KPE 287 Skills I & II
PE 287 -- Professional Activities: Combatives (2.0 cr)
INSTRUCTOR: Daniel Frankl, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Krav Maga skills described in this Page are reproductions of skills originally developed by Emi (Imi) Lichtenfeld. All rights to a commercial reproduction of these materials are reserved to Emi Lichtenfeld and Daniel Frankl, Copyrightę 1996-98, Daniel Frankl, Ph.D.
This Page is dedicated to the memory of my teacher and friend, the grandfather of Krav Maga, Grand Master Sergeant Major Emi (Imi) Lichtenfeld. Eventhough Krav Maga is Imi's brain child, its current status may be also attributed to the many Master Instructors that learned from Imi and further refined his style of self-defense. The list of contributors must have grown considerably since my IDF days as Combat Fitness Sergeant (1974-75), and Combat Fitness Officer (1976-78). Following are the names of some of my former teachers and colleagues, who's dedication, and exceptional skills helped Krav Maga evolve into a no nonesense, highly respected style: Eli Avigzar, Amos Bar-Hama, Shlomo Ben Gal, Yona Melnik, and Gadi Scornick.


Basic Outlet Stance
Demonstrations are courtesy of former student and martial arts expert Joe A. Alayra
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The outlet stance used in Krav Maga stems from Emi Lichtenfeld's experience as a champion boxer and wrestler. It is designed for a balanced mix of stability and potential for mobility in any desired direction. Take note of the body's line of gravity, and its overal relaxed demeanor.

Blows to the Front

Left Front Blow
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A right handed individual is advised to assume an outlet stance with the left foot and left shoulder and arm in front. This stance allows a comfortable left hand attack and right hand defense and counter attack. Also it sets the right foot for attack from the back and the left foot for stability, defense, and/or counter attack (take note that the attacking [left] arm's elbow is never locked).

Right Front Blow
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When attempting the right front punch, the rational for holding the right heel up and slightly out becomes apparent. It allows better range, added power and speed, and a variety of quick movement and kicking options. Failing to place the right foot's toes (heel up and out) on the ground may result in right knee injuries as a result of powerful right front punches.

The Right Fist Uppercut Blow

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Take note of the tightly formed fist (with thumb locking fist on the outside), and the "column" style line of gravity cutting through the fist, wrist, and forearm. The power behind an effective (right fist) uppercut blow originates at the right supporting toes and bent knee. All effective blows must reach past (15-20 inches) the intended target.

The Right Fist Roundhouse Blow
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Take note of the the right arm's elbow position (at, or slightly above shoulder height), angle at the elbow (~90 degrees), and the "column" style line of gravity cutting through the fist, wrist, and tip of the elbow. The power behind an effective (right fist) roundhouse blow originates at the right hip and is facilitated by an agile and flexible right knee and supporting toes. All effective blows must reach past (15-20 inches) the intended target.

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