Friday 4 students passed their second level test. It was 3 hours of intensive practice; including a lots of punches and kicks toward all directions, defenses against attacks coming from all sides and defenses against kicks.
These students started Krav Maga about 9 months ago and have been training at least 3 hours per week since. It is quite impressive to see how much changes regular Krav Maga training can bring to your body, your coordination and fluidity of movement, your strength and flexibility.
Next level test shall be in about 5 months. Good work guys! Keep training hard!
Congratulation to my freshly graduated P1 level students. At KMG, Krav Maga level testing is taken very seriously. The test lasted for 3 hours, during which students had to demonstrate their knowledges and their ability to perform about 30 technics.
Now you've got your diploma in hand and you can prepare for the next level with more exciting Krav Maga classes. This is the reward of 6 months of hard training but it is still the beginning of your Krav Maga journey. Great work everyone!
Learning Krav Maga makes your safer. Here is another story showing how all the kicking and striking practiced during training can pay off when confronted to a real aggression in the street. In real life aggression there is no time to think and sometime the adrenaline can be so high that one doesn't even have the capacity to think anyway. The only defensive reaction one can have is the reflexive one, that means based on instinctive response or based on trained response.
In Krav Maga, the defense system is based on instinctive responses. These instinctive responses are improved to create effective technics and then are combined with powerful counterattacks based on kicking and striking. The repetition of the defenses and counterattacks over and over again during training creates very effective responses that will be applied automatically, without thinking, when facing a real life aggression. This is what happened to this Krav Maga practitioner and it probably saved her life.
Here is her stoty published March 10th by Krav Maga Academy (Oslo Fight Center)
Krav Maga practitioner from Krav Maga Academy Oslo (Oslo Fight Center) had to defend punch and choke last week.
Hi, everyone. I wish to share with you my experience regarding your Krav Maga training and how it might actually save you from a bad situation in real life.
Tuesday, one week ago (March 2nd 2016) I was on my way home in the evening through the back allie where I live in Grønland, Oslo. I should say, this is a place where buying and selling of most drugs happen in the city. People of all ages, sizes and not least "all conditions" fluctuate here. Typically this hasn't been a problem, but on this day things took a turn in another direction.
Normally there are 3-4 guys in the same spot around the clock selling to whomever wants something. They mostly stick to their corner and bother very few. However one of them decided to talk and approach me while I was walking, but due to music in my ears I didn't get what he is saying. I seen him talking to me but I choose to keep walking while removing my earplugs to hear if he would keep following me. He reached the right side of me and asks why I don't want to buy when I choose to be in the area.
I see both in his gaze and posture that this time he has probably consumed a bit too much of what he was selling.
I don't remember clearly what happened but he yelled something to me as he punched me in the face and I lost my balance backwards. It happens so incredibly fast that I cannot really comprehend what was happening before I felt the impact of the punch. Within what feels like less than a second, he grabs my throat, first with one hand, then the other hand slightly higher under my jaw. I feelt that one of his thumbs was squeezing the middle of my throat as he is trying to push me backwards.
My first reaction was panic regarding what was happening and me falling backwards. The only thing I managed to do was to grab his hand while I kicked and kicked forward. He was at a distance where the only possibility was kicking forward.
I hit him hard a couple of times in his groin and I was able to remove the hand squeezing my throat hardest. I hit him fairly well the last time because he let go and bent forward and down.
I was afraid he would continue going for my throat so I hit him with my elbow in the back head/neck region before I ran away to the block where I live.
Panic stayed a little while but when my mind calmed down and I ran through the situation again I thought "How did this turn out as well as it actually did?"
I can honestly say that it didn't look at all like anything from a movie or from training either. Nothing looked or felt controlled. There were no Van Damme punches or high kicks. The first and the only reaction was to kick as much and as hard I could until I had the opportunity to get away.
Now I understand why I train and what it can mean to me in the real world - the strength and opportunity to get out of a situation that could have ended with much worse way than with a black eye.
- Written by Victoria
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!
During a Krav Maga training session, most of the time, students practice in pair with a partner; Alternatively one student is the attacker while the other one is the defender. However, in such exercise students often wrongly believe that only the person playing the defender is training and that the attacker is just doing the attack so the defender can train the defense. Thus the importance of the role of the attacker in often neglected, which sometime leads to unrealistic or sloppy attacks. But actually while practicing in pair both students are training 100% of the time and both roles are important.
So what is the role of the attacker?
To make a realistic attack
A realistic attack doesn't necessary mean a hard and powerful attack that might hurt the defender if ever he/her miss the defense. But it means a correct technic executed with a certain amount of force and speed that will oblige the defender to defend with the appropriate technic. Note that the speed and force of the attack must be increased progressively over the repetitions.
To adapt the attack to the defender
The speed and force of the attack must be adapted to the ability of the defender. If the defender has difficulties to defend then the attacker must adapt the attack to make it easier to the defender. As the defender progresses the attacker will increase the speed and force of the attack.
To experience the effectiveness of the defense
When the defender executes a defense, the attacker can experience its effectiveness and feel the strong and weak points of the defensive technic. According to his/her sensation the attacker can better understand how to apply the defensive technic him/herself.
To practice the attack
Remember that repetition of a technic creates muscle memory and automatisms. Therefore, playing the attacker is the chance to practice your attacking technic. So it is important to execute the technic as correct as possible so that you muscle memory will register it correctly.
To guide the defender
When you play the role of the attacker, you can feel the defensive technic executed on you. According to your feeling you can guide the defender to better apply the technic. However, don't over guide and teach your partner because this can be annoying to him/her. Just give some feedback about how you feel when the technic is being applied on you. Remember that other students also rather want to be taught by the instructor.