Krav Maga Techniques (8 Moves You Need to Know)

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In this article, I will cover 8 Krav Maga techniques (updated) that you must know for self-defense.

I am a black belt in Krav Maga, and this article is jam packed with Krav Maga fundamentals and the best Krav Maga techniques for self-defense.

By the end of this article, I promise that you will have a better understanding of self-defense.

Sounds good?

Let’s dive into this Krav Maga techniques list.

Why should you care about self defense?

I have always wondered what I would do if I were confronted with a dangerous attacker on the streets.

You don’t want to get into any sort of trouble, so it is best to avoid it instead of trying to be a big guy and using Krav Maga techniques.

This article will cover Krav Maga, an amazing street fighting system used to take down your attacker quickly. You do this by serving several offensive and defensive maneuvers. 

Krav Maga is a unique mixed martial art. It contains many variants of an array of techniques from Aikido, Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, and Karate that are, in most cases, amplified to become deadlier.

With Krav maga, you will easily be able to learn self-defense in days. But, you will have to practice consistently, on a daily basis, if you hope to perfect your Krav Maga techniques. Krav Maga training includes many combat and self-defense core principles that are covered in this Krav Maga beginner’s guide

If you are just starting to learn about self-defense and want to start from the very beginning, here is an article for basic self-defense tips.

So, where did Krav Maga developed? Krav Maga developed as a military fighting system by Israel Defense Forces and Israeli Security Forces in the late 1940s. They did this to defend against armed Fascists. 

So now, in this article, I will focus on a few Krav Maga techniques that should greatly help you with self-defense.

This is a good thing because being able to protect yourself is a confidence booster, as well as a reassurance. Self-defense also brings other benefits such as improved balance, self-awareness, and reflexes.

It would be best to defend yourself because the judicial power often leaves authorities irresponsible for protecting their civilians. Hence, we must protect ourselves.

How Krav Maga Works

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Krav Maga is with no doubt the deadliest hand-to-hand technique in the world. It combines the most lethal techniques in Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Aikido, Wrestling, and Judo into one system. Krav Maga involves fluid motion with defense and attacks simultaneously, hitting the attacker’s pressure points and soft tissues for maximum damage.

Some of the weakest points in the body you should aim for include the eyes, neck, throat, solar plexus(abdomen), groin, ribs, knee, foot, fingers, and liver. 

Most of what I am about to show here are lethal krav maga techniques for the most efficient takedown.

What is Krav Maga

Krav Maga is a unique, practical hand-to-hand combat system that has several different kinds of kicks, knees, punches, elbows, and much more that you can learn very fast and very easily.

Now, Krav Maga was initially designed for survival for Israeli military personnel, but today it is used by many worldwide.

Krav maga uses the strongest techniques of many techniques like the headbutt, groin strike, eye gouges, and throat strikes for taking an attacker down fast.

Mi Lichtenfeld is the originator of Krav Maga, and he was a top contributor to the Nazi resistance – so this guy knows what he’s doing.

Now, without further ado, let’s jump into this Krav Maga techniques list.

1. The Horizontal Elbow Strike Krav Maga Technique


As the first Krav Maga technique, the horizontal elbow strike is a potentially lethal elbow strike and krav maga technique in general that can knock out your opponent if you hit them correctly. 

This requires greater risk because you have to be closer to your attacker to deliver the elbow properly.

How to execute:

In the Horizontal Elbow Strike, your arms swing parallel to the floor.

With this technique, you will either strike with your forearm if your aim is to club someone or your elbow’s tip if you intend to break their bones and cut them.

When delivering this attack, you should implement your hips and feet to increase the power. 

For example, when elbowing with your right arm, you can tilt your hips to the right side and raise your right feet when hitting your attacker.

You have to be close enough to deliver the attack. Just remember to keep your other hand up because when you’re that close to your opponent, it definitely isn’t safe.

Tip: I find that when I try to tuck my elbowing hand close to my chest, it makes my elbowing stronger.

2. Front(Straight) Knee Strike Krav Maga Technique


This Knee Strike is also potentially lethal attack and requires risk because you have to be closer to your opponent.

