U.S. Army Combatives – FM 3-25.150

7-01 Angles of Attack

7-1. ANGLES OF ATTACK

Any attack, regardless of the type weapon, can be directed along one of nine angles of attack (Figure 7-1).

Figure 7-1. Angles of attack.

Figure 7-1. Angles of attack.

a. No. 1 Angle of Attack. A downward diagonal slash, stab, or strike toward the left side of the defender’s head, neck, or torso.

b. No. 2 Angle of Attack. A downward diagonal slash, stab, or strike toward the right side of the defender’s head, neck, or torso.

c. No. 3 Angle of Attack. A horizontal attack to the left side of the defender’s torso in the ribs, side, or hip region.

d. No. 4 Angle of Attack. The same as No. 3 angle, but to the right side.

e. No. 5 Angle of Attack. A jabbing, lunging, or punching attack directed straight toward the defender’s front.

f. No. 6 Angle of Attack. An attack directed straight down upon the defender.

g. No. 7 Angle of Attack. An upward diagonal attack toward the defender’s lower-left side.

h. No. 8 Angle of Attack. An upward diagonal attack toward the defender’s lower-right side.

i. No. 9 Angle of Attack. An attack directed straight up-for example, to the defender’s groin.


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