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U.S. Army Hand-to-Hand Combat Handbook: * Training * Ground-Fighting * Takedowns And Throws * Strikes * Handheld Weapons * Standing Defense * Group Tactics Paperback – July 1, 2010
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From the Back Cover
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
* Handheld Weapons
* Standing Defense
* Group Tactics
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no detailed text whatsoever. avoid unless you want to be a pillow/couch ufc champion
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.
In conclusion, this manual will be of interest to anyone who is into the military hand-to-hand methods, but keep in mind the above comments when it comes to reality-based combat system.
Rating: 3 stars Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Karate Combatives: Reality-Based Karate for the street))