Leeds Krav Maga Instructor Mike reviews a Krav Maga video with pointers for students.
I’ve chosen to review this video as it is a great example, to beginners and those looking to get into Krav Maga, of what training in Krav Maga entails.
In this video you see some advanced disarm techniques as well as some of the core fundamentals being demonstrated. These techniques are well performed by obviously experienced students and instructors.
As a potential newcomer reading this review I would draw your attention to a few specifics in this clip. Firstly, aggression, notice how aggressive the defenders are, we practice aggression and intensity on purpose. You will notice that a lot of the defenders here use techniques which attack at the same time as they defend. A fast, aggressive response to an attack is essential to a successful defence. An attacker will not back off unless you make them and the best way to do this is by hurting them and frightening / shocking them to give you enough time to escape. Aggression is key to this so you should expect that classes will involve a high element of physical contact.
Notice the mounted position the men take to mock a rape type scenario. This kind is done to drill into your brain the automatic action you should take to defend yourself if you ever find yourself in that position. It has been proven as an extremely effective training method and you should expect to see similar scenarios played out in classes, anything from being stood at a Cash machine and threatened from behind to being sat down on a bus with an attacker attempting to choke you. The repetition enables your brain to focus and your body to act to defend yourself instead of “freezing” and doing nothing.
These flare techniques and gun disarms in the video are brilliant and implemented flawlessly, but remember this is practice. In a real situation, unless the person means you harm, it is best to just give them your wallet and make sure you get to walk away. It’s vital to remember that the best from of self defence is avoidance, being vigilant and avoiding getting into a situation like this in the first place.