Krav Maga Technique of the Month: Overhand Direct One-Handed Strike Defense

by A Manly Guest Contributor on August 22, 2013 · 46 comments

in Manly Skills, Tactical Skills

Editor’s Note: We had such a great response to our Primer on Krav Maga article back in July, we thought many of you would be interested in learning more about this devastatingly effective martial art. To that end, each month we’ll publish a different krav maga technique explained by krav maga expert and author, David Kahn. Many of the techniques that David will share with us are featured in his latest book, Krav Maga Weapon Defenses.

The Israeli krav maga self-defense system has achieved global recognition for its efficiency, simplicity, and, when required, brutal efficiency. Krav maga’s world-renowned defense moves against weapons were developed for a modern army. Over the next few months, we’ll take a look at ways to defend against various attacks using impact weapons.

Impact weapon attacks can come in many forms — baton, hammer, crowbar, or any number of weapon-like objects. Impact weapons (along with edged weapons) are often referred to in krav maga parlance as “cold weapons.” Attacks can come from a myriad of directions, heights, and angles in single-swing attacks. The three fundamental principles of defense are either (1) to close the distance between you and the assailant while deflecting-redirecting the attack, (2) to disengage until you recognize the correct timing to then close the distance, or (3) to retreat straight away.

Close the distance. The end of the weapon generates the most force, as the assailant’s wrist is used as a fulcrum. Therefore, the most dangerous range of the attack is to be struck with the very end of the weapon. In other words, the object’s momentum decreases the closer you come to the assailant’s swinging wrist. That’s why it’s vital to close the distance between you and your attacker as quickly as possible. Optimally, the distance between the defender and the assailant can be closed before a weapon is deployed while debilitating the adversary with strong combatives, blocking access to the weapon, and achieving dominant control. If the weapon is successfully deployed and put into action, closing the distance will allow the defender to either deflect-redirect or block the weapon, the majority of the time in combination with body defenses, while delivering withering counterattacks. As with all krav maga defenses, the hand always leads the body to deflect-redirect in conjunction with simultaneous multiple counterattacks.

Time correctly. Another essential to a successful defense is precise timing; closing the distance and using the correct tactic at the correct time. Fight timing is best thought of as the fusion of instinct with simultaneous decision making to either pre-empt the attack, move off the line of attack/fire, deflect-redirect, control the weapon and strike, or retreat from harm’s way. In other words, fight timing is harnessing instinctive body movements while seizing or creating opportunities to defend both efficiently and intelligently. Defined yet another way, fight timing is your ability to capitalize on a window of opportunity offered by your opponent or to create your own opportunity to end the confrontation using whatever tactics come instinctively to you. In short, you’ll attack the attacker. Importantly, the tactics and techniques are designed to provide the defender with a pre-emption capability prior to a weapon being deployed. The goal is not to allow an assailant to get the drop on you. Your recognition of his intent and body language literally and figuratively will allow you to cut the legs out from under him.

Retreat straight away. As soon as you see that the threat has been neutralized, retreat as soon as possible to avoid future attacks.

Below, we take a look at how to defend against a common impact weapon attack: the overhand one-handed strike with a blunt object like a bat or crowbar.

Overhand Direct One-Handed Strike Defense

One of the most typical attacks with a blunt object is an overhead swing. In this technique we assume the assailant is using his right hand and the defender is squared up or face-to-face. You will execute the defense with your sameside (left) arm and counterpunches with your right arm while controlling the weapon with your left.

Your goal is to close the distance to intercept and deflect-redirect the impact weapon harmlessly over your shoulder while delivering a simultaneous punch to the throat, jaw, or nose, trapping the weapon arm to remove it from the assailant’s grip while delivering more retzev (continuous motion) combatives. One way to practice the deflecting-stabbing movement of the defense is to simulate diving into a pool with your arms in a “V” motion to pierce the water while keeping your legs straight. Keep the fingers together and simply touch both of your hands together at the fingertips, resembling the inverted “V.” Do not touch your palms together, only your fingertips. Now, drop one arm into a straight punch position. Continue building this defense by aligning your deflecting-redirecting hand with a forward body lean, burying your chin into your shoulder.

