Kettlebell training in Bristol

As Bristol Titans Senior coach I have been working as a gym trainer since 2002 and have trained in virtually every system there is out there. One of the very functional tools I come back to as a staple part of my fitness and conditioning routine as well as for my clients is the Kettlebell.

 kettlebell classes bristolWhat is a kettlebell?

Kettlebell training is a great addition to the toolbox of anyone who wants to get fitter, stronger or faster. The kettlebell is a cast iron or cast steel ball with a handle and is used as a fantastic conditioning tool. The Kettlebell is a great tool for those who want a strength and conditioning workout but don’t have a lot of time or space. Kettlebell workouts are often quick but tough. I’ve even taken mine on holiday, its like having your own personal gym!

Kettlebell Training in Bristol

With 15 years experience in the professional fitness industry and as a qualified Kettlebell Coach we can provide you with the tools and skillset to develop your cardiovascular system, your strength and your flexibility.

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Private Kettlebell Training

Private Kettlebell coaching costs £35/hour please contact me on 07813347795 to begin your training


Course:Women Only Krav Maga

The Bristol Titans Krav Maga Academy have developed a 3 hour crash course in Krav Maga aimed specifically at women. The program will be based on self defence techniques that can escalate from soft breakaway techniques that increase your confidence all the way through to the aggressive and effective techniques that are used in Krav Maga.

We will cover the physical aspects needed to deal with the most common attacks such as hair grabs, holds and chokes and we will also cover common personal safety scenarios.

You will be trained by our senior instructing team who’s background includes a combined 30+ years of training in the martial arts as well as professional licensed bodyguarding to ensure that you get the best possible training in the physical aspects but also in areas such as situational awareness and verbal skills.


“The best Krav Maga club in Bristol- tried a few clubs and this has the best balance of sparring, conditioning and krav I’ve found. Really friendly atmosphere, students of all levels welcome- it’s always fun with no egos, everyone helps everyone to skill up.

Jim’s a top quality instructor not just in krav but in all things martial arts/mma/fitness related and makes all the classes interesting, fun and challenging and really encourages you to do your best and get the best out of it. Would recommend more if I could!!” – Megan

“Jim is a very experienced instructor with a great personality. The atmosphere is friendly and motivating. Regardless of what age, gender, size, colour you are, the team makes you feel welcome and helps you become the best possible version of you. If you want to learn real self-defense in an ego-free environment, this is the place to go. Highly recommend!” – Beáta

“Being a girl, and also a fairly weak one, I’ve always wanted to learn how to defend myself. I found this academy through their website and showed up for the first lesson one night, and been happy ever since. I’ve only been going for a month or so, but I can already tell my fitness level is getting better, I am more aware of my surroundings and I feel more capable of standing up for myself. ” – Dalgis

Common FAQs:

  1. Do I need to be fit?
  2. No…but if you have any medical conditions that prevent you from partaking in physical exercise then you would need to check with your doctor first before training.
  3. Do I need experience?
  4. Not at all! This course is designed to teach you how to defend against the most common attacks and how to use the most effective techniques, suitable for all levels of experience!
  5. Are the instructors male and female?
  6. Our Womens Krav Maga Workshop team is made up of two male and one female instructor. All 3 instructors are some of the highest qualified instructors and students in the UK.  The syllabus was written by both our senior Coach and one of the British Krav Maga Associations most senior female students to ensure that the training is perfect for women.
  7. What is the age range?
  8. Minimum age is 16 with parental consent and there is no maximum age limit

10% of our profits goes to the Refugee Women of Bristol charity . Refugee Women of Bristol (RWoB) is the only multi-ethnic, multi-faith organisation which specifically targets the needs of refugee women in Bristol.


To register your interest in one of our Womens Krav Maga Workshops please contact us by clicking here


Bristol Titans Krav Maga

The Bristol Titans are providers of self defence and martial arts training based in Kingswood and Speedwell, Bristol.

Our team of instructors have a variety of backgrounds and decades of experience. The Bristol Titans have been teaching Krav Maga in Bristol since 2010.

