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Hand-To-Hand Combat Training

This Hand-To-Hand Combat Training guide will teach you how you can kill another person with your own two hands. The information presented here will be very helpful to the beginner and will also serve as a refresher for those of you already familiar with the subject.

I will start off by talking about basic things such as stance, what you should and shouldn’t do when fighting and other information that the beginner will need to know. Then, I will give you a list of over 20 vulnerable points that one should always try attacking in a fight along with the way these points should be attacked. Finally, I will give you some more fighting tips and information on how you can continue learning about hand-to-hand combat.

Now, let me discuss some of the basics you will need to know when you are in any combat situation.


The best stance when confronting an enemy is to put your feet at shoulders length apart and your arms should be facing forward, parallel to each other and bent at the elbows. Keep your knees slightly bent and stand on the balls of your feet.

Remember, you always want to maintain this stance when you are not striking at the enemy.


It is always important that you keep your balance. If you use the stance I have described above, you will never have to worry about it. If by chance you do lose your balance even for a second you can kiss your ass goodbye as the enemy will probably kill you.


Always be aggressive and always attack. Don’t just stand back and defend yourself against the enemy’s strikes as he will end up killing you eventually. If you are not aggressive, the enemy will think you are scared and he will have an advantage over you.

A great thing to do is yell at the enemy. This will scare the shit out of him if you start yelling at him and plus it also allows you to get more oxygen in your lungs so you will have more strength.

Natural Weapons

Your natural weapons are as follows: knife edge of either hand, the heel of your hands, your fingers folded at the second knuckle, your boot, your elbow, your knees, your teeth, your fore finger and second finger forming a “V” shape, and your fist. These body parts alone are some of the most powerful weapons you can use.

Since you now know the basics of fighting, let me list for you the best places where you should strike your enemy.


A sharp blow to the temple ensures instant death since there is a large artery and nerve located close to the skin surface. If you give a medium blow to the temple it will cause severe pain and concussion but a hard blow will kill the enemy instantly. The best way to strike the temple is with the knife edge of your hand or if he is on the ground you can kick him with the toe of your boot.


The eyes are a great place to strike if you can since a good strike in the eyes will cause temporary or permanent blindness. To blind the enemy, make a “V” shape with your fore finger and second finger and stick them into his eyes while keeping your fingers stiff. Also, you can gouge the eyes with your thumb.


The nose is another excellent place to attack. Hit the bridge with the knife edge of your hand and you will cause breakage, severe pain, temporary blindness and even death. Or you can use the palm of your hand to strike upwards and push the nose up into his brain. If done hard enough the nose bone will puncture his brain and he will die.

Upper Lip

The upper lip contains a lot of nerves close to the skin surface so if you strike it with the knife edge of your hand it will cause great pain and if delivered hard enough he will become unconscious.


If the enemy is on the ground, use the heel of your boot and strike him on the mouth. Since there are a lot of veins and arteries in the teeth there will be a lot of blood which will frighten the enemy and he will lose concentration on defending other parts of his body.


The chin should only be struck with the palm of your hand as you can break your fingers on the enemy’s chin. Use the palm of your hand and strike the enemy with a very strong upward blow. This will cause extreme discomfort.

Adam’s Apple

Usually the enemy will defend this part of his body well but if you do get the chance give it a sharp hit with the knife edge of your hand. If you hit it hard enough you will bust his windpipe and he will die. You can also squeeze the Adam’s Apple between your fingers.


If you have a chance to get a hold of his neck, press your thumbs into his esophagus (located below the Adam’s Apple). Pushing hard will be very painful and it will block the oxygen flow to his lungs and he will die quickly.


If you give a very strong blow to the base of the neck with the knife edge of your hand you will usually break it. However, if it is not hard enough, the enemy might just be knocked unconscious so be sure to hit him in the temple or twist his neck around to be sure he is dead. The neck is the best place to hit someone if you want to be quiet as it is quick and the enemy goes down without a word.

Collar Bone

The collar bone is an extremely sensitive part of the body. A sharp blow to it with the knife edge of your hand or your elbow gives the enemy excruciating pain. Also, digging your finger into the collar bone can bring your enemy to his knees.


The shoulder is easy dislocated and it takes little strength to do. However, it should be done quickly. Grab the enemy’s arm and pull it behind his back and then jerk it upwards quickly. You should here a popping sound which means you have dislocated the enemy’s shoulder. There are other methods of doing this but this is the easiest.


Although it is hard to get at, the armpit has a large network of nerves. If the enemy is on the ground, hold up his arm and then kick him in his pit. This will cause severe pain. However, it is not a very common place that will be struck in a fight but is good to keep in mind anyways.

