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Terminal Krav Maga

June 24, 2012

Sometimes during our training the question came up – how do we end the fight? How do we terminate the fight? In other words – what combination of techniques, what exact steps, do I advocate as the finishing moves in a particular confrontation or attack?

My answer is that I do not provide that answer. I leave it to you, the practitioner, the person who actually must face this situation. What I do provide are the tools – both mental and physical. I provide the physical tools; the techniques to neutralize an assailant. I provide the strikes, kicks, elbows and forearms to rapidly disable an opponent.

The exact tools and combination you use will be determined by the circumstances and by your own personal martial arts background. If before coming to Krav you trained in Muay Thai then you might naturally resort to an elbow strike to the face. If you have a Judo background you might resort to O Soto Garei

The mental tools are the judgment necessary to decided what level of force is required in each situation. Some altercations require destructive force while others require only minimal force. It takes maturity to understand this point.

I do not provide a “step by step” series of moves to terminate the assailant. Why not? Because it would probably never work that way.

You see, in a kata (traditional prearranged set of moves), of which I spent years learning, there is a step by step process. Now I realize that even the most diehard karate traditionalists realize that a kata is only a drill, but it does develop this mindset that every situation can have, and should have, a step by step termination.

But in real life, (in real de vida) this is not true.

By now you should have noticed that people come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. A blow (punch, kick, etc) that will knock out one person will have almost no effect on another. A strike might cause one person to move just a little while another person might be spun around. Therefore you cannot count on all opponents reacting the same way and you cannot be sure where exactly they will be after your first blow. Now if you do not know exactly where they will be then how can you possibly plan your next move?

Therefore I teach improvisation; responding to the changing situation with a variety of tools at your disposal. We are all different, we are all individuals and you can never be certain how a cookie will crumble or how an individual body will react.

There is a saying, “Solo piense cuando, ya sabe donde”, if I understand correctly, “You only need to think when, you already know where”

The where is IKI Krav Maga, the “Cuando – When”, is up to you.

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