Wednesday, September 21, 2016

IKMF Toronto Schedule: Group Classes

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

5 Week Krav Maga Self Defense Course: Fundamentals (Toronto) September 19 to October 24th

5 Week Course:  Krav Maga Fundamentals

“First master the fundamentals.” Larry Bird

This course is ideal for beginners or for incumbent students who want to develop their basic skills:
  • ·          palms strikes, elbows, hammer punches, kick, knees...
  •        prevention techniques and tips 
  •       safety in training
  •       escaping holds and grabs
  •       defending on the ground

This course will give you the basic skills to protect yourself and a foundation upon which to develop more advanced techniques. 

There will be various exercises blended in so you will get a nice workout.  Please keep in mind we all have different fitness levels so go at your own pace. 

Where: IKMF Toronto, 2156 Yonge St.
Day: Mondays September 19, 26 October 3,17,24
Time: 7 to 8pm (please arrive 5 minutes before class)
What you need: Indoor running shoes, workout clothes, athletic support/cup for men
Price: 100/person

If your have any questions or would like to register please feel free to contact me.

Christopher Gagne
Owner, Lead Instructor
International Krav Maga Federation(IKMF), Toronto

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Why Are More Women Training in Krav Maga Self Defense?

Self Defense Workshop at Enbridge
ONE OF THE more gratifying developments I have witnessed over the past decade is the increasing number of women training in Krav Maga.  Reports from various International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) schools across the world report this and it is certainly the case in the Greater Toronto Area and at our Toronto school. 
Over the years, women I have talked with (instructors and students) have identified numerous reasons for this exciting development.

Here are the most frequently cited reasons. 

1.       “It is Practical”:  Krav Maga is based on principles of human kinetics, our natural reactions to danger and simple and easy to perform techniques.  Women, like men have gravitated to its simple and effective approach to self defense. 

  “It is Effective Against Larger Attackers:  When women in our classes escape from a very strong wrist grab or any other hold, a door is opened.  This door leads to recognizing how to survive an assault from a larger and/or stronger attacker.  Learning about leverage, striking vulnerable areas, and appropriate aggression inspires confidence and the ability to avoid, escape, and survive. 
Defending Against Choke on the Ground
Toronto students learning knife defenses

3.       “Training is Safe and the Instructors and Students are Respectful” People feel safe training in Krav Maga at our schools.
       We want to train hard but also safely.   Instructors and students, I am
      very happy to report, are respectful and friendly. It is part of "our culture" 

Learning to protect others
      " I feel more confident and aware."  Enhanced awareness coupled with developing the physical tools to avoid, escape, and defend are frequently cited reasons women continue to train. 

      " It's Fun."  Self-defense is a serious topic but students like to learn in an environment where people smile and laugh.