We can’t emphasise enough about the important of self-defense as a crucial skill for any prepper when it comes time when SHTF.
It’s highly likely that violence will break out and everyone will be left to his own defenses. Unlike other forms of self defense, Krav Maga do not require any additional weapons or gear to be effective (think boxing glove).
In our opinion, Krav Maga is probably one of the best form of self defence for a prepper during SHTF.
Krav maga is a hand-to-hand combat system developed by the Israeli Defense Forces that relies on a no-nonsense approach and practical techniques. Because the moves don’t require equipment or weapons, they could be helpful in a variety of scenarios.
Plus you can do them in normal street attire (as we prove below)—which is helpful, since you likely won’t be wearing sneakers and boxing gloves when you encounter a real threat.
How about some Krav Maga for self defence?
Learn this 3 simple Krav Maga self defence methods and have peace of mind knowing that you’ll be alright when SHTF.
1. Make the perfect fist.
The #1 secret to a good defense is knowing how to make a fist. That means no wagging thumbs or crossed fingers.
How to do it: Start by bending the middle set of knuckles in. Then bend the second set of knuckles (the base of your fingers). Place your thumb over the pointer and middle finger. Keep your wrists completely straight.
Tip: When striking with closed fists, you should aim to hit with the two biggest knuckles—the ones on your pointer and middle fingers, Gavish says. “They are bigger, stronger, and will cause more damage on impact.” Gavish also says you should use your entire body when striking, rotating from the hip to maximize your power.
2. Kick the groin
“When in doubt: Kick the groin with as much speed and power as your body can master,” Gavish says.
How to do it: Start in a staggered stance, facing your attacker, with your dominant leg (the one you’ll use to kick) behind you. Engaging your hip flexors and quads, kick your leg straight out and upward, leaning back slightly from the waist to help balance. Kick directly between your attacker’s legs and connect your shin to the groin.
Tip: Unlike what you see in the movies, do not aim with your foot or knee, Gavish says. Your shin will deliver the maximum impact (Bonus: It’s a larger surface area, so harder to miss). Another tip: “In your mind, don’t stop at the groin,” Gavish says. Think of kicking your leg as high as possible, following through the movement for maximum impact. (Ouch.)
3. Escape a bear hug
This isn’t the good kind of bear hug. It’s when someone approaches from behind and grabs you, pressing your arms against the sides of your body.
How to do it: Drop your weight down swiftly by mimicking a fast squat. “This immediately lowers your center of gravity, making it much harder for you to be picked up or moved,” Gavish says.
With your feet wider than hip-width, shift your hips to the side, so you have a direct path to your attacker’s groin with your hand. Using an open palm, strike hard and fast until his grip releases. Lunge forward slightly, and throw your elbow back to your attacker’s belly, turning to face him as you do. Run if you can, or continue the assault with punches to soft spots.
Photo Credit: Sabastein Wiertz
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