Monday, March 14, 2011

The 10-A s of Personal Safety for Women & Kids- Part II

In the last post we looked at the first 5A-s of Personal safety.
In this post, we look at briefly the next 5 As in the The 10A-s of personal Safety
Lets be now elaborate on them -
Don’t allow a criminal to close the distance
  • The common ploy is to come near you, under a pretext - like asking for directions. Give them clear instructions to be at least 6 feet away and ask whatever they have to.
  • By giving him clear area demarcation, you will know early that his intentions are criminal if he crosses that 'lakshman rekha’
Be clear in your communication
  • Subtle hints do not work with men who are drunk or sexually excited. Speak clearly that you dislike what they are doing.
  • Teach this to young girls, because they are also confused, when a known person behaves dirty.
Run away as fast as you can
Make it as difficult as possible for the man to follow you
  • If possible keep changing directions since it is difficult for a drunken attacker to comprehend and switch directions fast.
  • Create as many obstacles as possible for the attacker.
 Call for help asap
  • At the earliest opportunity start calling emergency contact numbers.
  •  If you are vulnerable due to your habits or work-timings keep the emergency number on fast dial.


When in trouble make sure people around know that
  • Normally the public is also confused about how to react when they see a conflict.
  • Ask for help clearly. Don’t assume people around understand.
Be Simple and be coherent
  • The problem is most can't shout anything coherent in fear. The easiest is to keep on repeating loudly, a small phrase like “Get off”. “Go away” “ Rape!”. Just repeat it.
Teach kids
  • Teach kids to scream “ He is NOT my Dad” if accosted by a stranger.
  • Teach kids to memorize name & contact details of parents.
9. ACT
Majority of the woman assume they can’t do anything against an aggressive man
  • I ask those women “ Will you be a mute spectator if you see your daughter or sister being molested?”
  • When a woman can jump in to help others , she can take care of herself too.
Don't give the criminal the ‘Window of Opportunity’
  • A criminal is looking for a soft target, who gives him the assurance that he can get his job done easy and fast. 
  • If he feels that you are not going to be as easy as he assumed and this may result in a prolonged confrontation, he loses interest.
Go for the soft targets
  • Extreme aggression is a powerful deterrent even if it is faked.
  • Act Defiant. Shout loudly. Kick, scratch, bite.
  • Go for the Eyes, Groin and other vulnerable spots.
 10. ARMED
Use available objects
In KravMaga we teach women to use any available object -

  • Shield like - Bags, Chairs
  • Stick like - Umbrellas, Broomsticks
  • Knife like - Pens, Forks, Scissors
  • Stone like- Paper weights, artifacts, Vessels
  • Blinding - Alcohol, Sand, Perfume/Deodorant

  • Under extreme threat scenarios, invest in a pepper spray or any deterrent device, depending on local laws..
  • Learn a practical street smart self defense. like KravMaga. 
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    Wednesday, January 5, 2011

    Applying KravMaga principles to living - Visualization

    The effects of Visualization can be dramatic on the Mind as well as the Body. After I recently implemented Visualization as part of my KravMaga classes, the improvement in my trainees is amazing.
    This is a discussion on benefits and techniques of Visualizing in KravMaga training ; and then carrying those techniques to other areas of life.
    It’s a learning process and I welcome inputs from you all.

    How Visualization benefited my KravMaga trainees
    I have already outlined what happens to the body and mind in a state of shock.  So, when I teach self defence techniques there was always a niggling worry whether my trainees will be able to respond without delay to a sudden un-predictable assault.

    I felt the answer was to turn the problem into the solution; the provocation which freezes our mind should be converted as the mental cue for action.

    So once the trainee was familiar with the technique, I asked them to close their eyes and visualize the most obnoxious, frightening personality attacking them. Now they have to visualize themselves responding with the technique they practiced.

    After they visualized in their mind a minimum of 5 times I asked them to practice with a partner. It was amazing to see the fluidity with which the trainee was able to apply the technique - WITHOUT BLINKING IN HESITATION, EVEN AGAINST UNPREDICTABLE ATTACKS.

    How to visualize effectively
    • Visualize after trying out the movement physically a few times. Once you body is familiar with the mechanics, the mind can visualize with better clarity.
    • Stand or sit still if in class or lie down if at home, close your eyes, relax with regulated breathing and then visualise the technique.
    • Visualize applying the technique on an aggressor.. NOT in the air
    • Visualise in first person.. i.e.. Like in a video game, you see and do all actions from your point-of-view
    • Make the visualization as real as possible, with facial expressions, background noise, effects etc.
    • Start slow, dividing the technique in parts. Let the tempo increase naturally.
    • Complete the entire action sequence in visualizing, up to run/neutralize/control - to whatever end you feel is realistic and relevant
    Visualization as a tool for Success
    While visualising a technique, It seems the brain's neural network works the same way as it works when the body does the same technique physically.
    The more I thought about it, realization dawned that "Visualization" is a powerful tool to gain dominance in whatever field you choose to become a Success.
    Most of the successful people do NOT feel inadequate in front of their goal, they actually believe it’s only a matter of time and as a natural result of their inputs and not a "far-fetched miracle"
    In contrast, the majority of us are working always "towards" a goal - slogging away trying to get closer to our fortune and fame. 

    Now, take a step back from this grind. Stop for a few minutes every day, preferably in the morning quiet.
    Visualise successfully doing whatever it takes to be at your Goal. You complete the action and visualize savouring your achievement.

    Is Visualizing just scientific day-dreaming
    In day dreaming one fantasizes ONLY about the benefits of Success. There is no thinking about the route towards the success.
    In contrast Visualising is done through the entire process – from working to achieving.

    That brings us to the Law of Attraction
    The uninitiated talk of "Luck", "Coincidence", "Break" or "Serendipity”.  Actually, Visualization and continuous thinking of the results which mean a lot, activates the Law of Attraction.
    According to the Law of Attraction, by thinking and working intensely on their dreams, one attracts people, incidences, information which are helpful in moving their dreams forward.

    In future, we will be discussing more on applying KravMaga principles to Life’s other areas.

    Co-ordinator / Instructor
    Chennai Chapter, Krav Maga (IKMF) India
    Mobile: 93400 06600
    Chennai Group -

    "So that one may walk in peace" ... Imi Lichtenfeld, Founder of KravMaga

    TWEET - @kravMagaSreeRam
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