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The forward combat lean achieves two purposes: it both defeats the attack and protects your head. Essentially, you are diving/bursting into your assailant with the sameside arm and leg to close the distance while deflecting-redirecting the strike and simultaneously counterstriking. Another way to think about aligning your deflecting-redirecting arm is to stand in a neutral stance and jettison your arm directly out to meet an imaginary incoming attack. Proper arm alignment requires a slight curve in your hand that will intercept the attack. Keep the fingers together and the thumb attached to the hand; do not allow the thumb to jut out because of the danger in breaking it. The deflecting-stabbing defense, when timed correctly and with proper interception alignment, will redirect the object harmlessly along your arm and over your head, glancing off your back.

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Time the defense and counter-attack punch together. The next (literal) step forward is with your left leg, closing the distance to the attacker. Remember to lead with your hands! Take a look at this video to better understand how to close the attacker.

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Redirect the overhand blow with one hand, while simultaneously counterpunching.


As you move into the assailant with your redirection and counterpunch, without breaking contact with the attacker’s arm, loop your deflecting-stabbing arm over the assailant’s impact weapon arm to secure the impact weapon arm.


Continue your counterattack with a foreleg kick or multiple knee strikes to the groin depending on distance.

The most popular method to remove the impact weapon is to use a 180-degree step (tsai-bake) with your right foot to break or rip the impact weapon away from his hand without taking your eyes off the assailant.

The most popular method to remove the impact weapon is to use a 180-degree step (tsai-bake) with your right foot to break or rip the impact weapon away from his hand without taking your eyes off the assailant.

Once you feel comfortable with the initial defense, add a simultaneous punch with your other arm, thrusting both arms out together. I recommend a palm down punch or keeping the palm of the hand parallel to the ground, targeting the nose, chin, or throat.

Next time we take a look defending a two-handed overhead attack with chair or stool. Until then, train hard and always remember retzev.

{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Austin Angel August 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm

…You mean we have to wait a whole month for the next one…?

2 Max August 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Kinda wish I could go practice this… Looking for fights kinda defeats the purpose of defending against them though. Plus, it’s ungentlemanly.

3 Alexander August 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm

I enjoy Krav Magaw, but, I would rather learn how to box and just practice the basics for a good 400 hours. As boxing would be most street fights. Not too mention if I’m drunk and have 400 hours invested in just the few punches you throw in boxing they would come out a lot stronger than having to practice a ton of different techniques.

4 Michael B. August 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Boxing would be most fights occuring between young kids fighting for status.

A “street fight” would be soming seeking to harm and rob you, not impress you with their boxing skills.

5 Edwin Cayanan August 22, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I’m no Krav Maga guy, but you’d probably be more comfortable letting the assailant swing and then close the distance after the swing and do your magic.

Also, you’d be hard press to get the luxury of an assailant’s hand given to you on a silver platter at full swing like that, ie. a real swing of a weapon would look more like this than that:

6 Andy August 23, 2013 at 4:29 am

Excellent post, very well written.

Though Alexander, boxing in a real fight? If yeah fight a drunk yeah sure but someone who can handle themselves? No chance.

7 jon philbrick August 23, 2013 at 4:32 am

@Alex…Think about that. Yeah if you spend 400+ hours on one technique then it will be great but on the other hand if you spend that time on a handful of techniques then what happens if none work. I like it because most street fights are mostly/all punches. If someone comes at me and tries to throw a haymaker then i’m most likely going to throw a front kick and with any luck catch them by surprise.

8 Alex August 23, 2013 at 6:10 am

I agree on principle. It’s not about boxing/krav maga (i don’t really endorse either), but rather about sticking with a few well practiced techniques vs a bunch of ones you haven’t fully internalized.

