Krav Maga Training Diary Brady J. Frey

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Logs for Level 1 : Punches

Throat Strike

Not a recommended strike; both for it’s effectiveness, and for it’s potential danger to the opponent (though I’ve heard contrary statements from various instructors). There is still the potential to break the trachea of an opponent, and strikes with knuckle or inner hand are recommended to be avoided in favor of a fist.

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Eye Strike

No longer taught to civilian classes (depending on the instructor); both in regard to it’s potential danger to an opponent, and to it’s limited danger for the defensive attack.

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Hammer-fist Strikes

For level 1, these strikes are tested in all directions. Similar to a knife stabbing motion, the fist is clenched so contact is made with the muscular palm flex. With the back of the fist parallel to the body, strike down in a tomahawk motion, using your body as power leverage into the attack. Highly aggressive, quick, and powerful; you will find this used as additions to many combinations.

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7 Elbows

This diagram is my own personal reference for the 7 elbow strike combinations taught by Krav maga. Darker, transparent arms reflect the striking punch, or the end of the elbow technique. All methods start from the aggressive Fighting Stance. The first three show a top view, as the arm level is consistent to yours, subsequent attacks require some arm adjustment, and have a side view accordingly:

Chart of 7 Elbow techniques: View the layout

Verbal Outline:

  1. Cock your elbow back (exaggerated for the drawing) for an aggressive straight elbow to the opponents chest to head location (head preferred). Careful to use your body as the power, not simply your arm.
  2. Transfer your elbow, parallel to your body, sideways with a stab of the elbow to your opponent
  3. Elbow back, targeting the opponents chest to head. Remember to look a split second prior to attack, lest ye land it in a not so comfortable location
  4. Drive the elbow low and back to the opponents abdomen or below
  5. Drive the elbow from low to high; an uppercut elbow of sorts that should clear space and direct contact to your opponents chin
  6. Reverse of number 5, swing the elbow to an uppercut to the front attackers chin
  7. Drive your elbow up, then down, in a hammerfist manner that finds the full force of your body weight as support

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Straight Punch with Retreat

See Straight Punch and Straight Punch with Advance. Mirror the technique of a Straight Punch with Advance with the exception of stepping back with your rear leg.

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Straight Punch with Advance

See Straight Punch, with the only addition being a hard step in the direction of the attach utilizing a Krav stomp with your punch.

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Eye/Throat Strike

Is no longer taught to civilians.

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Palm Strike

Generalized term for an ‘open hand’ strike. For most level 1 this typically follows a straight punch technique, but can be used in alternate methods of striking. Strike with the palm angled up, fingers bent but not at a closed fist with the intention of staying out of the way of the strike.

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Straight Punch

A direct punch from the guard position that leads the fist to a violent, straight, connection. Punch, always, with the index and middle knuckles as the point of contact. These bones connect direct through the hands and the forearm – providing greater stability for an attack and improved resistance to injury. Punching with the fist angled, and leading with the ring and pinky fingers can result in Boxers Fracture. For added damage and/or possible stability depending on your teacher, you may twist the wrist a split second before contact with your opponent (so that the hand is parallel to your eye line, versus the perpendicular delivery).

When leading with a straight punch, step into the straight for added power (force of movement and body weight); this step is typically with the same side foot and, as Krav Maga teaches, delivered with a quick stomp for power. Above all, any punch with one hand should leave your opposite hand in the guard position and ready for attack or protection.

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This information is for Brady J. Frey's personal training records & is not intended as a replacement for live, professional Krav Maga training. I am in no way responsible for your disregard to this warning. Please contact me if you have questions.