Re: Key to improvement in Krav Maga?
I use a mental technique I call “anchoring”
If you’ve had a chance to watch either of the new Sherlock Holmes movies (Robert Downey JR) when he does a defense you hear him say in his head things like “crack eggs” for a groin shot.
I break down the techniques into “anchor points” and name them things I’ll remember.
For example: Headlock from the side is -
Rag doll (step out, bend over in weird position)
Reach to the sky/crack eggs (one hand goes up, the other groin shot)
Pez Dispenser (tilt head back)
Piston (shove straight down elbow in tight)
Rain Hell Down (combative’s-stomping)
When I see an instructor first demo the technique to the class I say to myself “what does that look like to me?” Tilting his head back kinda looks like a pez candy dispenser.
I know this might not be the answer you’re looking for you were probably thinking should I work on my punching skills, but this has really helped me to learn faster because I’m able to retain the techniques. I also run over them in my head much easier when I’m not in class because I can remember the anchor points easier.
As far as punching goes, I’d recommend doing them super super slow in a full length mirror so you can watch your posture and even create anchor points when you’re practicing like “no chicken wings” to remind yourself to keep your elbows in or “put out the cigarette” to remember to pivot.
Hope that helped~
I believe that self-defense is a moral imperative, and that illegitimate force and illegal violence must be met with righteous indignation and superior violence.
But hey, thats just me.