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Krav Maga: Lesson Two

Updated on June 23, 2017
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GalaxyRat is a brown belt II in Krav Maga, and has much experience with hand to hand combat.


We will start off this lesson with a review of our previous one . Remember your jabs, crosses, kicks, and stance. Resume the Guard Stance, and be ready to go into some of the most common kicks (besides our front kicks) and defenses with me.

Kicks: Front Leg Round Kick

You do know what a pivot is, correct? Well, if you don't, try this. Resume your stance, and turn your back foot towards the outside. Don't go too far, just enough to keep your balance. Then, chamber your front leg, but turn it so that it is parrell to the ground.Then kick out. If this move confuses you, watch some boxers, or look up "front leg round kick". It is a simple move, but very effective. I find it harder than the back leg round kick.

Kicks: Back Leg Round Kick

Same as your front leg round kick, you just pivot your front foot to the outside and turn and chamber your back leg, before lashing out.

Be cunning enough to get away from Death with this lesson on defenses!
Be cunning enough to get away from Death with this lesson on defenses!

Defenses: Front Choke

So, that person was dumb enough to grab you by the neck, right in front of your face? He will have his thumbs on your windpipe, his fingers on the back of your neck. To defend, make Cs with your hands and jut them up high. Quickly tear down, plucking the thumbs off and dropping your weight. Then run the heck outta there.

There is a back choke, but this is more advanced. If you encounter it and I haven't wrote about it yet, just do this same technique. It will work, although there is a longer move for it.

Defenses: Front 'Bear Hug', Under/Over the Arms

Now this person has grabbed you under the arms in a tight bear hug, ready to lift you up and throw you on the ground. To defend, make football hands (cup your hands together as of you are catching a football) and shove his nose in the space between your two hands. Force him back, and let him fall.

For extra measures, hammerfist him. Simply curl your hands into fists and beat the living snot out of him, using your hands like a hammer or mallet.

For over the arms, drop your weight so the dude can't get you off the ground. Then, chop towards the groin with knife-like movements (picture a chef chopping up cheese or carrots). Then, place your hands on his hips and push back as hard as you can. Then run.

A knee is also helpful as well. It is simply the chamber of the front kick. For a little more on the front kick, visit the last lesson .


Boxers call them rabbit punches. I call them hockey punches. Grab your enemy's shoulder, striking towards his face repeatedly. For extra measure, knee him in the groin, then kick him. If he goes down and doesn't seem to be in a good enough state to get back up, hammerfisting his head can easily kill him. However, I do not advise this. Just run. Get back home, and you'll have a story to tell your kids, family, or parents.

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      GalaxyRat 7 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      I spar once a week at my dojo where I train. :) Thanks for reading.

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      JR Mamerto 7 months ago from Cabuyao

      Well, kicks and punches are the most commonly used techniques here as I sometimes sparred in a gym :)

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      GalaxyRat 7 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Did you like this next lesson? Tell me if you've used any of these defenses above.