//I don’t know if someone has already done this, but after spending the afternoon yesterday watching various military hand-to-hand martial art styles, I have come to the conclusion that Annie uses a variation of Krav Maga.
Krav Maga, for those of you who don’t know, is the hand-to-hand combat techniques of the Israeli Armed Forces as well as the Hungarian and Slovakian armies. The style is known for it’s concentration on realistic situations in life as well as extremely efficient and brutal counterattacks.
"Where’s the evidence?" you ask. Well, friends, I shall show you. Let me present you with
exhibit A: the starting stance
"But his legs are wider apart," you say. Yes, well, I did mention it was a variant, people. What you really need to focus on is the way her arms, hands and legs are positioned. Her hands are not curled into fists, but her fingers are still curved inward. This gives her the option of either using a palm strike or making a fist and punching. Her arms close off her chest as a target and Annie keeps her hands close to her face. Her legs are closer together because of her height and build, which lowers her center of gravity (at least that’s my theory. A Physics major might prove me wrong *shrug*).
Exhibit B: the leg sweeps
She performs a few leg sweeps throughout the trainee sequence, for example:
But here’s the one I really want you to focus on (this provided by the lovely Jesika):
This is the simple sweep II. It goes nearly by the book, with the exception that Eren gets tossed up then flipped down.
Exhibit C: the front kick
(sorry no gif for this, but just watch this video from 1:12-1:15)
This is a simple front kick, but can neutralize an attack quite easily if your opponent is not protecting their core. Even in Titan form, Annie still utilizes these techniques.
Long story short, I think Annie fights with Krav Maga.
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