Tuesday, May 5, 2009

tactical edge

I train once a week at Krav Maga Edinburgh. I am pretty rubbish at it but I like the simplicity of the moves that we are taught and it is good to train in something useful and practical.

Our instructor is a pupil of Mark Davies and a lot of the things we do are not classical Krav Maga but are influenced more by Mark's Tactical Edge system. I've not yet had the chance to get to one of Mark's seminars - too busy on the weekends - but this is a flavour of the techniques he uses. Simple but destructive.



6 comments:

Chainey said...

First link doesn't work.

krav kior said...

Interesting stuff, some of those techniques look a bit overcomplicated to me though but I'm just used to KM

kieraninmotion said...

Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Bas Rutten do a lot of the practical stuff in his street defence videos? Using everyday objects in defence and counter-attack for example. A lot of what Mark is doing looks like a combination of the stuff Bas done and Muay Boran/Lerdrit, only a wole lot more complicated.

When someone attacks me with a knife, I want to get away as fast as possible, with as little interaction between the assailant and I. I've no intention in hitting him multiple times to be perfectly honest. My time is best used by quickening my reaction speeds so I can do very simple stuff (block, counter, run) like a kick to the groin, side of knee etc, this stuff is only efficient if you spend loads of time training it on top of reaction times etc which isn't really an efficient way to train at all.

kieraninmotion said...

Sorry for the double comment but I wanted to add - Mark is coming from the idea that you need to immobilise your attacker, rather than just escape the situation. This is true if you are working in the door or if you are 1 on 1 with someone trying to kill you (armed forces, police etc). I think Tactical Edge is overkill for someone who doesn't face daily danger as part of their job.

Chris said...

Kieran - thanks for both comments. I see your points. When our instructor demonstrates this stuff it looks amazing but I still want to basic, simple, gross motor movements.

He is good at emphasizing the basics in the training though and I've never actually seen Mark in the flesh so all I am going on is the videos and the reports from those I respect, Like Rannoch Donald.

kieraninmotion said...

I'm glad you see the point I was trying to make rather than the rant I ended up making!