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Krav Maga Worldwide: KM Bag Class: “An Insane Workout”

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“I’ve been coming to KM Bag class for a little over three years now…I needed something that built in both cardio and strength training as well as self defense.” “It’s an INSANE workout…it’s a lot of fun” – Krav Maga Worldwide Member, Dan Gray

KM Bag – Where fitness meets fighting!

Heavy bags, Medicine balls, Kettle bells and jump ropes are just a few of the tools used in this class.  You’ll leave our KM Bag classes feeling strong and energized.

Dan Gray has been coming to Krav Maga Worldwide’s KM Bag class in West LA for over 3 years. He came to Krav Maga Worldwide looking for the right hybrid workout that included strength and conditioning, cardio, and krav maga self defense. Like thousands of others, he found what he was looking for in our unique KM Bag class that he calls “…an insane workout!” Check out the video below:

KM Bag is an intense-workout program that combines fitness and martial arts.  This class features a combination of strength training, dynamic flexibility, and heavy bag work. The focus of this class is to emphasize muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. Students will learn correct body alignment to maximize efficiency, while refining Krav Maga technique through repetition, drills, and punch kick combinations on the bag.  KM Bag builds better bodies and stronger characters. Boxing gloves or bag gloves are required.

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Krav Maga Technique: Shotgun Defense

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When dealing with a Long Gun threat, I must abide by similar principles to that of a handgun or a pistol.  I follow the acronym, R.C.A.T., which we use to defend against the majority of gun threats.

  • Redirect
  • Control
  • Attack
  • Takeaway

First I must redirect the line of fire off of my body.  Once I have made this redirection, I must make sure that the line of fire is never put back on me or anyone that I am protecting.

Second I must control that line of fire, and to ensure that step one is maintained throughout my defense and I stay out of potential harm.  At any moment the gun could fire, and I never want to take the chance that I will be in front of the weapon should that happen.

Third, and often simultaneously with the ‘control’ step, I must attack as strong as I can to the most vulnerable area on the body that is available to strike.

Finally, I must safely take the weapon away while maintaining control of the line of fire.  This may mean striking until the attacker is knocked unconscious, or simply taking the weapon away at the first moment that it is available to take.  Circumstances change based on the type of weapon and the position that the threat is posed to you.

When dealing with a shotgun or long gun, it is important to make the most efficient redirection possible and then get inside the line of fire.  Once inside, I can use the gun as a blunt weapon against the attacker if I move quickly and throw an effective counter attack to gain a momentary advantage.

Remember, when defending against a ‘gun threat’, we are not necessarily racing the finger pulling the trigger, but the change of mind made by the attacker to escalate his threat into an active shooting scenario.

Ok, that’s all for now.  Enjoy the video, be safe… and GO DO SOME KRAV MAGA TODAY!

-AJ  @AJDraven – Twitter

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AJ Draven is a Krav Maga Worldwide™ 3rd Degree Black Belt. AJ has been training in Krav Maga since 2000 and began teaching students in 2001, and fellow instructors in 2002.

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Krav Maga Technique: Front Kick to the groin with Kelly Campbell

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“It’s all fun and games until someone gets kicked in the groin” – A.J. Draven (me)

There is no way of knowing who or when someone will attack you.  It is important that we never make any assumptions about an attacker, and if we do assume anything, it should be that we would be at a disadvantage in size, strength, and stress level.

So if the person that attacks me is stronger than me, and faster, and more coordinated, how can I possibly get out of the situation safely?  One of the answers to that question is that I need to choose smart and effective counter attacks that will likely elicit a response out of someone regardless of size or strength.  I need to make quick movements that are difficult for the eye to perceive, thus making them difficult to defend against.  Going after the eyes, throat, groin, and knees are great places to start should you need to fight your way out of a dangerous situation.

One of these attacks is the front kick to the groin.  Sometimes referred to as ‘The Krav Maga Handshake’ (see official pic below!), we use this attack in many situations that require us to defend ourselves.  This move is effective, fast, hard to see, and it can do some seriously painful damage!
Krav Maga Front Kick

In this week’s video, we have a special guest instructor Kelly Campbell, who has been known to do some serious damage with her front kick.  In this particular scenario, someone has entered her home, and she uses the front kick as an effective weapon to do get an immediate response and then she moves in to finish the fight with other combatives.  Often, you can use this kick to buy yourself enough time to run away if that is best way to get out of the situation safely.  Every situation is different so the best plan of action is to make the strongest/fastest kick that you can and then assess your surroundings and any imminent threats and make your next decision from there.

Ok, that’s all for now. Enjoy the video, be safe… and GO DO SOME KRAV MAGA TODAY!

-AJ @AJDraven – Twitter
Krav Maga Worldwide™ Lead Instructor

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The Fundamentals of Krav Maga – Fighting Stance and Self Defense Tactics

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We must learn to stand before we can walk…

Every now and then it is good to get back to the basics, and focus on the foundation of which we build upon.  When learning how to protect yourself, that foundation is our fighting stance.

We must get into a position that affords us the best balance, strength, and flexibility.  We must be able to defend any type of attack and counter to the best of our abilities from our fighting stance.  We should be able to move fluidly and adapt quickly to whatever danger is sent our way.

In my opinion, the best fighting stance is one that feels comfortable and is easy to get into. By simply taking a natural step forward with your non-dominant leg, you are putting your feet in a good and comfortable position.  Your weight should be balanced and it is best to go onto the balls of your feet.  This will make you more explosive when it is time to move, and help you to go in any direction necessary.  Now bring your hands up to protect your face, and tuck your chin.  (see video for demo).

I like to call this your home base.  From here you can strike, defend, gain distance, assess the area and situation, and plan your escape.  It is important to understand that anything can happen and the context of any particular situation will dictate the best course of action.  From a proper fighting stance, we are giving ourselves the best chance to get out of a dangerous situation safely.

Ok, thats all for now. Enjoy the video, be safe… and GO DO SOME KRAV MAGA TODAY!

-AJ @AJDraven – Twitter
Krav Maga Worldwide™ Lead Instructor

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