Thursday, March 27, 2014

Workshop: Using and Defending Against Common Objects (May 3rd)

Objects surround us in our daily lives.   Assailants can use these against us but you can also learn to use objects such as chairs, liquids(e.g. coffee), household objects such as appliances etc.., to protect yourself.

This workshop will help you understand what kind of objects have been commonly used and how to best utilize such objects for self defense and what to do if an attacker tries to use one against you.

Saturday May 3, 3:45 to 5:45pm
IKMF Toronto, 2156 Yonge St.

To register contact online visit:

If you have any questions please contact,

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor, International Krav Maga FederationToronto

Friday, March 21, 2014

Home Invasions and Weapons of Opportunity

On February 10, 2014, two men broke into the home of an elderly Canadian couple in Mexico, murdering both of them. The invaders used objects from the victim's home- a knife and a statue.
This tragedy highlights how assaults often involve weapons of opportunity, also known as common objects.  In everyday life, in our office, on the streets, and in our homes, there are objects we can use to protect ourselves but can also be used against us.

Developing an awareness of common objects/weapons of opportunity is an essential part of a practical self defense program.  Wherever you are you should scan your surroundings for points of entry/exit, other people, and objects that you can use to protect yourself or can be used against you.

Here are some examples:
  • coffee, water, and other liquids
  • furniture such as chairs, small tables...
  • sharp objects such as knives, broken bottle, utility knives
  • appliances - blenders, kettles, pots and pans
  • canned goods, jars, plates.....
There are innumerable examples.  When you have a moment walk through your house and take an inventory.  You will be surprised at the variety of options.

Lastly, if you are taking self defense classes ask your instructor to include classes that focus on using common objects to defend as well as learning how to defend against an attacker wielding them. 

Stay safe,

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor, International Krav Maga FederationToronto