9/29/15

Let your next sparring session never be the same... Principles of Sparring in Pure Krav Maga! Boaz Aviram, Founder.

Sparring sessions are drills in which students must concentrate and apply the required skills...

You learned efficient response to potential threats from all the angles according to your body's optimal ability from its positioning a split second before you are in the hotzone!

You might have little time prior to closing the gap into the hozone to change your body positioning providing yourself with your more favorite options. 


However a split second before entering the hotzone you must conserve your motion to the most economical ones! While in the hotzone you must complete your first planned action concocted prior to entering the hotzone.

From there you follow up with a finishing strikes, and if your opponent is trying to escape the hotzone and recuperate, you must maintain the hotzone in motion and follow up according to the range with impact or push and pull forces through a kick, hand strike, tear or poke which might involve the forces push and pull and might force you to a tactical breakfall or rollover to escape the opponent's attempt to control and harm.

The commons: Lack of task focus drive students to shadowbox and shuffle their defense in and out of the hotzone. Weak short term memory and focus causes them to be unsure of the complex sequences of the techniques they had just learned as well. 

Instructors must stop the sparring and go over specific scenarios. That could be done as a video review aftermath as well. But then students must be dog trained with immediate reinforcement so they do not develop bad habits!

After acting in alternate defender and attacker roles, sparring partners must take it to the next level and share collective responsibility to keep up the pace as following: You have the option to either move in to attack or passively wait for signs of intrusion into your hotzone and response appropriately.

You need to execute the appropriate combative moves according to your physical positioning, or you can also position yourself to tactically enable yourself to execute your favorite moves or even not so favorite moves so you can train yourself in what you learned and at least acquire the skills to demonstrate and train others in those techniques that might suits their physical state better.

To sum it up, you need to follow up your assignment and incorporate all the learned moved in your course in these sparring sessions to sufficiently master Pure Krav Maga!

So to put it into simple instructions if you chose to attack, you can run into your opponent, and then as you get close enough lunge with a kick, follow with punches, elbows throws and plucking of soft pressure points. However you must keep in mind that the chain of attack must be stopped the moment you are succeeding in reaching your opponent's first few pressure points maintaining control for few split seconds but keeping your opponent busy with distraction.

Remember also according to the flooring, physical ability and safety in training that the purpose of the drill is to have you master segments of the whole picture, so for safety you separate impact drills and push and pull drills and have some drills combine them up to a point.

Have you had some hesitations and was forced to respond to your training partner's attack first, you have the option of a front or side block kicks according to your positioning, followed up with hand strikes, or to execute inside defense vs kick with the front hand where its initial position is perpendicular to the side of your body, or outside defense vs kick with your rear hand where it was initially crossed over your torso fist under your armpit. You can also do the toreador kick defense with your front hand(mostly body evasive motion).

You should not neglect to respond to a potential threat in the long range at any rhythm whether fast or delayed. That means you go through the sequence and at times your counter attack will reach your opponent's pressure points before he even attempted to reach your pressure points if there was such attempt or not...

But lets say if you neglected to cover the long range and equally important to train in scenarios where you are forced to respond to a threat in the shorter range you need to drill inside blocks with your front and rear hands where it is initially positioned perpendicular to your head and torso to the side of your body or outside defense against circular attack or even straight punches when your arms are crossed initially and therefore enabling you to do so. Outside deflections of punches to the abdominal area are possible from almost any initial arm positioning.

Finally you will reserve the close range grappling threats to a separate sparring session, and have few drills emphasizing the transition and reasoning for it as well.
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