Drilling 101

Drilling 101

So you’ve survived your first few weeks of Krav Maga Training. You probably still don’t know how to keep your head protected, you may or may not have mastered how to keep a safe distance from your opponent(s), you’ve discovered that you need more than your training clothes, and you’re starting to recognize some of the standard Krav Maga lingo.

Now you’re wondering what all this “drilling” stuff is about. Don’t worry, we got you?

Drilling 101

Drilling is the part of any Krav Maga training that consists of many, many many repetitions of a technique or set of techniques. The idea is that if you do something often enough, it becomes “muscle memory” and it takes less conscious effort to do it in the future.

Now this may sound pretty self-explanatory “Just do it a bunch of times, right” Well, yes, but there are some important points that you should be aware of which may not always be vocalized:

For the Love of God, Start Slow

The worst thing you can do is try to drill a technique as fast as your instructor showed it to you. The only reason they can do it so fast and smooth is because they’ve done it a thousand times already. Until you’ve spent as many untold hours on the mat and have developed the same Krav Maga acumen you’re not going to look that good. Worse, if you try to go full speed, you’re bound to skip some key steps, and you ultimately won’t learn how to properly execute the technique. So start slow, go step-by-step. Nobody’s going to think less of you for it we’ve all been there. Once you begin to get the hang of it, then pick up the tempo.

No, XX Times Each is Not Enough

The biggest mistake is when someone anyone does a technique a few times and then sits there with his/her partner until the instructor calls time. It’s said that you have to practice something between 500 and 5,000 times before it becomes reflex. If you’re there on the mat already, use that time wisely. Make some progress toward that first 500. Otherwise, you’ll give the impression that you don’t really care enough to put in the work.

Drilling Outside of Class

Drilling isn’t just an activity reserved for that 30 or so minutes during class between warm-ups and sparring. You can drill anytime, anywhere. In fact, it’s highly encouraged that you drill outside of class. You can’t possibly get your 500-5,000 reps in entirely during class hours. So find a buddy and schedule in some time an hour at the very least during the week to work on some of the techniques that you’ve learned recently and/or those you would like to improve upon. In fact, you might even get lucky and someone more experienced will happen by and give you some additional pointers.

Levels of Drilling

There’s no single way to drill. Indeed, there are levels of drilling:

Single Technique Just as it sounds, this involves doing a single technique (one strike, one kick, one defence etc.) over and over again.

Sequential This involves linking two or more techniques together, and doing that over and over again. For example: combinations, attack and counter attack or at upper levels start standing, go to the ground, roll around and wrestle, disengage and stand up to deal with multiple opponents. Then doing that series over and over again.

Responsive This takes sequential drilling to the next level, whereby your partner changes the scenarios a little bit. For example, if the sequence is to go from a standing position to the ground, your partner may present a knife at any moment during the fight. This kind of drilling is especially useful to get more creative with the learnt techniques and to help you become more adaptive. In a real fight there are an unlimited number of scenarios that can occur and you are likely need to deal with unexpected attacks.

R&D This is a more relaxed, open-ended kind of drilling, where you and your partner may do a combination of all of the above, working on a specific technique and exploring any and all scenarios that might arise. This involves a lot of discussion, and you may or may not break a sweat.

Now that you have a better understanding of the world of drilling, we hope you can see how incredibly beneficial it is to your Krav Maga journey.

Train and drill on. KIDA.

Miklos Handa
With 10 years of combined experience in Krav Maga and various combat sport disciplines, he is a committed instructor with a keen focus on expanding your limits and preparing you for real life situations.
How long does it take to learn Krav Maga?

How long does it take to learn Krav Maga?

