Honing your Survival Instincts in Pure Krav Maga - So May One Train In Peace of Mind / by Boaz Aviram

In Pure Krav Maga we do spar. In a short intensive Five Day Seminar  we spar but not before we learn to hone  the basics which without them any advanced training will make you worse off then you were before.

We group the sparring drills into three different groups. Impact, Knife, and Grappling. The sparing is meant not to "Fight" but rather to  practice fluidly over and over application of principles, techniques and sound judgment. 

In the Impact sparring we incorporate Kicks and Punches mostly in sparring drills to teach reach to pressure points of resisting opponent in motion and blocks and deflection and counters when our training partner is trying to reach our own pressure points. We use modified force just enough to break the train of thought of our opponent most of the times.  

When drilling grappling sparring, we drill restraining attempt and close contact reach to our training partner's pressure points incorporating leverage, blocks and counter attacks to soft pressure points or restraining with leverage.  The goals is the same to break our training partner's grip and train of thought. Of course it is done with inflicting the right amount of sufficient counter pain!

When sparring with knives, we drill attacks, deflections and blocks and counter attack against a training partner using a knife against us.  

Teaching how to stab with a knife involves with much less than teaching how to put force into a punch, but you would need to learn the complexity of generating impact force into your hand strikes to stop the attacker from repeated attempts to stab you.

In knife sparing you develop much faster reaction time than boxing drills. Nothing is exactly the same and you better train for the purpose you will use your training.

An experienced boxer is good in the ring and also good outside the ring since he had to hone his skills over long time, try to successfully Knock Out at least few times in order to be considered a good boxer so he has the confidence and the willingness to win or lose.  Usually people that learn Pure Krav Maga are not willing to lose. They know they might, but they also know it might cost them their lives or severe mental or physical injury. 

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