The students at Elite Martial Arts’ newest location, Toronto West, were excited about the recent knife defense seminars being led by Elite Martial Arts founder and Lead Instructor for the Krav Maga Association of Canada, Dan Novak.
Self-defense is an essential aspect to our Toronto Krav Maga classes taught at all of our EMA locations. Unlike other forms of martial arts, which may require natural ability or superior genetics, Krav Maga is teachable to students, regardless of their gender, age, or size, while incorporating movements for different situations one might encounter in the real world.
All of the students at EMA Toronto West appreciated being taught the value of learning knife defense. Having a background in law enforcement allows Dan to teach his students based upon real world experiences, rather than just theory. Dan covered a variety of topics while reviewing the basic fundamentals of knife defense.
All of the students were eager to start learning knife defense skills. Prior to jumping directly into the training, Dan began his seminars by putting the students through an intense warm up.Warming up before training is essential and ensures students are fully prepared to receive the specialized training both mentally and physically.
The basic fundamentals of knife defense focused on both armed and unarmed attacks. According to Dan, “In the real world, you are never entirely sure what situations you could encounter. It is fully possible an assailant could assault an individual while armed with a knife or unarmed. My goal was to teach the students to be prepared for either type of situation and enable them with the skills they would need for self-defense.”
The students were receptive and responded well to the initial series of movements and instruction. All of the students in attendance got to participate in simulated scenarios while learning the various techniques. The students were also given time to practice these techniques with Dan and other students to further enhance their learning.
Dan also covered hostage situations and techniques students could use if they ever found themselves in this particular situation. There are specific Krav Maga techniques one could use to escape, depending upon the actual circumstances. In order to further help students determine when the best time would be to employ their self-defense skills, Dan covered in great detail Situational Awareness.
Situational Awareness is being able to recognize and identify what is going on around you. It is a vital skill everyone needs. It helps you properly assess potential danger and how to best avoid direct confrontation or putting yourself at risk. All of the participants had a fun time throughout the seminars and look forward to future seminars with Dan
It is important to stress, Dan and everyone at EMA does not encourage their students to seek out dangerous situations in real life. One of the key foundations of Krav Maga is to never to engage in attack, but rather to attempt to avoid a direct confrontation whenever possible. For more information about self-defense training or Krav Maga at EMA, please feel free to call our Toronto West martial arts location at (647) 704-8811 today!