Our Training Philosophy
How do we train to avoid, or defeat, violence?
(There is so much to learn)
Step one is to train using effective techniques. It’s useless to train stuff that only works in certain situations and / or for certain people.
(Those fit and muscular Students)
The second step is that after you have become physically and mentally proficient at the effective techniques you need to refine them and increase their efficiency.
(Speed, precision and effectiveness)
For example, we all know that the hammer fist is effective as a basic strike, but we can increase our efficiency with it by training it properly (targeting specific body parts, body alignment etc.)
Krav Maga becomes more effective when we use the same or similar basic technique across a broad range of applications; i.e., overhooks, underhooks, depth of movement, balance.
What do I mean by this?
It is how we train. And that’s just as important as what we train. It is important to make sure that our training methods and how we train has to be effective.
There are three barriers to learning / training;
The first barrier is the misunderstood word. If you get to a word you do not understand, ask your Coach for its meaning i.e., Kimura, guard position, full mount position, RNC, retzev, pin, thrust, ice pick, overhook, underhook, Krav Maga etc. Understand the applications; how they are named i.e; Thrust – throat – front, where the application works & where it does not work, either efficiently or at all.
The second barrier is mass (the physical object you must use / attack with / defend against). If you are training with guns , knives and such, you must have these TRAINING items at hand.
The third barrier is too steep a gradient. I can teach you a most senior defence technique, and you will be able to do it, but not well. There are usually a few movements and body positions you must be familiar with, which are taught at a lower ‘introductory’ level, to be very successful in this senior technique.
Krav Maga needs to work for everyone. If a technique is too complicated or doesn’t work for you (at the weakest level), then replace it with a less complex one that will work for you, and then; EVERY Student must know and use this improved technique.
Our effective training prioritises the techniques that have the greatest impact according to the situation presented by the attacker and understanding the seven Facets of Gun Defences or the seven Facets of Knife Defences. Practice them in a way that cements them into your ‘muscle memory’. (This is the ‘why’ & Slow is smooth – Smooth is fast).
We also have to practice seriously, with intent, and have a good partner (or Uke) to point out our mistakes, (This is the “how”).
When we practice effectively (achieving a result) and efficiently In the minimum time & with minimum effort. This is the “repeat – repeat – repeat” part – OODA Loop.
We increase the rate of skill acquisition and ultimately, the faster we can learn, the sooner we’ll be able to keep ourselves safe (This is the “when” part – OODA Loop). This can only be done by practising with a partner slowly with intention and visualisation.
Fast skill acquisition does not happen by practising at full speed or by working the heavy bag. We have to practice efficiently. It is also important to minimise the effect of tactical distractions.
How do we do this?
We slowly introduce ‘stress’ into a technique. i.e., the student knows the basic move, performs it reasonably well over 100 repetitions – we then introduce a slight distraction and the technique that was well executed before turns into a scramble to ‘just getting it done’, let alone getting it done correctly. (This is what we expect and this is what really happens) This is also why we introduce
From senior Green Belt and onwards our aggression training steps up a level or two; our non-compliance as an ‘attacker’ also adds to the stress level. Our attacker’s actions are now simulated (Sun Tzu – ‘if you know your enemy and you know yourself. . .’) and our various counter-strikes and take-downs become a part of the routine. (John Boyd – OODA Loop)