For instance, a basic punch. Most people don’t know how, and can’t deliver force sufficient to disable/discourage their attacker.

Plus, i can think of 5 simpler and more effective ways to resolve the situation described above.

9 Greg August 23, 2013 at 6:27 am

Video please.

10 Rob Roy August 23, 2013 at 7:06 am

I, as a boxer, did Krav Maga at a local gym. I would recommend to learn the basics of boxing because it helps in most other fighting situations (coordination, technique, condition). Everybody at the Krav Maga gym asked me what –not IF– other fighting sports I do. You can see it instantly if a person have knowledge in other areas.

After learning the basics, I’m begging all of you: Learn some ground techniques like grappling and leg and arm leaverages. In uncoordinated street brawls the situations tend to get on the ground. The first one on the ground will loose the fight in many cases. A real aggressor won’t stop nowadays and will keep hitting your head. You have to defend yourself on the ground. Probably you both fall to ground. There comes some grappling technique in handy.

Breaking an arm is as easy as breaking a pencil with the right technique at some untrained aggressor. After the leaverage is applied and the arm or leg is broken (no compromise to an aggressor who put up with attacking you) you should get up quickly, speak loudly you had to defend yourself and move along.

It is also recommended to yell BEFORE an attack, that you don’t want trouble but you WILL defend yourself. In a crowded area you want to have the witnesses on your side.

11 JB August 23, 2013 at 7:16 am

This only works if the feeder/attacker is stopping his swing at the point contact is made, essentialy only if he attacks you “the right way”. The problem is, no one ever attacks you the right way. If he has any sort of follow through, like a swinging a baseball bat, you’re going to need a completely different technique, which makes you ask why you would even need a drill like the one above, if it’s not training against a realistic attack.

12 Claude August 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

The discussions that come from this kind of post are funny. Everyone is a combat expert on the internet.

Of course I know the real best martial art. If you’re not a Jedi, you’re just bush league. A Jedi would have choked the guy with the crow bar from 20 feet away without breaking a sweat or getting his hands dirty.

13 Joshua Rossnagel August 23, 2013 at 9:36 am

Although I like to see articles about self defense within the scope of what is manliness; I cringe every time I see one posted due to the follow up of comments from the experts

14 Mark Petersen August 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

@JB: In case you didn’t see it before, Krav Maga was developed by the Israli military back in the creation of their nation. They use this as their primary martial art in war. I’m pretty sure if this didn’t work, the IDF would find something else.

15 Nathan August 23, 2013 at 10:09 am

I have researched quite a bit about krav maga and I to agree it is the worlds best Martial Self Defense.

The fact that in Israel where it is most prominent those who learn it are having the skills and techniques drilled into them by real drill sergeants. Most people who use Krav Mage are or have been in the military and have used the skills to defend themselves against attack and to attack terrorists.

I give it two thumbs up.

If there where locations in my area to take it I would; Alas it is not to be, So instead I will take Judo and learn how to grapple and toss people with the best of them.

16 Ed Cayanan August 23, 2013 at 10:56 am

“Krav Maga was developed by the Israli military back in the creation of their nation. They use this as their primary martial art in war. I’m pretty sure if this didn’t work, the IDF would find something else.”

This is just the selling point, it doesn’t necessarily have to be true.

The best test is real time, real contact.

Be mindful of cost/benefits in these types of situations, hence real time/real contact training.

There’s lots of techniques given the above scenario (I for one would retreat all together or back off to find my own weapon), BUT

my point is NOT ALL TECHNIQUES are created EQUAL (test it, don’t believe the selling point wholesale).

Google “the Dogbrothers”, they are a collective that test these techniques in the SoCal area.

p.s.~ as for Boxing, or any other “sport”, I agree, train in real time, real contact. Feeder drills are good, but they’re just the beginning, real time/real contact is the closest to the real deal.

17 Ben G August 23, 2013 at 11:07 am

I’d love to get into Krav Maga, and would enroll if there were a class in my area. But as the case is with Nathan, it’s not an option.

