Tuesday, February 24, 2009

HOW CRIMINALS POSITION FOR ATTACK - Article 3 on Criminal Behaviour

KRAV MAGA - We believe the most powerful self defence weapon you possess is your thinking. So continuing our analysis of criminal behaviour of last 2 weeks, let’s know POSITIONING.

Before your imagination runs riot, let me elaborate POSITIONING. This is how criminals place themselves, to surprise and overwhelm you. What apparently is a casual, innocent movement by a person may in reality be a well planned manoeuvre to get into an advantageous position, to launch his attack.


CLOSING - the most common positioning tactic. The criminal tries to come near you, under some pretext. If a stranger tries to come closer than 6 feet, give a clear disapproval by voice or action. In spite of your obvious discomfort he keeps closing, the criminal has made his intentions clear.

CORNERING / TRAPPING – The criminal places himself between you and a possible exit route. This tactic becomes more critical, when he restricts your retreat, by forcing you to backup against a wall or a vehicle.

PINCER – As I often emphasis in Krav Maga class, criminals don’t operate alone. They try to ensure success by enjoying numerical superiority.
You should get alert, when you see a pair, approaching you, splits up in a manner to place you in the middle. In short, any positioning which forces you to pass a pair or group in close proximity is a clear indication of trouble.
Another variation of PINCER - One criminal will distract you while the other launches the attack from behind you.
More elaborate manoeuvre is a guy walks behind you casually; in a predetermined place, his colleague waits to close in from front.

SURROUNDING – This is a gang tactic. Your antenna should go up when you see apparently unconnected guys standing spaced out along a passage way. They are just waiting to close the trap from both ends, once you are in the middle.

If these positioning happens in a FRINGE AREA it becomes a loud and clear signal of imminent attack.

This is NOT the end of my series on Criminal behaviour. Let me warn you, there is more to come.

Monday, February 16, 2009

ABOUT 'FRINGE AREAS' AND '10 SECONDS WINDOW' - Article 2 on “Criminal Behaviour”

KRAV MAGA - If we can predict a criminal intention, we can avoid being attacked. So in the last blog, we tried to predict an attack using the AOI triangle – ABILITY, OPPORTUNITY & INTENT.
Before we move on, we have to know about FRINGE AREAS, which is where most of the attacks take place. A FRINGE AREA is the quiet area near to a crowded place like a parking lot, stairway, ATM, side streets especially blind alleys and public toilets. The criminal has better chances of not being disturbed.
Another reason is, one is not surprised to see strangers in these locations. By the time the victim realises the stranger is not innocent, the criminal hopes to overwhelm you with shock and fear.
Normally a criminal requires just 10 seconds to do whatever he aimed to do like robbing and get away. He hopes to shock you and overwhelm you before you can react, in this window of 10 seconds. So WHENEVER YOU ENTER A FRINGE AREA, SCAN THE SURROUNDINGS, and become aware.
The common criminal is NOT interested in fighting and prolonging the time with you. Because, for you it is just a matter of losing some money or jewels. But for the criminal it is several months in jail if he is caught. So if he senses that you are aware of his intentions and he cannot overwhelm you within the 10 seconds, he will go away to choose some other soft target.
In the next blog we will analyse how criminals POSITION in fringe areas.

Friday, February 6, 2009

How to predict you are going to be attacked? Article 1 on “Criminal Behaviour”

You know some kicks and punches. You also know the basic defences. You are reasonably intelligent to judge people. So you assume this combination should carry you safely through life.
You assume wrong!
You can become a victim if you are NOT prepared. You would have heard this so many times before “Things happened so fast that I was taken by surprise.”
One of the critical keys to safety is to predict violence. The experts in violence like police, criminals have outlined certain Elements to combine for a violent attack to happen.
Do you remember the Triangle of Elements for a Fire to happen – Heat, Fuel & Air. Even if one of these elements is taken out, the Fire stops.
Similarly there is a Triangle of Elements of Violent attack.The three elements are – ABILITY, OPPORTUNITY & INTENT.To remember this easily lets call it AOI
ABILITY – The attacker should feel he has a superior ability than you. It may be strength, more people on his side or he is in his locality where you are a stranger.
OPPORTUNITY – Are the conditions ideal to commit a crime, i.e. he will not be disturbed.Ideal scenarios for an attacker are - Woman alone at home, deserted road, darkness where identity can be concealed, many places to hide and even a crowd in which he can disappear.
INTENT – Is there anger, desperate need or mental instability? Indications are previous enmity, poverty or alcohol/drug usage.
If these three elements of AOI combine, your antenna should be up and ready. You should immediately try to remove at least one element. That should prevent you being at the receiving end.
I have just started this discussion and given you some basic introduction. We will be analysing more on Criminal behaviour in the coming weeks.
Please do post your comments – You can encourage me or argue with me.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


