Teeps, Knives, and Abs

By Delmas alain (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Delmas alain (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The focus this past week at ABD Norwich was on Teep Kicks, defense against front knife to the throat, and it was abs week. I’m starting to think that abs week is a misnomer, because my hips seem to hurt a lot more than my abs. Maybe it should be called hips week instead.

Krav Maga defense is starting to fall into place. The two sticking points for me right now are that we sort of end up in a reverse point of reference, going across the front of the attack to grab, as oppose to going behind their neck. It also means throwing a left knee instead of a right. That was very disorienting at the beginning of the week, but seems to be a little more natural. The other hard part is reaching around behind the head and maintaining contact and not bringing the hand too wide. All in all I think the reps we’ll do of this in the coming month should help smooth out the little kinks.

And then, there were teep kicks. This may actually be another cause of my hip soreness. I don’t have particularly strong hips and I’m not flexible. While I do get good hip engagement to throw a proper teep, instead of just a front kick, there not very high and I have to work really hard on the height I do get. On a positive note, I do seem to have good reach with my kicks and the technique is what it should be. So, once the strength and flexibility catch up, I should have a decent teep kick to add to my repertoire.

What are your favorite ways of improving hip strength and flexibility for throwing a teep kick? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.