I’ve taken Karate, Jui Jitsu, and Hapkido in the past, and have used those skills in real life situations. However, as far as simplicity to learn and brutal effectiveness, I personally believe KM is the best. No, it’s not pretty and may not have the “grace” of the katas or the impressive high-flying kicks and such, but those aren’t effective in real fighting anyway. I was never concerned with what belt level I was, I was simply there for the exercise and to learn how to take care of myself. As soon as I don’t have to work quite so much I’m going to get back into it.

18 Daniel Warner August 23, 2013 at 11:17 am

Really enjoyed the post! And to those who don’t like Krav for different reasons, remember that it’s more of a mindset, not a martial art. Most of the techniques come from other systems. The thing that set Krav apart from the others is the philosophy behind it.

Read up on it. You’ll see what I mean.

19 Brandon August 23, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I’ve been training in Krav Maga for about a year and a half and have done this technique. This defense is specifically for overhead swing attacks, there are other defenses for horizontal swing attacks. My instructors make a big point of making sure we don’t get used to specific sequences of attacks, instead you’re learning tools and learning to quickly apply those tools to varying situations. As people are pointing out, real swing attacks aren’t perfectly vertical or horizontal. In the moment you just have to decide to take action and apply what you know to the current situation. In drills we focus on learning each technique individually to get the basics down and then move on to having our partners use random swings so we have to react correctly. And I’ve definitely been smacked in the face with a padded stick when I’ve made the wrong choice. But the general steps are the same either way: deflect the attack as much as possible while getting inside the arc of the swing, disable/disarm the attacker, get away.

20 Cayanan Edwin August 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm

@ Brandon,

Great response. And I can totally see where you’re coming from.

In FMA, the stick is treated as a blade. Although I can see the efficacy of this technique in certain scenarios,

reality is you will get hurt (whether serious bodily injury or death), all cost /benefit analysis needs to start there,

and by analysis, I mean do this way before in your training, not at 2am, walking drunk back to your car.

“getting inside the arc of the swing” is the problem, unless you’ve done this at full speed/full force, I don’t think you truly appreciate the mistake of this concept–now imagine a blade coming at you,

you can’t have two different muscle memories for this. Google “Pekiti Tirsia” or “Sayoc Kali” for videos to see what I’m talking about.

21 Brandon August 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

@Cayanan Edwin

Krav Maga separates blunt weapons from knives so this is really meant for dealing with a bat or club. The intention of diving in with the arm is that even if you get hit the blow should glance down your arm rather than hitting you over the head – but you’re right, it’s still going to hurt. I would never try this with something sharp because that glancing blow has a totally different cost. I’m sure there’s a “swinging long sharp object” defense in Krav Maga but I don’t know it yet :)

I totally agree on the cost/benefit analysis too. One of the first things taught in Krav Maga is that not getting attacked is the ideal defense. There are a lot of situational awareness drills in the early stages of Krav Maga that just focus on avoiding bad situations to begin with. Running is a totally valid option (if you think you can get away and don’t have to protect your family, etc.). So is giving up your wallet and letting the attacker get away without a fight. But if you feel the fight is unavoidable then Krav Maga is all about aggressively taking control of the fight, and disabling the attacker as quickly as possible so you can get away.

I also wanted to point out that this is a semi-advanced technique for a specialized situation. The early levels of Krav Maga focus on defending the things you are most likely to encounter in real life – inside/outside punches, headlocks, bear hugs, ground chokes, etc. After that the curriculum starts adding in weapon defenses like this one. The higher levels do things like assault rifle defenses that average civilians are never going to encounter, which is why they are prioritized last.

22 David Kahn August 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Thanks to everyone for their respective interest and insightful comments. Readers make some excellent points.

When I filmed the accompanying DVDs, Volume II, I usually had the attacker commit at full speed and force to demonstrate the technique effectiveness. This was done with real baseball bats, clubs, a six foot staff, a kevlar helmet and a metal folding chair.

