After learning that a local Krav Maga school would be offering a free 90 minute introductory session on Saturday afternoon, I was very interested to say the least.
For those of you not too familiar with Krav Maga, here’s something I posted about it many moons ago to bring you up to speed.
I counted 20 participants plus 2 instructors (1 female, 1 male) who were knowledgable and approachable.
After a brief warm-up and light stretching, we proceeded without further ado. And it got real. Real fast.
Basic fight stance. Always keep arms up and hands/fists protecting one’s jaw.
A lot of partner exercises and striking pads.
Front jab and cross. First using your fist, then using the heel palm of your hand.
It looks something like this:
We then moved on to a very basic and extremely effective technique: The Front (Groin) Kick.
There are self-defense situations in which the attacker has already closed in on you and you cannot execute either of the described techniques.
Let’s say he’s applying a two-handed front choke or a choke from the side. Yep, Krav Maga offers responses to that, too.
Break the choke by pulling your opponent’s hands to the side like this:
What about a choke from the side? Yep, they got that covered, too:
To top it off and to add that some more adrenaline, we formed one line of 10 participants who were the defenders and another line of 10 who were the attackers.
As a defender, you were to close your eyes and only to know and expect either a front or side choke and respond accordingly.
Your attackers would constantly change. All of this with loud “Angry White Male” music.
Our instructors incorporated numerous cardio exercises during our 90 minute session and I must say I wasn’t the only one with a dripping wet shirt after everything was said and done.
If you’re looking for a good workout and a practical approach to self-defense, you have a real option with Krav Maga.
Stay safe, my friends!