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HOW CRIMINALS POSITION FOR ATTACK - Article 3 on Criminal Behaviour

KRAV MAGA - We believe the most powerful self defence weapon you possess is your thinking. So continuing our analysis of criminal behaviour of last 2 weeks, let’s know POSITIONING.

Before your imagination runs riot, let me elaborate POSITIONING. This is how criminals place themselves, to surprise and overwhelm you. What apparently is a casual, innocent movement by a person may in reality be a well planned manoeuvre to get into an advantageous position, to launch his attack.


CLOSING - the most common positioning tactic. The criminal tries to come near you, under some pretext. If a stranger tries to come closer than 6 feet, give a clear disapproval by voice or action. In spite of your obvious discomfort he keeps closing, the criminal has made his intentions clear.

CORNERING / TRAPPING – The criminal places himself between you and a possible exit route. This tactic becomes more critical, when he restricts your retreat, by forcing you…

ABOUT 'FRINGE AREAS' AND '10 SECONDS WINDOW' - Article 2 on “Criminal Behaviour”

KRAV MAGA - If we can predict a criminal intention, we can avoid being attacked. So in the last blog, we tried to predict an attack using the AOI triangle – ABILITY, OPPORTUNITY & INTENT.
Before we move on, we have to know about FRINGE AREAS, which is where most of the attacks take place. A FRINGE AREA is the quiet area near to a crowded place like a parking lot, stairway, ATM, side streets especially blind alleys and public toilets. The criminal has better chances of not being disturbed.
Another reason is, one is not surprised to see strangers in these locations. By the time the victim realises the stranger is not innocent, the criminal hopes to overwhelm you with shock and fear.
Normally a criminal requires just 10 seconds to do whatever he aimed to do like robbing and get away. He hopes to shock you and overwhelm you before you can react, in this window of 10 seconds. So WHENEVER YOU ENTER A FRINGE AREA, SCAN THE SURROUNDINGS, and become aware.
The comm…

How to predict you are going to be attacked? Article 1 on “Criminal Behaviour”

You know some kicks and punches. You also know the basic defences. You are reasonably intelligent to judge people. So you assume this combination should carry you safely through life.
You assume wrong!
You can become a victim if you are NOT prepared. You would have heard this so many times before “Things happened so fast that I was taken by surprise.”
One of the critical keys to safety is to predict violence. The experts in violence like police, criminals have outlined certain Elements to combine for a violent attack to happen.
Do you remember the Triangle of Elements for a Fire to happen – Heat, Fuel & Air. Even if one of these elements is taken out, the Fire stops.
Similarly there is a Triangle of Elements of Violent attack.The three elements are – ABILITY, OPPORTUNITY & INTENT.To remember this easily lets call it AOI
ABILITY – The attacker should feel he has a superior ability than you. It may be strength, more people on his side or he is in his locality where you are a str…


I was reading about Anger management. One of the ways suggested to deal with Anger, was getting into channelizing the anger by practicing fighting arts. That set me thinking.
At the outset, let me declare, i am NOT perfect. I have problems at my work place and personal life. I am seeing a pattern in these problems, and I am concerned. This is just a process of analysing the ways to deal with them, along with you.
The defining emotions of our present life-styles seem to be Anger, Depression, Fear and Fatigue. All negative. The reasons for negative emotions are numerous, let’s not waste time in listing them, but move forward to address them.
There are certain situations in one’s life which only time can heal, like the death of somebody close to us. Otherwise most of these day-to-day negative emotions should be dealt with some concrete steps, to stop ourselves from sailing past the ‘point of no return’. So what do i do?!
1) I have to Accept and Acknowledge t…


Every student of karate, judo, taekwondo and similar martial arts always has a doubt whether what he has learnt will actually work during a street fight. Even though they brag and give impressive demonstration of kicks and punches to their friends, deep inside their heart they are doubtful. Why?
1) Their dojo practice is NOT close to reality.
2) They are NOT trained for mental aggressiveness
3) They DO NOT have exposure to abuse and irrational violence, which a guy in the slum has.
4) Their art focuses on ONE TYPE of attack and response - karate and taekwondo is more of kicks and punches, judo is about grappling and throws... and so on.
Traditional martial arts are good, no doubt, but a student is equipped to face reality only after years of dedicated practice. How many actually have the persistance, time and inclination !
This is where KRAV MAGA scores. KRAV MAGA is a system which teaches the student to expect the unexpected and the irrational violence of the bully on the street.


Krav Maga India’s Chennai Chapter - ( updated on 3 Aug 2012)
Thanks for your interest! This is SREERAM, Instructor affiliated to IKMF (International KravMaga Federation), India.  In Chennai, classes have been going on without a break since 2008 - at various locations. Check CLASS DETAILS People of varied profiles practice Krav-Maga, for various benefits -  1) SELF DEFENCE - Many enquires actually happen after an ugly incident like a brawl /  eve-teasing! :) 2) FITNESS - We focus on 4 areas of fitness: ·Cardio-vascular or Stamina ·Strength or rather Power ·Flexibility ·and the most important of all - Mental Fitness
i.e the ability to handle stress, yours as well as others FUN – Many do NOT like to do monotonous activity to get fit. They would like to have a larger goal and more interesting way of getting fit. They also opt for fighting arts. JOB SKILLS – Police, Security, Hotel Bouncers and even Military practice Krav Maga in Chennai. Separate sessions are conducted for them, and mostly at their …