U.S. Army Combatives – FM 3-25.150

4-03 Attacks from the Mount

4-3. ATTACKS FROM THE MOUNT

After the mount has been achieved, there are many options on how to attack. The first is to throw punches into the enemy’s face and force him to turn over, giving up his back. If he does not turn over he will most likely give an opening, making the following attacks easier.

a. Chokes. The most efficient way to incapacitate an enemy is to choke him into unconsciousness. An advantage of prioritizing chokes in training is that they can be applied in training exactly as applied in combat.

(1) Paper Cutter Choke.

(a) Step 1 (Figure 4-22). Start by opening the collar with the weak hand, as in the cross collar choke. With the strong hand grasp deep into the collar, inserting the thumb on the inside.

Figure 4-22. Paper cutter choke, step 1.

Figure 4-22. Paper cutter choke, step 1.

(b) Step 2 (Figure 4-23). Release the grip of the first hand and grasp the opposite side of the enemy’s jacket, pulling it tight against the back of his neck.

Figure 4-23. Paper cutter choke, step 2.

Figure 4-23. Paper cutter choke, step 2.

(c) Step 3 (Figure 4-24). Drive the elbow of the other hand across the enemy’s neck to complete the choke.

Figure 4-24. Paper cutter choke, step 3.

Figure 4-24. Paper cutter choke, step 3.

(2) Leaning Choke.

(a) Step 1 (Figure 4-25). Grasp both sides of the collar. The knuckles should be pointed inward and there should be three or four inches of slack.

Figure 4-25. Leaning choke, step 1.

Figure 4-25. Leaning choke, step 1.

(b) Step 2 (Figure 4-26). Pull one side of the collar across the enemy’s neck so the pinky knuckle is just past the Adam’s apple where the blood vessels are located. Pull the other hand tight as you drive this hand into the enemy’s neck.

Figure 4-26. Leaning choke, step 2.

Figure 4-26. Leaning choke, step 2.

(3) Nutcracker Choke.

(a) Step 1 (Figure 4-27). Grasp the collar with both hands at the sides of the enemy’s neck. Knuckles should be pointed in against the neck.

Figure 4-27. Nutcracker choke, step 1.

Figure 4-27. Nutcracker choke, step 1.

(b) Step 2 (Figure 4-28). Pull the collar tight against the back of the enemy’s neck with both hands and, with the pinkies acting as the base, drive the pointer finger knuckles of both hands into the enemy’s neck on either side of the Adam’s apple.

Figure 4-28. Nutcracker choke, step 2.

Figure 4-28. Nutcracker choke, step 2.

(4) Sleeve Choke.

(a) Step 1 (Figure 4-29). Place the fingers of one hand inside the sleeve cuff of the other with a firm grip.

Figure 4-29. Sleeve choke, step 1.

Figure 4-29. Sleeve choke, step 1.

(b) Step 2 (Figure 4-30). Drive the other hand behind the enemy’s head so the forearm of the first hand goes across the neck.

Figure 4-30. Sleeve choke, step 2.

Figure 4-30. Sleeve choke, step 2.

(c) Step 3 (Figure 4-31). Drive the elbow across the enemy’s neck toward the back while pulling with the other hand.

Figure 4-31. Sleeve choke, step 3.

Figure 4-31. Sleeve choke, step 3.

b. Triple Attack. When the enemy tries to escape the mount using the trap and roll technique, he can be moved into the position shown by sliding the trapped foot forward and lifting on the enemy’s opposite shoulder. This position presents several attack opportunities.

(1) Lapel Choke.

(a) Step 1 (Figure 4-32). With the hand that corresponds to the side the enemy is facing, place the fingers inside of the enemy’s collar and pull it open.

Figure 4-32. Lapel choke, step 1.

Figure 4-32. Lapel choke, step 1.

(b) Step 2 (Figure 4-33). Reach under his head with the other hand and insert the thumb as deep as possible into the collar.

Figure 4-33. Lapel choke, step 2.

Figure 4-33. Lapel choke, step 2.

(c) Step 3 (Figure 4-34). Change the grip of the first hand to the opposite side of his lapel to tighten the collar against the back of his neck.

Figure 4-34. Lapel choke, step 3.

Figure 4-34. Lapel choke, step 3.

(d) Step 4 (Figure 4-35). Tighten by extending both arms.

Figure 4-35. Lapel choke, step 4.

Figure 4-35. Lapel choke, step 4.

(2) Straight Arm Bar. The enemy may attempt to block the choke with his hands.

(a) Step 1 (Figure 4-36). Ensuring that your arm is under the enemy’s arm, push his elbow forward and hold it in place by grasping your own collar.

Figure 4-36. Straight arm bar, step 1.

Figure 4-36. Straight arm bar, step 1.

(b) Step 2 (Figure 4-37). Place your other hand on the enemy’s head.

Figure 4-37. Straight arm bar, step 2.

Figure 4-37. Straight arm bar, step 2.

(c) Step 3 (Figure 4-38). Rest all of your weight on the enemy’s head, and point your toe straight back.

Figure 4-38. Straight arm bar, step 3.

Figure 4-38. Straight arm bar, step 3.

(d) Step 4 (Figure 4-39). Swing your leg around on top of his head and sit back into the straight arm bar.

Figure 4-39. Straight arm bar, step 4.

Figure 4-39. Straight arm bar, step 4.

(3) Gain the Back Mount. If the enemy defends both the choke and the arm bar, you still have another option.

(a) Step 1 (Figure 4-40). Push the enemy toward his stomach with chest pressure, and at the same time bring your foot close to the enemy’s back.

Figure 4-40. Gain the back mount, step 1.

Figure 4-40. Gain the back mount, step 1.

(b) Step 2 (Figure 4-41). Sit back, pulling the enemy on top of you, ensuring you give yourself room to swing your foot around to sink in your hook. You will finish in the back mount.

Figure 4-41. Gain the back mount, step 2.

Figure 4-41. Gain the back mount, step 2.


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