Have fun with Krav Maga and don’t fret about the upcoming test of doom. Otherwise, you’ll end up with bloody knuckles. No really. You will.

(Longest title in the history of all Krav Maga titles, I know…)

I was super pumped about Krav tonight; I usually feel great after class. Tonight was tough on me though. I know for a fact I did 90% or more of my straight punches incorrectly. Here’s how I know:

Both rows of lower knuckles on both hands are scraped and/or bruised to hell and back. Only the index and middle finger knuckles should be sore and bruised. With each combination of punches, I’d see little specks of my skin stick to the bag, my knuckles stinging. Gross.

I asked M what I was doing wrong and he said I’m swiping my straight punches across, as if I’m throwing a hook instead. So I’ll have to watch that. Good technique is just as important (if not more so) than power.

As far as the defense goes, I can’t be sure if I correctly deflected my partner’s punches with my forearm swipes. Once again, I was paired up with a girl who was extremely new. She was having a hard time throwing a real punch at me, but that’s no excuse for my lousy defenses.

So, I’m pretty disappointed in myself… I had entertained the idea of taking the upcoming Level 1 test, but now I’m reconsidering. I can’t even throw a proper straight punch!

Ten bucks says I’m putting too much pressure on myself to test in November and it’s affecting my performance. From now on, I’m taking it one day at a time and focusing on really learning the defenses. It’s good to have a goal, but it doesn’t make sense to pressure myself into bad technique.

At the very least, I’ll go to the workshop before the test to see what I’m missing in my classes. (But I have to admit, I’ll probably take the test anyway just to see where I’m at.)

Aside from all that, I’m taking some advice I’ve recently received and getting hand wraps. ASAP.

3 Replies to “Have fun with Krav Maga and don’t fret about the upcoming test of doom. Otherwise, you’ll end up with bloody knuckles. No really. You will.”

  1. hand wraps hand wraps hand wraps!
    there is no shame in hand wraps!

    I think you are stressing over nothing – but I also think you know that. You do what you feel comfortable with on your test. If you have missed material, and dont feel good about everything then sit this one out. Its not a race, and personally I would rather look 110%. If you do decide to test, relax a few days before the test so you are fresh.

    When I taught beginning Savate, I used to tell my students not to think so much about it. I think that’s what is happening here. One day your punches are great and the next day they arent – you are probably thinking about them too much.

    you will be fine!!!!
    happy training!

  2. I second the hand wraps. I’m one of the only students in most of my classes to wear them, but I need to be able to type the day after class as I do a lot of computer work. The hand and wrist support really helps, but you still get enough feedback that you can tell if you are landing punches correctly. I can feel when the wrong knuckles hit, but I don’t lose skin and I don’t have as much wrist soreness the next day.

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