Friday, 14 December 2012

Class Timetable over Xmas Tunbridge Wells & 5 Ashes

Class schedules over Xmas.
Last class Wednesday 19th December. "civvy" clothes. Xmas Drink after.
 If there is any techinque/scenariou you want to cover just raise it in the class and we will deal with there and then.
Next class after the break 9th January

No Thursday class on the 20th due to insufficent numbers.
Next session 10th January.

Private Lessons available up to the 23rd December. Back 4th January.

Train Hard............Fight Easy............Have a Good One


Friday, 26 October 2012

Urban KRAV MAGA Illustrated guide to the top 10 attacks

getting close to a sell out of the initial print run. Email me to order.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Urban Krav Maga Illustrated guide now available to buy.

New illustrated guide "Urban Krav Maga Defence Against The Top 10 Street Attacks" now available with additional details on the fence, situational awareness, personal safety guide and hot attacks.

 Beautifully illustrated by Juan Hayward in A4 size & wirebound so will open and lay flat for ease of use and printed on heavy duty "wipe clean" laminated paper.

PM me to order.

Books will also be available at the Urban Combate Conference this weekend.


Thursday, 11 October 2012

New Thursday class at Crawley Judo Club, RH10 5PH

New Thursday class from Spicer

Thursday class at Crawley Judo Club, Hut 17, Tilgate Recreation Centre, Tilgate Forest, Crawley, RH10 5PH.

Women’s only Self Protection 18:15 – 19:45. Mixed class from 20:00 to 22:00. Free Parking available

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

No Wednesday Training this week as Hall AGM

Thursday class still on

Urban Krav Maga saves a commuter

some details below of an incident dealt with by one of our students

I got off the train at XXXXX station and everyone was filing across the bridge to get to the other platform.
As I was just getting on the bridge two twats pushed into a commuter next to me. He took exception to this and told them, then there was lots of verbal and to be honest the commuter did not do himself any favours, he should of just ignored the pair of pricks and carried on. I thought i would just tail off so did not get involved at that stage.

As we came down the other side of the bridge, there was a bit of pushing etc and then it kicked off between one of the guys and the commuter.

Again, neither of them knew how to fight. I was not going to separate them, then the other guy who was standing next to me, ran forward to join in, that is when I thought it could get more serious as you would have a two on one and the commuter bloke would not stand a chance.

So I ran up behind the other guy and shot my left arm over his shoulder (I think I was originally going to to do a figure 4 choke but for some reason decided against it). So I ended up doing a single arm choke restraint and grabbed hold of his right arm and pulled it tight across me as said something like "Don't bother mate".

The really strange thing is that the guy completely froze did not say anything, when it had all calmed down a bit I pushed him away and he walked off and did not even look back at me.
Nice part of it all was that other commuters thanked me for it (the station was packed), apparently they had been causing problems on the train.

The commuter guy never even knew that I got involved (too much adrenaline I reckon). I did think afterwards it could have been a bit dodgy with so many people, pushing and a train track!

I have seen the two twats on the train before, they think they are the dog bollocks and have really sharp suits on and speak all "gangster", so I would have loved to smash them but the situation did not warrant it!

Nice restraint from our guy, did just what was needed and no more and the situation was resolved, despite the temptation to turn it up a bit more- well done fella.

Train Hard ..............Fight Easy
Mark O'Neil

Monday, 24 September 2012

Urban Krav Maga Crawley

Full details on our Facebook Group page for members but Spicer will be opening up a Crawley arm of Sussex Urban Krav Maga very shortly- will post more details when to hand.

Krav Maga- Self Protection on the Buses this Sunday

Just a reminder that this sunday 30th September will be another Krav on the Buses Seminar with Stewart McGill.

For all those attending please ensure you are there promptly- we are due to start at 10:30 and aim to finish 14:30

Monday, 3 September 2012

Krav Maga Tunbridge Wells Classes Back this Week, 5 Ashes as normal!

Just a reminder that we are fully back to normal and T Wells class will be on from 19:00 to 21:00.
Classes this week will cover knife threats to abdomen, and also to the throat when your are backed up against the wall, with solutions for dealing with more than one attacker from these positions, plus a pre-emptive use of a knockout slap, Anderson Silva rhino combatative and rhino against clothing grab and attempted punch.

See Also/Join our Facebook Group & Page for more info


Train Hard......................... Fight Easy

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Tunbridge Wells Krav Maga Back from summer break!

Tunbridge Wells Classes back to normal next week 6th September.
Thursday 19:00 to 21:00.
Look forward to seeing you all back and training hard


Train Hard.................Fight Easy

Monday, 30 July 2012

Summer recess for Tunbridge Wells Classes

Thursday Summer Training.
Thank you to everyone who responded to let me know their ability to attend or not classes in August.
It seems like only 1 week on the 9th do we have good numbers and the rest of the time we peak at about  4 or 5 with all the holiday splits and work committments.
With apologies to those that could make lessons but, as I would also have to arrange instructor cover for when I was away, I think therefore it will be best to have a summer recess for August with classes to restart on the 6th of September.
Wednesday classes and private lessons will remain as scheduled but I look forward to seeing the rest of you back after summer.

