Guide to Executing Efficient Attack and Counter Attack Intuitively/Boaz Aviram

Until you do not settle the principles and techniques in your mind and body, you are not doing Pure Krav Maga but more of a Pure Kata Maga! Sparring is test that you can use for grading. You can take a percentage of the number of good moves over the total hotzone entries over the total hotzone entries and assign a grade.

During sparring per se students are expected to attempt to run, lunge, and execute combination attacks, deflecting any possible counter attacks. If it happened that their training partner was quicker to lunge, they are expected to stand still and concentrate on executing defense and counter attack. 

Perhaps there could be also a scenario where both are in motion toward each other leading to a possible clash where each attempt to execute his best tactics at the moment of hotzone entry.  However usually in that environment both sparring partners mind is too busy with worrying about many other issues.

Sparring partners should be trained in controlling their impact by keeping the distance and speed realistic for 3-5 inch penetration, yet keeping the extension of the limb they are striking with short to facilitate skin penetration only.  The gloves help to provide greater safety.  Also not using uncontrolled wild strikes is helpful as well, but you must also remember that the defense provides sufficient safety as well.

While the usual short five day course attempts to see the whole picture of the training process and at the end of it you are able to show sufficient ability to adhere to the sequential execution of leveraged moves to apply against various moving attacks, you need to regurgitate the process so you will not have a brain freeze under slight stress!

That does not mean making a visit to your ex-wife's in-laws and practicing Katas in their house! The amounts of techniques and drills practiced during the course is not too much, but could be overwhelming! It will take about a week or so for it to settle and your feeling will improve in that time.

Here is an example of what are the common errors in sparring. If students blame their errors in lack of ability to do the correct sequence of each part, you run them through prior training drills again to test the theory. Following to that, you can repeat the Katas of the tactical entries. If you do this in the same day of sparring before and during and after you are cleaning your students muddy brain cells and injecting fresh pure fluid krav Maga into them.

Attacker's errors:
Not lunging fast enough.

Not adhering to the proper sequential defense, counter attacks and combinations under mental stress(the sparring itself).

Not lunging close enough to facilitate a 3-5 inch penetration impact.

Not keeping the same side of his body toward the opponent in the close range, crossing with his rear foot over the front foot.

Projecting his attack by moving to a different direction than the intended one, using too many steps, unless you run or switch kicks.

Not attempting to maintain optimal positioning after being deflected by the defender.
Not attempting to deliver a solid attack combination.

Defender's Errors:
Not adhering to the proper sequential defense, counter attacks and combinations under mental stress(the sparring itself).

Not attempting to drill the three body/arms positioning tactical hotzone entries.

Not attempting to drill block kicks and counter attacks.

Not asking the attacker to correct the distance of attack and attempt to reach him.

Not executing a three to four attack combination after the initial defense and counter attack tactic.

This is helpful with drilling live combination in case the opponent started to move away and did not get enough impact.

On a final note, you managed to do the techniques sufficiently paying attention to all the emphasis points. But with the sparring all sort of distraction perhaps also not being sure how to get close to the target without injuring it. So in a way sparring should be a sort of a Kata because you really don't have to hurt someone to improve your skills, but in a way that would be most efficient when applied to reality. 

You get simple instruction to pay attention and keep the same principles distancing and sequences while you spar even if your attack had been deflected. The only change is controlling the striking limb by not extending it fully so the target will be lightly slapped instead of knockout impact. You never know how you will react while attacked for real, so if you can come up with the right counter while in training and while having to constantly be conscious of quickly changing starting position, you have a greater chance to do it when you need to!
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