Hello everyone! In this article I would like to show you how to give a headbutt. I have received several questions from Krav Maga students around the world in my email about our yellow belt program where it is used the headbutt technique. But many students have problem to give a headbutt because they are not confident with this technique.

My suggestion is: if you don’t know how to give a headbutt so don’t give a headbutt during a fight! It is simply! It is important to train this Krav Maga technique then you can try to use it. Practice first!

The headbutt is very easy to do, there are two important elements to know:

  1. you have to work with your chest, moving your chest
  2. you have to work with your neck too.

When you have to give a headbutt you don’t think to give only a headbutt but you must have the total control of your body on your target.

Let’s talk about the control:

  • when you are in front of your opponent you fight against him and then you catch him;
  • catch his meat and not his t-shirt/jacket: with your right hand you catch the meat on his right shoulder and you put your elbow on his sternum;
  • in this way your right arm will prevent your opponent headbutt;
  • now give headbutt to him.

Headbutt technique:

  • use the strong part of your head (forehead);
  • hit your opponent eyebrow: easily a lot of blood goes out so he cannot see anymore and for him it will be difficult continue to fight.

If you are a great streetfighter you can use another option more efficient but not so safe a the first one:

  • use your two hands to attack your opponent face;
  • grab his head with your hands;
  • give him a lot of headbutt.

In conclusion: when you give headbutt you have to weaponize all your body:

  • use your chest,
  • use your neck completely released,
  • safe yourself against your opponent using your forearm (safer technique) and give him a headbutt


  • grab his head with your hands (more efficient but he can escape) and give him a headbutt.

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