Krav Maga moves allows you to defend yourself against armed attackers regardless your strength or size. It is the Israeli Defense Forces’ official combat system and also an important self defense system for men and women. The self defense technique considers the David and Goliath scenario and therefore emphasizes on speed and well placed infliction over strength, size, fitness or age.
Hungarian Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld who is Krav Maga developer used it to defend Jewish people against fascist groups in 1930s. In the 1940s, Lichtenfeld moved to Israel and started offering the combat lessons to what became the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). For many years the IDF has been using the system and they are always developing it.
Krav Maga Movement and Steps Anyone Can Do!
- Making a perfect fist – This is the number one secret to good defenses. This means that the fist shouldn’t involve crossed fingers or wagging thumbs. To do this move, you should bend your middle knuckles set in and bend the base of your fingers. Then point the thumb over the middle and the pointer finger and ensure that your wrists are completely straight. When striking with a closed fist, aim with the two biggest knuckles using those on middle and pointer fingers. These knuckles are stronger, bigger and will also cause more damage. Use your entire body when striking – rotate your hips to maximize the power.
- Kick the groin – Whenever you are in doubt you should kick the groin with as much power and speed as the body can master. To do this, start at a staggered stance while facing the attacker with the leg you intend to use behind you. Engaging your quads and hip flexors, kick the leg upward and straight out. Remember to lean back slightly from your waist for balance reasons. Kick between the attackers legs and connect your shin to the attacker’s groin.
- Stopping outside strikes – This basic Krav Maga move should protect you against strikes, slaps, punches or waving batons when the attacker is approaching you from the front. This move assumes that being hit in your arm isn’t as bad as getting hit in your face. As the attacker approaches, you should bring your both arms out with the fingers extended and the elbows slightly folded. Stop the attacker by raising the forearm inside the attacker’s oncoming arm to prevent them from hitting your face. At the same time, use your other hand to punch the attacker in one of their soft spaces in their face.
Why Krav Maga is Important and Effective for Self Defense and Fitness Development
Krav Maga’s basic principle is maximum damage infliction to opponents with an aim of ending the fight in the shortest time possible. It employs brutal counterattacks – with use of the most effective tools including knees, weapons and elbows – targeting the opponent’s weakest areas such as throat, eyes, ribs, neck, groin and solar plexus.
During Krav Maga Training, between the drills and the conditioning you will be able to workout your body. Three minutes of throwing knee strikes or punches should be exhausting, but at the same time help developing better fitness, stamina and body shape.