10 Krav Maga Self Defense Tips
Do you want to learn about the best Krav Maga self defense tips? Krav Maga is a very aggressive form of hand-to-hand combat known for its ruthless counterattacks and extreme emphasis on self defense.
- Straight punches. Punches can be made with either a fist or the heel of the hand. Always keep the other hand in a fist close to your face for defense. It is a good idea to alternate hands, twisting your hips each time to put more force behind the punch.
- Hammer Fist. Hit your attacker with the bottom, meaty part of your fist. Similar to the straight punch, rotate your hips as you strike, placing more weight on each fist in order to achieve the greatest impact. Always aim for the middle of the face or the body, splitting his defensive stance down the middle.
- Groin Kick. Bring the knee up first, then kick your foot forward and out to reach the groin. You are also able to keep a distance from your attacker, because your legs are longer than his arms. Make contact with his groin with the area right below the shin, not on the top of your foot, as that may cause injury to you.
- Round Kick. This kick begins the same way as the Groin Kick, but after you bring you knee up and are getting ready to extend, pivot your body and kick them behind the knee instead of the groin. The knee can be broken pretty easily and will throw your attacker off balance.
- Vertical Front Kick. Lift your knee up with your toes curling upwards toward your shin. Extend straight out, making contact with the top of your foot, pushing your leg forward into the body of your attacker.
- Gun Defense. Keep your hands at your sides and then quickly grab the end of the gun, twisting it and the attacker’s hand downward. Once you have redirected the gun, keep your hand on the weapon and the attacker’s hands by controlling the weapon and not allowing the attacker to use it anymore.
- Knife Defense. To redirect a knife attack, use your left hand to grab the wrist and push it downward, making sure your elbow is pointed down, so that it keeps the attacker’s arm in place and doesn’t allow him to stab you somewhere else. At the same time, pivot your body away from the direction of the knife so that it is impossible to stab you. When he tries to pull the knife back, he pulls you in toward him, and you can punch him in the face with the other arm or kick him in the groin.
- Take Attacker's Weapon. Twist the gun so that it’s parallel to the floor. Doing this quickly and forcefully will allow you to break the attacker’s index finger and allow you to take the gun away from him. To take a knife away, bend the knife-holding hand backwards with one hand and use the other hand to uncurl his fingers from the weapon while kicking him in the groin.
- Hostage Defense. If someone has you in a chokehold from behind with a gun to your head, grab the barrel of the weapon with the hand that is closest and redirect the gun straight ahead. Then, place your other hand behind the weapon and reach forward with both arms, extending the weapon so that it is now pointing to the side. This will rip it out of the attacker’s hands. While holding the weapon and keeping it pointed away from you, hit the attacker's face with your elbows.
- Choking Defense. Grab the attacker’s wrists by the inside and pull him forward, kicking him in the groin as you do. Keep tight hold of his wrists, as you don’t want him to escape. As you are still holding his hands against your chest, you can release one hand and hit him in the head with your elbow, as his head is now very close to you.
Posted on: Apr. 04, 2011