Krav Maga training is like creating a 360degree defensive force field around yourself to repel any type of attack. There are three components to developing you 360 degree defence:
- Krav Maga Techniques
- Mental training
- Physical Conditioning
An untrained person is vulnerable to any type of attack from any direction. As we become more skilled we are able to defend against a greater number of types of attacks coming from different directions, as well as repelling stronger and faster attacks.
Krav Maga Techniques – Knowledge & Skill Development
At Krav Maga Global you will learn from an international tried and tested curriculum covering a comprehensive set of defensive techniques and tactics.
The curriculum is arranged in levels. The first levels cover defenses against the most common types of attacks, along with hand strikes and kicks you will use in devastating combinations for counter attacking. These are the solid foundations upon which you will build your defences. Examples from level 1 & level 2 of the curriculum include:
- Defending straight strikes (punches)
- Defencing circular strikes (haymaker punch, hook punches, knife strikes)
- Defending kicks to the groin
- Defending against falls
- Protecting yourself against attacks on the ground and getting up fighting
- Defending against chokes
- Dealing with multiple attackers
- Understanding the timeline of a situation – tactics to avoid or descalate a situation without fighting.
- Tactics for what to do at the end of the “fight”
- Use of common objects to defend yourself
While the actual techniques are relatively quick to learn, we will drill you in these in dynamic scenarios to ensure they become reflexive and precise. As your confidence and skill level increases we raise the intensity (strength and speed) of the attacks so you are practicing at a more realistic level better preparing you for the real thing should it arise.
Krav Maga Mental Training – Decision Making, Resilience, Confidence, Determination.
Another key component of your forcefield is your mental training. The most common initial reaction of an untrained person when attacked is to freeze, to have a delayed or submissive response.
A delayed response is akin to not raising your forcefield early enough to repel the attack.
Adding “Pictures” to the Database
The key issue is that the situation is unfamiliar and your brain is trying to process what is happening and determine the appropriate response. It’s like trying to find information from google on a slow wifi connection only for google to come up with an irrelevant answer.
Therefore the second pillar of Krav Maga training is mental training to upgrade our capacity to react optimally under stress. We are training our brain to be a “super computer” where we can instantly assess the threat, determine the optimal response and perform it quickly and accurately. Ideally, we are aware early enough to identify the threat and deal with it (avoid or deescalate) before it gets physical.
A core component of our classes to develop this are partner drills (one or more “attackers”). You start with one partner and a known attack and once comfortable with that we are moving to multiple attackers and combining different attacks in to scenario. We are also rotating who you are working with in your groups so you experience “attackers” who look and move differently. In additional to the camaraderie of working with different people, these variations make the training much more dynamic and complex even with the same attack and accelerate development of your reflexes and precision of your responses.
Each time we do a repetition of an attack and a defence we are reinforcing the understanding of the attack… we are adding a “picture” to our database for quick recoil of the problem and solution. The dynamic variations ensure we recognise variations are the same problem and response.
Determination and Resilience
We also need to develop determination and resilience to overcome adversity and see through the task to the end.
We are likely starting from a position of disadvantage. The attacker may have surprised us, has a weapon, may be more than one attacker. Our training has to ensure we won’t stop if the attacker is very aggressive and/or we take an unarmed or armed strike.
Therefore, another key component of our training are drills that build resilience and determination. These are often on the form of games because they create competition. We also use appropriate safety gear so we can have a level of contact in our training to make it more realistic, while keeping members safe.
Krav Maga – Conditioning
The third pillar of Krav Maga is body conditioning. This is the strength and endurance of our force field.
Krav Maga techniques do not depend on strength or size. A small person with good technique can punch or kick much harder than a big person with poor technique and we counter attack to “vulnerable points on the attacker” which requires precision rather than force.
However, we will be much more effective if we do have relative body strength and the endurance to get through a situation.
While our classes are not fitness training, you will naturally get much fitter, increase strength and benefit from all over body conditioning. Training includes a lot of striking to pads which in particular build cardio fitness and endurance. The pad drills and supplementary exercises also build strength.