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.
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.
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.
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
See Straight Punch, with the only addition being a hard step in the direction of the attach utilizing a Krav stomp with your punch.
Is no longer taught to civilians.
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.
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.
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.