Here’s a useful one from krav maga expert and former police officer, Branimir Tudjan. The drill works best in a group of three or more, and is an exercise in continuous body movement. It’s a good idea to watch the clip all the way through first to get the reasoning behind the drill, and also to hear the context and safety precautions for the strikes if you’re a newbie.
The first 6 minutes covers 7 basic strikes that work well in a sudden or melee type of situation. I like to call these types of moves, one-hit-wonders because they’re straight forward fight-stoppers. Also, you don’t need years of advanced training to use them, though they can still be used with softer “more advanced” skills if you’ve got ‘em.
A Repertoire of Strikes
You’ll notice that I’ve added two photos from Bruce Lee’s book, for a total of nine strikes. These last ones require more training and aim, but they still fit the theme.
|#1 [0min 23sec]||GROIN SLAP||groin, use non-telegraphed pendulum motion|
|#2 [2min 26sec]||CLOTHESLINE||throat, or to capture the head|
|#3 [2min 51sec]||HAMMER STRIKE||occiput, jawline, temples|
|#4 [3min 18sec]||KNEE STRIKE||groin, spine, thighs|
|#5 [4min 21sec]||ELBOW STRIKE||throat, breastbone|
|#6 [4min 04sec]||GROIN KICK||groin, shins|
|#7 [5min 18sec]||HEAD BUTT||chin, jaw, jawline|
|#8||HEEL STOMP||knees (sides or back), shins, or top of feet|
|#9||FINGER JAB||eyes or throat (can be performed from farther away than the example in the photo)|
Next, the fun part…!
For the second half of the clip, the role of the attackers is to grab and restrain the defender.
The defender’s role is to simply not get caught, while maintaining minimum distance. I’ve taught this kind of drill many times over the years (randori versions of “en no undo” & “sen no undo” in the Bujinkan), and it’s a great way to practice mindful non-attachment and being the observer. Eventually, you’ll become familiar and even comfortable with the swarming pattern, as well as be able to recognize openings and opportunities. Plus, the drill doubles as a great cardio workout!
When it’s decided, the defender switches from being purely defensive, to counterstriking with the methods listed above, or with whatever responses suit the moment.
You can also amp up the drill by allowing the attackers to strike and kick as well as grab, while varying the sophistication of the attacks.
Any thoughts on why the standard “punch” isn’t on the list of strikes?
Got a favorite “one-hit-wonder” that’s not listed here? Add them to the comments!