In krav maga, we also will use long-range interception kicks combined with the impact weapon defense. Generally, we do not allow an aggressor to take a practice swing at us.

Impact weapon vs. impact weapon is a different matter. We teach this on the professional level incorporating a specific type of retzev. To be sure, defending against a trained/skilled stick fighter is a challenge.


David Kahn
Israeli Krav Maga Association (Gidon System)

23 Ray Burris August 24, 2013 at 11:01 pm

For all of you who are actively looking to learn how to defend your selves, I whole heartedly recommend these two books:

Meditations On Violence & Facing Violence by Sargent Rory Miller.

They are excellent. Read them so you don’t train your self to go to jail.

24 Glenn August 25, 2013 at 3:22 am

Thanks for sharing. I hope to soon get another update because I find this very interesting. I do not have the time to get a proper Krav Maga training, but through this I hope to get some basic knowledge about the principles.

25 Brian August 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I sure want to get back in a Krav class again. I got another job on the swing shift which makes it difficult because all the classes are in the evening. But, at least I did take classes in Krav Maga and have no regrets.

26 Josh August 27, 2013 at 5:48 am

I study HEMA (I.e medieval swordfighting) and I couldn’t help noticing how similar this is to the advice given by the medieval masters. Particularly the principles of timing etc. Of course they recommended that you hit first.

27 Scott August 29, 2013 at 1:02 pm

While I am by no means a professional, I have been studying Pekiti Tirsia Kali and one principle is to stay OUT of the arc of the weapon, if at all possible. If your block/thrust/grab doesn’t work, you are in a BAD position…using basic footwork to get “out of the arc” and then attacking the weapon hand seems to be a much better choice.

28 Jake August 31, 2013 at 1:02 am

Not enough people whining about “street vs sport” in these comments.

29 Steve V August 31, 2013 at 9:32 am

Excellent post! I have been thinking about taking Krav Maga classes at a studio close to my home.

30 Ben G September 9, 2013 at 11:30 am


While that tactic of staying out of the arc is a good idea, it also has the potential to incur more damage to yourself. It’s simple physics that the part of the weapon moving the fastest (and hence is capable of doing the most damage) is the end farthest from the attacker, and closest to you. If, in trying to get out of the arc, you misjudge how far away you need to be or how long the weapon is… could have dire consequences. However, moving quickly and getting closer to the attacker cuts off the power of the blow, so even if it hits you, the damage is minimal. But of course you need to time it to reach the assailant before receiving the blow.

By closing the distance you have negated his/her weapons advantage, or at the very least have shrunk it considerably. You’re on more equal terms 12-18″ apart than you are at 3-6′ apart when they have an impact weapon. Also, their instincs will tell them to keep hold of their weapon, giving you the advantage of having both hands to work with in close to their one. Obviously the best defense would be to be armed in a superior manner than your attacker (your trusty 9mm, .38, .357 mag, .45, etc) but if you have to defend yourself from a club while unarmed, getting in close will increase your chances of victory.

31 Cayanan September 10, 2013 at 10:41 pm


Your fulcrum argument is good if people actually hit exposing their armpits, thus handing you their arm on a silver platter,

BUT out there, people tend to tuck in their elbows and these swings tend to go faster than you’ll ever be able to close in.

Unless the attacker’s a pro-tennis player, his backhand’s gonna be a bit slower,

so if you’re gonna attempt to close in, might as well do it on the backhand. You’re already assuming a great risk closing in,

you’ll mitigate this by waiting for the backhand.

Wait for that fulcrum to go back to zero.

(BUT the POINT in all this, is that no one hits with a straight arm like some zombie, them elbows bend & those swings go quick, it’s not like David’s video.

Try that technique with an attacker swinging elbow bent.

Remember you can’t have different muscle memories, it’s best to have just one on this, this in particular–that’s why I’m so concerned here.)

