U.S. Army Combatives – FM 3-25.150

4-08 Pass the Guard with Strikes

Section II. STRIKES

Striking is an integral part of all actual fighting. Practicing ground-fighting techniques exclusively without strikes is a common mistake.

4-8. PASS THE GUARD WITH STRIKES

a. Step 1 (Figure 4-93). Keeping your head close to the enemy’s chest, drive both hands up the center of his body and then out to control his arms at the biceps.

Figure 4-93. Pass the guard with strikes, step 1.

Figure 4-93. Pass the guard with strikes, step 1.

b. Step 2 (Figure 4-94). Give the enemy a couple of head butts.

Figure 4-94. Pass the guard with strikes, step 2.

Figure 4-94. Pass the guard with strikes, step 2.

Note: Ensure that head butts are not given with the center of the forehead, which could result in injuring your own nose.

c. Step 3 (Figure 4-95). Stand up one leg at a time, and change your grip to one hand on the jacket. Your hips should be pushed slightly forward.

Figure 4-95. Pass the guard with strikes, step 3.

Figure 4-95. Pass the guard with strikes, step 3.

 

Figure 4-95. Pass the guard with strikes, step 3 (continued).

Figure 4-95. Pass the guard with strikes, step 3 (continued).

d. Step 4 (Figure 4-96). With your free hand, strike the enemy a couple of times in the head.

Figure 4-96. Pass the guard with strikes, step 4.

Figure 4-96. Pass the guard with strikes, step 4.

(At this point the enemy may release the grip with his legs. If he does, step 5 is as follows.)

e. Step 5 (Figure 4-97). Press inward with your knees. This will cause his legs to stick out so that you can reach behind one of them. Gain control of the leg and pass normally.

Figure 4-97. Pass the guard with strikes, step 5.

Figure 4-97. Pass the guard with strikes, step 5.

 

Figure 4-97. Pass the guard with strikes, step 5 (continued).

Figure 4-97. Pass the guard with strikes, step 5 (continued).

(If he does not release his legs, step 5 is as follows.)

f. Step 5 (Alternate) (Figure 4-98). While he is distracted by your strikes, step back with one leg and push your hand through the opening. Place your hand on your own knee and squat down to break the grip of his legs. Gain control of his leg and pass normally.

Figure 4-98. Pass the guard with strikes, step 5 (alternate).

Figure 4-98. Pass the guard with strikes, step 5 (alternate).

 

Figure 4-98. Pass the guard with strikes, step 5 (alternate) (continued).

Figure 4-98. Pass the guard with strikes, step 5 (alternate) (continued).


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