Have a great summer


Wednesday, 4 July 2012


Copy below of McGill's Blog re a recent incident


An interesting tale from a friend and student of mine, with a few good lessons for all of us.
He was out drinking with a mate who wearing the shirt of a certain football team. This shirt offended 3 members of the Travelling community, an argument ensued and my guy’s mate precipitated a fight. They all stepped outside and the mate with the football shirt ran off. The leader of the Travellers took his shirt off and started to move around on his toes giving the clear impression that he know what he was doing; my guy, who is an experienced martial artist and fighter but is also 60 years old, decided against going toe-to-toe with this guy so when the fight ensued he took the Traveller down quickly. Rather than quickly finish the guy and get away, he begun taking a little too much vengeance out on the guy’s face and at too much length…he took a kick in the head from one of the Traveller’s mates, this put him on the floor and this second traveller came in with a stomp to the head. When he came in with a second stomp my guy did a technique that luckily enough we’d covered in class a few days earlier, turning to the side wrapping his lower arm around the outside of the Traveller’s supporting leg and hitting the inside of his knee with the other forearm; this took him down with a screwed up leg.
By this time my guy was a bit dozey from having had 2 kicks in the head, Traveller 1 was recovering from the take down and facial pounding, Traveller 2 had a bad limp and Traveller 3 wisely wanted none of it. After the ritual exchange of threats and insults no more blows were exchanged and all went home hurt apart from Traveller 3.
Be careful with your choice of mates
Football shirts - avoid, especially controversial teams. There should be a law banning men over a certain age wearing replica shirts anyway as they never look good.
Takedowns: good in certain situations but if more than one guy involved or potentially involved make sure it debilitates the guy, avoids you going to the floor as well and take the chance to get away quickly rather than enjoy the moment beating up on the guy’s face.
There is a good chance that you will end up on the floor sometime in a row and despite the popularity of MMA and BJJ, the chances are still high that the guy will aim to kick the hell out of you rather than stick on an arm-lock; learn how to handle this and to get up quickly and safely.
Fighting is a nasty, messy business that is best to be avoided when possible. In this situation my guy and the first 2 Travellers got pretty badly hurt, my guy’s friend lost respect by starting a fight with his runaway gob then running away, and Traveller 3 may be questioned by his mates re his non-participation. So no winners, only survivors; it could have been a lot worse for my guy and he did well to come out relatively unharmed against 3 much younger guys but it would have been a whole lot better to have avoided that situation completely – but hats off to the crazy old bastard anyway.

Friday, 22 June 2012

100th member of SUKM and its a Kent one!

We now have our 100th Member, congratulations to Ross James , training out of our  Tunbridge Wells class, who wins one of our new branded T Shirts.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Thursday Krav in T Wells on tonight, but not next week

Krav on as usual tonight 7-9 in T Wells.
But no thursday Krav next week due to another load of local elections, so get your arses down tonight


Train Hard......Fight Easy

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Cessation of Tuesday Krav- pending new venue

With regret I have to advise that with immediate effect there will be no more classes at The Gym in Tunbridge Wells, my current Jury Service is making it difficult/unpredictable to get there and with the Bank Holidays coming up we could have been looking at a 3 week gap in any event.

Attendance has been too variable and whilst a great  Gym (and I would recommend it for its training facilities) the venue brings its own issues from a teaching perspective, particularly with noise and privacy levels which makes it difficult to deliver the full " Urban Krav experience" and I have no desire to deliver "Krav Light"

I will still be doing Thursday classes in T Wells at St Barnabas Church Hall which are expanding nicely and of course the Wednesday classes in 5 Ashes remain as they are.

A new venue will be sought to plug the Tuesday gap.

In the meantime        Train Hard...................Fight Easy................& come to another night!!!


Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Be careful of who asks you the time.....

I know my regular students will see the initial error immediatly in the story below and the chaps initial response while in code white to get his phone out but the fella recovered well!!!

comment from one of Stewarts students on a minor altercation!

" was returning home at Wembley Park on a Saturday night when right at the bottom of the station's stairs under the little bridge, two guys asked me for the time. When I took out my phone to check the one closer to me tried to grab it. I instinctively decided to act so as Stewart says,it had to be done quickly and aggressively to 'end it and get out' asap. As the guy was reaching for my hand, I let the phone slip back into my jacket, grabbing the tricep of his extended hand and back of the head with my other hand and landed a full-on headbutt which knocked him out.

Without wasting time I used the nose/head manipulation on the other guy, driving his face into the wall and following with a knee as he was going down, for good measure. With both on the floor, I quickly made my way back up the stairs into the station and used an alternative exit. I have trained in many other martial arts and have served in the army but the simple, efficient and effective techniques that Urban Krav Maga offers -together with Stewart's clarity of teaching- are unparalleled for a real-life confrontation!"

Train Hard.............Fight Easy


Thursday, 3 May 2012

UKM Sports First Aid 30/6/2012

We will be running a Sports First Aid course on the 30th June available to all Urban Krav Maga members.