32 Ben G September 12, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I see your point for sure. Most right handed people without fighting experience would raise their arm up above their head and strike in a downward right-to-left or straight down motion. Either this situation or the one you describe, doesn’t matter which tecnique one uses as long as they are able to execute it effectively. Do what works for you.

Kind of like in the debate of what hand gun is the best for personal defense: a .22 in the hand is better than a .45 in the safe.

33 Andrew September 13, 2013 at 5:45 am

To the guy above who said he would rather just box I guarantee you a Krav Maga expert would win in a fight. And this stuff will help you in a street fight much more than boxing.

This site is awesome and Krav is awesome.

34 EdCayanan September 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm

“Most right handed people without fighting experience would raise their arm up above their head and strike in a downward right-to-left or straight down motion.”


This is such a wrong assumption. If you’re gonna make an assumption, it’s far safer to assume your opponent is smarter and quicker,

than the opposite, ie. he will swing with his elbow bent, thus not giving the ideal position–start with that assumption first.

If you opt to bum rush a guy with a weapon, best not to assume it’s his first rodeo.

35 Al September 17, 2013 at 7:33 pm

That’s why C & C is an even better option……remember the saying,”never bring a knife (or crowbar) to a gunfight.”

36 Daniel C. September 17, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I’m only writing this to hopefully clear some things up, David Khan is right but the words he used probably don’t mean much to those who haven’t actually trained in Krav so I’ll trying to elaborate. If you see someone attacking you coming with a wild swing, you’d kick them in the chest to keep them at long range instead of letting them into close range. This defense is a strike with your defending arm to the attacking arm, not just absorbing the strike, and it works against any outside swinging attack(the defense is commonly referred to as a 360 defense). Other attacks have other defenses. All attacks have more than one designated defense. This is just one of many. Boxing is a great and underappreciated sport especially since the rise of MMA, but it wouldn’t be my choice of defense in a drunken street fight. I’ve never been in a fight where slipping and covering earned me points because street fights don’t get to go to the judges. Love boxing but its not a complete self defense. The creator of Krav was a boxer/wrestler so its incorporated but I wouldn’t chose boxing over Krav. Krav is also ever changing, improving techniques and disposing of anything proven ineffective. Being on the outside of the swing is far more dangerous. Home runs are hit from the end of the bat, not the grip. That being said, the defense isn’t to stay in the trajectory, its to burst inside as close as possible. Its not gonna hurt to get hit with a swinging biceps compared to a stick. The biggest thing to remember is Krav isn’t meant to be pretty. Its aggressive, mean, and ugly. We are intact taught that things will not go as planned and we train in such a way that scenarios are constantly chaotic and not entirely scripted. Its not a set of defined forms and combinations that guarantee your safety. Krav(and any other effective self defense) is more of a philosophy that goes a little something like, “if you’re gonna make it you or me, its sure as shit not going to be me.” Or, “the only fair fight is the one I’m winning.” I hope this is helpful for some of you. If you still have any questions I’m more than willing to try my best to answer them

37 Ed C. September 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm

@Daniel C.: “… its to burst inside as close as possible. ”

1). the scenario above describes you as having distance.

2). from the git go, you’re then faced with two choices, to bum rush… OR to exploit that distance.

3). if the attacker is the one bum rushing towards you, then maybe you can use this technique as default.

THE POINT: When there’s distance, bum rushing shouldn’t be the default.

4). finally, your quote above, “to burst inside”, this is the trickiest part as I’ve already explained in my previous post.

38 Daniel C. September 19, 2013 at 10:17 am

The first point I made in my other post is that you would kick from a long range. The scenario above does show that but you should never actually wait for someone to attack you. If you know someone’s going to attack you from that distance the first defense would be a kick to the chest. That’s early detection defense. If using a Krav defense, you wouldn’t bum rush an opponent from that distance. I’m not saying you can’t, but if we’re speaking strictly Krav you wouldn’t rush inside from long distance. The bursting is if you missed your first window of opportunity and now you’re in striking distance. Bursting is not a difficult technique and its actually one of the first things you’re taught in Krav. Yes bursting is difficult from the initial distance shown but you wouldn’t burst from that distance anyways.