Rib Cage

A strike to the rib cage with your fingers folded at the second knuckle is rather painful and if done hard enough causes severe pain and breakage. Only use your fingers folded at the second knuckle since that hurts the most.

Solar Plexus

The solar plexus is located on the chest at the little “V” shaped point where the rib cage ends. There are a large amount of nerves so a blow with the knuckle of your second finger can cause severe pain and even unconsciousness.

Floating Ribs

The floating ribs are the lower ribs located at the front and sides of the enemy’s body. Use the knife edge of your hand or the heel or toe of your boot. The blow will cause pain and will stun the enemy.


A blow to the spine with the heel of your boot can paralyze or kill your enemy. The lower spine between the enemy’s kidneys is the best place to hit as that is the least protected part of the spine. You will only be able to attack the spine when your enemy is on the ground or if his back is turned to you.


The kidneys have two large nerves that are close to the skin surface. If you strike the kidneys hard it will cause death. You can use a fist or the knife edge of your hand to hit the kidneys. Or a kick with the heel of your boot will work too.


The groin is a good place to strike if you get the chance. Generally, the enemy will protect this area the most but if you have a chance, strike it with your knee in an upward motion or with your fist. I’m sure you can imagine the pain the enemy will get from it.


The tailbone which is located above the anus is a very sensitive part of the body as a lot of spinal nerves are located there. Use the toe of your boot to strike the tailbone. The pain from that is unbelievably severe.


The elbow is easy to break or dislocate. Pull the enemy’s arm behind him and with the palm of your hand push his elbow inwards until it either cracks or pops. When the enemy has a useless arm, you have a great advantage over him.


The fingers should be broken because the enemy becomes almost helpless with broken fingers. Grab the enemy’s arm with one hand and with the other hand push the fingers upwards until they snap. It is only necessary to break the first two fingers. It is also helpful in breaking a grip.


You can destroy the knee by kicking it with the side of your boot in an upward motion. This will rip the ligaments and the cartilage. This will cause unbelievable pain and make it impossible for the enemy to move around. Once a knee has been ruined, you will have a great advantage over the enemy.


If the enemy is on the ground, get a hold of his ankle and twist it until it snaps. This will make it almost impossible for him to walk and he will then be easy to kill.

Let me talk about some more important things you should remember when you are fighting somebody.


Always try to throw your enemy off balance. You can do this by charging the enemy and pretending to strike him. This will make him flinch and lose his balance.

Always look for a weak spot and attack it. Whenever he leaves a vulnerable part of his body unprotected attack it with all your strength. By doing this, he will then try to protect the part of his body that you just struck thus leaving even more unprotected parts open.

Use any available object that you can. By this I mean throw sand in his eyes, block his strikes by hitting him with a large branch, or any other kind of available material that can be used as a weapon against him.

Foul Play

In a life or death situation there is no such thing as foul play and there are no rules either. Although hitting someone in the groin is considered a cheap shot in high school, it is a very effective way of destroying your enemy. Just hit him where you can and kick him when he’s down. That way, he will never get back up again.

I have now explained to you the basics of fighting and the best places to attack your enemy on his body. Just because you have read this file doesn’t mean you will be able to go out and kick somebody’s ass in. These methods take a lot of practice in order to do them properly.

If you enjoyed this file and would like to practice these methods get a partner who is also interested in this and work on each type of strike and kick. When you first start out, go slowly and remember that these methods are deadly and do not require much force to be effective so take it easy on your partner.

Some of you may decide that practicing is not enough and you would like to learn more than what I have told you in the above. Well, there are several good books with illustrations on this subject which go into much more detail than I ever could in this file. The book I used mainly to write this file was “The Marine Corps Field Manual on Physical Security”. You can get this book through a good book store or if you happen to know a marine, he can get you a copy very easily.

There are also camps where you can go for 1-2 weeks to learn all sorts of things like this such as firing weapons, detailed hand-to-hand combat, doing raids on enemies and all sorts of other stuff like that. The instructors that teach these programs are well trained and have had years of experience with this. However, usually you have to be 18 years or older to get into these programs and you have to be very serious about it as well. This is not one of those programs where you can say “Time-out, I need to rest.” They don’t stop just to suit you. To get more information about these programs, you can usually find out about them in magazines like “Soldier of Fortune” and other magazines with similar theme.

Well, that’s it for now. Perhaps in the future I can discuss the fun stuff like fighting people with knives and all the other lethal weapons you can use in a fight. If you liked this Hand-To-Hand Combat Training guide, let me know and I will continue on with this subject.

