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  • in reply to: Training on Both Sides, and other beginner questions #9995
    Defender64
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    Some mastery drills that can be done are practicing being pushed against a wall, either with your back to the wall and facing the wall. Another good one is a side choke defense. Work it using both sides because you never know which way your attacker will come from. Once you master the technique then closeups your eyes and have your training partner attack you. This way you have to react to which side he or she is attacking you and respond accordingly. Another drill I like to use is, again closing my eyes, have my training partner,while holding pads or mitts ( depending on the technique we’re working on) make light contact on my back, shoulder, front etc, and I have to immediately open my eyes and react utilizing the proper technique.

    in reply to: Training on Both Sides, and other beginner questions #9994
    Defender64
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    I agree with you Sir. I train using both sides even though I favor my right side more, especially with kicks. But it’s still best to do both. In the Military we train to shoot on both sides because if we just trained on our dominant side it short changes our defense (or offense depending on what the mission is). This is especially true in urban areas when buildings and walls come into play. Cover and concealment are your best friends in thesr situations. The same concept holds true in martial arts training. For example, if you get pinned against a wall on you dominant side in a Self-defense situation and that’s the only side you ever trained on; now you’re at a loss. But if you train on both sides, it becomes muscle memory and you can easily execute the proper techniques to get you out of the situation and to safety. In Krav Maga there is only one rule, go home safe, period. Training on both sides allows us to do just that.

    in reply to: Idea's for further reading #9263
    Defender64
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    Yes, Facing Violence is a good book. Rory Miller is a well known author and a former prison guard. He knows first hand about the subject. Also another one you might like which I own is called Krav Maga Defenses Against Armed Attacks. Its by the founder of Krav Maga, Imi Litchenfeld. Another one, even though it has techniques in it, try The Complete Krav Maga by Darren Levine. Both good books. You can also look some up on Google Play. Just type in Krav Maga under books search.

    in reply to: Idea's for further reading #8771
    Defender64
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    There are a couple that I own. Very interesting and helpful. One is called Facing Violence by Rory Miller and the other actually has instruction in it but it’s very informative. It’s Jim Wagner’s Reality Based Protection System by Jim Wagner. You’d have to go to his website to get it but it’s very informative. He talks about crime survival, terrorism survival, and many more from a law enforcement and military stand point. The first one can be picked at any book store or online. Enjoy

    in reply to: Why do you train in Krav Maga? #8024
    Defender64
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    I train in Krav Maga because of its practical applications for the street. Although other Martial Arts are good and have their benefits, Krav Maga is a combat proven system on the modern battlefield and fits in great with my current occupation (Military). It is easy to learn, easy to retain. It is based on principles of Instinctive Reaction and not really learned reaction. I travel a ways back and forth to my job. I have had several people approach me at gas stations and stores, begging for money or rides. Having trained in Krav Maga for the past 3 years, I have the confidence that if I’m attacked by anyone (either at these stops or on my job) I can handle the situation by either de-escalation or by escalation, which ever the situation calls for. I also find myself being more aware of my surroundings. Krav Maga is not just another Martial Art that requires years to learn complex techniques but simple, practical way to solve problems that arise. Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not knocking other Martial Arts in anyway. They all have something to bring to the table. I’ve trained in a few but I feel Krav Maga is a complete system that fits my needs.

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