FM 3 25.150 PDF

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This will result in fewer serious injuries from the more dynamic moves. The wrist is very easily damaged, and twisting the knee does not become painful until it is too late. With competence comes the understanding rm controlled aggression and the ability to remain focused while under duress. Position refers to the location of the fighter’s body in relation to his opponent’s.

Training in combatives includes hard and arduous physical training that is, at the same time, mentally demanding and carries over to other military pursuits.

Before any killing or disabling technique can be applied, the soldier must first gain and maintain one of the dominant body positions Chapter 3, Section I. Enter Your Email Address.


Generally, a soldier must keep his center of gravity low and his base wide-much like a pyramid. The natural progression of techniques, as presented in this manual, will instill these principles into the soldier. Most training should be conducted in an area with soft footing such as a grassy or sandy area. The exceptions are wrist attacks and twisting knee attacks.


The culmination of a successful physical fitness program, enhancing individual and unit strength, flexibility, balance, and cardiorespiratory fitness. A vital principle when fighting is to gain control of the enemy by controlling this relationship. Attacks on most of these joints are very painful long before causing any injury, which allows full-force training to be conducted without significant gm of injury.


They are the most effective way to incapacitate an enemy and, with supervision, are also safe enough to apply in training exactly as on the battlefield.

Many military operations, such as peacekeeping missions or noncombatant evacuation, may restrict the use of deadly weapons. The techniques of Army combatives should be taught in the order presented in this manual. Each technique has a window of effectiveness fmm upon the amount of space between the two combatants. During a fight a soldier must keep his ability to think.

A hard surface gm is not appropriate for combatives training. A soldier cannot always count on being bigger and stronger than the enemy. More importantly, combatives training helps to instill courage and self-confidence. He must not allow fear or anger to control his actions. Balance refers to the ability to maintain equilibrium and to remain in a stable upright position. They are arranged to not only give the natural progression of techniques, but to present the more dangerous techniques after the soldiers have established a familiarity with the dynamics of combative techniques in general.


Striking is an inefficient way to incapacitate an enemy. 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. If training mats are available, they should be used.

Striking can be practiced with various types of protective padding such as boxing gloves. Base refers to the posture that allows a soldier to gain leverage from the ground. Training should be continuously focused on the realities of fighting.

Proficiency in hand-to-hand combat is one of the fundamental building blocks for training the modern soldier.

FM 3-25.150 Combatives

Supple misdirection 33 the enemy’s strength allows superior technique and fight strategy to overcome superior strength. By using leverage, a fighter can have a greater effect on a much larger enemy. The Army’s combatives program has been specifically designed to train the most competent fighters in the shortest possible time in the safest possible manner.

Things are often going on around the fighters that could have a direct impact 251.50 the outcome of the fight such as opportunity weapons or other personnel joining the fight. He should, therefore, never try to oppose the enemy in a direct test of strength.