- Be aggressive.
- Keep eyes on the opponent.
- Distract the opponent.
- Disable or be disabled.
- Vary the attack to fit the situation.
- Turn the defense into an unrelenting attack.
- Feel superior to your opponent regardless of the latter’s size or evidence of strength.
You know you will have little time to stop and think when engaging in hand-to-hand combat. Therefore, your actions must be automatic. Remember, attack aggressively, with one purpose in mind: to kill.
For a detailed overview, see Combatives, FM 3-25.150, (via U.S. Army).
For a musical memory device to help remember these principles, see the following (via Tazwegian). Note: contains simulated mildly violent imagery.
All of this inspired by the mighty Tomahawk.
What’s your opinion of these principles? Think they would serve you well in a hand-to-hand combat situation? What other suggestions would you advise? Are you also a Patton fan? Tell us in the comments!
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