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Krav Maga: Lesson One

Updated on June 22, 2017
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GalaxyRat is a brown belt II in Krav Maga, and has much experience with hand to hand combat.

The Stance

You will be using the Guard Stance during your training. To do this, stand normally, hands at your sides. Then, place your left foot forward, and place your right foot back. Hold your hands up to your chin. Curl them into fists, and remember to make sure your legs are a shoulder-width apart. Stay in this postion for all the punches I will teach you below.

Rememeber, hands up, elbows down!

The Hi-ya

To exert more force in your punches, scream, "hi-ya"! Sounds corny, I know, but it works!

A boxer with his hands in the Guard Stance
A boxer with his hands in the Guard Stance

Punches: Jab

The most basic punch is the Jab. It is used a lot in boxing and kickboxing.

Look at your left hand (or front hand). Extend it forward, twisting your left foot as you do so. People say it is a weak punch, but when used correctly, it can be very strong. Keep your eyes on the target (punching bag, pillow, stuffed animal), and ALWAYS keep your guard up. I notice a lot with people I train with that they put their hands down when punching or kicking. I do this sometimes as well, but I find if you visualise your hands glued to your chin, it helps.

Punches: Cross

The next punch I'm going to teach you is the Cross. If you know the Jab pretty well, you can do the Croos as well. Just use your right hand and foot when punching and turning. It is the stronger of the two, and is usually the punch that follows the Jab (the Jab is usually a 'set-up' punch, meaning it can distract your enemy so you can sock them in the face with your Cross).

Punches: Hook

The Hook is exactly what it sounds like. It is a little harder than the two other punches. You still use your Cross hand (I will be referring to your right hand as your Cross hand). Make a muscle. Turn it sideways, and swing. Don't go crazy, and don't go pass your other shoulder (this is called a 'over hand right', which requires more skill and a few more steps. I will teach you that later.). It is best preformed when going for the chin, throat, or any soft parts. I do not recommend using your hook to go for the groin. Your enemy could knee you in the face. More on knees later.

Challenge: Combination

Try the combination Jab, Cross, and Hook.

Soon you should be able to fight like this dude! (It's a wolf...)
Soon you should be able to fight like this dude! (It's a wolf...)

Kicks: Front Leg Kick

You will never kick the same way again. To preform the Front Leg Kick, just take your left foot (make sure you are in your guard stance at all times) and kick upward. Remember the motion. Then, bring your leg up, bending at your knee. This is called your chamber. Now kick, and bring it back into your chamber (re-chamber) and place it behind you so you can be back in your stance.

Kicks: Back Leg Kick

Now do the same motion with your back leg.

The Belts

I award you with your white belt. Yes, sorry, you are the lowest of the low currently. I am a brown belt/black stripe, which is about 4 belts from Black Belt. Here are the belt ranks in Krav Maga:

White (You)







Brown II (Me)


Red II



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      GalaxyRat 6 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Thanks John.

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Interesting and a good reminder of some of these moves.

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      GalaxyRat 6 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Yes, you should fight if someone is in danger. At least try to distract the enemy from the person in peril! You can try to take a rope and strangle him, or knife him. Either way, he will be too winded to fight back. You can also try paper clips and lipstick (smash it in his eyes. He will be blind momentarily).

      Blessings coming your way as well.

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      Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago from Texas

      Galaxy, very interesting hub, I watch kick boxing and I can see these moves, but I have a total hip replacement and would be unable to fight, at least the way you describe here. How would you suggest I fight someone if my life were in danger?

      Blessings my friend.

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      GalaxyRat 6 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Comments are welcome! If you need any tips, ask me here.