Krav Maga Fighting Techniques- Ways To Fend Off Dangers For Anyone

As aforementioned back in my previous posts, Krav Maga can be a very efficient and effective fighting system when it comes to handling real life dangerous situations. I am not saying that you should purposely pick a fight with people after learning a thing or two about Krav Maga, but anyone can use it to protect yourself from imminent harm coming your way!

However, the most intelligent decision anyone can do is to avoid confrontation at all cost. But when push comes to shove, can you really defend yourself? That is a question worth asking to yourself.

Here in kravmagarock, I will show you how to use some Krav Maga fighting techniques for you to fend off hostile confrontation and running away from them safely, some moves that anyone can master even if you are not a trained martial artist!

Rule Of Thumb: Always Do Make A Solid Fist


Let’s say that there is a drunkard in front of you at a street late at night. You are alone with the drunkard and due to the person’s drunken stupor, he or she starts to become violent and trying to pick a fight with anyone on sight and the person is just right in front of you, waiting to attack you with a beer bottle in hand.

The first instinct you would do is of course, run away from the person. But what happens if he or she is faster than you and you are being cornered? Now, this is a “push comes to shove” situation. You have no choice but to fight back, or else you could be severely injured, or worst, dead.

To start off, the number one self-defense knowledge is to know how to make a solid fist as a basic first, so that you can strike the assailant with maximum damage you can deal until the person is immobile, and then make haste for safety.

How to make a solid fist:

  • Do not wag your thumbs or cross your fingers
  • Bend the middle set of your knuckles inwards
  • Thereafter, bend your second set of knuckles into the base of your fingers
  • Put your thumb over the pointer finger and to the middle finger after you have bent your knuckles
  • Keep your wrist totally straight, clench it and then strike hard with your closed fist

Some pointers to note:

  • Aim your strike onto the vulnerable parts of a human body. The face (jawline area) would be a great target to start off with
  • Aim your strike with your two biggest knuckles, such as the ones on your pointer finger and secondly, the one on your middle finger
  • Make use of the force of your entire body to deliver your strike
  • Rotate your hips so that you can amplify your strike power

By using the knuckles from both of your pointer and middle fingers, they will cause more devastation on impact as they are the bigger and stronger knuckles throughout your whole fist. And by rotating your hips, it makes use of the force of your entire body to give you a momentum and meanwhile, amplifying your strike power when you deliver it.


Possible Scenario 1: Breaking Away From Single-Handed Choke

The ability to break away comes in handy if the aggressor managed to grab you and holding on to your throat, putting pressure onto a wall behind you. If you are caught in this situation, it is going to be very dangerous as you are going to be denied of air supply and under threat of being suffocated. In this case, you need to act and break free of it as soon as possible so that the aggressor does not have the time to use the other hand to choke you again or giving the person a chance to grab a weapon.

The choke and hold method initiated by aggressors are used to make sure the victim comply with the will of them. You do not have to become the victim to that, if you know the basics of how to counter it.

How to neutralize choke and hold:

  • Pretend that you are complying to the aggressor’s demand and do not resist
  • When you are mentally ready to go for a strike, tuck in your chin towards your chest
  • Apply pressure on the aggressor’s thumbs
  • Raise up both of your hands immediately, open up your palms and place close to the aggressor’s wrist area
  • Use your non-dominant hand to pluck off the aggressor’s wrist (near the person’s thumb) & drive it down towards the direction of the floor
  • While using your non-dominant hand to drive the aggressor’s hand down, raise your dominant hand and aim a solid punch onto the aggressor’s face
  • After successfully landing a strike, use both hands to grab the aggressor’s shoulder (whichever side you are comfortable with) and use your knee to strike the aggressor’s groin continuously until you deem fit that the person would not be able to fight back anymoreSome pointers to note:
  • Essentially, try your very best to stay calm at first
  • When applying pressure towards the aggressor’s thumbs by tucking in your head, you should use the maximum force you can summon to prevent the aggressor’s thumbs from moving
  • After you have managed to drive the aggressor’s hand down, be sure to instantaneously land a strike to the aggressor’s face by using your dominant hand, as fast as you can so as to disturb the person’s momentum
  • You have the options to strike the aggressor’s nose, jaw or throat
  • Remember to rotate your hips to give you a momentum and thus maximizing your strike force

The whole point of these steps is to ensure that you have inflicted enough physical pain to the aggressor to writhe in pain and unable to have the capabilities to re-attack you again. Once you have successfully done that, you should make a run towards safety- run to a place well-lit by street lamps and towards a crowd instead.

Possible Scenario 2: Breaking Away From Two-Handed Choke From Behind

Similarly to one-handed choke and hold, 2-handed choke assault can be very dangerous to the victim as there is a high chance that the victim’s air supply will be cut.

Though the risk of having your air supply cut off is dangerous, you have to act fast if this kind of situation happens. Chances are, if you do not react fast enough, the aggressor will have a higher chance to come up with ways to attack you again. And worry not- there is always a chance and a way to escape from two-handed chokes.

