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Dave Kovar

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  • Dave Kovar - Over Arm Pass

    This drill is derived from similar techniques using escrima (sticks). Multiple variations help defend against the hook punch.
    Stick | Escrima | Weapons | Empty Hand | Self Defense | Basic | Intermediate | Partner Drill

  • Dave Kovar - Knee Tap Takedown

    Learn a takedown that targets the back leg. This techniques applies to gi and no-gi classes.
    Wrestling | Grappling | Takedown | Self Defense

  • Dave Kovar - Patty Cake Takedown Defense Drill

    After your students understand the sprawl technique, this drill is great for helping students defend a takedown on instinct. Use conversation to distract from the actual takedown.
    Basic | Intermediate | Takedown | Grappling | Wrestling | Self Defense | Partner Drill

  • Dave Kovar - Beginner Double Leg Takedown

    First, focus on teaching the proper way to fall for this drill. Then, this drill teaches a takedown that targets the entire lower body on the knees.
    Wrestling | Grappling | Takedown | Falling | Self Defense

  • Dave Kovar - Double Shot Takedown

    What do you do when a takedown fails? This drill shows how to use a grab and some striking to continue the takedown attempt and succeed.
    Wrestling | Grappling | Take Down | MMA | Partner Drill

  • Dave Kovar - Centering Drill - Kung Fu

    This drill is great for learning proper body mechanics and positioning. Develops footwork and timing between two partners.
    Balance | Warm Up | Footwork | Basic | Intermediate

  • Dave Kovar - Basic Takedown Defense

    Learn about basic takedown defense. This is an important self defense concept that is often overlooked in classes of all styles.
    Wrestling | Grappling | Takedown | Self Defense

  • Dave Kovar - Inside Outside Drill

    Not only is this a great warm up and helps your students get focused, it also develops the intuition to slip an incoming punch. There are multiple variations for this drill.
    Warm Up | Reaction | Footwork | Partner Drill | Punch

  • Dave Kovar - 2 Hand Speed Drill - Kenpo

    This old-school drill, otherwise known as Kenpo 2, is excellent for developing speed in self defense techniques. Precision is very important for these strikes.
    Kenpo | Speed | Accuracy | Self Defense | Partner Drill

  • Dave Kovar - Far Side Single Leg Takedown

    Learn a takedown targeting the back leg. Having a strong grip on the collar is crucial to having a successful takedown.
    Grappling | Wrestling | Intermediate | Standing

  • Dave Kovar - Intermediate Double Leg Takedown

    Learn a takedown that targets the entire lower body. It is important to lower your center of gravity and avoid attempting a "football style" tackle.
    Wrestling | Grappling | Takedown | Standing

  • Dave Kovar - Single Leg Takedown

    Learn how to do a takedown targeting the front leg. Great for controlling an attacker in self defense situations.
    Grappling | Technique | Wrestling | Takedown | Basic

  • Dave Kovar - Clinch War

    Instructors often don't spend enough time at close range with students, this drill can help you change that. Learn how to enter the clinch from mid range and how to defend against it.
    Partner Drill | Self Defense | Close Range

  • Dave Kovar - Knife Threats Part 4

    The final drill of this series focuses on defending yourself when the knife is pressed against your neck from behind. It is best to avoid finding yourself in this position, but these are a few ideas that may help.
    Knife | Self Defense | Weapons

  • Dave Kovar - Long Range Stick Work Part 2

    This fun and functional drill can be used in any style to ensure your students are having fun with their training. The drill teaches how to defend from a high backhand strike.
    Escrima | Kali | Partner Drill | Weapons

  • Dave Kovar - Long Block Drill

    Learn a Muay Thai-style block to defend against various punches. This technique can be used in sparring. Have students follow up the block with striking combinations.
    Muay Thai | Sparring | Partner Drills | Self Defense | Kickboxing | Blocking

  • Dave Kovar - Long Range Stick Work Part 1

    Use the stick to help your students learn spacing and distance. This drill focuses on action and reaction, including counter-striking.
    Escrima | Kali | Partner Drill | Long Range

  • Dave Kovar - Single Stick Disarm - Part 2 - Backhand

    This disarm defends against a backhand strike. This drill also discusses the difference between being open and closed when using sticks.
    Escrima | Disarm | Weapons | Partner Drill | Kali

  • Dave Kovar - Single Stick Disarm - Part 1 - Forehand

    This disarm defends against a forehand strike. An important lesson is that you cannot force a disarm, let the attacker feed you the opportunity.
    Escrima | Disarm | Weapons | Partner Drill | Kali

  • Dave Kovar - Single Stick Disarm - Part 3 - Low Forehand

    This disarm comes off of a low strike by the opponent. Use your wrist to turn the stick toward the weak part of the hand to disarm.
    Escrima | Weapons | Disarm | Partner Drill | Kali

  • Dave Kovar - Close-Range Mitt Blocking Drill with Takedown

    Close-range drills are very important for self defense training and mitt drills are a staple for many classes. This drill helps transition from blocking to the clinch or takedown.
    Blocking | Partner Drill | Takedown | MMA | Self Defense

  • Dave Kovar - Close Range Mitt Blocking Drills

    Mitt drills are great for any martial arts class. This drill will help students defend against hook punches or "haymakers".
    Punching | Parry | Self Defense | Blocking | Partner Drill

  • Dave Kovar - Knife Threats Part 1

    The first drill of this series focuses on a knife threat pressed up to the neck. Use the fact that action is faster than reaction to successfully defend yourself.
    Weapons | Self Defense | Knife | Takedown

  • Dave Kovar - Knife Threats Part 2

    The second drill of this series focuses on knife defense when the attacker has the knife to your stomach. This works great when the attacker is already applying some pressure with the knife.
    Weapons | Self Defense | Knife | Takedown