Krav Maga classes have a dimension beyond being fit ,fighting and strong .Every session we confront some dark fear lying curled in the basement of our hearts and learn how to release ourselves from its vice like grip.
Seeing these techniques ,trying them out and then internalizing them in our muscle memory is what our training is about .
Writing what I learn, is also a part of it -in a way.
All drills have some common things :
- Getting out of the line of attack ( whether knife ,lathi,gun ) while protecting your vital parts face /head
- Face/Groin attack while clearing the weapon by twisting wrist/ fingers.
This drill is specifically for a situation where an assailant is frontally threatening you with a knife .The attacker who springs in front of you with a knife in hand wants something out of you .Money ,getting in a car, raising hands etc.
While engaging the assailant verbally , negotiating for mercy/ release we go for a sudden action:
- Locking the weaponed arm by pushing it down and back and simultaneously using an explosive open palm jab on the nose. Locking the arm is fully extending it at the joint e.g a swiss knife is opened at 180 degrees: if you push it anymore it will break .
- Wrist Release :Almost seamlessly with the above, we step to the attackers dead side (ie behind the locked hand) and twist and press the wrist joint to get the knife released.