Archive for the ‘Women’s Self Defence’ Category

What is Sexting?

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

‘Sexting’ is when someone sends or is sent sexually explicit pictures or videos on their mobile phone. You might be encouraged to take pictures of yourself naked or film yourself doing things that you may not be happy about and send them to people. There may also be pressure on you to look at explicit messages that people have been sent, and to encourage other people to get involved.

It’s important to only do what you feel comfortable with. Remember that once you have sent a picture or video to someone else or put it up online, you have no control about where it will go and who will see it. Before sending anything, take a moment to think how you would feel if it ended up on YouTube or on Facebook. If you wouldn’t want anyone else to see it, don’t send it.

If you are worried about anything to do with sexting or being bullied anywhere, you can talk to ChildLine on 0800 1111. Get information and advice about sexting

Tring Martial Arts Academy – Keeping our kids safe

Self Defence is not a hobby…

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                   Self Defence is not a hobby, it is a life skill.

I was prompted to write this blog today as a result of recent chats with a couple of parents who have just withdrawn their children from our martial arts classes so they can concentrate on other “hobbies”.  I’m very open to children getting a wide variety of experiences in different past times and sports but I think as parents we should also be looking to equip our kids with a very important life skill – Self Defence.

But what constitutes self defence, well most peoples immediate thought would be physical confrontations, using physical skills to defend yourself, but I believe that 90% of self defence is actually in the mind, attitude and how you conduct yourself.  Self Confidence is the biggest skill to defending yourself, knowing that you can defend yourself physically manifests within the martial artist as self confidence but the discipline and respect tied into formal training is what stops that person crossing the line and using their skills in anger.

I get very dissappointed when I hear Martial Arts and Self Defence being lumped into the bracket of hobbies along with Street Dance, Choir Practice, Golf, Rugby, Cricket etc.  Now I love all of these things, perhaps not Choir as I’m not religious and not street dance as I look like a Lizard standing up right receiving electric shocks when I dance.  But each of these “hobbies” have their place and are great for our kids, the level of choice kids have nowadays is amazing, certainly more than when I was growing up.

But I want to urge all parents, let them have their hobbies but insist they learn the life skill of self defence.  If I were in charge of the national curriculm, I would make it part of school life.  If your kids don’t want to go to school, do you let them stay at home or make them go??  You make them go.  But why?  Because school is important for their future, for their lives!

Self defence cannot be a hobby that can be picked up and dropped, it should be a life skill, it should be the one or two days per week that we as parents say no, your’re going to class, the other three days are for your hobbies.

Tring Martial Arts Academy – Keeping our kids safe!

Written by Christopher Allen, Chief Instructor

Personal Safety – its your responsibility

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Posted by Admin

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: