Krav Maga MK Grading

Krav Maga Milton Keynes is proud to have held our first grading under the British Krav Maga syllabus. We’re most proud of how well our students performed in such a long, challenging test. It’s a testament to how hard they train and how well they focus on the details so they can remain technical, even under pressure.

The purpose of the test is to see how you perform under pressure. Everyone found out something about themselves and this is perhaps the most valuable part of the experience. In our experience the character to develop under conditions of stress is what transfers into your everyday life. Your confidence, self esteem and self belief grow and you’re ready to take on the world.

Congratulations to everyone who made it and we look forward to this just being the first of many as people continue to grow and improve.

Krav Maga Elbow

Self-Defense — The Elbows Have It

One thing you will learn in self-defence classes is how to effectively use your elbows. The elbows are one of the most effective weapons that you have — if you know how to use them right.

First, elbows can be used for defence against strikes. Our natural response is to defend areas of our bodies, such as our faces, with our hands. This is a mistake. Put your hands up like you are ready to fight, but when the blow is coming towards you, raise your elbow to ward it off.

Next, use your elbows to do damage. An elbow strike in the face hurts your assailant much more than a fist. The elbow has a large, hard, sharp bone, and it can simply do more damage than your hands can. An elbow in the throat, or even in the ribs can also be quite effective.

You can put a great deal of force behind an elbow strike, without giving your assailant a clue as to what you are about to do. To strike with your fists with any effect, one must draw back, and then strike. An elbow, however, doesn’t require you to draw back. It only requires you to move quickly — and with force.

Elbow for Krav MagaIdeally, you want to disable your attacker to the point where he cannot breathe, see, or chase you. To do this, use all of your force to strike him in the solar plexis with the sharp point of your elbow. Come down hard — with your heel only — on the top of the instep of his foot, and if possible, gouge his eyes.

Strike quickly, and as hard as possible. Remember that your attacker isn’t simply going to stand there and let you get the best of him. You may only get one chance to strike before running away — take that chance, and take it with all of the force that you can muster — with your elbows.

Self Defence - Don't Be A Victim

Self Defence - Don't Be A VictimWhen it comes to potential crime there is one essential rule — don’t be a victim. The fact is that if you look like a victim, you are more likely to become one. So, how can you avoid looking like and becoming a victim? Here are seven tips to help you to avoid becoming a victim.

1. Always be aware of your surroundings. Criminals don’t like to be noticed, and if they realise that you are paying close attention to your surroundings, they are more likely to go away and look for another victim.

2. Look people in the eye and acknowledge them. Again, criminals don’t want to be noticed. If you’ve looked them in the eye, they know that you can identify them, and they are most likely not going to attack. Furthermore, when you look someone in the eye, you have a better perception of what they are looking at themselves.

3. Always have a destination and a purpose in mind — or at the very least, look like you do. Those who display self-confidence and purpose are less likely to be attacked. Walk with your head held up — not looking at the ground.

4. Always know your options. While you don’t want to look like a victim, you can’t ever really let your guard down. When you are walking along, always have an escape plan in mind.

5. Avoid places where crimes may easily happen. This includes dark streets, alleys and parking lots, and poorly populated areas. If these places cannot be avoided for some reason, go in armed with pepper spray, walk quickly, and pay attention to what is going on around you.

6. Trust your instincts. If your instincts tell you that danger is near, it most likely is. Never ignore your gut instincts or assume that you are just being paranoid.

7. Look up. We’ve all seen that person walking along the street looking at the phone oblivious to what’s going on around them. We may even have been that person. But ask yourself, who is easier to attack, the person looking down, or the person looking up? Attackers will choose the easier option, especially if that easy option is displaying an item of value and making it easier to take. So look up!

We hope these tips help. If you have any questions or would like to try out our classes please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Choosing a self defence class that is fun.

Choosing a self defence class that is fun.So, you’ve decided to take a class in self-defence. Depending on where you live, you may be overwhelmed by the choices. Here are some tips to help you choose the right self-defence class for you.

1. If you are a woman, seek a self-defence class that is designed for women. This will teach you how to defend yourself against people who have more size and strength than you have – and if you have the ability to defend yourself against those people, you have the ability to defend yourself against all people. Note that this doesn’t mean a women only class, just one where size and strength isn’t the primary objective. The syllabus should cover situations where the opponent is bigger and stronger than you and that is just as important for men.

