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Proficiency in hand-to-hand combat is one of the fundamental building blocks for training the modern soldier. Soldiers must be prepared to use different levels of force in an environment where conflict may change from low intensity to high intensity over a matter of hours; and many military operations, such as peacekeeping missions or noncombatant evacuation, may restrict the use of deadly weapons. Hand-to-hand combat training can save lives when unexpected confrontations occur.
 
Addressing both hand-to-hand combat and rifle-bayonet fighting, U.S. Army Hand-to-Hand Combat Handbook is illustrated with more than 350 photos and diagrams that cover:
 
* Basic Ground-Fighting Techniques
* Advanced Ground-Fighting Techniques
* Takedowns and Throws
* Strikes
* Handheld Weapons
* Standing Defense
* Group Tactics
* Training

About the Author

This book was written by order of the Secretary of the Army, and was drafted for the Army by Sergeant First Class Matt Larsen.
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Product Details

  • Series: U.S. Army
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599219085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599219080
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Larsen, a career Army Ranger who is best known as a hand-to-hand combat expert and the father of the U.S. Army's Modern Army Combatives Program, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the 75th Ranger Regiment during the course of a 22-year career in the military. Larsen founded the United States Army Combatives School and served as both its commandant and the Director of the Army Combatives program for more than a decade. While there he wrote both the 2002 and 2009 editions of FM 3-25.150 (Combatives).

Since leaving the Army, Larsen has worked as a private security contractor throughout the Middle East and Africa; trained US Marine Corps personal security detachments (PSD) for deployment to Iraq; designed a Combatives systems for the Canadian Special Operations Regiment; and, consulted on the design of Combatives training systems for the US Air Force, the British Royal Marines and the British Infantry.

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this book sucks, the descriptions of how to is maybe 4 sentence(s) long, with the pictures black and white and as mentioned up above both guys are in camo making it difficult to study.

no detailed text whatsoever. avoid unless you want to be a pillow/couch ufc champion
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By Mg42 Pa on April 22, 2014
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I guess it is what it is its an army manual and would be a lot better if it had a DVD with it to demonstrate the technique. I realize the army uses instructors when teaching this.
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By Brad Whitewolf on March 22, 2013
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Very good book on what the Army is using for Combative Hand To Hand Combat. Approached with a modern understanding of what REAL hand to hand is all about.
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By David H. Mitchell on March 24, 2015
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Grandson will use it often.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Truncale TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 4, 2011
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Unfortunately, the U.S. Army moved away from the previous World War 11 combatives program and has now replaced it with mostly UFC (Gracie Jiu-jitsu) sport techniques. As a lifetime student of the martial arts, studying numerous combat systems, including Gracie and other Jujitsu systems, I have enormous respect for this system. However, when we are talking about life and death situations, many of the grappling moves (with the exception of chokes), are impractical for the military. Though the grappling methods can give a great workout to the troops, they are designed for sport rather than serious street combat situations.

One of the statements made several times in this manual is the following: "Strikes are an inefficient method of ending a fight." Not only is this a completely false statement, but it is also a dangerous false assumption. All you have to do is watch the recent UFC fights and it is clear that the most common fight enders are taking the subject down and pound on him with strikes until the referee stops the fight. The second most common fighter ender in the UFC fights is the choke, using various methods. With this in mind, one should read this book with an open mind because there are a lot of good things one can learn, such as the strikes, chokes and arm locks.

The photos showing both participants in Cameos are also a bad idea. The clothing makes it very difficult to actually see the grappling techniques. In conclusion, it is hoped the Army reconsiders many of these techniques and return to the tried and true combatives such as John Kerry's American Combatives, Krav Maga system,the Kelly McCain system, the Jim Wagner's system and other reality-based combat systems.
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