US Army Combatives

5-9 Knife Against Knife Sequence

5-9. KNIFE-AGAINST-KNIFE SEQUENCE

The knife fighter must learn to use all available weapons of his body and not limit himself to the knife. The free hand can be used to trap the enemy’s hands to create openings in his defense. The enemy’s attention will be focused on the weapon; therefore, low kicks and knee strikes will seemingly come from nowhere. The knife fighter’s priority of targets are the eyes, throat, abdominal region, and extended limbs. Some knife attack sequences that can be used in training to help develop soldiers’ knowledge of movements, principles, and techniques in knife fighting follow.

a. Nos. 1 and 4 Angles. Two opponents assume the knife fighter’s stance (Figure 5-29, Step 1) .

The attacker starts with a diagonal slash along the No. 1 angle of attack to the throat (Figure 5-29, Step 2).

He then follows through with a slash and continues with a horizontal slash back across the abdomen along the No. 4 angle of attack (Figure 5-29, Step 3).

He finishes the attack by using his entire body mass behind a lunging stab into the opponent’s solar plexus (Figure 5-29, Step 4).

b. Nos. 5, 3, and 2 Angles. In this sequence, one opponent (attacker) starts an attack with a lunge along the No. 5 angle of attack. At the same time, the other opponent (defender) on the left moves his body off the line of attack, parries the attacking arm, and slices the biceps of his opponent (Figure 5-30, Step 1) .

The defender slashes back across the groin along the No. 3 angle of attack (Figure 5-30, Step 2).

He finishes the attacker by continuing with an upward stroke into the armpit or throat along the No. 2 angle of attack (Figure 5-30, Step 3). Throughout this sequence, the attacker’s weapon hand is controlled with the defender’s left hand as he attacks with his own knife hand.

c. Low No. 5 Angle. In the next sequence, the attacker on the right lunges to the stomach along a low No. 5 angle of attack.

The defender on the left moves his body off the line of attack while parrying and slashing the wrist of the attacking knife hand as he redirects the arm (Figure 5-31, Step 1).

After he slashes the wrist of his attacker, the defender continues to move around the outside and stabs the attacker’s armpit (Figure 5-31, Step 2).

He retracts his knife from the armpit, continues his movement around the attacker, and slices his hamstring (Figure 5-31, Step 3).

d. Optional Low No. 5 Angle. The attacker on the right lunges to the stomach of his opponent (the defender) along the low No. 5 angle of attack. The defender moves his body off the line of attack of the knife. Then he turns and, at the same time, delivers a slash to the attacker’s throat along the No. 1 angle of attack (Figure 5-32, Step 1).

The defender immediately follows with another slash to the opposite side of the attacker’s throat along the No. 2 angle of attack (Figure 5-32, Step 2).

The attacker is finished as the opponent on the left (defender) continues to slice across the abdomen with a stroke along the No. 3 angle (Figure 5-32, Step 3).


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