How to execute:

In the Front Knee Strike, you have to stand in the guard stance(which is covered in this Krav Maga beginner’s guide), where your hands cover your head, and one foot is slightly behind the other.

From here, you will have to drive your knee up until you hit your opponent. After that, you want to return to your original stance as quickly as humanly possible.

With this attack, applying the Double Collar Tie, where the opponent’s head, if controlled, is great for doubling your impact.

I recommend you to aim for the head, ribs, neck, or solar plexus generally.

3. The Reverse Scissor Sweep Krav Maga Technique


This is not a recommended Krav Maga technique for beginners because you will get very injured if done wrong. 

So if you’re a beginner, I would recommend you skip this section.

How to execute: 

You have to be positioned in front of your opponent to make this attack. 

You have to your knee and push your opponent to the ground for this technique. This can easily injure you, so use this technique with extreme caution.  

4. Eye Strike Krav Maga Technique


The eye strike is a technique that is harder than you think. This move is lethal, but when you and your opponent are moving back and forth at high speeds, both are trying to dodge each other’s attacks. Therefore, the actual likelihood you will strike the eye is low. 

How to execute:

When doing the eye strike Krav Maga technique, you first have to tuck your thumb in. Your fingers must be together. 

When delivering the attack, you first tuck your hands near your chin, and then you extend your hand out, attacking with the sides of your fingers. It would be best if you were aiming for the eye when delivering this technique.

5. Groin Kick Krav Maga Technique

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This is one of the best Krav Maga kicks, and best Krav Maga moves, in my opinion.

Unfortunately, you are most likely to get attacked by a man, according to Wikipedia, so attacking one of the weakest places is what you should do for self-defense.

This can potentially be lethal because it can paralyze them momentarily with this effective kick, and at that time, you can do whatever you want.

How to Execute:

It is essential to go in close contact and perhaps distract the attacker with an attacking arm, then kicking with your shin.

This technique will paralyze the attacker. This attack works best in close contact and in front of the opponent.

6. Palm Heel Strike Krav Maga Technique

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This technique can be lethal because you could potentially snap their neck and cause permanent paralysis. 

How to execute:

When delivering the attack, your arm will go up in an upward arc. In the Palm Heel strike, you are aiming for the nose or chin. You will be attacking with the bottom of your hands only when executing this attack.

7. Stomp Kick Krav Maga Technique

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This is usually not lethal and is used to keep your distance from your attacker.

How to execute:

This technique is a far distance attack, the best defense against knife attacks. This is also one of the most effortless kicks. 

The kick will involve extending your legs and using your body weight to shove the person in the opposite direction.

When executing this attack, you can hit anywhere on the chest to make their balance unstable, although if you want full impact, try to aim for the solar plexus for more lethal damage.

8. Throat Strike(Chisel First Variant) Krav Maga Technique


This technique is lethal and can suffocate your opponent if you hit the right area. 

How to execute:

When executing this attack, you have to form a proper fist, with the thumb tucking in and your fingers together. Stiffen your fist and strike out at your attacker’s throat. This works well on the side and front of the throat.

9. Additional Krav Maga Technique: The Bear Hug Escape


The bear hug is a common move when someone behind you grabs you and forces your arms to your body’s sides.

Luckily there is a handy Krav Maga self-defense technique for this.

How to execute:

The first thing to do is make it hard for your opponent to hold you, so mimick a “fast squat” while your opponent is carrying you.

If that doesn’t get you out of the bearhug, you want to swing your legs right and left until your hands can reach your attacker’s groin, and you can punch or do a palm strike variant from there.

Final Thoughts

In this post, you learned many martial arts self-defense tactics revolving around the Krav Maga technique. I hope you will never have to use these Krav Maga self-defense techniques, but you will know what to do if you do. 

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  2. Whilst Krav Maga teaches women and men alike to defend themselves against all types of attacks, it’s not just about fighting – it focuses on prevention and being aware. The moves are simple and taught in a repetitive way in order to change your muscle memory – to really drill the moves into a person and make them become second nature you have to keep practising, but it doesn’t take years and years.


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