Self Defence Classes in Bristol

Krav Maga Bristol Beginner Tips on Grappling

Self Defence Classes in Bristol

Instructor Jim Halton of Krav Maga Bristol writes:
Here are 3 tips for students beginning to train in grappling. 

In the Titans club at Krav Maga Bristol we train sparring every session. We train stand up sparring but we also train in sparring on the ground. When new students to Krav Maga Bristol first start rolling it can be an uncomfortable experience. A mix of confusion, nervousness, fatigue, trying to use your strength instead of technique you find yourself exhausted. Getting submitted by your fellow student again and again isn’t much fun and eventually you will ask,  “How can I get better at ground sparring?”

The first thing is to acknowledge that all of us go through it. Sometimes you are the hammer, sometimes you are the nail. When you first start, you’re the nail! But remember we have all been there before! Other students at Krav Maga Bristol will be there to support you.

Secondly, remember that there are no quick fixes that will work overnight. You need to perservere through the first few months of training. It will get easier, you will learn skills and you will improve but there isn’t anything you can learn in a couple of classes that will make you better than someone who has been training for longer than you. There is no cheating mat time. If you want to be better than another student, better than the next person who’s going to attack you, or even just better than you yourself. You need to put the time in against real live opponents. Mat time. Time with the gloves on. Sparring stand up or ground, there’s no cheating it.

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Takedowns and GroundfightingTakedowns and Groundfighting

Krav Maga only has a few takedowns, there are many we could use but we only use a handful of the ones which are easiest to remember and work well against larger attackers. Read more

Krav Maga Bristol Instructor Jim Halton writes on the reality of defending yourself against a baseball attack on the street.

Krav Maga Bristol Instructor Jm Halton writes:

You hear a knock at the door and answer and someone stood there with a bat in their hand, it’s pulled back, chambered and… Read more

Sparring Tips for Beginners

In this guide our Sparring Tips for Beginners we look to advise the Krav Maga student or student from any striking or submission based martial art on how to improve their sparring ability.

Krav Maga is widely regarded as the best form of self defence training. It is comprised of a mixture of martial arts and modern street self defence techniques and tactics. In Krav Maga, practitioners will regularly train in Boxing, Muay Thai and Grappling (BJJ) as well as alongside weapons training and multiple opponent training.

There are numerous types of sparring for Krav Maga Typically…

Sparring Tips for Beginners

  • Stand up sparring – hands and kicks, muay thai and kickboxing rules
  • Stand up Sparring – hands only
  • Ground sparring – no strikes
  • Ground sparring – all strikes allowed
  • Open sparring – stand up and ground allowed
  • Multiple opponent sparring – survival mode

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How to Improve in Martial Arts

Krav Maga Bristol Titans coach Jim Halton maps out the 8 things required to show you how to improve in Martial Arts and level up your Krav Maga Game.How to Improve in Martial Arts

1. Set your goals, write them somewhere you can see them, do you want to lose weight? Do you want to be fighting fit? Do you want to master a martial art? Do you want to be confident, driven and goal orientated? Decide what your ultimate goal is and then take steps to making it happen. Read more

Krav Maga Bristol Titans Instructor Jim HaltonKrav Maga Bristol – Become a Hard Target

Krav Maga Bristol Instructor Jim Halton writes about the concept of target hardening and Krav Maga.    This is a frequently overlooked area in the martial arts but one which in the security industry is of massive value.

Attackers will often look for “soft” targets. Most attackers will look for physical weakness, the people who are most at risk are: Read more

Interested in learning martial arts? Here are Eight Things You Need to Do to Become a Successful Martial Arts Practitioner….

1. Set your goals, write them somewhere you can see them, do you want to lose weight? Do you want to be fighting fit? Do you want to master a martial art? Do you want to be confident, driven and goal orientated? Decide what your ultimate goal is and then take steps to making it happen.

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Krav Maga Combat Training Demonstration by the Korean Army

The Korean Military Special Forces division have recently begun using Krav Maga as their primary source of hand to hand combat training because of its simplicity, its effectiveness and its ability to turn a civilian into a combat ready soldier in the shortest time possible. Over 500 military and law enforcement agencies use Krav Maga for their hand to hand combat training most notably Mossad, the FBI, SWAT, UK SF and many more.

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Krav Maga Bristol Target Hardening

Krav Maga Bristol Instructor Jim Halton writes about the concept of target hardening and what it means to you…

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Self Defence Classes in BristolSelf Defence Classes in Bristol

The Krav Maga Bristol Titans Academy offer self defence classes in Bristol every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 7.00pm

Why is Krav Maga so widely regarded as the Best form of Self Defence?

The combatives of Krav Maga are based on a mix of Western Boxing, Muay Thai, Judo and Jiu Jitsu – this sometimes leads to the question but what is the difference then between Krav Maga and a combat sport such as MMA, BJJ or Judo?

The differences are actually quite big. Although the combatives (striking or grappling) are the same, in sports you always train for a one on one sport scenario with rules set for safety and against a similar sized and skilled opponent. In Krav Maga we train to defend against this scenario and teach all of our students how to punch, kick and wrestle BUT we also spend time training in:

  • Fighting larger opponents
  • Fighting against multiple attackers
  • Defending against attacks with weapons such as knives, firearms and bats as well as improvised weapons such as bottles and glasses.
  • Dealing with threats – and looking to resolve a situation without having to resort to physical violence
  • Training to defend yourself when you have your wife or kids with you

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