Unarmed Defense Against Bayonet, Club, Baseball Bat, etc. (Angle 4) - US Army Modern Combatives

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Unarmed Defense Against Bayonet, Club, Baseball Bat, etc. (Angle 4) - 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. 4 Angle of Attack

  • The attack is a horizontal slash along the No. 4 angle of attack (Step 1).
  • The defender moves in to the outside of the attacker (Step 2).
  • The defender then turns with the attack, delivering an elbow strike to the throat (Step 3).
  • At the same time, the defender’s free hand controls the weapon and pulls it from the attacker (as the attacker is knocked off balance from the elbow strike).

Diagram of Unarmed Defense Against No. 4 Angle of Attack


Unarmed Defense Against Other Angles of Attack

Reference Sources

  1. 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 - 12/16/15

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