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How many times have you messed up a technique even when you knew it perfectly?
As almost all of Krav Maga’s self-defense techniques rely on reflexes, there is typically no need to recognize the coming attack as the body will react for us. (This does not mean that we do not preempt!) So why do we botch our defense? Simple-- thinking instead of acting.
In a real-life self-defense situation, there is almost no way to predict what will be the attack and from which direction the attacker will try to engage us. Therefore, we rely on our reflexes, our natural defense mechanisms. Here’s the physiological definition:
How do we translate this to our training? Instead of trying to anticipate an attack, look straight ahead and try clearing your brain of thoughts. If trained right, your body's reflexes will take over and the defense will be performed better than when trying to think about them.
The main concept is to take your mind off the incoming attack. Here are a few drill ideas, assuming that you are already moderately comfortable with the technique:
Defender performs a very short set of exercises (2 push ups, 1 push up, 1 sit up, etc.)
The attacker attacks as the defender finishes the exercise
Result: the defender does not have time to look for the attack or anticipate
Constant rotation (ping pong):
The students constantly switch between being attacks and defenders
The idea here is for the defender to become the attacker as soon as they complete the defense
In essence, not giving the attacker time to think
The defender is constantly attacked without giving him/her time to completely finish the technique
This drill will exhaust the defender to the extent that he or she will neither have time nor mental capacity (from lack of oxygen) to think
*Note that the above drills can be performed defending one type of attack or different types. Additionally, they can be combined into simple or complex drills.
Oftentimes we get so focused in our training that we forget the bigger picture. We are training for the unforeseeable. Even the most complex defense in Krav Maga is part of a whole system.
Let your body work for you!
Thank you for reading,