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Unarmed Combat : Hand-to-Hand Fighting Skills from the World's Most Elite Military Units - Martin J. Dougherty

Unarmed Combat

Hand-to-Hand Fighting Skills from the World's Most Elite Military Units

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With the aid of superb line artworks, the SAS and Elite Forces Guide: Unarmed Combat demonstrates to the reader how special forces soldiers are taught to excel in hand-to-hand fighting: how they maximise body weight, and the use of various strikes, throws, locks and constrictions to defeat opponents. It explains how different martial arts have been combined by military units to create hand-to-hand combat systems for defence against multiple assailants, for fighting on the ground, for dealing with edged and impact weapons, what works against attackers with firearms and - more importantly - what doesn't. With tips and techniques from unarmed combat experts, the book is divided into two main sections. The first covers the mental preparation needed to be ready to defend yourself. The second covers the physical techniques needed to defend yourself, and if necessary, strike back to temporarily incapacitate your attacker and escape. With more than 300 easy-to-follow artworks and handy pullout lists of key information, the SAS and Elite Forces Guide: Unarmed Combat is the definitive guide for anyone wanting to be ready for anything - it could save your life. AUTHOR Martin J. Dougherty is a freelance writer and editor specialising in weapons technology, military history and combat techniques. He has previously written Weapons and Fighting Techniques of the Medieval Warrior and contributed to Battles of the Ancient World, Battles of the Medieval World, Battles of the Crusades and Great Military Disasters. SELLING POINTS: An expert account of potentially lifesaving combat information Over 300 easy-to-follow artworks and pullout lists 300 b/w artworks



1. The Threat

2. Win Without Fighting

3. Training to Win


4. The Basics

5. Unarmed Combat Training

6. Your Body's Weapons

7. Striking and Grappling Methods

8. Locks, Controls and Chokes


9. Tactics 10. Defeating Unarmed Attacks 11. Defeating Hand-Held Weapon Attacks

12. Defeating Firearm Threats 13. Fighting on the Ground 14. Fighting Under Adverse Conditions

Final Notes Index

ISBN: 9781906626815
ISBN-10: 1906626812
Series: SAS and Elite Forces Guide
Audience: General
Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 15th April 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 12.7  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.45