Krav Maga is not just about techniques but also creating a success "mindset". A self defence situation is very stressful due to the high stakes involved . If we do not defend ourselves (or our friends/loved ones) we could suffer a life changing trauma, injury or even death. Therefore we need to be able to manage this stress and respond appropriately and effectively.
Our Krav Maga training includes drills and exercises that also mentally prepare us for confrontation. These drills can take many forms:
- Stress Drills: Responding to unknown or unexpected attacks; Starting from a Position of Disadvantage;
- Determination Drills: Competitions and challenges; Drills under fatigue;"
- Aggression Drills: Responding to aggressive verbal escalations;
- Visualization Exercises: Internal simulations visualizing successful responses under stress.
Generally we will practice our drill with role playing and simulation(groups of 2-5 people) in order to "practice' realistic confrontations. We favour this over "sparing", which is designed for a 1-on-1 rules based fight, but does not usually resemble actual situations.