This is an extensive subject that I could write a lot about, but I try to keep it short and very honest. Krav Maga is the most simple self defense and if you train consistently you should start seeing results after 3-6 months regardless of your fitness level and experience in the beginning. That is the reason why we do not offer any shorter membership plans. If you want to learn basic self defense skills, you need to at least commit to actively train that long, otherwise you are wasting your own and other committed members? time. Having said that, we cover a comprehensive range of attacks including standing empty handed attacks, chokes, restraining and controlling type attacks like headlocks and bearhugs, armed attacks (knife, baseball bat, guns), attacks on the ground, with all the above like in standing position, armed and unarmed, rape, multiple attackers, in combinations,in different scenarios, with additional basic 3rd party protection skills. With this in mind, it is important for you to understand that real life attacks are dynamic and you need to quickly adapt to a fast evolving situation and effectively execute the techniques under extreme pressure. That is reality. If anyone tells you otherwise,or trains you for something else, leave fast and stop comforting yourself with lies because they will not save your and or your loved ones lives at a time of need.? To conclude, for the techniques to work effectively in real life, like with any physical activity, it requires coordination, a certain fitness level and condition that you will achieve through your training according to your dedication and level of commitment. You should be able to apply every technique learnt pretty much right away in real life. To increase your chances of success while minimizing the risk of personal injury, each technique requires several repetitions. To be able to successfully execute the techniques under extreme stress, you need to train them until they become part of your muscle memory which starts forming from around 500 repetitions and becomes an established habitual response after 5000 repetitions, meaning you will do it without thinking even if you are woken up from your sleep. While this may sound a lot, you can be sure to progress rapidly with our advanced training methods derived from military programs, because we understand that being able to defend yourself is not a project for 10 years but you could need it any day. After achieving a certain level it is important to keep practicing otherwise you get rusty and your knowledge becomes passive so again you may not be able to effectively apply it when you need it. In short, you will learn the basics in 3-6months, than you’ll work on improving your efficiency and stress tolerance, train for a variety of scenarios under gradually increased pressure until you become confident in your skills and achieve a high success rate. Stay away from schools that offer you shortcuts, there are none – if there were I would do it myself. Stay away from schools that don’t simulate real life scenarios. Those Krav Maga schools are usually nothing more than certificate and belt factories with a goal to take your money and give you false confidence that may cost you dearly should you ever end up in danger. After you master some skills and become able to use them successfully more than 50% of the time in simulations, you train to keep your knowledge active while supporting the community and the newbies with your experience. As a result, for many of our students, Krav Maga is a path and a journey for life. We dedicate ourselves to genuinely improve personal and public safety, maintain good physical condition and health and to bring like minded people together in the English speaking community of Prague.
Miklos Handa
With 10 years of combined experience in Krav Maga and various combat sport disciplines, he is a committed instructor with a keen focus on expanding your limits and preparing you for real life situations.
Krav Maga or MMA?

Krav Maga or MMA?

MMA

is short for mixed martial arts and it is a competitive sport combining thai boxing, wrestling and ground fighting techniques most commonly derived from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It is undoubtedly the toughest and most realistic no-nonsense combat sport. Ultimately it is designed for a one-on-one free hand fight scenario with a fixed time frame, a referee and a strict set of rules to avoid causing permanent damage to the practitioners, who by the way, also usually wear a set of minimum level protective equipment, such as 4oz mma gloves, mouth guard and groin protection.

Krav Maga

On the other hand, Krav Maga is a self defense system born out of necessity in war times and it has been adapted by several armies and law enforcement agencies across the world because of it’s effectiveness. The civilian section teaches personal safety tactics, prevention, conflict deescalation, stress management, defenses against common attacks and fighting skills as well as improving your physical condition and helping you to deal with the aftermath of the confrontation. Our experience with front line soldiers, police and law enforcement officers and the access to a vast database of criminal reports enabled us to create a system that deals with all kinds of armed and unarmed attacks that are common in real life. In Krav Maga there are no time limits, no referees to stop the fight and no rules whatsoever. We teach people to survive and escape, ideally unharmed, at all cost. We also cover the basics of VIP protection in case you need to defend your loved ones.

The ultimate goal of Krav Maga fighting is to neutralize your attacker or attackers because criminals rarely operate alone or fight fair and make them unable to carry on so that they no longer cause an immediate threat. As a result, there are no competitions in Krav Maga. Otherwise the loser of the match would likely be hospitalized or even suffer permanent damages. Let’s take a look at the UFC rule book:

 

Fouls

  1. Biting
  2. Eye-gouging
  3. Fish-hooking
  4. Groin attacks
  5. Small joint manipulation
  6. Hair pulling
  7. Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent (see Fish-hooking)
  8. Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea
  9. Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh
  10. Intentionally attempting to break an opponent’s bone
  11. Spiking an opponent to the canvas on the head or neck (see Piledriver)
  12. Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area
  13. Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent
  14. Spitting at an opponent
  15. Engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent
  16. Holding the ropes or the fence
  17. Using abusive language in the ring or fenced area
  18. Attacking an opponent on or during the break
  19. Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee
  20. Attacking an opponent after the bell (horn) has sounded the end of a round
  21. Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee
  22. Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury
  23. Interference by the corner
  24. Using any foreign substance that could give an unfair advantage
  25. Head-butting
  26. Striking to the spine or the back of the head (see Rabbit punch)
  27. Striking downward using the point of the elbow (see 12-6 elbow)

When I first saw this list I was thinking to myself that’s pretty much Krav Maga right there! While that thought is not entirely true, but we actively teach many of these “forbidden moves” in the form of techniques as a response to attacks by criminals. With that being said we also put a tremendous amount of focus on safety in training and practitioners progress gradually according to their abilities. Additionally a legally acceptable and adequate response is thought against each threat.

Krav Maga and MMA are not competitors in the martial arts world or in the defence industry. The army doesn’t teach MMA and Krav Maga schools don’t teach martial arts. There are no enmity between the two camps, we both learn from each other and admire each others disciplines. Just recently a former MMA champion and UFC Hall of Fame inductee, Bas Rutten, set up a school in Las Vegas to teach Krav Maga as he recognized it being the most effective self defence system.

As you see, Krav Maga and MMA is quite different in many ways and before you make your choice about the discipline you would like to enrol in, instead of asking which is better identify the goal you would like to achieve by your training and see which martial art or self defense system fits you better. Choose a reputable school or organization with a proven track record and start training presistently.

