Hard on Soft, Soft on Hard

Posted: June 5, 2018 by urbantacticskravmaga in Krav Maga Principles

Hard on soft, soft on hard is a simple concept in Krav Maga.

If you are going to hit a hard object or let’s say a hard part of the body then you should use a soft part of yours, contrary if you are going to hit a soft target or part of the body then you should use a hard part of your body.


In the Street, of course, this would be bare-knuckle and would be hard on soft.

This, of course, is more of a guideline to help you avoid injury to another important aspect of Krav Maga.

The classic example is if you are going to hit someone in the face say to the nose you should hit them with a closed fist with the hard 2 large knuckles. However, if you notice they are tucking their chin to change the target to their hard forhead you should switch to a “soft” palm strike instead. Again the main goal is to avoid injury more than anything as if you were to punch with the knuckles to the crown of the head full force it is likely you will break your knuckles as the forehead is harder.

You could make the argument that this is similar to tai chi yielding concepts. You could also make the argument that you can simply toughen up your body using hardbody training techniques seen in classic Okinawan Karate or other similar styles, however, this takes far to long for the average Krav Maga practitioner. To properly do hard body training to kill the nerves on the surface and increase bone density it takes dedication and time often in the length of year and years to get the desired result. As Krav Maga is supposed to have a quick and easy learning curve most schools would not want to wish to take the time to do such things.

Again the Hard on soft, soft on Hard is a guideline more than a rule but it can save you to fight another day by preventing injury. For defending yourself for survival is great, but in the modern world breaking a hand in the process could become problematic for anyone who needs them to work.


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