How to neutralize two-handed choke:

  • Raise your arm on the same side as the aggressor’s leg staggering behind you
  • Raise the arm and tuck the side of your head or ear to the bicep of your arm
  • Trap the fingers of the aggressor with the side of your head or ear tucked tightly onto the bicep
  • Take a step with your corresponding leg behind the other leg
  • Turn your body and rotate in the same direction as your raised arm
  • Make use of your body weight to apply as much pressure as possible against the aggressor’s fingers or you can apply to the wrist as well
  • Use your other free hand to land a strike against the aggressor’s vulnerable spots
  • Run away as fast as possible to a safe place

Some pointers to note:

  • While rotating into the direction of your raised arm, make sure to turn over your shoulder of the direction you are going to turn
  • During the instance of applying body weight for added pressure against the aggressor’s fingers, you must do it aggressively and instantaneously
  • Applying the same principles as the rule of thumb, remember to make a solid fist first before attempting to strike the aggressor
  • Run off as fast as possible after the strike

Possible Scenario 3: Stopping A Direct Attack

This basic defense skill will allow you to deflect off an incoming attack the aggressor attempt from the front, be it from a punch, slaps or any items on the person’s hand. After deflecting off the incoming attack and if you execute this skill perfectly, you will be surprised to find yourself in an ideal position to land a counter-attack onto the aggressor.

The reality is you will definitely get hit, but getting hit on your arm is definitely much better as compared to getting hit on your face. There are two ways of stopping a direct attack, one from the inside of the aggressor’s oncoming arm, the other way is from the outside of the aggressor’s oncoming arm.

How to neutralize a direct attack (first way):

  • If the aggressor is right-handed, raise your left arm out with your fingers extended and your elbows bent about 90 degrees
  • Block your aggressor’s strike by raising your forearm in contact with the inside of your aggressor’s oncoming strike
  • Simultaneously, use the opportunity to follow up the block with a strike of your fist, preferably to the aggressor’s face
  • Maintain the stance of your left arm being raised until the aggressor’s arm is away from you
  • Make a run, as fast as possible to a safe place

How to neutralize a direct attack (second way):

  • Likewise, if the aggressor is right-handed, use your left palm to parry away the oncoming attack to the right, away from your face
  • Simultaneously, shift your face to the left from where you are standing just in case you fail to parry away the strike
  • Follow up with the parry action with a strike to the aggressor’s face
  • Make a run, as fast as possible to a safe place

Some pointers to note:

  • For the first way, make use of the “bone” part of your forearm to block the strike. Make sure that your forearm is as close to the aggressor’s wrist as possible
  • It is essential for you to maintain the stance of your left arm being raised so as to prevent further attacks from the aggressor
  • In this scenario, it would be best to try to aim your strike to the aggressor in the nose, the jaw or the throat to immobilize the person as fast as possible
  • Both ways work vice-versa, depending on the arm the aggressor is using to attack you
  • Remember the rule of thumb aforementioned before throwing a punch

Possible Scenario 4: Escaping From A Bear Hug

Unfortunately, we are not talking about a friendly hug from your girlfriends or your partner. We are talking about the aggressor coming in from behind to grab you, restraining your arm against the sides of your body. A possible follow up attack for bear hugs is throwing you off to the ground afterwards, which can cause severe injuries to your head and body if the counter-attack is not conducted properly.

How to counter-attack a bear hug:

  • Do a fast squat by dropping your entire body weight down as fast as you can
  • At your squat position, make sure your legs are just slightly apart from your shoulder width, like how you do a squat, albeit much faster in this scenario
  • Turn your hip to a side which is of your comfort level
  • Use your palm to strike the aggressor’s arm as hard as you can until the person’s grip is loosened
  • Burst forward with your body weight and aim to land an elbow to the aggressor’s stomach as hard as you can
  • Follow up with punches to the aggressor’s face
  • Make a run, as fast as possible to a safe place

Some pointers to note:

  • The idea of doing a fast squat is to lower your center of gravity so that you have added stability to land a counter-attack
  • Before you attempt to elbow the aggressor, make sure that your body is facing the person at the same time
  • While lunging forward with your body weight, you may take a step forward to add extra power to your elbow strike
  • Remember the rule of thumb as always

Fending Off The Dangers

Facing a real-life threatening situations can be daunting, but just like animals we as humans have built-in predominant instincts for survival.

The aforementioned four defense moves may not require you to rely on brute strength, but they are designed to cause maximum harm and impact in a life or death situation so as to snuff out the danger as soon as possible. Who knows, they might save your life one day.

That being said, Krav Maga is not designed to kill anyone. But rather, it is a martial art designed solely on unarmed self defense. By landing a strike on a potential aggressor’s vulnerable spots, it will inflict at least a serious injury to him or her. The four self-defense moves should only be executed in situations of distress. And of course, I certainly hope that anyone of us will never have any reasons to use those techniques at all!

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3 thoughts on “Krav Maga Fighting Techniques- Ways To Fend Off Dangers For Anyone”

  1. I learned a lot here regarding counter attacks. For those of us who live in heavy urban populations, perhaps next to not so good neighborhoods, learning how to fend off physical dangers is one of the most valuable things to learn. Many fail to realize just how simple a counter attack can be so long as the would-be victim knows how to carry them out.

  2. This article is really helpful for females. As a girl, it is quite dangerous when there is something emergency popping up without not knowing how to defensive myself!! In this article, I learn how to cope with the emergency! Thanks for writing this!!

  3. Thank you fir sharing these tips so we do know how to act when we are in vulnerable situation.

    I live in NYC, and I was groped 2 times in my life. Cannot use any of your methods since thise creeps ran so fast!! All I could do was cursing at them and throwing things at them.

    It always great to be preoared. Thanks for giving the scenarios, no I do know how to handle it.

    Will share this to my family members.

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