The course is all about giving you the knowledge you need to defend yourself against the most common street attacks with a series of detailed instructional videos.
These attacks are:
1. An exchange of person pushes, hands to chest, normally followed by one person striking first to the head.
2. Swinging punches to the head.
3. A front clothing grab, one handed, followed by punch to the head.
4. A front clothing grab, two hands, followed by a head butt.
5. A front clothing grab, two hands, followed by a knee to the groin.
6. A swinging bottle attack to the head.
7. A lashing kick to groin/lower legs.
8. A broken bottle/glass jabbed to face.
9. A slashing attack with a knife,
10. A grappling style head lock.
We cover how to defend yourself against all these attacks plus bonus material including:
Suitable for everybody, from complete beginners to experienced Martial Artists who want to learn some real-world applications.
You'll be able to fire any questions about the videos to me, the Chief Instructor of Urban Krav Maga and I will get back to you with a prompt response with additional video instruction if necessary.
Welcome to the course. At the end of this you will know how to defend the 10 most common street attacks and a lot of very useful self defence and fighting moves. Practice carefully with a partner or in a group when you can and feel free to contact us with any questions during or after the course, always glad to help.
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Look forward to working with you,
This shows a few pre-emptive moves when the guy confronts you, is "in your face" and you have a genuine and honest belief that he is about to attack you. Action always beats reaction so we always prefer pre-emption if the "run like hell" option is not on.
Always position yourself in a non-aggressive looking "Fence" posture when it looks like it might kick-off: this gives you better ability to both defend and attack if required, and make sure you use calming, emollient language when the confrontation is still at the verbal stage. "I don't want any trouble, mate," "Maybe let's just chat about this,"
that sort of thing, don't make any threats as then you might come across as the aggressor to any witnesses, and don't say things such as "calm down," stuff that does the opposite of that which is intended.
In this, and subsequent videos, always pay attention to the position of the feet and hips, and when practicing focus on the technique not the strength. If you have to use strength to make it work you're probably not doing it right, the strength comes with mastery of the technique.
This shows how to end things if the guy confronting you puts his hands up into a fighting stance. Some of these moves are are also useful finishers if the fight has already begun.
Once it's over, keep a lookout for other dangers and exit the situation as quickly as you can.
It's good to make sure the guy is no longer an immediate threat to you or others but don't hang about punishing him further with unnecessary blows if he is on the ground or otherwise incapacitated; apart from the moral and legal issues you run the risk of exposing yourself to attack from somebody else: end it quickly and get out quickly.
Potential attackers give a range of clues before they resolve to hit you: verbal, facial and physical. This clip shows how to identify some of these clues, and anticipates our next section on blocking swinging punches.
A common scenario prior to a fight is the exchange of pushes; one of the parties pushes the other away to a good punching range, the guy who has just been pushed then takes the opportunity and punches the pusher.
We show here how to deal with pushes in a way that defends, provides the base for an attack and pre-empts any punches being thrown at you.
How to stop the first strike and how to neutralise the attacker quickly before he unleashes a flurry of punches at you. Various techniques are shown, work them all to find out which work best for you.
How to handle a double handed clothing grab and take out the aggressor before he can launch any secondary attacks.
Getting caught in a side headlock can be a very dangerous position: the attacker can take you down, punch you, put a digit in your eye etc. This shows how to position yourself immediately so you can damage the attacker's stability and break the lock quickly.
If the bad guy grabs your head, pulls you down and stars to hit you with his knees around your face or body it gets bad very quickly. Here we show how to stop the knee strikes quickly and safely followed by various ways to take out the attacker so he is no longer part of the problem.
This is last resort stuff. If the guy has a knife, run if you can, throw things at him etc. If there is no alternative and you have to take him on then we show some options here against slashing and upwards thrusting attacks.
Key points are (i) cover as much of your body as possible as you block and counter-attack, (ii) in reality the attacker will recoil the knife quickly and aggressively and unleash multiple attacks, stop the recoil as soon as possible and (iii) rely on leverage, the attacker is going to be fired up and maybe on drugs and/or alcohol, don't think the punch in the face is going to stop him.
After any incident with a knife, it is vitally important that you get yourself checked professionally as soon as possible.You may have been stabbed without knowing it, adrenaline is a great pain killer, some smaller wounds can heal themselves on the surface level but the bleeding continues internally, don't take any chances.
Again, strictly last resort stuff. If the guy is very aggressively and quickly aiming wild knife slashes at you or others, too quickly to allow any other defence to be effect with any chance of success, then the single leg takedown is an option. Its risky but so is standing there allowing the guy to aim slashes at you.
The good thing about this technique is that its unexpected, very hard to stop, and if you do it full speed on the concreted you can severely damage the guy's knee and the back of his head hitting the floor can be very damaging. Some follow up moves are shown, but hopefully the takedown itself will be sufficiently debilitating.
If the guy swings for you with a bottle it is essential that you defend the back of your neck and your eyes. You need to move in and take the guy out quickly as we before he mounts multiple attacks.
What to do if the guy tries to stick a broken bottle or glass straight in the face. Important point here is to keep moving away from the weapon as best you can.
The key thing with these low level kicks is to block them with your legs, not your arms nor hands.
Stewart McGill, Senior Instructor with the British Combat Association and Urban Krav Maga. Previously a 3rd Dan in Goju Ryu karate, Civilian/Law Enforcement Instructor with the IKMF.
Member of the Martial Arts Illustrated Magazine Hall of Fame.
As well as having been an Instructor with the International Krav Maga Federation, I’ve trained with the Israel Krav Maga Association in Israel.
I was earmarked by my Goju Ryu instructor to take over the running of the club; he had been trained by Yamaguchi Hanshi who was trained by the famous Miyagi, founder of the style and one of the most revered figures in the history of the Okinawan/Japanese martial arts. Consequently, I’m proud of my lineage in this style and although we now train very differently, this solid background in the traditional arts that both Leo Negao (my Co-Chief Instructor, 4-time World Champion in Brazilian Ju Jitsu) and I enjoy has strongly informed the way we have developed our system.
Some of the good stuff in traditional martial arts has been misinterpreted and/or obscured over the years and needs adapting to reality. And too many martial arts focus on a variation of `one-to-one fighting in a ring between people of equal weights.
That’s why I teach people need no-frills, effective self–defence techniques that can be learned quickly and are clearly applicable to real situations and that don’t require levels of strength, fitness and flexibility to which only professional sports people can aspire.
“Over the years I have done a few martial arts and this is the most effective and easy to learn”
Sgt. Jon Millbanks, Metropolitan Police
“Your knife work is superb”
Renshi Anthony Pillage, Chief Instructor, Way of the Spiritual Warrior Martial Arts
“(your seminar) was superbly practical and clearly proved why so many techniques that look good are of little value in real life close encounters. Your style is the best out there for self defence.”
Swee Lip, former Chief Executive Master Sken Academy
“If you want to know about Krav Maga, then check out the 6-disc DVD set by Stewart McGill…This is a very comprehensive, very instructional, first rate product presented by people who know what they’re doing…for anyone who has an interest in Self Defence, these 6 DVDs should have some space on your shelves.”
Peter Consterdine / Chairman of The British Combat Association
“Urban Krav Maga is a no-nonsense martial art that works!”
Bob Sykes / Editor / Martial Arts Illustrated magazine
“A great training session, thank you.
Feedback from the group was very positive.”
Head of Surrey Police Force’s Special Response Squad