One of the main principles in Krav Maga is to strike at weak points in the human body: the nose, eyes, ears, throat, sternum, floating ribs, solar plexus, and groin,
These are areas of the body that are vulnerable and exposed for everyone.
Krav Maga Punching and Arm Strike Techniques
Open Hand Strike ~ Krav Maga
Uses the palm heel of the hand and can be much stronger than the fist. It’s often directed to the nose and on impact, the fingers can then jab the eyes or to scratch the face or to rip the ears.
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Straight Punch ~ Krav Maga
The is a basic punch that strikes using the first two knuckles of the fist. Again, it’s directed to the nose, but can also attack the throat and solar plexus.
Hammer Fist ~ Krav Maga
This strike use the side of the clenched fist and is directed towards the side of the head, ear and neck. This is particularly powerful strike if the use the hips to add power rather than throwing the arm out.
Double Palm Strike ~ Krav Maga
This attacks the attacker’s ears by using the palm of hands to simultaneously strike each ear. The will disorientate the assailant, make them lose their balance and cause their ears to ring, giving you time to make your escape.
Elbow Strike ~ Krav Maga
This strike uses the hard bone of the elbow to attack the sides of the head. It’s a short range technique capable of delivering an extremely powerful strike.
Krav Maga Kicking Techniques
Knee Kick ~ Krav Maga
This is a straight rising knee strike delivered into the opponent’s groin or mid section. The technique can incorporate a Muay Thai move where the back of the attacker’s neck is grabbed and pulled down at the same time as the knee drives forward.
Front Kick to the Groin ~ Krava Maga
This is a powerful snapping front kick to a very vulnerable part of the opponent’s body. The knee is raised first before the lower leg is whipped forward. The top of the pointed foot is driven quickly forward into the attacker’s groin.
If you’re practicing with a partner, make sure you’re wearing a decent groin guard such as this one on Amazon.
Front Kick to the Belly ~ Krav Maga
In some ways this is similar to the above kick above except this time the flexed upward and the kick drives forward with the hips. When it makes contact it has the effect of driving the opponent backwards.
Side Kick ~ Krav Maga
This is a side thrusting kick that starts with your knee raised to the front of the body. The foot is then forcefully thrust out to the side aiming at the attacker’s stomach. You can actually add a side step into this movement to close the distance and add power to the technique.
Back Kick ~ Krav Maga
In the same as many of the kicks in Krav Maga, this kick starts with the knee raised in front of the body. It’s then driven backwards behind the body to strike at the opponent’s mid-section. Like the side kick, an extra step can be taken to add power.
Krav Maga Blocks
Block Against a Straight Punch ~ Krav Maga
As the straight punch is delivered, the defender’s lead hand will shoot forward with a straight arm toward the attacker’s head. This blocks the incoming punch with the forearm.
Block Against an Upper Cut ~ Krav Maga
This block starts with your hands in the ready defensive position and involves blocking the incoming punch with the inside of your forearm in a scooping motion. You’re blocking with the forearm side below your little finger.
Block Against an Elbow Strike ~ Krav Maga
The is a very quick block that cuts the incoming block down before it gains momentum. It’s a quick hand movement that checks the incoming strike and allows a quick counter of your own.
Block Against a Kick ~ Krav Maga
This is a downward scooping block that redirects the direction of the incoming kick. It’s effective against round house kicks and straight kicks. The lead hand scoop across the lower body and twist so that the muscle of the forearm absorbs the impact of the strike. The other arm crosses across the face so that the hand can defend the side of the head in case the attacker’s veers in this direction.
Krav Maga Defenses
Defense Against A Bear Hug ~ Krav Maga
The first action is to drop down and lean forward to try and prevent being pulled backwards. The hips are moved to the side, giving space for the arm to strike backwards to the groin. The elbows then fire to loosen the grip, before turning to launch counter strikes.
Defense Against A Rear Naked Choke ~ Krav Maga
Again the idea is to crouch down, lean forward and tuck the chin in as soon as possible after the choke is initiated. The hips move to the side and a groin strike is initiated, quickly followed by a strike to the eyes. With the assailant disorientated, you then twist out of the loosened hold and throw them to the floor.
Defense Against A Guillotine Headlock ~ Krav Maga
One of the first things to do if caught in this headlock is to turn the head towards the assailant’s body to relieve the choking pressure on your wind pipe. You then launch a series of groin strikes before ripping the attackers choke apart before making your escape.
Krav Maga Defenses Against Weapons
Defense Against A Knife ~ Krav Maga
As the attacker strikes down in a stabbing motion, you block the assailant’s arm with your own forearm. Immediately, you do a palm heel strike to the opponent’s nose or chin, followed by a kick or knee to the groin, before turning to make your escape.
Defense Against A Stick ~ Krav Maga
As the attacker swings the stick towards you, the idea is that you dive towards the shoulder of the arm that is holding the stick with your outstretched hands. This puts you inside the range of the stick and in a position to be able to pull down the opponent and deliver a series of knee strikes before making an escape.
Defense Against A Gun ~ Krav Maga
The idea here is that you grab the gun tightly, as it’s pointing towards you, and quickly twist it away. With your other hand you punch to the attacker’s throat before grabbing the gun with both hands. You then throw a series of kicks to the groin before ripping the gun from the aggressor.
If you’re looking for a replica gun to practice with, then try this one on Amazon.
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