Top 10 Krav Maga Techniques! (Written & Video Instructions)


Krav Maga is a self-defense and fighting system developed in Israel that emphasizes practicality and effectiveness. It is a highly versatile and adaptable system that can be used by anyone, regardless of their size or strength, to defend themselves in a variety of situations. Here are 10 of the best Krav Maga techniques for self-defense:

1. Front choke defense

This technique teaches you how to quickly and effectively escape from a front choke, which is a common attack. To execute a front choke defense, follow these steps:

  1. As soon as the attacker grabs you from the front in a chokehold, bring your hands up to the attacker’s wrists and grip them tightly.
  2. Using your arms, push the attacker’s wrists away from your neck to break their grip.
  3. Once you have broken the attacker’s grip, quickly bring your elbow up and strike the attacker in the face or stomach.
  4. Follow up with additional strikes or kicks if necessary to create distance between you and the attacker and escape to safety.

It’s important to remember that this is just a general outline of the technique. In a real-life situation, you may need to adapt and improvise based on the specific circumstances. Krav Maga training can teach you how to do this effectively.

2. Rear choke defense

This technique teaches you how to escape from a rear choke, which can be even more dangerous than a front choke because it is harder to see coming. To defend against a rear choke, follow these steps:

  1. As soon as the attacker grabs you from behind in a chokehold, bring your hands up to the attacker’s wrists and grip them tightly.
  2. Using your arms, push the attacker’s wrists away from your neck to break their grip.
  3. Once you have broken the attacker’s grip, quickly twist your body to the side and bring your elbow up and strike the attacker in the face or stomach.
  4. Follow up with additional strikes or kicks if necessary to create distance between you and the attacker and escape to safety.

3. Headlock escape

Headlocks are another common attack, and this technique teaches you how to escape from one quickly and efficiently. To escape a headlock, follow these steps:

  1. As soon as the attacker puts you in a headlock, bring your hands up to the attacker’s wrists and grip them tightly.
  2. Using your arms, push the attacker’s wrists away from your neck to break their grip.
  3. Once you have broken the attacker’s grip, quickly bring your elbow up and strike the attacker in the face or stomach.
  4. Follow up with additional strikes or kicks if necessary to create distance between you and the attacker and escape to safety.

4. Disarming a knife attack

To disarm an attacker with a knife using Krav Maga, follow these steps:

  1. Stay calm and try to remain focused. Panic can make the situation worse and make it harder for you to disarm the attacker effectively.
  2. Keep your distance from the attacker and try to create as much space between you as possible. This will make it harder for the attacker to reach you with the knife.
  3. If the attacker is holding the knife in their dominant hand, try to attack their non-dominant side. This will make it harder for them to defend themselves and may catch them off guard.
  4. Use your voice and make as much noise as possible to attract attention and hopefully scare the attacker off.
  5. If the attacker lunges at you with the knife, try to sidestep or evade the attack rather than trying to block it directly.
  6. Use counterattacks to disable the attacker. This could include strikes to their face, neck, or other vulnerable areas.
  7. Once the attacker is sufficiently distracted or disabled, you can attempt to disarm them by grabbing the knife hand and twisting it away from them. This will typically require a lot of force and should only be attempted if you have the advantage in the situation.

5. Eye Gouging

Eye gouging can be very dangerous, and should only be used in life-threatening situations where there are no other options. It can cause permanent damage to the attacker’s eyes, and should only be used as a last resort when other techniques have failed or are not possible.

  1. Once you are in close proximity to the attacker, use your fingers to apply pressure to their eyes. You can do this by pushing your fingers into their eyes, or by using a gouging motion to scratch at their eyes.
  2. Use as much force as necessary to disable the attacker. This may cause them to experience extreme pain and temporarily lose their vision.
  3. Once the attacker is sufficiently disabled, use the opportunity to escape to safety or counterattack if necessary.

6. Groin Kick

A groin kick is most effective when it is delivered quickly and with surprise. This can make it difficult for the attacker to defend themselves and may cause them to lose their balance, which can give you the opportunity to escape to safety or counterattack.

A groin kick is also most effective when it is delivered with power. This can cause the attacker to experience extreme pain and may even incapacitate them.

