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Krav Maga Guide for beginners

Every sport has it’s beginners moves and more advanced ones, and to get started in a new sport like this you’ll have to get the basics down first. Here’s an introduction into the first moves you’ll need to learn.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Keyword: beginner, beginners, Krav Maga, Self-Defense
Yield: 1 self-defense
Author: Joost
Cost: $0


  • 1 sparring partner
  • 1 punching pad


What are basic Krav Maga Moves?

  • Neutral Stance
    Krav Maga training starts with a neutral or passive stance. This stance refers to the normal body position: legs are shoulder-width apart, arms down, and footing is not perfect. This posture depicts that you are not aware that an attack will occur.
  • Fighting Stance
    Fighting, guard, or self-protection stance allows a fighter to quickly move his feet and execute fighting strikes with power. This position will serve as a natural protection against the attack.
    After an initial attack, it is normal for fighters to slightly move their feet, position the power leg behind, raise their hands with thumbs at chin level, position elbows near the ribs, and open the palms outward.
    This position does not imply that the fighter is aggressive, but this prepares him to counterattack and protects the vulnerable portion of the body, that is, the head and the torso.
  • Punching
    Many fighters underestimated the power of straight punches. But actually, a well-executed punch to the neck, nose, or jaw can cause several damages to your opponent. In Krav Maga, punching is considered an effective initial offense.
    To do this, execute the fighting stance. Then, perform a straight punch using your front arm, rotate your front foot, and straightly extend your arm while turning your fist horizontally.
    Make sure that your arm is in line with your shoulder. Then turn your torso as you punch using your two large knuckles.
  • Elbows
    The tip of the ulna or the bottom of the humerus is usually used to come in contact with an opponent.
    These two bones make up our elbow. There are elbow strikes that you need to learn in Krav Maga. You can strike your opponent in several directions, for instance, forward and horizontally and elbow behind.
    Rotating the balls of the feet along with the torso is necessary to execute a powerful elbow strike.
  • Groin Kick
    Hitting the balls is a good fighting technique. This is usually done by performing the thrust knee or groin kick move. The groin is a very sensitive part of the body and is the hardest part to protect.
    The groin kick is a powerful technique in Krav Maga. Groin kick is performed by using the arched portion of the foot (located between the ankle and toes), slightly leaning backward, and pushing the hips forward.
  • Stepping Side Kick
    Stepping sidekick is an effective move to stay away from your attacker especially if he is beside you. You can do this by crossing your leg to your opponent’s direction and at the same time transferring your weight to your leg.
    Rotate your hips slightly and culminate with a kick through your heel. This is a powerful move to use when you aim to hit your opponent’s knee, shin, or abdomen.
  • Palm Strike
    Palm strike involves the same body movements as punch. However, rather than using a clenched fist to hit your attacker, you are required to use the muscular part at the bottom of your hand, which is located near your wrist.
    This portion of your hand is very strong that it won’t get injured when you hit the bones or skull of your opponent. Palm strike is effective when you aim to hit the attacker’s neck or head.

What are the Krav Maga Defense basics?

  • 360 Blocking
    Although most martial arts involve various defense techniques depending upon your angle of attack, Krav Maga has only one defense concept, the 360 blocking.
    This is executed by blocking the opponent’s strike with your forearm coupled with the appropriate body position. In a fight, you don’t know the exact target of your opponent; therefore, the 360 blocking is a powerful defense technique to protect your body.
  • Front Choke Defense
    A violent way of strangulation is the front choke. This is a life-threatening attack. It cannot only strangle you, but it can also trap you over a ledge or into the ground or push you against a wall.
    To counteract this, you just have to raise your arm straight up and twist your body to a 180-degree angle.
    As you twist your body, trap your attacker’s arm, and immediately free yourself and perform those counterattack moves.