In the multi-part video, I’ll walk you through the highest skill set – the capacity to think like a Kravist.

That is, to utilize the principles of Krav Maga to assess and confront danger. For these purposes, I’m going to limit the topic context to assessment – as opposed to motor skill development or other physical methods of building responses to danger (by developing training plans, curriculum, etc.). Check it out!

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  1. Chris Hotze

    awesome thought process!

  2. Barrett

    Mainly because of superior position for the counterattack, but it is also close to the position of fence and probably looks the same to bystanders – a transition between to the two is probably not apparent (ie both fence and that open fighting stance with hands open can look very conciliatory compared to a more closed covered up stance).

  3. Locke

    A few reasons I can come up with:

    1. Parrying an expected attack — changing your personal mindset from brawler to trickster; you’re essentially baiting them into a straight punch, which ideally you’ve prepared for.
    2. Most folks are right handed, so launching a counter puts you (generally) outside their weapons and COULD allow you to transition to the rear and dump them, etc.
    3. Hooks/haymakers generally end fights (from what I’ve witnessed in person and thru countless videos on the internet); avoid getting hit with one of those wild swings.
    4. Translates to other defenses (re: foundation for other defenses) e.g. straight stab, hand gun (this may be more of a stretch, but taking the center line), long gun.

  4. Slem

    IMHO, the open stance is inviting to an opponent. It appears undisciplined and presents “an easy mark.” Quite the contrary though. An opponent may be drawn in and rush to strike leaving the defender many options.

  5. raul

    I believe it is because we are taught (programmed) to do it that way (at leats here in occidental culture) from early days. …at school, home, gym, etc. But if you look at little kids picking their first fight, they wouldn’t take such position. On the contrary, they tend to directly attack the other kid without any ‘fighting structure’. Simple facts: attack, get what you want, get out of there!.
    In other cultures, kids are taught to stand their opponents in a ride-horse sitting position (like Kempo, or AIKIDO, or others) and the frontal position allows them to make movements that would leave the oponent unguarded to unexpected attacks/defenses.
    That is one of the reasons I like Krav Maga, …it simply does not have a formal way (KATA), it simple empower your skills to defense and make you think in a modern combat fashion.

  6. Craig

    very interested in learning more