Miklos Handa
With 10 years of combined experience in Krav Maga and various combat sport disciplines, he is a committed instructor with a keen focus on expanding your limits and preparing you for real life situations.

Krav Maga: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Krav Maga: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Krav Maga is a practical approach to self-defense designed by the Israeli Defense Forces and now utilized by special forces and law enforcement around the world; learned by survival-minded civilians; and, more recently, adapted for gym strength and conditioning programs.

The recent rise in KM’s popularity is, in part, thanks to the school’s straight-forward teaching method, the fast learning curve, and because Krav Maga in not your traditional martial art it does not concern students with “form” or “honoring thy opponent”; there is no meditative component, no ceremony. KM, instead, emphasises real-world responses to real-life situations.

1. Krav Maga is a Self-Defense System That Teaches How to Survive Violent Situations

The first principle in Krav Maga is that the best way to survive a violent confrontation is to avoid it situational awareness and conflict de-escalation are two of the basic pillars of the teachings.

But when the only choice left is to fight, Krav Maga throws the rules out the window. Eye-gouging, elbows to the face, and systematic attacks to the groin area are all part of the deadly repertoire employed to defend against attacks, disarm and neutralise an assailant, and escape a threatening situation.

Integrating the techniques of various martial arts with the dirty tactics of street fighting, Krav Maga training (which means “contact combat” in Hebrew) emphasises real life scenarios and prepares students to respond, in the most effective way possible, under the real stress and surprise of an attack.

Some Krav Maga schools even encourage their students to practice in regular street-clothes; because most people don’t walk around in karate robes.

Check out this video for a taste of Krav Maga

2. Krav Maga is Also a Great Fitness Exercise

Like MMA and all professional fighting gyms, Krav Maga incorporates strength and conditioning programs, and fitness workouts in the class.

The Krav Maga training program emphasize increasing stamina and strength so it combines the punching, kicking, and elbowing techniques with body weight and functional movement training to give you a great workout.

The conditioning exercises alone won’t prepare you for street combat, but it provides a high-intensity workout for people at any level of fitness and helps to develop your physical resistance.

3. Size Doesn’t Matter in Krav Maga

Krav Maga is taught and practiced with the David and Goliath scenario in mind, which emphasizes speed and well-placed infliction over size, strength, age, or fitness.

It’s all about quick movements designed to cause maximum impact; distorting the opponents vision, strike the groin, fracturing a knee, knocking someone out. You don’t need brute strength. It’s perfect for most women because it doesn’t rely on brute strength and it’s incredibly easy to learn.

Will a little old lady be able to take down 6-foot 4-inch (2m) mugger with her Krav Maga? Probably not. But knowing a few simple techniques could slightly tilt the odds in your favor and make the difference between escaping a nasty situation.or not.

4. Many Celebrities Are Learning Krav Maga

Jason Statham used Krav Maga in preparation for his 2012 film Safe.

Move over Kabbalah. There’s a new trend in Hollywood. Daniel Craig, Jessica Chastain, Tom Cruise, Ashton Kutcher, John Mayer, and Hilary Swank are only some of the A-listers learning Krav Maga to stay in shape and to prepare for films.

Leonardo DiCaprio was out of shape when he started preparing for Blood Diamond. In just a few months he got rock-solid.

Tyler Perry credited his 30-pound weight loss in 2012 to his Krav Maga training: “When I started doing the movie, I did Krav Maga, that’s kind of like UFC, I really got into it, dropping a lot of weight”, he told DailyMail.com.

“What I like about Krav Maga is that it is a self-defense class that teaches practical self-defense, not the origins of the universe”, the late-James Gandolfini, actor and KM gym owner, told The Trentonian.

“Self defense is such an important thing for every woman to know. I wish I would have known about this earlier”, says devotee Anna Anka. “Not only is it an amazing workout but you learn something so important: to never be a victim.”

5. Where to Learn Krav Maga

Whether you’re interested in Krav Maga as a method of self-defense or as a way to get fit, there are hundreds of gyms and dedicated studios around the country now offering instruction and classes.

Look for an established practice with a dedicated clientele and track record. Avoid the McDojos, as they are often “belt factories”, more concerned with the bottom line than with turning out proficient practitioners.

Finally, it is important to find a good fit between your goals and the offerings of a particular program. If you’re looking for intense, hands-on combat training, fit-boxing class at your local gym are probably not what you need. Having said that Krav Maga is not some MMA style brawl but a systematic self defense training designed to prepare you to be able to minimize the risk of harm to you and your companion in the event of a conflict.

If you would like to try authentic Israeli Krav Maga in Prague, contact us at mike@kravmagaprague.cz for group classes, personal training, team buildings and company courses.

Miklos Handa
With 10 years of combined experience in Krav Maga and various combat sport disciplines, he is a committed instructor with a keen focus on expanding your limits and preparing you for real life situations.

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