2. Call the person or institution holding the class. Find out the credentials of the instructor, and ask for references.

3. Ask if there is a trial class, or if you can pay for just one session, instead of paying for multiple sessions. This will allow you to see if the class will work for you, and if you have faith in the instructor. You’ll also be able to see what the atmosphere among the students is like. Do you fit in and will you have fun?

4. Some classes will be more expensive than others. Do not choose a self-defence class based on the cost. This is your safety, and possibly your life that you are trying to protect. Choose the best class – not the most or least expensive class.

5. Some classes will be more extensive than others. For best results, choose a class that will teach you how to defend yourself in the shortest possible time, and then look into classes for more advanced self-defence later. Keep your priorities straight!

6. Ask about the instructors’ philosophies concerning self-defence, and make sure that they are in line with your own philosophies.

We hope this list helps. If you have any questions or further observations please let us know. And if you’d like to try out our class please use the contact form and we’ll be happy to help.

Paul Tarplett from Krav Maga Milton keynes

Paul Tarplett from Krav Maga Milton keynesWe interviewed Paul Tarplett about his experience at our Krav Maga sessions.

What was your reason for wanting to start training Krav Maga?

I took up Krav Maga because at 63 I wanted to get a bit fitter and I’d started to travel to various parts of the world and wanted to feel I’d have a chance of defending myself if attacked

What were you excited about when coming to your first session?

I was excited about the idea of learning something practical and seeing how I’d get on with the training. I was a bit nervous that I might not be able to do what was asked of me, of not fitting in, of everyone else knowing what to do and not being able to keep up; that people might be aggressive and impatient with me.

What surprised me was how much I enjoy it, especially the boxing based work.

How did you feel after your first session?

Physically shattered! Pleased that my fears about others in the group were ill founded – people were very welcoming and very helpful, taking time to explain exercises and saying that they’d been in same place when they started. I could see that if I stayed with it I’d get a lot fitter and would have some basic tools to help me defend myself. I was also pleased that I could get some 1 2 1 training to help me catch up with what we were learning in class.

I’ve enjoyed the variety of techniques such as blocking attacks; dealing with grabs and chokes; the range of strikes we can use; grappling; responding when on the floor and the chance to learn some elements of boxing, wrestling and other martial arts especially the filipino stick fighting. I like that you highlight the important principles underpinning what we learn such as being aware of and using distance and that you make connections e.g. between the downward x with the sticks and “hammers”. At the same time it’s good to keep coming back to things you’ve done before – each time we revisit something it feels a little more natural, there’s a bit more body memory. It isn’t easy building body memory for combat when you’re starting with no prior experience and you’re not so young – so good that you’re patient!

What was your main goal and how has it changed?

My main goal was and still is to be able to defend myself. What’s changed is that I’ve become interested in some of the martial arts which influence or sit behind what we do and want to raise my skill level in these e.g. using some of the “ghost” techniques in boxing. I’m also interested in seeing how far you can push yourself as you get older – redefining what aging means.

I really like how you break things down to their parts and then build them back up and make us go back if we’re not getting them right.

What else did you consider/look at when choosing to start Krav Maga?

I considered joining a boxing class because I’d had a one hour sample on a course and enjoyed it and could see it would help me get fit but decided that the relatively simplicity and street fighting basis of KM would be more use.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining Krav Maga?

I think you’ve created a really good atmosphere, people help each other and right from the start when I felt a bit lost those I partnered with were always helpful.

You guys are knowledgeable about KM/martial arts but you are also very encouraging and patient – you push us to do the best we can and give constructive feedback without it ever feeling harsh.
You use stories and humour to illustrate points and help create a good atmosphere.

To anyone thinking of joining I’d say give it a go, no matter how old you are but accept that if you’re an unfit novice like me then you’ll need to stay with it for a few months or so before you begin to feel the benefits.


So, are you ready to take up the challenge? Contact us to give it a go.

Why Krav Maga
Paul started training a few months ago. We caught up with him to find out why?

I started Krav Maga class a few months ago as I fancied a change. I had been attending Jiu Jitsu which I have done now for many years. I was looking at something different and was checking out different styles on Youtube and really liked the style of Krav Maga.

