The Monkey Dance by Rory Miller

“What you lookin’ at?” barks a young man. He’s about your size, about your age.  You don’t think you were looking at anything in particular.  You also know the smart thing to do is to give a little apology and go back to your beer.

But you’re a young man yourself.  Before you even realize it, you are looking dead in his eyes and saying, “Who wants to know?”

“You trying to be smart?”

“What if I am?”  You aren’t sure who stood up first but both of you are standing now.  His skin is getting red.  He’s flexing his shoulders, looking bigger.  You can’t see yourself and you don’t even think about it, but you are doing the same thing.  More words are exchanged, some pretty colorful profanities and both of you step closer and closer.  The veins in his neck and forehead are bulging and his jaw muscles are clenching whenever he isn’t insulting you

You throw a quick glance at the other patrons.  Everyone is watching but no one is doing a thing.

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Krav Maga Striking Combinations

The combative foundation of Krav Maga or any form of self defence should be built on a mixture of muscle memory, experience under stress, timing and power. The elite of any profession are those who have drilled and redrilled and mastered the basics.  Some of the striking combinations that we will be working on for the next 2 weeks:

Typically at the club we tend to use 2 or 3 different numbering systems based on systems that I have trained myself in the past.

Basic Muay Thai numbering system: 

1 = jab

2 = jab cross

3 = jab cross hook

4 = jab cross hook uppercut

5 = jab cross hook uppercut hook

You can work these combinations on their own (just hands) or you can add a kick or a knee to them, usually 1, 3 and 5 end with a right kick or right knee and 2 and 4 end with a left kick or knee.

After that there are several other things the padman looks to add.

Defence work: 

The padman or pad holder, should be looking to throw back at the end of every combination. This can be a single punch or a short combination of a mixture of punches and kicks.

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Control and Restraint in Self DefenceControl and Restraint in Self Defence

I was recently asked to provide some training in the form of holding techniques to a security professional interested in Control and Restraint in Self Defence. This was my reply, I thought I would share it on the blog as it may contain some useful and relevant information to students of Krav Maga, martial arts and other forms of self defence as well as security professionals. Read more

Childrens martial arts classes Bristol
Kids Krav Maga Fridays 5pm – 6pm 


Ministry of Fitness, Douglas Road, Kingswood

Our Little Dragons Program is a developmental class for children ages 7-11 that concentrates on self defence and modern combatives techniques, strength/balance/flexibility training and discipline/focus/listening skills. This is a great class for young children to be exposed to self defence training as well as a physical activity that will improve their bodies and their minds.

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The aim of Krav Maga is not to dominate your opponent but to create opportunities to escape and avoid violent confrontation. The physical skills we teach will help your child achieve physical awareness, fitness and self discipline. The combatives that the kids program are based on are the same as those that Krav Maga is built on:

Jiu Jitsu
Muay thai
Krav Maga tactics, awareness and avoidance.


Childrens Martial Arts Classes
Our children’s martial arts classes emphasizes life skills and practical self defence training. Our goal is to help develop well rounded individuals and martial artists. Through our childrens martial arts classes in Bristol, students will develop various skills and character building that will carry over into their lives and help them to not only be successful at the dojo but also at home, school and everywhere else.

Children that participate in our Krav Maga Kids program get an ideal blend of fun and learning. We provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity for  parents who wish to ensure that their child develops confidence and fundamental skills for success, while having an exciting and healthy adventure along the way.

What can my child hope to learn?

Self discipline
Improved balance
Team work
Improved memory training
Self control
Focus / Concentration
Respect for their peers and for themselves
Self Defence
Good sportsmanship
How to lose with grace
To keep trying and never quit

Spaces are limited to ensure that we keep standards high and so unfortunately we are unable to allow kids to drop in. If you are interested in booking a place for your child please contact me first either by calling or by email. 

Remember Krav Maga is a self defence system not a sport fighting system and so although your kids will learn how to punch, kick and wrestle they will also learn about stranger danger, peer pressure and bullying as well as awareness and avoidance.

If you are interested in enrolling your child at the Krav Maga Kids club please email me at or call me on 07813347795

Jim Halton

British Krav Maga Association Instructor

Krav Maga Bristol Titans – Kingswood and Speedwell




The Cooper Colour Code SystemCooper Colour Code System

The Cooper Colour Code system was invented by US Marine Jeff Cooper.  It relates to the degree of peril you are willing to do something about and which allows you to move from one level of mindset to another to enable you to properly handle a given situation. It is a fantastic tool which is used by Military, Law Enforcement and Professional Security and Self Defence agencies throughout the world. As a professional bodyguard this system is extremely valuable whether providing security for an individual, for oneself or for ones family.

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Controlling Fear – how to control fear.

A insight into the chemical responses of the body.

Controlling Fear is an important and often overlooked aspect of self defence. In this article we hope to provide the martial artist or RBSD

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trainer with some insight into the chemical responses your body will go through during this process.

There are main five factors dictating how severely the Sympathetic Nervous System will take over

In other words, the 5 things that will dictate your fear response.

  1. The severity of the perceived threat
  2. How much time you have available to respond
  3. Your confidence in your skills and training
  4. Level of experience in dealing with the threat
  5. The amount of physical fatigue combined with present anxiety 

The Predator Vs the Victim

The predator chooses the time, place and the victim. This puts them in an excellent position biologically as the predator will subconciously work themselves up or down into the optimal performance zone of 115 – 145 beats per minute heart rate range.

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