FM 3-25.150(FM 21-150)
Strikes are an inefficient method of ending a fight. However, they are a
significant part of most fights, and a soldier must have an understanding
of fighting at striking range. It is important to note that while at striking
range, you are open to being struck. For this reason, it is often better to
avoid striking range.
Section I. NATURAL WEAPONS
The key to developing effective striking skills is understanding range and knowing what
techniques are effective at what range and controlling the transition between ranges.
Techniques are taught individually, but they must be approached as a part of an overall
fighting strategy. Effective striking is not something that can be taught overnight. This
section describes natural weapon techniques of various punches, strikes, and kicks and
addresses the ranges from which they are effective.
The strikes in this section are presented individually. It is important to know that they
will almost never be used this way. Follow-on sections will address combinations and
how strikes fit into an overall fight strategy. Remember that when learning each of the
following strikes to keep your guard up with the non-punching arm.
a. Jab (Figure 6-1). The jab is thrown with the lead hand and is used for controlling
the range, and setting up further techniques. From the basic stance, snap your lead arm
out with a slight pivot of your hip and shoulder. You should rotate your shoulder so that
the punch lands with your palm down and quickly snap your arm back into the ready
position. Your punch should travel in a straight line, and your elbow should never stick
out away from your body at any time during the punch.
Figure 6-1. Jab.
Note: To step into your jab, drive off of your trail leg as you punch and slide your trail
leg forward as you withdraw your punching arm.
b. Reverse Punch (Figure 6-2). The reverse punch is a power punch thrown from
the rear arm. It can be a fight ender by itself, but it is also very useful t