I then went down to Total Dojo at Bletchley where I meet Stuart and had a chat to him about Krav Maga so I attendee my first lesson for free and to be honest I’m totally hooked and I actually prefer Krav Mage to Jiu Jitsu.

All the instructors are really friendly and are very good at explaining things and you can ask any questions about anything that you are doing. They check and make sure that what you are doing is correct which I think is very important.

Why Krav Maga Paul Hillman

I love the warm up sessions and I would suggest to anyone who is interested to give it a go.

I must say that all the instructors at Total Dojo are very well trained friendly and really make you feel welcome which to me is very important.

If you’d like to give it a go contact us for a free trial and we’ll be happy to get you started. Just click here.

Krav Maga MK is pleased to be running a brand new beginners course.

Krav Maga First StepsKrav Maga is a system designed to get quick results from day one and all techniques are designed to work against multiple, bigger opponents. We want you to be able to use the techniques straight away in whatever situation you find yourself in.

The beginners course will start on Tuesday 30th January from 7 – 8pm. It is a 4 week programme designed to teach you practical and easy to use techniques. It will be taught in a fun environment and no previous experience is required. All you need is an open mind and a willingness to have some fun. We encourage you to bring your friends and family members as no previous experience is assumed or required. It’ll be held in the Shenley Brook End School, MK5 7ZT.

On the course you’ll learn:

– How to read a situation. What should you look for and how do you deal with it.
– The best targets to hit, no matter how big your opponent, to get maximum effectiveness.
– Techniques for maximising your power when striking.
– How to deal with the 3 most common attacks, including what to do if someone attacks you from behind.

So, are you up for the challenge? Take a look at what other people have said about the course.

It was a good experience, especially for someone like me, who had never before any experience with self defence or martial art.


Both me and my sister loved the course and Paul was great!


I really enjoyed the course and was pretty much spot on.



We’d love to have you join us.

The course costs £50 and we have limited spaces so we can ensure everyone has a great experience. To book please contact us and add “beginners course” in the “about you”. We can’t wait to see you.

Krav Maga First Steps

The First Step in Self-Defence

Krav Maga First StepsThere are numerous misconceptions when it comes to self-defence. First, size doesn’t matter at all. Second, you don’t need to be a martial arts expert. Third, the first step in self-defence is not all of the moves that you will learn in a self-defence class. The first step is not to get attacked at all. This is one of the key lessons in Krav Maga training.

When an attacker is looking for a victim, this is exactly what he is doing — looking for someone whom he can make a victim. This means someone who does not pose any sort of threat to him, in most cases. You can be the smallest, weakest person on earth and still pose a threat. Attackers will look for queues to help them select the easiest target. Our aim is to teach you not to give out these queues and instead make yourself a harder target no matter how big or small you are. But how?

Your Surroundings

First, be aware of your surroundings. This will help you to avoid many dangerous situations. Try to avoid going places alone, where you might be in danger. Also avoid places that are deserted. For example, an that is not well populated late at night, with little security nearby, is a dangerous place. If that short cut puts you in greater danger then obviously you shouldn’t take it.

Even in generally safer surroundings you can still help yourself out but being aware of things like blindspots where potential attackers could be waiting. For example, give yourself a bit more space walking past a dark alleyway. Your surroundings may also have things that can help you should a situation arise. For example, what objects could provide a barrier between you and a potential attacker?

Your Possessions

Next, don’t have anything a potential attacker may want on display. Keep your belongings hidden. These days everyone walks around looking on their smartphones. TO a potential attacker this shows you have something of value and – if you’re engrossed in it – shows you are unaware of what is going on around you. You become an easier target because you aren’t aware of them and they can use the element of surprise.


Make eye contact with people. We’ve always been taught not to speak to strangers, but actually talking to a would-be attacker, in a crowd of people before such an attack takes place, can actually cause the attacker to think twice. Once you’ve talked to him and made eye contact, he knows that you could identify him and the sound of his voice.

Next, have a purpose. You should exude self-confidence — whether you feel it or not — and carry yourself like you have a destination in mind. Walk briskly, with your head held up, and constantly move your eyes as you walk to take in your surroundings — not your head.

We hope you have found this useful. If you’d like to try out a Krav Maga session we’d love to meet you. Please click here and we can book you in for a class.