The conversation started with a question. One of the advanced students asked, which way is better? I countered, with a directive, you tell me. I asked the student what his specific issue was with the variation in the technique. Then I asked him to use the Krav Maga concepts and some basic analytical thought to make his assessment.
The context of the conversation was centered on how a defender should apply and/or drive his/her weight into the gun during a handgun defense. Because the base principles were not being violated, both variations are correct, but one may be better than the other when considered outside the requirement that this technique be highly accessible to everyone (and considered instead as a individual preference). It’s unusual for this to be the case, but it can happen.
Check out the video below, and keep the concepts presented in mind as you consider your answer to the question posed.
The analytical process should at a minimum:
- Isolate the differences in the variation(s),
- Attempt to account for logical, observed, and common reactions the attacker may undertake in response to your defense,
- Compare and contrast the variations using logic and other knowledge of related disciplines (i.e. physiology, the OODA loop, and so on), and
- Conclude based upon experimentation and consistent results.
Keep all of this in mind, and have a great conversation. This drill was created to engender conversation in advanced training environments and to sharpen tactical thinking.