U.S. Army Combatives – FM 3-25.150

4-06 Knee Mount

4-6. KNEE MOUNT

When the enemy is defending well from side control, a good option is to go to the knee mount.

a. Achieve the knee mount from standard side control.

(1) Step 1 (Figure 4-68). With the hand closest to the enemy’s head, grasp the collar on either side of his head.

Figure 4-68. Knee mount from standard side control, step 1.

Figure 4-68. Knee mount from standard side control, step 1.

(2) Step 2 (Figure 4-69). With the other hand, grasp his belt or his uniform over his hip.

Figure 4-69. Knee mount from standard side control, step 2.

Figure 4-69. Knee mount from standard side control, step 2.

(3) Step 3 (Figure 4-70). Pushing up with both hands, pop up into the knee mount with one swift movement.

Figure 4-70. Knee mount from standard side control, step 3.

Figure 4-70. Knee mount from standard side control, step 3.

b. Achieve the knee mount with control of the far side arm.

(1) Step 1 (Figure 4-71). From side control, move your arm through the enemy’s armpit.

Figure 4-71. Achieve knee mount with control of far side arm, step 1.

Figure 4-71. Achieve knee mount with control of far side arm, step 1.

(2) Step 2 (Figure 4-72). With the other arm, reach back and gain control of his elbow. Pulling the arm upwards as you change your hips, sit through to the position shown.

Figure 4-72. Achieve knee mount with control of far side arm, step 2.

Figure 4-72. Achieve knee mount with control of far side arm, step 2.

 

Figure 4-72. Achieve knee mount with control of far side arm, step 2 (continued).

Figure 4-72. Achieve knee mount with control of far side arm, step 2 (continued).

(3) Step 3 (Figure 4-73). Place the foot of the leg closest to the enemy underneath the other leg. With your weight on the hand in the enemy’s armpit and your outside leg, swing your inside leg up into the knee mount. Ensure that you maintain control of the enemy’s near side arm.

Figure 4-73. Achieve knee mount with control of far side arm, step 3.

Figure 4-73. Achieve knee mount with control of far side arm, step 3.

 

Figure 4-73. Achieve knee mount with control of far side arm, step 3 (continued).

Figure 4-73. Achieve knee mount with control of far side arm, step 3 (continued).

c. Attacks from the Knee Mount.

(1) Chokes with Hand on the Far Side of the Enemy’s Neck.

(a) Step 1 (Figure 4-74). If the enemy does not defend against chokes, reach under the first arm and grasp well down into the collar with your fingers inside the collar.

Figure 4-74. Choke from the knee mount with hand on far side of enemy's neck, step 1.

Figure 4-74. Choke from the knee mount with hand on far side of enemy’s neck, step 1.

(b) Step 2 (Figure 4-75). Bring your knee back off of the enemy’s chest, placing it to control his hip, and finish as in the paper cutter choke.

Figure 4-75. Choke from the knee mount with hand on far side of enemy's neck, step 2.

Figure 4-75. Choke from the knee mount with hand on far side of enemy’s neck, step 2.

(2) Chokes with Hand on the Near Side of the Enemy’s Neck.

(a) Step 1 (Figure 4-76). Reach into the far side of the enemy’s collar with your fingers on the inside of the collar.

Figure 4-76. Choke from the knee mount with hand on near side of enemy's neck, step 1.

Figure 4-76. Choke from the knee mount with hand on near side of enemy’s neck, step 1.

(b) Step 2 (Figure 4-77). With your weight on the leg closest to his head, sit through and drive your elbow across his neck.

Figure 4-77. Choke from the knee mount with hand on near side of enemy's neck, step 2.

Figure 4-77. Choke from the knee mount with hand on near side of enemy’s neck, step 2.

(3) Straight Arm Bar from the Knee Mount.

(a) Step 1 (Figure 4-78). If the enemy pushes up with his near side arm, grasp it at the elbow with your arm closest to the enemy’s head. Step over his head with the same side leg.

Figure 4-78. Straight arm bar from the knee mount, step 1.

Figure 4-78. Straight arm bar from the knee mount, step 1.

 

Figure 4-78. Straight arm bar from the knee mount, step 1 (continued).

Figure 4-78. Straight arm bar from the knee mount, step 1 (continued).

(b) Step 2 (Figure 4-79). Sit down as close to his shoulder as possible and lay back into the straight arm bar. You may need to twist slightly toward his legs because the change in your leg position allows him an opportunity to roll out of the technique. You do not need to bring your other leg across his body.

Figure 4-79. Straight arm bar from the knee mount, step 2.

Figure 4-79. Straight arm bar from the knee mount, step 2.

(4) Bent Arm Bar from the Knee Mount.

(a) Step 1 (Figure 4-80). If the enemy tries to push your knee off, grasp his wrist with the hand closest to his legs.

Figure 4-80. Bent arm bar from the knee mount, step 1.

Figure 4-80. Bent arm bar from the knee mount, step 1.

(b) Step 2 (Figure 4-81). Back your knee off of his chest and reach over his arm with the other hand, grasping your own wrist. Your second hand should be wrapped completely around his arm at this time.

Figure 4-81. Bent arm bar from the knee mount, step 2.

Figure 4-81. Bent arm bar from the knee mount, step 2.

(c) Step 3 (Figure 4-82). Move around until his head is between your knees, and pull him up onto his side.

Figure 4-82. Bent arm bar from the knee mount, step 3.

Figure 4-82. Bent arm bar from the knee mount, step 3.

(d) Step 4 (Figure 4-83). Break his grip by pulling his arm quickly toward his head.

Figure 4-83. Bent arm bar from the knee mount, step 4.

Figure 4-83. Bent arm bar from the knee mount, step 4.

(e) Step 5 (Figure 4-84). Step your foot into the small of his back, and break his shoulder by rotating your torso towards his back.

Figure 4-84. Bent arm bar from the knee mount, step 5.

Figure 4-84. Bent arm bar from the knee mount, step 5.

Note: It is important to keep the enemy’s elbow tight to your chest to keep him from escaping.

(5) Variation of Straight Arm Bar from the Knee Mount.

(a) Step 1 (Figure 4-85). If the enemy has a firm grip and you cannot get the bent arm bar, push your arm farther through and grasp your own lapel.

Figure 4-85. Variation of the straight arm bar from the knee mount, step 1.

Figure 4-85. Variation of the straight arm bar from the knee mount, step 1.

(b) Step 2 (Figure 4-86). Stand up and place your foot over his head and in front of his chin.

Figure 4-86. Variation of the straight arm bar from the knee mount, step 2.

Figure 4-86. Variation of the straight arm bar from the knee mount, step 2.


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