We thought 2020 couldn't get any more intense. But just in case it can, here are some Krav Maga tips to help you survive the zombie apocalypse.
Zombieland was right
Who remembers the first rule from the movie Zombieland? CARDIO. Of course, we're uncertain at this point in time if the zombies in our post-apocalyptic hellscape are from George's Romero's Day of the Dead or from 28 Days Later, but cardio will help you either way. If you're looking for a way to prepare that cardio, we highly suggest using the app, Zombies, Run! Get your practice in now before impending doom.
Biting will get you nowhere
Pre-zombies, Krav Maga encouraged no rules and using the nearest weapon. Often times, this included teeth. Biting a human is a fantastic way to fight back, but against a zombie? Not so much. Especially if we're assuming that passing the zombie virus is through fluids.
What should we do instead? When we talk about using your body in Krav Maga, we discuss distance - long, medium, and short weapons. Long weapons include kicks, medium weapons include straight and hammer punches, and short weapons include elbows and knees. When fighting zombies in hand-to-hand combat, we'd highly suggest keeping to your long-distance weapons and staying away from the mouth.
COMMON OBJECTS ARE KEY
Do you have anything at hand that can be used as a weapon or can keep the hungry hordes away from you? Items like grocery carts can be used to keep distance. Baseball bats, brooms, and rakes also can help create distance and could do some head damage. Wherever you are, keep your eye out for something that can be used as a weapon, as long range as you can get.
Aim for the head
If we've learned anything from Hollywood, it's that most zombies require their brains to be destroyed for their final death to happen. A kick to the head can disable a human, but it'll just put your body within close range of a zombie bite. Common objects will help you here. In a fancy store with some geode rocks or crystals? Perfect head smashing material. Have you found a machete in some poor soul's garage? Sever that spinal cord!
And if we're going back to the original way to cure zombies and send them back to their graves, you'll be able to find salt in the grocery store and in most homes that you're ransacking for food and supplies.
You've got to look out for more than just the zombies
In a world with the undead, you have to deal with more than just hoardes of zombies, but also those humans who are steely enough to have survived. The Negans of the world can pose even more threat than the living dead.
Krav Maga begins with hand-to-hand combat, but then prepares you on disarming weapons such as baseball bats and firearms. Assuming that our apocalypse has been going on for a few years, ammunition may be scarce and you can guess that the firearm being pointed in your direction is unloaded. If it's not, it's probably better than being devoured by the undead.
When it comes to your survival, Valley Self-Defense offers classes that will help you keep yourself and your family as safe as possible. Why not sign up today?
Sure, you have your Permit to Carry, but have you pulled your weapon from your holster while a blood-thirsty zombie comes screaming towards your neck? Sounds like Defensive Shooting Courses might be good for you. Good thing that Valley Self-Defense has one of the only IKMF-certified Defensive Shooting Instructors in the United States!
Krav Maga near me? There is! If you're looking for a Krav Maga class near you, Valley Self-Defense is a proud member of the International Krav Maga Federation with schools located across the United States. To find a school near you, visit the IKMF USA website.