An important element of Krav Maga training is learning how to move your body our of harm’s way against a punch, kick, stab, slash, knife/gun threat, grab or attempts to grab, etc… Attacks can be fast and catch us off guard, so moving effectively can be very challenging.
Here is an overview of body defenses:
- Moving Back: One of our more natural movements. After all, if a fist or sharp object is speeding toward your face there is a decent chance you will move away. In many situations, since you are moving your body away, a kick is a preferred strike aimed to distract or disable the attacker.
- Moving Forward. This one is more difficult to teach. Moving closer to an aggressor is less natural. Who, for example, wants to get closer to someone swinging a hammer or baseball bat? The most dangerous part of these objects, however, is the end, so if you can’t run “bursting” rapidly into the aggressor is the safest option.
- Moving to the side. Moving back or toward a gun aimed at your chest, is, of course, not effective. Moving to the side, out of the line of fire, while redirecting the weapon offers you the best chance of survival.
- Moving Down. Ducking a punch is the most obvious example. Boxers are among the best at ducking and countering.
Body defenses are one of the more challenging aspects of self-defense training. It involves timing, coordination, and the ability to quickly assess and act. Consistent training that involves attention to detail, as well as various reaction drills, will improve your body movements and your ability to defend yourself.