Oftentimes, students can focus too much on the power behind a strike, and not enough on its accuracy. This leads to misdirected energy, lost opportunities, and risk of injury. A combative can only be considered effective if it actually connects. Therefore, equal attention should be paid towards strength as well technique.
In a typical technical sparring class at EMA, partners will engage each other to develop one another’s skill sets. Sessions generally begin with some pad work and logistical combos, followed by light rounds where students apply the lesson plan. They are taught to generate offense, all the while practicing to block, evade, absorb, and subsequently counter. Partners alternate between positions of advantage and disadvantage. This helps to underline the importance of reading body language and footwork.
Although taught in a safe and controlled environment, skills developed in sparring are completely transferable to KravMaga. The same concepts apply: avoid/minimize the attack (defense), take a position of advantage (footwork), and neutralize the threat (offense). Whether a punch, kick, elbow, or knee – the only strikes which matter are those that land.
Power and strength are not substitutes for accuracy. This becomes most obvious outside the classroom. Street fighting is organic and un-choreographed. Attackers will be unpredictable, even unanticipated. Through repetition and muscle memory, students are better able to execute their skills come time for fight or flight, and reduce that “deer in headlights” moment.
Ideally, you want to end a fight in 30 seconds or less, especially in multiple attacker situations or when weapons are involved (e.g. knife, blunt object, etc.).Predicting movement and reading body language are critical to well-timed (and consequently, successful) strikes. There’s no “winning” when it comes to street fighting (not in the traditional sense) – only staying alive and minimizing injury.
Granted most individuals do not seek out confrontation, self-defense is unarguably a skill one should have and hope to never need, rather than need and not have. To inquire more about KravMaga and training opportunities, please feel free to drop by your nearest Elite Martial Arts location in Toronto, Mississauga, or North York; or call us at 647-406-9862 to schedule a free trial class.