7/18/15

The Static Dynamics of Krav Maga / Boaz Aviram

Slowing down and breaking down techniques to a kata form which in plain English is a walk-through is always helpful to the learning process.

While in hand-to-hand combat students need to test their knowledge to gain confidence, the too dangerous stuff could be tested logically.

The problem however in such a profession, is Instructors without proper experience teaching static techniques that were never tested dynamically to people that have no intention to test them until they are forced to use them unsuccessfully. That might cost them their lives!

In the long range, closing the gap and lunging into the hotzone, and generating impact on the target, is tested dynamically on a partner holding training mitts. They are also tested in modified strength sparring by not penetrating the target enough to cause severe damage.

The advantages, in sparring is that you can test the element of surprise which involves maximum efficiency without projection and reach to your opponent's pressure point by surprise!   Immi, the creator of Krav Maga used the term "arrival/reach" saying he arrived at the opponent's pressure points (Higaati Eylav).

When it comes to close range grappling which involves escapes from restraining techniques or attempts to use to momentum of gravity as an injuring force, while the kata/static, or somewhat dynamic part of a technique broken down can be suited to almost any people that are in a good enough condition to walk, many of them have limitations of restricted motion on the ground emanating from flexibility of the joints, dizziness, and other. So many of them might not benefit from too much grappling. 


A lot of damage can be created with doubling the weight on a person's joints with the impact of falling. The problem here is when you have an instructor coming in and saying - OK, I am not going to run you guys through dynamic execution of these techniques, so in static practice only, the angles of takedown options are not taken into account.   

For the more ground fit humans, you can simple test Pure Krav Maga techniques by grabbing someone's throat, testicles, or shoving your thumb into their eye slowly. 

But again, what instructor would want to take the responsibility of mass training and sparring allowing training partners to use judgement with the level of force they apply in such a close range on soft pressure points. 

It was done in the Israel Defense Force only after trust was developed among instructors and students!

It appears that now there are many more options to respond to a static hold which is not a takedown attempt anymore. Well many of these so called Krav Maga instructors either forget, or perhaps were never aware of all the options an attacker can have with a certain approach. 

While the original Israeli Defense Force, distilled Boxing, Kung Fu, Wrestling, and Jujitsu to solidified principles and with only few preferences of tactical approach to each group of scenarios, the new Instructors that choose to name their teaching Krav Maga are teaching in fact escapes from static holds without the intention of quick takedowns. 

Remember, that while Pure Krav Maga grappling range training methods teach to poke, tear or impact a pressure point, they also teach to respond to bodily impact, push and pull that follows it and land in the most favorable way to self and most unfavorable way to other, while reaching a pressure point in the opponent's body, before, while, or after the application of premeditated fall, or escape from a hold, before, during or after the intitial grab or bodily impact.

Originally, there were few techniques that were intended for scenarios like grouping, or restraining without throwing. However, while use of judgment is always welcome, in worse case scenarios, attackers that want to take less risk in accomplishing illegal acts of violence, will resort to all possible infliction of violence. When caught by surprise in the close range, you just cannot afford taking the time and trying to identify the intention with the initial pull, push or fall. 

Of course if someone just put their hands of you and it took you a while to notice, you have more options... But the idea in training is to train you in minimum amount of consolidated techniques that will take into account worse case scenarios!

While you can still separate techniques to be used in various levels of escalation of force in lay man's terms, you have to ensure you know what I am talking about, and most important, you have to ensure that your students know what I am talking about as well!

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