Mon 2 March - Krav Maga 90 mins
Warm up (ping pong between partner):
A) Defence against straight punch combo
B) Defence against groin kicks
c) Defence against hook punches
Fight drills (complete one interval (A-E) then change with partner; x2 rounds):
A) Left/right; left/right combo to pads
B) As above plus left uppercut
C) As above plus right roundhouse kick
D) As above plus left groin kick
E) As above plus defence against straight stab attack
Defence against stab, slash, and knife hold ups (front and rear)
Sparring: x4 2-min rounds
A) Left punch only (if you miss partner throws next)
B) As above; different partner
C) As above; different partner
D) Mash up: all punches and kicks allowed; every man for himself
- Sparring is always my favourite part. Having it at the end while fatigued is useful as it forces you to think more and generally be more defence-conscious.
- I have observed a weakness in some of my training partners who wear full face protection. The drawback of these guards is vision. I am not much of a kicker but enjoy a good success rate using the Thai left front kick to the stomach. Similarly, if you are confident enough to adopt a low left hand jab it can nail the target more often than not. Needless to say, that’s why I don’t wear full face guards!
- Exercising a 360o defence with a decent boxer is difficult/impossible. Traditional boxing defence methods are far more efficient. Some people claim this demonstrates the weakness of Krav Maga with its cultish adherence to its methods but, on closer examination, you will find a lot of its strikes and defences are taken straight from other disciplines, e.g. boxing and Muay Thai, to name two, and employed regularly without fuss.
- Despite having an average reach, my jab is probably my most effective strike and seems to attract most comment from training partners. I work hard on this, probably as a result of my early exposure to boxing. I think the jab philosophy works well in Krav Maga, where the first strike is often predicated on restoring the advantage to the defender to set up a counter-attack rather than looking to end a fight with a big hit.
EDIT: ordered some Tryptophan as getting to sleep at night has never been harder. I used to be able to drop off within 10-15 mins but now it’s an hour or more. The late night training sessions don’t help and I think the adrenaline and increased cortisol is the cause. Read a lot of positive stuff about Tryptophan so hopefully this will assist.[/quote]
IMO unless someone has a legitimate reason (like they are in danger of a detached retina, they have a broken nose that they are allowing to heal, etc…) then they should not be wearing a full face headgear (assuming you mean the type with cages or visors which prevent the face from being hit). Boxing/kickboxing headgear is sufficient as it absorbs some of the shock of the blows but also allows you to be hit in the face (which is an important experience to have had should you ever find yourself in a real fight).
The defensive maneuvers found in boxing have been specifically developed to deal with the punches found in boxing, so of course they are going to work better than a general defense like KM’s 360 defense which is more geared towards an unskilled haymaker type of punch. I don’t think it’s really a matter of one being “better” than the other but rather knowing when to apply which.
The jab is the most important punch in all of fighting, if you get good at it everything else will get easier.