Details below.

Email me if you would like to attend or apply on our facebook site.

Price will be £50 per person and will include a BBQ weather permiting.

Venue will be East Sussex.

This is an HSE approved full day course, fully certified and the certificate is valid for 3 years.

You will also get weekly email video updates to keep your skills uptodate.

Course content will be:

• Aims of first aid
• Fears of first aid
• Barriers and fear of infection
• Initial Assessment
• Airways and breathing – chain of survival
• Recovery position and spinal injuries
• Sudden Cardiac Arrests
• AED – Automatic External Defibrillators
• CPR – mouth to mouth – mouth to nose – compressions only
• Drowning
• Choking
• Serious bleeding
• Shock
• Spinal injuries
• Injury assessment
• Breaks, Dislocations and Fractures
• Wounds and dressing
• Burns and Scalds
• Head Injuries
• Temperature related illnesses
• Eye injuries
• Strains and Sprains
• Bites and Stings
• Chest Injuries
• Anaphylactic Shock
• Seizures and Epilepsy
• Strokes
• Fainting
• Asthma

Train Hard.........................Fight Easy...................& bring a plaster!


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

The Gym and no Kent Krav 3/5

Had an excellent first session at The Gym- thank you to the new and existing students who came down to support. Look forward to seeing you all next week. A reminder that there is no Thursday Krav this week as the hall is being used for local elections- but wil be back to normal on the 10th- see you all then.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Classes at The Gym Tunbridge Wells from 1st of May

Just a reminder that we have our new classes starting at Kent's premier fitness location The Gym ( from 18:00 to 19:30. Space is limited and we are nearly full with prebookings so if you intend to come down please clear it with me first. Parking is available close by but please factor in parking time to getting there promptly, you will not be just able to pull up outside. If you have not trained with us before and the class has started you will not be able to join in until there is a convenient brak and I can provide a safety briefing- so please try to be there on time.
Special discount for all Gym members and as always first lesson free.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Urban Krav Maga DVD rated no1 Self Defence DVD

check this out: Urban Krav Maga DVD rated no1 Self Defence DVD and we occupy 3 spots in the top 10 listing.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Tunbridge Well Class cancelled for 5th April

Have had lots of drop outs for tonight with illnesses and holidays etc- thank you to everyone for letting me know. We are down by about 12 people so I am going to have to cancel tonight as only have 1 confirmed attending.

No Krav next week back to normal the following

Tunbridge Well Class cancelled for 5th April

Have had lots of drop outs for tonight with illnesses and holidays etc- thank you to everyone for letting me know. We are down by about 12 people so I am going to have to cancel tonight as only have 1 confirmed attending.

No Krav next week back to normal the following

Friday, 23 March 2012

Tunbridge Wells Urban Krav Maga

BIG thank you to everyone who attended the first class at T Wells last night, we have another 7 people who couldnt get there who should be OK for next week, so look forward to everyone whose first time was last night showing them how its done!

Train Hard..........Fight Easy

Mark O'Neil

Monday, 13 February 2012


From the 22nd of march 2012 we will have new classes on a Thursday in Tunbridge Wells from 19:00 to 21:00.

More info to go on the website soon but in summary:

Location: the Hall is located between St Barnabas’ Church and St Barnabas’ School, where Camden Road adjoins Quarry Road. The Hall address is: Quarry Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2EY
Parking: there is free parking at the front of the hall for approximately 12 cars and for approximately 10 cars to the rear of the hall. A public car park is also available about 100m away along Camden Road

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Ability to Fight v's Willingness to Fight- a new students observation

interesting discussion point below from one of my new students- look forward to all your thoughts.

"I was in a pub on Saturday and there was a massive brawl with about 20 people involved (classic Whetherspoons - don't go there often) between a group of Irish travelers and group loud chavvy guys. I wasn't involved and I hadn't been there long, so I was pretty sober, and I stood there and watched and I hardly saw, if at all, any technique or any serious punches or kicks being thrown. And it just put it into perspective how two groups, one a really loud group of chavvy guys shadow boxing at the bar with each other and a really loud group of Irish travelers, both of which were probably intimidating to most people in the pub and literally none of them could actually fight.

I'm pretty sure this is old news to you but it was a bit of an eye opener to me because I think it's quite natural for most people to assume people who are acting like that can fight or they're are pretty tough to a certain extent. But not even a single one of them could and it just amazed me to be honest. One of the travelers was even running around with his belt of trying to hit people with it (holding the buckle trying to whip people with the leather part). Just ridiculous.

Anyway I found it really interesting that it seems peoples willingness to fight (even if they can't) is what leads people to believe they are hard or to be intimidated by them rather then the fact they can actually fight. I'm sure the travelers left feeling pretty hard and a lot of the people in the pub would probably be really worried if they saw the travelers again and yet its all just intimidation.

It's changed they way I perceive people anyway and it really was an eye opener for me. I thought you might be interested to know as I'm pretty sure you worked this one out already!"

Train Hard.....Fight Easy