39 Daniel C. September 19, 2013 at 11:27 am

Edit: *doesn’t* show that. I understand the scenario shown unfolds differently but you’d never let someone come at you.

40 Ed C September 19, 2013 at 11:46 am

@Daniel C.

1. “you wouldn’t bum rush an opponent from that distance. I’m not saying you can’t, but if we’re speaking strictly Krav you wouldn’t rush inside from long distance.”

This makes more sense. Although the front kick is another matter.

2. “Bursting is not a difficult technique and its actually one of the first things you’re taught in Krav.”

I agree it’s not, my issue was just the act of throwing away a distance advantage for a bum rush.

I hope AoM gets a hold of DB, PTK or Sayoc, etc. when it wants to feature weapons–ie. footwork and angles would have been the first order of business.

My worry re this article was just the seeming lack of respect of the weapon vis a vis this bum rush/bursting technique from long distance,
hence my counterpoints.

41 Edwin September 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm

If I may, I’d like to offer Mr. Tim Wade as a possible resource for all things weapons:

42 Rob September 21, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Self-defense techniques for any given martial arts rarely originate from that martial art. This looks remarkably similar to Kenpo and BJJ overhead club defense techniques.

43 Mário September 25, 2013 at 8:11 am

Kyokushin Karate, Hong Kwen, Ba Ji Quan or Xin Gi Quan are way more effective and versatile in ways to self defense. And spiritualy way more manly

44 Jeffrey September 27, 2013 at 5:38 am

I would love to see a “skilled” boxer in a so called real street fight against anyone that knows a few basic krav maga moves with no where near 400 hours training– a street fight is a good name to call it because before you get off your second “boxing” punch your face will be on the street, your balls swollen with your arm and/or leg joint broken crying out Uncle as the “victim” is walking away

45 Some Guy October 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm

IMO, skip Krav Maga and other reincarnations of martial arts, which all take elements from the original and older martial arts (with varying degrees of closeness and success in doing so). Just go to the source. Go to the real deal. I recommend anyone who is really serious about self-defense — NOT sporting arts, nor new reincarnations — to check into the Bujinkan. These are the original ninja martial arts. Those practicing now use that name in part to disassociate from the cultural stereotypes of “ninja”. I will just tell you: it’s the real deal. Google Hatsumi.

46 TheOtherGuy November 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I love watching Krav Maga on youtube. I love watching Sambo, Sumo, Aikido, Karate, bare knuckle, etc.
I did some judo and karate when I was a kid…didnt stick long with them cos maybe I didnt have the discipline, maybe I thought that I would turn into the karate kid after a few months, maybe I wasnt prepared to put all into it. Years later I took up boxing and stayed with it longer, actually feel I learned something from it and today have a better than average guy straight right, clean jab, hook, uppercut and know how to cover up, even though my foot work is still pretty shoddy.
Having said all this, with the exception of a few times, I have never really had to rely on any ‘combat’ skills. I’ve thrown a few punches sure, but nothin g as violent looking as the videos on youtube for Krav Maga, and THANK GOD.
All i can say is this…whether its karate, judo, boxing, kickboxing, krav maga, etc. that you know…learn it well, whatever it is, get comfortable with it as I would think that it is about being confident with what you are doing in a fight that matters- being confident and committed….AND maybe using a weapon?!! I mean come on!! We see these fights in training videos where the ‘victim’ is attacked and has NOTHING to hand!! Really?…a bunch of keys? A beer bottle? Anything?! Tell you this much…if someone big and nasty looking was coming at me, I wouldnt be entering into ‘manly’ combat- id either run like a scared little girl or I’d be picking up the nearest glass ashtray and knocking his teeth out with it before running like a scared little girl.

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