May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. This is the start of everyone getting back into shape, which means for some, outdoor exercise!
But before you head out the door, Krav Maga Worldwide has put together a list of safety precautions to remember along with a great self-defense guide!
Wearing reflective clothing in low light, staying hydrated, not listening to music too loud, and being aware of your surroundings is a good place to start. It is also vital to know how to respond if an attacker grabs you during your workout.
Krav Maga Worldwide™ teaches students that the best defense against a “bear hug” attack is to start fighting back right away. There are three things you must do in order to effectively fight back because of the dangers inherent in the attack, drop your “base”, create “space” and turn in.
– BASE –
When grabbed by the attacker in a “bear hug”, simply bend your legs and drop the level of your hips. Think of it as basically sitting down into a full squat. Dropping your base puts pressure on the attacker as they now have to deal with your weight. From here, you can start to fight without the danger of being controlled and lifted from the ground.
– SPACE –
With your “base” low, immediately begin sending strikes in a side-to-side motion to vulnerable areas on the attacker. Krav Maga Worldwide™ students are taught to go straight for the groin (sounds good to me)! This strike can be thrown whether your arms are “trapped” or “free”. Aggressive and continuous, side-to-side motion also serves to create space from the attacker by making you more difficult to hold onto. It’s more difficult to hold onto someone who is constantly wriggling, than it is to hold on to someone who is static.
– TURN IN –
When you feel you have a solid base and your continuous side to side motions have created some space e between the attacker and yourself, you are going to “turn in” or turn toward the attacker to continue the fight. Krav Maga Worldwide™ students are taught to make their move to “turn into” the fight where they have full use of all their strikes. If you are rotating to your left to turn toward the attacker, you are going to raise your left arm in front of your face so that you have something blocking your face. You can also use this raised arm to deliver elbows and hammer fist attacks as you are turning in. Once you have turned “into the fight” you will continue to aggressively strike at all vulnerable areas until the attacker is broken and you can get away without being impeded.
For more safety tips and additional information about Krav Maga training, visit: www.kravmaga.com.