Krav Maga Basic Moves

Krav Maga Basic Moves

Krav Maga, let me make it clear at the outset, is NOT a martial art, and it is not a sport. Krav Maga is tactical/combative self-defense system that combines the most lethal techniques from boxing, judo, jujitsu, and aikido.  Krav Maga is a skill that you will need when your life is in danger. Practicing Krav Maga Basic Moves is one of the most serious things you will ever do. We will discuss more about that, but first, here’s a quick overview of Krav Maga’s origins.

The man behind Krav Maga was Imrich “Imi” Lichtenfeld, an Hungarian Jew who fought the Nazis and later migrated to Israel. Litchenfeld was one of the principal trainers for the Krav Maga Basic MovesIDF (Israel Defense Force). He  introduced his unique fighting style, which we called Krav Maga, to the Israeli police and military, and ensured that every soldier or police officer in Israel was given extensive training on it. Even today, the all new recruits to the IDF are given training in Krav Maga.

Krav Maga basic moves are not just taught to soldiers, but to civilians across the world as well. The first Krav Maga civilian course was offered in 1972, since then, Krav Maga training institutes have spread around the world like wild fire.  So, before you join a Krav Maga training school yourself, just have a glance at the Krav Maga basic moves described in this article, so that you know what to expect. Let’s get started!

Neutralize the threat

The very first thing to do in Krav Maga is to neutralize your opponent using any move necessary. It does not matter if your moves look ugly or ungainly. As long as you are able to subdue the opponent, that’s good enough. Basically you have to incapacitate him and do whatever it takes to save your life.

Keep it simple

Krav Maga is a very simple self defense skill – there are no katas are patterns here. It’s just about strikes, holds and blocks and to make your moves as fast as possible. No show of any sort.

Simultaneous defense and attack

Krav Maga does not have different defensive and offensive moves. Here, you attack and defend at the same time. You defeKrav Maga Basic Movesnd yourself by blocking and then attack by kicking or punching when you find an opening. Krav Maga is not just about reacting to a strike; it is about being on the offensive from the start itself, never allowing the attacker to settle down, while defending yourself simultaneously.


Retzev, or continuous motion

Krav Maga is all about the body movements you make, such as your footwork – you should be in a state of continuous motion.  Retzev is translated from Hebrew as a “seamless explosion of violence”. The idea is to be constantly on the move and use both defensive and offensive moves to neutralize the threat.

Use of weapons of opportunity

You can use any firearms or knives in Krav Maga, or anything that you get your hands on. You can make lethal weapons out of keys, belts, chairs, pens and so much more. The idea is to incapacitate your opponent, so anything goes.

Weapon defense

Krav Maga also teaches weapon defense, such as knife defense – defending yourself against knife attacks. You learn how to deal with different types of attackers, those who take big swings at you with their knives, as well as those who are more deliberate and play around you, waiting for the right movement to strike.

Focus on vulnerable soft tissue and pressure points

In Krav Maga it’s okay to kick a guy in his groin area, gouge his eyes out or strike at his throat. You must understand that Krav Maga Basic MovesKrav Maga is about surviving when someone wants to kill you – it’s not a sport. So anything that gives you an edge over an opponent should be used. It’s perfectly okay to hit below the belt in Krav Maga. You are not trying to be a gentleman or lady here, you are simply trying to protect yourself.


 Subduing techniques

Krav Maga is not just about striking the opponent. It is also about subduing him or her in order to prevent the violent situation from escalating any further. So joint locks and grabs are used in Krav Maga to end the threat by controlling the opponent.

Krav Maga Basic Moves


I wish you all the best, and remember that if you have any questions or comments you can post them in the comments section at the bottom of any blog post. It’s great to hear from you.

Kind regards,

Founder of Mixed Martial Arts

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4 thoughts on “Krav Maga Basic Moves

  1. Zarina

    Hi Emmanuel,

    Great post on basic moves on survival.
    As a child, I was interested in learning certain karate moves whatsoever, but for some reason my parents never wanted me to.
    I was a “tomboy”, so I would wanna fight with boys because they didn’t want me to play soccer with them :))
    Anyway, my point is that I never learned about basic moves for my own protection, and I truly believe that everyone must know them.
    This being said, your post is very useful for everyone who will read it.
    Thanks for sharing this post!

    1. Hi Zarina, I´m glad that you liked my post about Krav Maga Basic Moves.

      I agree with you when you say that we should all learn self defense techniques, because in the world we live in, we never know when we’ll have to use.

      Thanks for your comment.

  2. Kyle

    My brother takes krav maga. he explains it as learning how to beat someone up as fast as possible without all the fancy moves. But I like your expanation. It has some pretty dirty fighting techniques in there

    1. Hi Kyle, I´m glad that you enjoyed my post.

      The main goal, in Krav Maga is to neutralize your opponent as fast as possible, using any move necessary.Basically you have to incapacitate your opponent and do whatever it takes to save your life.

      Thanks for your comment.

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