I was reading about Anger management. One of the ways suggested to deal with Anger, was getting into channelizing the anger by practicing fighting arts. That set me thinking.
At the outset, let me declare, i am NOT perfect. I have problems at my work place and personal life. I am seeing a pattern in these problems, and I am concerned. This is just a process of analysing the ways to deal with them, along with you.
The defining emotions of our present life-styles seem to be Anger, Depression, Fear and Fatigue. All negative. The reasons for negative emotions are numerous, let’s not waste time in listing them, but move forward to address them.
There are certain situations in one’s life which only time can heal, like the death of somebody close to us. Otherwise most of these day-to-day negative emotions should be dealt with some concrete steps, to stop ourselves from sailing past the ‘point of no return’. So what do i do?!
1) I have to Accept and Acknowledge that I have a tendency to get into negative mind-set. Unless I recognize I have a problem i can’t do anything about it.
Some body has said ‘Habits become Character’. I look at all my habitual behaviours and start wondering whether they have moulded together as my character. Is this how the people around see me!
2) Then I look at what is troubling me and imagine what could be the worst scenario... Some of you may grumble that the whole reason for this negative emotion is the rampant imagination!
But having visualized the worst, I ask myself ‘Has the worst happened?’ No.. it hasn’t ,obviously . I am still standing there with my skill sets to feed me, and the loved ones around me who will always be there, unless i screw it up more.
3) Then, instead of generally declaring I have to change myself, I have to tell myself to change some specific behaviour.
4) OK till now, since these are about ME. What about ‘THE OTHERS’ who are troubling me. If possible I avoid them. If i can’t avoid them, I will confront them and talk about the issues openly. Many problems seem to get sorted out by voicing them.
5) If the problems with others can’t be avoided or talked out, I have to decide on ways of reacting to them. I say to myself. OK, I can’t change YOU. But I can change the way I react to you. That well within my control.
6) But the best advice till date was,” Why do you think Life should be an unchanging graph line of serene happiness and satisfaction? Accept life is like an ECG line, continuous UPS and DOWNS. Having accepted that, you can see beyond an issue and keep moving on. There are more issues, which will keep coming at you, anyway.”
Now, where does Krav Maga figure in all this mumbo jumbo about Life’s problems?
1) Practicing Krav Maga has made me reduce or stop some self-destructive habits, which have plagued me for years. I feel better and energy levels have improved dramatically. I get done more in a day than i used to.
2) Krav Maga also has taught me that there is more than one way to solve a problem. I don’t give up if one technique fails. I launch another technique.
3) Since I punch and kick a lot in Krav Maga training, I feel relieved. If somebody has been an irritant, i just have to imagine punching and kicking him!
4) Krav Maga has also made me realise everybody has their Strength and Weakness. A big guy may be no great mover when standing up. But get in close quarters or go on the ground with the heavy weight, you will have some nasty surprises.
5) Krav Maga has familiarised me with unexpected assaults and the shock that you experience.
6) Krav Maga has also trained me to assess a risk and keep it as far away as possible.
7) And, best of all, Krav Maga has taught me, Violence is the last resort.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Every student of karate, judo, taekwondo and similar martial arts always has a doubt whether what he has learnt will actually work during a street fight. Even though they brag and give impressive demonstration of kicks and punches to their friends, deep inside their heart they are doubtful. Why?
1) Their dojo practice is NOT close to reality.
2) They are NOT trained for mental aggressiveness
3) They DO NOT have exposure to abuse and irrational violence, which a guy in the slum has.
4) Their art focuses on ONE TYPE of attack and response - karate and taekwondo is more of kicks and punches, judo is about grappling and throws... and so on.
Traditional martial arts are good, no doubt, but a student is equipped to face reality only after years of dedicated practice. How many actually have the persistance, time and inclination !
This is where KRAV MAGA scores. KRAV MAGA is a system which teaches the student to expect the unexpected and the irrational violence of the bully on the street.
KRAV MAGA teaches the student to be practical and stresses that the focus, during a confrontation, is to get out of it with minimum damage to self.
KRAV MAGA imparts realistic training; it is always related to what the attacker is doing to you.
KRAV MAGA constantly trains the student in stressful situations, to familiarise them with fear, desperation, confusion and shock.
KRAV MAGA will work on the street for the average man with reasonable fitness.

Monday, January 5, 2009


Krav Maga India’s Chennai Chapter - ( updated on 3 Aug 2012)

Thanks for your interest! This is SREERAM, Instructor affiliated to IKMF (International KravMaga Federation), India. 
In Chennai, classes have been going on without a break since 2008 - at various locations. Check CLASS DETAILS
People of varied profiles practice Krav-Maga, for various benefits - 
1) SELF DEFENCE - Many enquires actually happen after an ugly incident like a brawl /  eve-teasing! :)
2) FITNESS - We focus on 4 areas of fitness:
·         Cardio-vascular or Stamina
·         Strength or rather Power
·         Flexibility
·         and the most important of all - Mental Fitness
i.e the ability to handle stress, yours as well as others
FUN – Many do NOT like to do monotonous activity to get fit. They would like to have a larger goal and more interesting way of getting fit. They also opt for fighting arts.
JOB SKILLS – Police, Security, Hotel Bouncers and even Military practice Krav Maga in Chennai. Separate sessions are conducted for them, and mostly at their premises.
In case you have lots of queries before joining, have a quick look at FAQ
We conduct sessions in companies for their employee's safety and health. For Corporate workshops on personal safety and self defense; for men & women look into this page.

SreeRam is a KravMaga self-defence instructor at Chennai, South India. He teaches Civilians, TNCF (Tamil Nadu Police Commando Force), Chennai City Police SAG (Special Action Group) Commandos, Tamil Nadu Prison Department - Jail Warders and Security. 
SreeRam has started W.A.H.R (Women against harassment & Rape)an NGO devoted to increase personal safety awareness amongst women and equip them to handle sexual harassment at public and work places.
SreeRam also conducts KravMaga personal safety and self-defense workshops at corporates, especially IT/BPO companies where many women work late. He has also conducted workshops, for rural women.
On 8th March 2012 ( International Women's Day) KravMaga SreeRam released a small handy booklet for women titled " 10A-s of Personal Safety for Women
Co-ordinator / Instructor
TamilNadu Chapter, Krav Maga (IKMF) India
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