Krav Maga is becoming more and more a generic term. But I still feel proud to be a Krav Maga instructor. More importantly I was the first Krav Maga instructor to bring this style or method of training to the city of Chicago. The goal was to enhance self-defense skills of Chicagoans. When I brought Krav Maga to Chicago in 2002, the city did not have the crime it does today. 2015 has been a year of tremendous violent crime. Crime in no longer isolated in “ghetto” neighborhoods- and truthfully we need to care about ever neighborhood in our Windy City.
One benefit of my job as the Owner of POW! is the trust I am given by people -the stories and experiences that are shared in confidence. Although I respect when any person shares a terrible or traumatic experience with me- I do not really take any true pleasure in hearing about someone experiencing pain or fear. However, I learn from each story I hear.
This video is one very small example of a skill worth learning if being approached from behind. In this video, I am demonstrating 3 combatives or strikes that can be inserted into your reflexes when striking back against an attacker that has approached you from behind (and they have not yet grabbed you in a head lock or choke).
This is a very simplest approach to this particular attack – but I believe these basic strikes – elbows from the rear, hammer fist and turning as quickly as possible and throwing more elbows are critical close quarter strikes needed for self-defense. When I teach this particular defense we are assuming a few things:
- the defender recognizes the threat before it has become an act of violence involving choke, body-locks or headlocks, so make sure you always keep your eyes open and be aware of people behind you.
- regardless of what you know and your martial skill, it is critical to get turned around towards the attacker and fight fro a forward facing position
- turn yourself around while striking, do not turn around and then think you will deescalate with conversation; there is no justification for anyone sneaking up on you.
In this drill we are using the All Strike from Quest Training carried by REVGEAR.com. Keep in mind, this is a drills that is excellent for a beginner crowd. I did not discover this drill – but I do love it.