Sparring - Long Range Tactics / Boaz Aviram, Pure Krav Maga Founder

Inside Defense vs. Kick, Outside Defense vs. Kick, and the Toreador Pass are the three tactics for unarmed combat for the long range.

All depending on how you stand in the spatial relationship to your opponent, paying attention to which side of your body is in-front - If your arms are perpendicular to your shoulders, or to the sides of your body, if they are crossed or if they are mixed!

These considerations provide for the best option for use of your body's efficient sequential execution of chain of moves which will enable you to resolve the threat on time with a unique call for a variant chain of defense. In fact theses three are distilled tactics extracted from countless martial arts sparring and matches.

Keep in mind that the time allotted for the Pure Krav Maga Curriculum is based upon averages of learning ability. Each individual is unique however, and additional time would be needed to utilize the Pavlovian approach where needed.

Aside from instinctive 360 for high roundhouse kicks, and block kicks vs. low roundhouse kicks, the Pure Krav Maga Tactics include only three moves. Inside defense vs. Kicks, Outside Defense vs. Kicks and the Toreador Pass. The use of the forearms vs. Kicks is done however with the outer forearms which continue the back of the hands. The reason is that you get the two forearm bones to support the blocks which is needed against the massive bones of an opponent's leg.

To drill with long range unarmed sparring, students must first master the basic strikes and kicks. While it should take only few hours to do so(two hours for learning the basic strikes and kicks and few more hours to rehearse them depending on the learning ability of each student).

They should also learn first inside defenses vs. hand strikes, 360, and outside defense vs. hand strikes, before they learn the mechanics of these defenses vs. kicks.

When attempted to do sparring drills, it was noticed that a great confusion settles... So applying long range kata drills to test and resolve issues in the navigation system is highly recommended.

Take a note that during this drill it is best not to pick on more than one or two details in each correction not to frustrate the students too much. In addition, I assume that once the basic strikes and kicks are mastered they should be applied exactly in the same fashion when utilized in sparring for attack or defense...

However, students do not assume so apparently. What I would like to pay attention first is to train students throughout the phases of the training that every time they throw a punch or a kick they should retract and come to a complete stop before they move on to the next motion!

Also whenever students need to move back for the next drill it should be done in combat motion and not just jay walking. It is also recommended in these sparring prep drills that students to be instructed to throw three to four more punches upon finishing their move.

The difference between three or four is only to emphasize the finishing of the moves with a strike with the front side of the body.

The idea is that if students can switch upon command from inside, outside, and toreador pass in various combinations, it would be easy for them to avoid getting their brains blanked out during sparring which has occurred before.

Attempting recitals, students also tend not to move their whole bodies with the punches all the time and the idea is to constantly hammer and remind and demand that students will utilize real motion in kata and in sparring leading for maximum utilization when the need arise!

Also while basic strikes and kicks are learned prior to this drill students still forget small details like pointing their toes to the knee providing impact with the heel and not the toes. In addition other hand strikes errors tend to reoccur.

Instead of waiting long period until they can "kick and strike well" these complex drill are utilized as pressure and distraction tests or drills and help regurgitate correct and reinforce prior building blocks and move up to the next level of utilizing them in combat.

Unfortunately, this boring Kata is very necessary for many students to enhance the quality of sparring and professionalism among Krav Maga Instructors.

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