U.S. Army Combatives – FM 3-25.150

4-07 Leg Attacks

4-7. LEG ATTACKS

Leg attacks, although very effective, have the drawback of giving up dominant body position. Therefore, they are not the preferred method of attack. Soldiers must be familiar with them or they will fall easy prey to them. As in all attacks, knowing the technique exists is the primary defense.

a. Straight Ankle Lock.

(1) Step 1 (Figure 4-87). When you are trying to pass the enemy’s open guard, you may catch his foot in your armpit. Wrap your arm around his leg and squat down, ensuring that your opposite side knee comes up between his legs.

Figure 4-87. Straight ankle lock, step 1.

Figure 4-87. Straight ankle lock, step 1.

(2) Step 2 (Figure 4-88). Push away from the enemy, ensuring that you allow his leg to slide through your grip until you are holding around his ankle.

Figure 4-88. Straight ankle lock, step 2.

Figure 4-88. Straight ankle lock, step 2.

(3) Step 3 (Figure 4-89). Bring your outside foot up to push the enemy’s torso back, preventing him from sitting up to counter the lock. Form a figure four on his ankle and finish the break by arching your back.

Figure 4-89. Straight ankle lock, step 3.

Figure 4-89. Straight ankle lock, step 3.

b. Figure-Four Ankle Lock (Figure 4-90). You are on top of the enemy in the north-south position. The enemy may bring his knee up in order to defend against your attacks or attempt to strike you. When he does, reach under his leg from the outside, near the ankle. With the other hand, grasp his foot and form the figure four as shown with the first hand. Apply pressure to break the enemy’s foot.

Figure 4-90. Figure-four ankle lock.

Figure 4-90. Figure-four ankle lock.

c. Straight Knee Bar.

(1) Step 1 (Figure 4-91). The enemy is beneath you and has one of your legs between his. Reach your arm under his far side leg, stand up, and step over his body with your other leg.

Figure 4-91. Straight knee bar, step 1.

Figure 4-91. Straight knee bar, step 1.

 

Figure 4-91. Straight knee bar, step 1 (continued).

Figure 4-91. Straight knee bar, step 1 (continued).

(2) Step 2 (Figure 4-92). Keep your hips as close to the enemy’s as possible and lock your legs behind his buttocks. Break the knee with hip pressure just as in a straight arm bar. You may also place his leg into your armpit to increase the pressure, or switch to the figure-four ankle lock at any time.

Figure 4-92. Straight knee bar, step 2.

Figure 4-92. Straight knee bar, step 2.

 

Figure 4-92. Straight knee bar, step 2 (continued).

Figure 4-92. Straight knee bar, step 2 (continued).


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