Krav Maga class

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  1. Headhunter

    Headhunter Senior Master

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    So had my first class at the new club and I enjoyed it.

    It was a very good turn out and first the guy introduced himself and spoke about the styles history. Then we did a generic warmup.

    Then moved into technique where we were starting from a semi passive stance (feet together hands up) and he showed us how to palm strike and how to get rotation without taking a fighting stance. We hit some pads palm strikes for a while then did a drill where we hit with multiple strikes and got behind your partner.

    We then got the kick shields and practiced front kicks to the groin then put the 2 combos together.

    Next we moved onto a self defence against a right hand punch. It was basically step off the line parry down the punch, pin it to them and throw a punch of your own to his face.

    We then did a defence from passive stance (feet together hands down) parried the punch and delivered a kick to the groin.
    Lastly we put the 2 techniques together and focused on exits first blocking then hitting and moving away then having them follow us for the second.

    I liked how basic it was. There's no big fancy stances or flashy stuff just basic stuff you'll use in a fight. I enjoyed it would love to go again but going to have to see how finances work out as my jobs a bit unstable at the moment but had a lot of fun
     
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    Midnight-shadow 3rd Black Belt

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    It sounds like a very practical class indeed. I'm wondering though how much power you can generate from their "semi passive" stance compared to a normal fighting stance. Also how did it feel doing drills and footwork from that stance rather than a more traditional fighting stance?
     
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    Well hitting the pads you still got power in. There was rotation involved. It's hard to explain but it's the same kind of motion as reaching over your shoulder I guess. Honestly felt fine felt like I could move well no problem at all. They do have a fighting stance as well. I think those strikes are more defensive than offence e.g a palm to the chest to get them to back off.
     
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    The semi-passive stance is supposed to represent more of a "I don't want to fight you" stance, whereas the fighting stance is the "we are ready to throw-down" stance...if I am thinking of the correct semi-passive stance. The design is to practice attacking from a non-escalated stance, so as to catch your opponent by surprise. You may lose a little explosive power with your hips, but you gain element of surprise. Again, that's if I am thinking of the same semi-passive stance that you are referring to.
     
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    It's basically a standing normal with your hands up and from there you can shoot out the palm strikes from that position
     
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    Cool. Same stance. Another benefit to that stance is that if there are any witnesses if you are attacked, they see your hands up in a way of "please leave me alone" vs your fists up to fight. That can be beneficial for you if police are asking witnesses what happened.
     
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    Yep they said that in the class as well
     
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    skribs Master Black Belt

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    We practice our self defense skills in TKD from the ready stance, and move into a fighting stance as the drill progresses.

    I.e. defending a punch, we start at ready position (passive) and step into a fighting stance as we block and counterattack.
     
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    Going back for my second class tomorrow
     
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    Midnight-shadow 3rd Black Belt

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    If I ever feel threatened by someone I usually go into a modified cat stance with most of my weight on my back foot and my hands in a warding off position. Then again I'm much more comfortable kicking than punching.
     

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