“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!
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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