WITHOUT A GUN
BOLSTER YOUR “ARSENAL” WITH STREETWISE AND BATTLE-TESTED KRAV MAGA
Bolster your "arsenal" with streetwise and battle-tested Krav Maga.
The principals of Krav Maga are simple. They are as follows: always be aware of your surroundings, anything can be used as a weapon, defend and attack simultaneously whenever possible and when you attack always do so with overwhelming violence of action.
Things happen. Maybe you’re taken by surprise or distracted. If you can’t access your gun, you better have a Plan B. This street-wise and battle-tested art can play a role in your safety. Here’s how.
1 Situational Awareness
Situational awareness will always be your first line of defense. Too many people, especially in these modern days of portable electronic devices, allow themselves to be distracted and ultimately become targets. Situational awareness requires your using all your senses.
Being aware of who is physically around you and within your eyesight is the first step. As you walk through a populated area, keep your head up and constantly scan forward as well as from side to side. This not only allows you to know what is around you, but it also sends a signal to those watching you that you are alert, aware and aren’t going to be taken by surprise.
Try to keep a large gap between you and anyone walking behind you. Use your peripheral vision to constantly scan over your shoulder, and never allow anyone to quickly close that distance that you have created. Take into consideration your friends, family and partners when you are with them. The principles are the same.
Moving through close-quarters environments, such as stairways or narrow hallways, requires an additional level of awareness. Not only do you need to look up or down stairs for any signs of others, but it is also important to listen for footsteps or voices that can alert you of their presence. Sounds can travel easily in an enclosed area. Use this to your advantage.
When walking down a hallway, always be sure to stay as far away from blind spots as possible. Blind spots can create a perfect ambush for an attacker. Don’t let yourself become trapped in a hallway with no clear exit. Always give yourself a way out so that you increase your chance of surviving an attack.
In addition, use your senses and environment to be aware of your surroundings. Anything that can create a reflection can be used to your advantage. Good examples of this are car and storefront windows.
2 Common Objects
In Krav Maga, we teach our students to use anything that they have in their environment to fight off an attacker. Women’s purses and men’s briefcases are not only good for defending against an edged weapon or club, but can be used to deliver incapacitating blows to your attacker. Chairs, tables and trashcans can be used to create distance between you and your attacker. If you’re able to lift the object, then you should use it to strike with.
Anything can be used to your advantage. You are limited only by your imagination. For most people, this does not come naturally so it is important to implement these items in your self-defense training. At our training centers we not only work on striking with all parts of our body, but we incorporate
“ALWAYS GIVE YOURSELF A WAY OUT SO THAT YOU INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF SURVIVING AN ATTACK.”
Krav Maga teaches how to control and then eliminate the threat, debilitating him using your body’s hard points ( knees and elbows).
No fancy dancing here! Immediately redirect your threat’s weapon away from you and respond quickly and violently.
as many common objects as possible into our drills. The more comfortable our students are with this concept the more likely they will use it in a real-life situation.
One drill we use at Krav Maga Unyted combines striking a punch or kick shield non-stop while a roaming attacker stalks you with a knife. The room is filled with potential common objects that can be used to neutralize the threat. Once the attacker closes the distance with the knife, the student’s job is to defend an attack and create enough space to utilize the nearest common object to help finish the job.
After the student has defended against the roaming attacker, he re-engages the shield and continues to overwhelm it with his or her strikes. The drill encompasses so many aspects of a street fight, and it’s how we train on a regular basis.
3 Overwhelming Violence of Action
Part of our training is working slowly in a controlled environment. It is very important for all students to have the opportunity to practice their techniques at their own pace until they become familiar with their body’s natural movements. However, once they have had enough time to absorb the concepts, we ramp up the intensity quickly.
Teaching the students to go from a passive to aggressive state in the blink of an eye is an important aspect of surviving a violent encounter. Overwhelming violence of action is what is used in the Israeli Defense Forces to go in and take care of the bad guys. It is extremely hard for someone to attack when they are back on their heels. The idea is that you apply an intense amount of force and don’t let up until the enemy is down.
4 For Those Who Carry
Spend the same amount of time practicing your self-defense and fighting skills as you do with your
“… WE TEACH OUR STUDENTS TO USE ANYTHING THAT THEY HAVE IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT TO FIGHT OFF AN ATTACKER.”
firearm. If you are unable to access your weapon or it goes down in a fight, all you are left with is your fighting skills.
Many times on the street a threat can close the distance before you can draw your weapon. Instead of trying to draw quickly and bring your weapon to bear, use a kick or punch to stun and create distance from your attacker. Continue to attack and move offline until you have given yourself the time and space to draw your pistol and come up on target.
I also recommend that you train with your weapon as a striking implement. For safety in training, I recommend using a blue gun to practice striking targets from different angles while gripping your pistol in a modified firing position. To take it to the next level, incorporate straight kicks to the mid-section to create space and cause more damage. While you are aggressively attacking, don’t forget to keep your head on a swivel and look for other potential threats. TW