US Army Combatives

5-4 Angles of Attack

5-4. ANGLES OF ATTACK

Any attack, regardless of the type weapon, can be directed along one of nine angles (Figure 5-12). The defense must be oriented for each angle of attack.

  • a. No. 1 Angle of Attack. A downward diagonal slash, stab, or strike toward the left side of the defender’s head, neck, or torso.
  • b. No. 2 Angle of Attack. A downward diagonal slash, stab, or strike toward the right side of the defender’s head, neck, or torso.
  • c. No. 3 Angle of Attack A horizontal attack to the left side of the defender’s torso in the ribs, side, or hip region.

d. No. 4 Angle of Attack. The same as No. 3 angle, but to the right side.

  • e. No. 5 Angle of Attack. A jabbing, lunging, or punching attack directed straight toward the defender’s front.
  • f. No. 6 Angle of Attack.An attack directed straight down upon the defender.
  • g. No. 7 Angle of Attack. An upward diagonal attack toward the defender’s lower-left side.
  • h. No. 8 Angle of Attack. An upward diagonal attack toward the defender’s lower-right side.
  • i. No. 9 Angle of Attack. An attack directed straight up—for example, to the defender’s groin.

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