You can find out more about Krav Maga and our team at or

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Recommended Reading for Students of Krav Maga, Self Defence and the Martial Arts

Here are some of the books on our recommended reading list that we suggest to our students at the Bristol Titans Krav Maga Academy or anyone who is interested in the martial arts, self defence, fitness or combat psychology. Just click on the photo to be taken through to Amazon. This list will grow over time, I have over 300 books on the martial arts in my personal library and many hundreds of digital books, videos and dvds. I will list any of the really good ones here (eventually, when I’m not training or chasing the kids around), if you have any requests please do not be afraid to ask I am always happy to help – Jim

Complete Krav Maga: The Ultimate Guide to Over 230 Self-defense and Combative Techniques

The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers -Revised Edition


Self Defence Bristol

Combat Psychology: Krav Maga

Combat psychology is an important area of study in Krav Maga or any other martial art of self defence training.

“Fear makes men forget and skill that cannot fight is useless” – Brasidas of Sparta

Why is research into this area important?

“NYPD statistics from 1994 – 2000 showed that at 3 – 7 yards a total of 83% of shots fired missed their target.”

83% is a huge number and certainly one which we should take time to consider. What can we learn from the professionals.

This article aims to  take a deeper look into what goes behind a street attack or assault.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” ­- the Art of War by Sun Tzu

Performance Degradation – Why we drill, realistic attacks, scenarios and multiple ranges

Ever wonder why stress innoculation drills are such an important part of our training in self defence, martial arts or combat sports?

When confronting a life-threatening situation shock can be more of a problem than fear. If you go into shock during an attack you will freeze and do nothing.

The reason people go into shock when attacked is a lack of response preparation. The mind is divided into two sections, the conscious and the subconscious.

The conscious part of your mind is your cognitive thinking process. The conscious mind engages when you have the time to assess the situation thoroughly and respond deliberately. If you are caught off-guard and are overwhelmed with stress your conscious mind shuts down and transfers all though process to your subconscious mind.


This happens because your mind does not have the time to thoroughly go through its four steps (OODA) due to the overload of information and stress.

The mind short circuits and shuts down. Your subconscious mind is basically an instinctive data bank of muscle memory (why we can walk, breathe, eat without thinking about it).

If your subconscious mind has no concrete muscle memory stored to engage the immediate problem then it will make your body defend itself the best way it knows, often this will be covering up vital organs and making yourself a smaller target e.g. going foetal.

This is why we drill and why we must train all variety of ranges eg striking, clinch, ground, weapons, multiple opponents. If you master one of the ranges but find yourself in a range where you do not have the correct subconscious muscle memory then you are likely to freeze.

Hicks Law

Having trained in the martial arts for a decade it was only when I was first introduced to Krav Maga and became serious about reality based street self defence that I learned about Hicks Law.

Hicks Law states that the more choices and stimuli you add to a situation your responses are slowed down exponentially. Someone who has 4000 responses to a situation will be an encyclopedia of how to fight but might not necessarily be able to.

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10, 000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times” – Bruce Lee

This is often the undoing of the martial artist in a street fight. Remember real world violence will happen closer, faster and more aggressively than often occurs in the dojo. We all love to put the gloves on and spar. In fact, sparring is a foundational element of Krav Maga and most Krav Maga schools will spar every session, in all ranges – stand up, clinch and ground. A predator will call you racist or degrading names to shock you and buy himself time to attack. You are statistically likely to be outnumbered and there is a high chance the fight will go to the ground at some point, possibly in a grappling context but also very likely to be football kicks to the head of downed opponent.

So, how do we prepare for an attack?

Physical Preperation

Physical preperation: conditioning. The fitter and stronger you are the better. Your heart rate can accelerate to 200BPM in a single heart beat as the body floods with adrenaline as you experience fear your body needs to be capable of performing under this high heart rate/stress.

Fear is an autonomous response triggered by activation of the sympathetic nervous system which is responsible for the 4 F’s – Fight, Flight, Fear and Sex. The SNS once activated stimulates the adrenal glands which dumps adrenaline and other chemicals into your body, in regular doses this is actually very healthy for you and will make your body function as it is supposed to and prevent Western diseases such as heart disease, ulcers, colitis, depression etc *for further reading see “Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers” by Rob Sapolsky

Simple Gross Motor Techniques

Simple techniques that are effective – aimed at the head and various striking targets – eyes, throat and groin are all effective but will not necessarily end a fight, instead often to be used as an “opener”. Strikes to the head and neck are very effective from both an agressive/psychological viewpoint as well as likely to cause unconciousness.

