Unarmed Defense Against Bayonet, Club, Baseball Bat, etc. (Angle 1) - US Army Modern Combatives
This page focuses on unarmed defenses against a bayonet (which also can be used against clubs and baseball bats). These self-defense techniques are used in US Army Modern Combatives training. The Combatives program teaches martial arts techniques to US Army soldiers. However, be aware that unarmed combat against weapons (such as guns or knives) is very dangerous and should only be used as a last resort. Consider other options first (i.e. run away from danger).
For more unarmed techniques against weapons, please visit the main Self Defense Against Weapons section.
Unarmed Defense Against No. 1 Angle of Attack
- The attacker prepares to slash along the No. 1 angle of attack (Step 1).
- The defender waits until the last possible moment before moving so he is certain of the angle along which the attack is directed (Step 2). This way, the attacker cannot change his attack in response to movement by the defender.
- When the defender is certain that the attack is committed along a specific angle (No. 1, in this case), he moves to the inside of the attacker and gouges his eyes (Step 2) while the other hand redirects and controls the weapon.
- He maintains control of the weapon and lunges his entire body weight into the eye gouge to drive the attacker backward and off balance.
- The defender now ends up with the weapon, and the attacker is in a poor recovery position (Step 3).
Diagram of Unarmed Defense Against No. 1 Angle of Attack
Unarmed Defense Against Other Angles of Attack
- Unarmed Defense Against A Bayonet 1 - US Army Combatives - No. 1 Angle of Defense Against Bayonets, Baseball Bats, etc.
- Unarmed Defense Against A Bayonet 2 - US Army Combatives - No. 2 Angle of Defense Against Bayonets, Baseball Bats, etc.
- Unarmed Defense Against A Bayonet 3 - US Army Combatives - No. 3 Angle of Defense Against Bayonets, Baseball Bats, etc.
- Unarmed Defense Against A Bayonet 4 - US Army Combatives - No. 4 Angle of Defense Against Bayonets, Baseball Bats, etc.
- Unarmed Defense Against A Bayonet 5 - US Army Combatives - No. 5 Angle of Defense Against Bayonets, Baseball Bats, etc.
- Unarmed Defense Against A Bayonet 6 - US Army Combatives - No. 6 Angle of Defense Against Bayonets, Baseball Bats, etc.
- Information from Public Domain Document, Combatives - FM 3-25.150 (FM 21-150), http://sill-www.army.mil/428thfa/FM%203-25.150%20%28Combatives%29.pdf, Added - 12/04/15
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