The hips are very important in striking. Whether it is for punches and elbows or for kicks and knees the twisting the hips is essential to execute a correct technic. The twisting of the hips increases the reach and the power of the strikes.
The picture below illustrates the increase of the reach created by the twisting of the hips while executing a front kick.
Thursday evening, practicing push kick. Push kick, also called defensive front kick, is a great technic to create distance or keep the aggressor away from you; Lifting the knee as high as possible and pushing the hips forward while extending to leg in an explosive motion is the key to generate power behind this kick.
Look at this scene in Ong Bak 1, when Tony Jaa is executing one of the best push kick of martial art movie history. Straight to the face! You can feel the power. Beautiful!
Monday night. A good class on striking review, concluded by an intensive drill. Great job everyone!
This is a story published by Nick Maison from KMG UK
As Eyal often says, “not that many people will say Krav Maga saved my life” they are more likely to say “Krav Maga changed my life”… Meaning they got fitter, stronger, more aware, made a new circle of friends or some similar positive reason… This week I heard from one of our Total Krav Maga students the amazing words “Krav Maga saved my life!”…
Here is the story in her own words… I will comment at the end.
After training I didn't have enough money for the taxi to take me all the way to my university , so I asked the taxi driver to drop me off at another college close by, where I could walk the rest of the way.
When I was walking on a path next to the park I looked around and saw this guy following me. The way he was walking made me feel uneasy, so I just started jogging to see what his reaction would be. He then started sprinting after me. I literally never ran that fast in my life, but I had my backpack on which slowed me down. I then did the most stupid thing you could do, because instead of running to the right which would take me to a main road, I ran forward into the outskirts of the park, where no one was there. I decided to stop and face him rather than him catching me with my back turned, because he was faster than me.
He then started mouthing off at me saying stuff like "come here you little c***t. Let's go f*** in the park." When guys say those sort of things to me I get really pissed off so I started swearing at him. He walked towards me where I then went into the semi passive stance. He then got out a knife and stabbed in the ice pick hold. I blocked his arm with mine like we practice in class, but my angle must have been wrong, because his arm slid down and the knife cut into my forehead.
As I was distracted by the blood going into my eye, he tripped me up, so I fell and scraped my head against branches. Next thing I knew he was on top of me and calling me a "f***ing bitch" a lot. I spat in his face and while his eyes shut reflexively, I sort of shifted sideways which knocked him off balance. I then kneed him in the groin and face hard. I got up and started stomping his face. Suddenly I thought 'f***, I might have killed this guy' so I legged it. But when I looked back after about 10 metres he was gone. That moment was scarier than everything else, because he could be anywhere in the bushes watching me and if what I did to him didn't take him down, then what would?
Anyway, I just ran to the accommodation. What really bugs me though is that he could walk past me in the street and recognise me whereas I wouldn't recognise him, because he had his hood up. It was too dark for me to have a good look at him. I think that he was high on drugs though because he didn't seem to feel any pain. Even when I kneed him in the groin hard. But I guess him being stoned made it easier, because in his right mind it would have been harder to get rid of him.
Anyway, sorry for the essay, but my Total KM Instructor thought you would like to hear the details. I really have him to thank, because if I hadn't learned Krav then I would almost certainly be lying dead in a ditch somewhere.
So... Fellow KMG instructors & practitioners... What can I say... This person wants to remain anonymous but I can tell you this, it’s a female teenager, she is petite in build and has being doing Krav for less than 6 months (testing for P1 later this year). The picture shows the wound. Even though she did 360 defence, she still got cut but her fighting spirit kept her going and prevented the situation becoming a potential rape or murder case. In my eyes as not even a P1, she did the right thing. She was alert and aware (not using her phone to text or listen to music like most teenagers). We are very proud of her actions and the outcome. She is well & fine, no serious injuries and has been messaging our instructor team today. From all of us at Total Krav Maga, Thank you Eyal and Thank you KMG... We Change Lives and sometimes we SAVE LIVES!