Sometimes the best way to learn is by watching: paying attention to how a master of Krav Maga pulls off a move that’s been giving you trouble can improve your training by leaps and bounds. And even if visual edification isn’t your bag, it can still be fun to watch some precise self-defense technique in action.
Here’s a list of the best self-defense videos from Krav Maga Worldwide. Watch and learn, and empower yourself like never before.
1. Get Up Off The Ground!
Whether you’ve eaten gravel in a parking lot brawl or simply got schooled by your friends in a round of Tekken, you might know that getting knocked down doesn’t just leave you vulnerable; the very act of getting up can present a host of problems too. This video teaches you how to recover from being sent earthbound without putting yourself in more danger. Hopefully you won’t need to use this info too often, but it’s an invaluable self-defense video to have in your back pocket.
2. How to Throw an Elbow Strike
The elbow strike is one of the fundamental close range techniques taught by Krav Maga Worldwide. Your arsenal of Krav Maga skills isn’t going to be complete without this one, so take some notes and learn from the best.
3. How to Headbutt
A headbutt obviously shouldn’t be your go-to move for combating an assailant, but if you find yourself in a situation where you need to use it, you should know how to do it right. This self-defense video will show you how to pull one off in a way that damages your opponent without doing damage to yourself.
4. Gun From the Front With a Push
There are as many ways to confront an armed assailant as there are ways to be attacked by one, but a frontal attack with a firearm is likely going to be one of the more common ways a mugger will try to get the one-up on a victim. This self-defense video will keep you from being the victim in question by showing you how to deal with a head-on assault from an armed attacker.
5. Arm Bar
MMA fans know all too well that, in the right hands, an arm bar can be an absolutely debilitating technique and a surefire way to take down an attacker in a way that will give you time to recover and plan your next move. You can learn how to pull off this invaluable grapple by paying close attention to this demonstration.
6. Kelly Campbell Teaches Choke in a Bed
This self-defense video teaches practical action you can take if you find yourself in the extremely scary but never discountable situation of being attacked in your own bed. You’re always better off safe than sorry, and Kelly Campbell shows you how to make the best out of a scary situation.
7. Front Kick to the Groin
Striking to the groin isn’t just a reliable staple of slapstick comedy; it’s also a direct and effective way to subvert the attack of someone who’s posing a danger to you. This self-defense video breaks down some of the surprising nuances of the groin kick, and when it’s best (and best not) to use it to defend yourself.
8. Back Kick
The back kick is one of the most powerful—and, let’s face it, coolest-looking—moves you can add to your Krav Maga arsenal, but you shouldn’t try to turn yourself into Jet Li if you don’t know how to pull it off. Our self-defense video on how to master this brutal and effective maneuver is an invaluable resource for taking your own proficiency with Krav Maga to the next level.
9. Carjacking Defense
Even if you don’t live or work on the wrong side of the tracks, a carjacking can happen to you when you least expect it. Violent crime is on the rise, and this lesson can help you to prepare for the unexpected.
10. Rear Naked Choke
We’re closing out our list of essential self-defense videos with a tutorial for the rear naked choke, a technique that’s used in law enforcement, martial arts and self-defense practices the world over to neutralize threats with maximum efficiency. No one who wants to get into the nitty gritty of Krav Maga should be without the resources to pull off this invaluable and highly effective hold.
Those are just a few of our favorite self-defense videos, but we encourage you to check out the Krav Maga Worldwide YouTube page for yourself and explore all the other great tips and tutorials we’ve made available to you. If there’s a move you’re dying to share, be sure to link it in the comment section below. And when you’re ready to stop watching and start getting into the world of Krav Maga for yourself, head on over to the Krav Maga Worldwide homepage where you can find a list of locations near you, training schedules, video lessons, gear & apparel, and so much more.