"The essence of Krav Maga is economy of motion coupled with imaginative embellishments on the other martial arts, which are too inflexible."(Imrich Lichtenfeld).
In the picture above taken from January 1967 publication of the IDF Krav Maga Manual, Imrich Lichtenfeld is demonstrating Krav Maga Front Hand Straight Hand Strike, Rear Hand Straight Hand Strike, a Hook, and an Uppercut.
Note that in an horizontal elbow, the palm is facing down, and in some Karate hook strike to the temple hitting with the with the two knuckles back side, the palm faces the opponent.
Also regarding to the front punches, you can see that Imrich ducks his chin and therefore lifts the elbow up with a straight punch so his head would be protected at the same time. But if you take Immi's principles and apply them throughout the system, you want to concentrate on natural instinctive efficient combination of all the options.
First of all it is more important to learn how to strike with enough stopping force. Distraction is good for the first split second, but lets face it you are then too close and need to have a stopping force.
Defensive body positioning is a good idea. Taking hits on the hard parts of the body, or protective muscles rather than the vital organ, arteries or cartilage is much a preferable option. Off course it is better to deflect the hits altogether whether by getting closer to the source limiting acceleration and delivery of maximum force.
But overall every impact causes a distraction. If you train to be the one that creates the defensive impact, positioning yourself tactically in an able mode to attack and distract the opponent at the same time.
Sometimes bursting and hitting the opponent off guard is preferable, and sometimes bursting while protecting your body in a deflective instinctive mode is preferable like when you execute a defense vs club headshot you duck your head not wanting to take a chance incase your attacker is swift.
But since the 360 outside defense is basically a drill taking instinctive body reaction and deflection and improving them to the best biomechanical and tactical advantage, you need also to consider your peripheral vision in any self defense scenario where you could be distracted, and not pay attention to an impact with a sharp, blunt or harmless body contact that will trigger a chain of event that will lead you to be lying dead on the floor.
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