Techniques must be gross motor skills that are transferrable/able to perform under great stress. IE punching.

Subconscious Movement drilled through continual repetition

Learn it until you forget it – if you have to think HOW to do a technique then you will not be able to perform this in a fight. It needs to be a subconcious movement.

Be decisive

If attacked a lot of things will go through your mind – perception of time can and often does slow down but unfortunately you won’t be thinking about which of your 50 killer moves you learnt is the most appropriate to use, you wont be thinking back to the film you saw of Chuck Norris last year and how Chuck got out of the situation he was in. You’ll be thinking along the lines of:

“this isn’t fair”

“I don’t deserve this”

“I don’t want to hit someone”

“I don’t want to be hit”

“Should I hit them?”



Pre Emptive Striking

Ok, so. Firstly, if you think someone is going to attack you then it is OK for you to hit them. Give yourself permission. Normal people don’t like to hit other people. You can train and desensitize yourself to this by sparring but even with gloves on for a lot of people this does take some getting used to!

Define your GO Button

Secondly, decide what your “GO” button is. Decide it now and not during the heat of the moment when your SNS will be affecting all of your decision making. Being attacked is a GO. Looking out of my window and seeing my car being broken into is NOT a GO. Its a phone call to the Police and an insurance claim. DO NOT RISK YOUR LIFE FOR ANYTHING THAT IS NOT WORTH DYING OR KILLING FOR!!!


Commonly one of the things I promote Krav Maga for is that training is the opportunity to experience a situation in a controlled environment. This is crucial for improving your chances of surviving a street attack.  In our classes we use a multitude of ways to prepare our students so that they have tons of experience and muscle memory readily available to them.

Set a Goal then Make a Plan

So you want to know how to defend yourself? Maybe if you were put in a situation where someone grabs your wife you want to know what to do about it? Or if they break into your house? I know that everyone thinks they know how to fight even if they haven’t trained – everyone who gets beat up thinks they can handle themselves until after its happened. Or maybe you think it wont happen to you – again, everyone who gets beat up thinks this. Maybe you’re too busy? If some scumbag grabs your wife will you explain to her that you didn’t have the time to learn how to fight?

Rubbish!! Find the time, make the time for things that are important to you.

Set your goal. Make a few hours a week to train.

Things that will help you become a master of Combat:

Go to a reality based martial arts or self defence class

Find a decent and supportive Krav Maga class to train at. You should find one that trains you as a fighter, spars regularly, trains all the ranges (ground, clinch, punch, kick) and also trains in scenario driven drills eg pushing, shoving, threats and weapons

Train under an experienced instructor

Look into the background of the instructor, they aren’t all equal. Your instructors CV should be on their website, if it isn’t ask them what their background is. Do they have any street experience? Have they worked the doors or a frontline Police, Military or Close Protection background? Have they competed in any combat sports? How long have they been training for? Do they train often themselves?

Lift some weights or do some calisthenics

Abraham Lincoln was a woodsman (as well as being President) and famously said:

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

If you are stronger you will have more chance of surviving an attack. You will be able to train harder and you will have stronger bones and be able to chuck your kids about and climb mountains for many years. Your body and health should be a priority in your life.

Eat healthy

Just a little bit. There’s So much knowledge out there today, this is such an easy thing to get a hold on. Ask the right people questions. We live in an age of information at our hands. Save your time endlessly browsing and just ask someone who has trained in that area. Or buy a book like this one

Experience the rough

Train hard, at least to a point where you sweat 3 times a week. Make sure you spar! Everyone who trains in any decent self defence system should have sparring as a foundation of their training. There is no better way for a student of the martial arts to become desensitized to contact, to be able to give and most importantly take shots. Sparring will show any holes in your game, but keep it honest – don’t limit it to one range, sparring should include the clinch and the ground as well as multiple opponents and weapons. We aren’t training for a sport, treat it as such.

Get out of your comfort zone

Study! Buy a book, I highly recommend this book on Krav Maga. Train real Krav Maga! Make sure you spar, test everything, get a sweat on, make new friends and enjoy!!

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