Tips For Krav Maga Beginners Part 2

Krav Maga Taunton Slef Defence

Welcome back, guys.  As promised, enjoy.

* If you are not wearing protection let your partner before you start training with them.

* Don’t be shy – make contact with your strikes. The training equipment is padded for a reason. Don’t go mad though, it will be you defending next.

* If you make a mistake, don’t stop – keep going, move on to the next part of the technique or do something simpler (usually combatives), this becomes easier as you learn more types of strikes and their ranges.

* If you accidentally strike someone too hard; finish the technique (carefully) don’t stop to apologise. I know this sounds harsh but the rest of us are used to this happening every now and then and we make good the end of the session. You wouldn’t apologise to someone who had just tried to knife you, so don’t practise it in the classes.

* The role of attacker is vital so actually try and strike or make contact with the target area (aim for the target that you would for real), usually at slow speeds but with firm and definite movement.

* When your partner counterattacks clench your teeth, keep your hands up to protect your head and exhale so you don’t get winded.

* Try and be a realistic attacker, no throwing multiple punches from both directions at the same time as a kick. Visualise yourself as a real mugger and imagine you want to rob or assault your partner for a real reason.

That’s it, folks, now go train 🙂

I often get asked by new members to the club advice on starting out in Krav Maga, so I thought I would share some tips for beginners, which will help those starting out.

Six Tips For Krav Maga Beginners Part 1

Taunton self-defence classes

Self Defence

* It can be helpful to write down what you learned after the class so you can refer back to it later, the same techniques are not always taught in consecutive sessions and the volume of information can be daunting at first. Writing it down also helps you reinforce the techniques in your mind so they become more instinctive.

* Make sure you bring along a bottle of water and a towel.

* Krav Maga is a contact pass time so the odd knock (Krav tatt) is not unusual. If you have any sprains or strains from a previous session it is important to do extra stretching and preparation before the session starts to avoid, making your injury worse and be sure to let your instructor know.

* There are specific techniques for getting up from the ground, learn them, practise them and always use them at all times in the classes. It’s tricky at first, but easy once you get the hang of it.

* When you have completed a technique look around you as you move away – this is called scanning – it should become automatic. Look left and right around you at the others in the class quickly, but keep your attacker in your field of view (turn the whole of your head to scan, don’t rely on eye movement, you’ll see fewer hazards.

* Most kicks are deflected/ defended with your leg, not your hands. There is little catching or holding of legs in Krav Maga, this is difficult to get used to at first.

Hope this helps, I’ll be sharing some more tips in the coming weeks, so watch this space.