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Training Essence of Landmarks / Boaz Aviram

You need to have your students starting kicking, punching, choking, stabbing, tearing, lunging, escaping...Very complex motions which you need to tailor, simplify, breakdown, and put together.

You can be creative and find training landmarks that will induce students to move and master the curriculum of one hundred and fifth techniques. Obviously when you are kicking you need one foot on the ground to stand on and the other for kicking...


Not only that, you need your whole body to support the acceleration of the kick in the desired direction, and help with the balance and weight shift during impact with the desired pressure point. I think I forgot to mention that the brain needs to be programmed first with the purpose of the kick and it has to do something with manipulating pressure points from a distance within an instance...

Keep in mind that the training and tactical landmarks, were already prioritized in drilling in the Original Israeli Defense Force Krav Maga to promote most efficient learning and ability to use them.

Attacks and defensive tactics are broken down to various techniques with designated terminology. The landmarks of training also called by the founder of Krav Maga, Imrich Lichtenfeld, emphasis points are helpful explanation and instructions that contribute to the uniqueness of each technique execution.

Once you have all the essential emphases point for each move, you need to consider the way you teach and train to optimize the process. Your end goal is really not the landmarks in training but the landmarks in execution.

Starting with emphasis points of lunging quickly utilizing the element of surprise, base foot lands at forty five degree to maximize the stretch range of the kicking leg, utilizing the motion of the torso to help gravity propel the kick and retraction when the kick is over back to ready position for your next move if necessary, you master kicking...

If you are executing a block for example, you need to move your hand first and reach to where you think the punch is passing and block it away from your body. Then you need to move in and counter attack with an instant before your opponent escapes and tries to attack again. If you are blocking a knife slash or a stab, you might be drilled in techniques that have a dozen sequential land marks... Much more complex...Now we are getting into the topic of this article:

These sequential Landmarks called Sequential Execution by Pure Krav Maga Founder Boaz Aviram.

What is so important with these, is that if done right they contribute to the success of the technique application in combat. If not, the retracts from it! You need to see each technique not as a fluid motion but instead to think that you are running in a maze and each step is your navigational stop and go point.

When you generate impact you basically follow lunge, thrust and retract the arm, ensuring the shoulder with the body weight are followed right before the impact and the forearm retracts immediately when it extends fully( or slightly less if you muffle the force)letting the rest of the body take its time finishing his motion forward, and come to a stop. Then your brain is looking first where you need to go next instead of wasting idle time in coming back to centercourt.

With kicks, since your torso helps maintain balance during kicking in maximum range, and also drives the force of the kick with gravity, it kind of moves simultaneously with the kick just like the arms and body in boxing.

With defenses tactics, you either preemptively attack, move out of the way and attack, or follow a sequence that will ensure the usage of your body in the last split seconds of the element of surprise. 

You start with planning to block with your outer forearm, inner forearm, palm, elbow, away from your body, using feasible distance, and optimal positioning of the blocking limb for best leverage attainment. If you are blocking with a kick, you have to be ready to lift it up and block the opponent route of kicking on the top of his foot, shin or thigh. 

Then after the impact you must immediately move to counter attack with your arms. In any case if the opponent tries to evade your counter attack by leaping backwards or to the sides creating a large gap out of your arm reach, you just follow up with kicking. You do not have to worry about his attacking you because he is leaping backward isn't he?

Tactical landmarks are critical in techniques generating impact and are more crucial during the training stage in a sense when you teach how to punch and kick. Tactical landmarks in weapons defense are greater in quantity and take little longer to count and drill. They are more of like navigational stop and go. You must maintain the order of execution of each technique. Deflect the straight knife stab with your forearm, leap forward maintaining guard of the forearm with opponent's wrist preventing repeat attacks, grab, counter attack, and extract the knife. 

If the opponent leaped far back, follow up with a kick. Move the barrel away with minimal motion without moving your body too much, then move in close to control and prevent your opponent from reversing fortunes again, then grab, counter and extract. 

Always remember that if the training partner or opponent, chose to move the weapon out of reach and tried to prevent you from reaching with his front part of his body, attack that part first! However your sequence of landmark would pertain to your opponent original body positioning with its most efficient attack potential.
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