Training methods topics / by Boaz Aviram

While training in repetitive kicks knee kicks and hand strikes from a short distance in a closed up range are a great fitness workout, develop great response and free style fast reach with each move triggered by your training partner’s re-positioning of the training mitts, this training drill should never be on the top priority or become the bulk of Krav Maga Training.

This training method is a good demonstration of what all the other martial arts tend to do and a good demonstration of what they are capable of doing. Therefore it is a good way to make it realistically to Krav Maga students what to expect should he would not timely react according to the Krav Maga principles.

The best way to learn is indeed from experience, but the more you want to learn the more you subject yourself to the risk of injury. If you are being KO’d you usually would not remember how it happened. Therefore you need to break down all the pieces of the puzzle and measure everything you can, put the knowledge in perspective and figure out how the machine operates. At the end you need to test it. But if you have a clue what the answer is going to be you are saving yourself a lot of injury and time wasted.

Taking element of efficiency into account, you need to see when is the use of a kick, a knee kick, a hand strike or an elbow is optimal i.e. in what range and what are all the implications of being in that respective range from a point of reaction time- the time you need to react before you got hit, or the time you are trying to hit before your opponent can block.

Since humans have the capacity to attempt and strike you from the second they can reach you physically, in order to make yourself self defense proof, you need to react at the moment that they can reach you and not a second after that might be too late.

Since generally from the long range it is faster to reach someone with a kick and from the short range it is faster to reach someone with a punch since you do not need to shift your weight on one leg and lift the other (your front hand is closer to your opponent anyway) you need to attack in the most efficient manner and at the same time worry only about the most efficient way the attacker can use to reach one of your pressure points. 

Taking all this in account tells you that when either you can reach him or he can reach you and you suspect he has an intention to hurt you even before he can reach you or he is attempting to reach you in a threatening speed, you need to learn how to react accordingly to prevail in a dangerous scenario. 

You need to block or get out of your way any possible attack your opponent might be able to lunge as you are attacking him at the same time. If you are acting instinctively to a swift motion, you are looking to block and at the same time to counter attack and stop any possible continuous attack of exploding nature. If you see the threat you need to attack in a methodical way that will not leave many options to an opponent that will attempt to block and counter attack you. If of course your opponent is well trained then the outcome may not always be favorable. 

However, if you are in a stage of wasting your time on exchanging of blows and kicks from a short distance rather on rehearsing the correct timing of a response by executing each move in the exact moment of ability to reach and with the priority of using the limb that is closer to your opponent in a way that least subject your vital organs into injury (which is impossible)by injuring your opponent first.
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