Krav Maga Striking Techniques
By Moshe Katz
Israeli Krav International

Krav Maga draws its striking techniques from the most powerful systems in the world and than adapts them for optimal street effectiveness, Israeli style.

Techniques are simplified for maximum efficiency and to be user-friendly for all types of people, not only professionally trained fighters. 

Principles of Krav Maga Striking

Every superfluous movement is eliminated. In a real situation every second counts.

Avoid all fancy moves.

Don’t' turn your back on the opponent.

Stay solidly on the ground, no jumping or spinning movements.

Strike from where you are; there is no set up time.

Each strike should deliver maximum power; nonetheless we train with combination strikes. We do not rely on the old saying,"One strike one kill." We rely on "Take no chances." We use penetrating blows that bring the pain deep into the muscle causing shock to the entire system.

Combine hand and foot techniques for maximum effectiveness, one technique sets up the next.

Use body momentum, not body power, to generate quick effective bursts of force. Use the hips not the torso.

Don't stop until the threat is neutralized; knocked out, disarmed, tied up and handcuffed or…

Bag Work

Unlike traditional karate we do not do 'air punching'. We do our striking techniques on pads or on the heavy bag. If you are hitting the heavy bag there is a simple way to gauge if you are doing it correctly. If the bag is swinging wildly – you are only pushing the bag. An effective, powerful, strike, enters the bag and 'folds' it a bit, but does not cause swinging.

Working with a bag allows you to strike with full power without hurting or damaging your joints. 

The Strikes


Punches- taken from the most effective punching style; Western Boxing. We adapt the approach because unlike boxing we use kicking as well and in the street we must protect against non-boxing techniques too.

Open hand strikes - These are easy to learn and to use and involve little risk. We use these extensively.


Forearms - Forearm strikes are very neglected in most modern styles, we use them from every possible angle. They allow for a great surface area and are easier to connect with and cause damage.

Front kick, Side kick – Similar to Karate
Low kick, round house kicks – Muay Thai,
Knee kicks, elbow strikes, - Muay Thai.

Each strike is the most powerful of its kind. The program 'Fight Science' scientifically examined every kick and punch, and guess what? It proved that these were in fact the most powerful strikes in all of martial arts. The Western Boxing punch is more powerful than the kung fu, karate, Muay Thai or Taekwondo punch. Similarly the Thai low kick is more powerful than any similar karate style kick.

Krav Maga incorporates these strikes as part of its gun/knife/stick and hand to hand defense. We don't only use them for kickboxing or sport; we use them as part of an effective innovative survival program. We measure their effectiveness the way people measure guns; by their stopping power. Our goal is survival, all these techniques are a means to an end.

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