with them then book a free trial and go along.  If you live in or near Tring, then let Tring Martial Arts help you to over come your fears – see our website for more information or call Chris or Paula on 0845 094 8805. 

 A shameless plug of my martial arts club?  Well yes, I believe in martial arts and learning self defence and hosting this blog and updating it with relevant content that I think can help individuals avoid the pain of being bullied takes time and money – so yes I will promote my club, why not!

Christopher Allen, Chief Instructor, Tring Martial Arts.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Teenage Bullying Resources

Advice For Teenagers – This document provides simple and useful information and advice for teenagers and parents – Download it today from