Glock 9s. Tasers. F-S knives. These are all nice and handy tools to have at your disposal, no doubt. But every service member must have a level of efficiency in unarmed combat. That goes without saying. 

You don’t have to be at the world champion level. You just have to be practical. Figure out what works and what doesn’t. Most importantly, use it when needed. Consider it a special power you have in your back pocket that you can take out when the situation calls for it. 

This video below pretty much narrowed it down to the essentials, so we will use it as the main talking point for this piece. Some of them do come with a caveat, which we will point out.

The ‘Must-Know’ List of Unarmed Combat Techniques 

If you don’t have this list yet, let this one be your guide. You have to be practical and economical, and that can’t be stressed enough. The least amount of movement with the most effective results. That’s your ultimate goal. 

These are techniques thrown into a bowl and jumbled together to create a hybrid approach that would strike when necessary and subdue upon requirement.

Palm strikes

Gloves in boxing and mixed martial arts aren’t meant to protect the face. They’re meant to protect the hands and knuckles, which are more brittle than you may perceive. And balling your paw into a fist makes it more susceptible to breakage, especially when you try to land it on a helmet-clad attacker. 

That’s where palm strikes come in. Point your palm up towards your target, and land it how you would a straight punch: powered by the torque of the hip. This is a concept called kinetic linking where the force is generated from the hind leg, as it goes up to the legs, the hip, and onto the hand.