In general, a groin kick is most effective when it is used as part of a larger strategy, rather than as a standalone technique. For example, you might use a groin kick to distract the attacker and create an opening for a more powerful strike or to create distance between you and the attacker and allow you to escape to safety. Krav Maga training can teach you how to use this technique effectively as part of a larger strategy.

  1. Once you are in close proximity to the attacker, raise your leg and quickly deliver a powerful kick to the attacker’s groin.
  2. Use as much force as necessary to disable the attacker. This may cause them to experience extreme pain and may cause them to lose their balance.
  3. Once the attacker is sufficiently disabled, use the opportunity to escape to safety or counterattack if necessary.

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7. Defense against bear hugs

A bear hug is a powerful and immobilizing attack from behind. Here are some general tips for defending against a bear hug:

  1. Stay calm and try to remain focused. Panic can make the situation worse and make it harder for you to defend yourself effectively.
  2. Keep your arms and elbows close to your body. This will make it harder for the attacker to grab and hold onto you.
  3. Try to break the attacker’s grip by pushing against their arms or elbows with your hands, or by striking them with your elbows.
  4. If the attacker has you in a bear hug from the front, you can try to kick at their legs or knees to cause them to lose their balance.
  5. If the attacker has you in a bear hug from behind, you can try to stomp on their foot or twist your body to break their grip.
  6. Use your voice and make as much noise as possible to attract attention and hopefully scare the attacker off.
  7. If all else fails, try to escape by biting the attacker or using any other means necessary to free yourself from their grip.

8. Palm Strike

The palm strike is a technique used in Krav Maga to strike an attacker with the palm of the hand. It’s useful because it’s safer for the hands than punching and palm strikes can be done fast. To do a palm strike, follow these steps:

  1. Start by standing in a fighting stance with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms up in front of your face to protect it.
  2. Strike your attacker with the flat part of your palm, using a quick, snapping motion.
  3. Aim for vulnerable areas such as the nose, chin, or throat.
  4. As you strike, shift your body weight onto your back foot and twist your hips to generate more power.
  5. Follow through with the strike and quickly return to your fighting stance to defend against any potential counterattacks.

9. Gun disarming

Disarming an attacker with a gun can be a dangerous maneuver, and should only be attempted by someone who has received proper training in the technique. That being said, here are some general steps for disarming an attacker with a gun:

  1. Stay calm and try to remain in control of the situation. Your goal should be to neutralize the threat without causing harm to yourself or others.
  2. Position yourself out of the attacker’s line of sight, if possible. This will make it more difficult for them to aim the gun at you.
  3. Approach the attacker from the side or from behind, using a wide, lateral movement to stay out of their line of fire.
  4. Grab the attacker’s wrist with both hands and use a twisting motion to control the direction of the gun. This will prevent them from pointing the gun at you or anyone else.
  5. Use your body weight and momentum to force the attacker’s arm down and away from you. This will make it more difficult for them to pull the trigger.
  6. Once you have control of the attacker’s arm, continue to move it away from you and towards the ground. This will make it more difficult for them to regain control of the gun.
  7. If possible, kick the gun away from the attacker to create even more distance between you and the weapon.

10. Hammer fist

The hammer fist is a punch used in Krav Maga and other martial arts. It is a punch delivered with the bottom or side of the fist, rather than the knuckles. To do the hammer fist, curl your fingers inwards so that your thumb is against your index finger. Then, strike your target with the bottom or side of your closed fist.

The hammer fist has several advantages as a punch in Krav Maga and other martial arts. Because it is delivered with the bottom or side of the fist, rather than the knuckles, it can be a more effective punch when striking softer targets, such as the nose or the jaw. It can also be used to strike targets that are too hard to hit with a straight punch, such as the temple or the base of the neck.

Final Thoughts

By implementing these techniques in your self-defense arsenal you will definitely become a force to be reckoned with. Just make sure to practice and execute the moves with proper form.
Watching videos helps, but make sure to also practice your form in front of a mirror. If you can join a class and spar with other practitioners that’d also be very helpful in preparing for a real life altercation.

Peter Jerome

A seasoned MMA practitioner and an intermediate in BJJ and Krav Maga. When I'm not knocking heads with someone in a dojo, I like chilling out with my girlfriend and our adorable pug Betsy.

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