The person who knows how to use tactics in a fight will win the battle.
Translated from Hebrew, in the bible it is written “with stratagem you will do war”.
I want to continue where Tommy Blom and Dr Ole B left off, talking about the four “legs” of Krav Maga. During the first years that I trained KMG (Krav MaGa), Imi didn’t really put attention on fighting. In fact he did not encourage us at all to fight. He said he doesn’t wish that we will be good fighters, he emphasized that he wanted us to be good instructors that will build many good fighters. I always argued with him that how can I create good fighters without having the experience and knowledge to do so myself. In a way, this was rather strange as he himself had a vast experience in street fights for several years. On a regular daily basis he had fights against the fascists, many times very hard ones and mostly against multiple opponents. In his career as a boxer and a wrestler Imi won many championships.
In the late 1980’s I managed to work, collect, plan and design the fighting tactics of KMG. Imi gave several examples and I took others from experience, logical thinking, physical principles and war books. Eventually we created the tactical curriculum of our KMG’s section about fighting and combat.
Several years ago we also started delivering Instructors Courses in the subject of Combat and Fighting. Like this the three sections that form the KMG system, Self-Defense, Combat and Fighting, and VIP (3rd party) Protection have specific instructors’ courses and education.
There is a difference between the tactics that we have in the self-defense section or the 3rd party protection parts of our KMG system, and those of the fighting and combat section. I would like to explain about some which belong to the latter.
Two people that are engaged in a fight have certain characteristics to the way the think, act and respond. In fighting and combat we wish to inflict maximum damage to the enemy, at the minimum time, while sustaining minimum harm ourselves. Searching for an opening, creating an opening, embarking the regular rhythm of actions, trapping or creating traps, causing mental effects that will diminish the other’s will and spirit are all common practice during a fight and combat.
We divide the different tactics to several families, I will specify few.
FAKES AND FAINTS
Here the idea is to have a mental or a psychological effect on the enemy who will think that we are targeting one area or going to do certain action, so he moves his attention and his resources to cover or protect this area, while exposing another. The real attack targets the exposed part. The fake attacks only looks like a real one, it doesn’t try to reach the target, it is changed half way, approximately.
Fakes in direction – is when you send a certain attack, the fake one, as if to hit one target, however, you change that attack to another (done with the same hand or leg) and hit the same target from another direction. Example – fake with a straight strike to the chin and hit with a hook to the chin.
Fake in height – is when you send a certain attack, the fake one, as if to hit one target, however, you lower or elevate that attack to hit another target (you do this with the same hand or leg) that is located below or above the initial target. Example – fake with a straight strike to the chin and hit with a straight punch to the groin.
Fake in speed – is when you start an attack, slow it down or stop it completely, letting the defense pass, and then you continue with the same attack to hit the intended target. Example – start with a straight strike to the chin, stop it half way and continue to hit with the same straight punch to the chin
Combinations of fakes and limbs – here you use fakes in direction and height with the same limb or with two different limbs. Example – fake with a left straight strike to the chin and hit with a whipping fingers strike to the groin (from below).
WHAT TO BE WORRIED ABOUT?
Be prepared to be attacked while you perform the fake. If your attention is on the fake and the enemy is targeting you at this moment, you may be hit.
BUILDING A FAKE
Strike or kick a certain attack with the aim to hit. Do it 1-2 times. Then fake with the same attack and hit with another according to the families of fakes mentioned above