Comments (19)

  • Armin

    nice man i like this keep up…. 😀
    also if you continue can you make the ahhh that parts of body you can hit to disable enemy kidneys ribs..etc you know.. keep up the god work

  • velhelm25

    very nice keep up the good work and that is true about foul play in a Real fight your not gonna worry about a “cheap shot” or who hit who first.

  • Guy

    This was very informative.

  • Samir

    umm would somebody tell me what the knife edge of a hand is please? i would really apreciate it

  • VPK9

    If you’re wondering what the knife edge of the hand is, just think of a karate chop.

  • facepalm

    this was obviously written by someone with ZERO hand-to-hand combat experience. probably didn’t even have serious training, either

  • Mister

    I have been practicing capoeira for some time, and I find that it helps out a lot with balance. In capoeira there’s sort of a dance that is the basis of the art. The dance is called the jinga, and getting used to it can help you to stay on your feet at all times. The only way you will fall is to be picked up and thrown or slammed on the ground. But knowing different techniques to defend yourself can prevent that from happening. I can stay on my feet even if someone pushes me with a substantial amount of force. It works. I would recommend trying it out and practicing the jinga for balance.

  • AnarchyisFun

    Just putting this out there but too add insult to injury if you punch someone hard enough in the kidney they can piss blood for quite some time.. im just saying

  • brice

    i liked it all but the stances you cant balance on the balls of your feet and it leaves you volnerable when i need to strike i follow all punches with my body wieght by twisting off my toes into my opponents face.

  • Ron

    I disagree with one thing you said in your article about hand-to-hand combat. Sun Tzu once said that the most intrical part of combat is deception. That means that if you appear weak or scared, and you’re really not, and your opponent perceives you as weak or scared, you have the advantage NOT your enemy.

  • shadowknight

    Someone who wrote the above seems to have been watching far too much television.

  • shadowknight

    attacking an opponent once they are grounded, or from the back when they can’t see you coming is a sign of true cowardice. For those of you that are kids (all of you) cowardice means someone who can’t fight one on one, or needs to blindside an opponent to get the upperhand.

  • shadowknight

    Once the knee has been “ruined” the battle SHOULD be over with.

  • shadowknight

    once you incapacitate (to make so they can’t fight) there is NO real reason for one to continue the fight by killing the enemy. He means and cannot do any more harm to you. Legally speaking, once the enemy is incapacitated and you continue on, well lets just say one would get about 15 years to life in prison for murder. self defense goes out the window once the attacker is incapacitated.

  • shadowknight

    some wannabe billy badass school bully wrote this. He “THINKS” he knows what he’s talking about, but put him up against a REAL fighter, and watch him run like the little bitch he really is

  • shadowknight

    who talks to their enemy in a combat situation? I’m surprised you made it long enough to even make this post. First time you TALK to your enemy you’re dead yourself. @Self Defense Knives

  • (Wolf147)

    Never carry a knife into a

    Yelling is useless unless trying to attract attention which in this case is only good for emergencies.If you are trying to scare the opposers then stare at them in the eyes and remain calm. Nothing strikes more fear than someone who knows what they are doing.Keep a clear mind.Just think about what is happening and your priorities.Mantain aware of your surroundings.Listen to the sounds in the background.Think realistically.If you have super powers then they will eventually show. You do not have to invoke them.

    For Oxygenation; use breathing techniques.Avoid hyperventilation.

    The stance described above has some flaws.The hands go in an open loose position in front of your cheeks with as you feel comfortable and your head tucked down into your collar waist.Your hands have the role of deflecting incoming strikes away from you and are faster when open.This makes it easier to protect your upper body.You also stand with on loose foot forward and lean on your back leg.

    Knife hand:
    Your hand should be relaxed and in an arcked position with all finger tips in but aligned with the hand. You tense your hand at the moment before impact and you mantain it. You strike the target with the joint area where your lowest finger connects to your hand and push through the impacted area.

    Solar Plexus:
    A fast hard strike in this area will stop the heart. It can also re activate the heart if done right in an emergency. If done wrong you will crush it.

    All joints are vulnerable as long as they are joints. You can always twist them into dislocation.All joints have nerves which allow for either full or local paralyzation of it’s body.

    How to snap a neck:
    About : This is an effective way in permanently eliminating a target without spilling blood.The key feature in this is to have the vertebrae in the neck area loosened, and then quickly twisted in a violent motion.This is an effective method because it not only severs the nerves but also the raquidius bulb which controls basic functions(breathing ,heartrate ,nerves impulses ,etc). It is an instant but very painful death.
    How : You pull the head in an upwards motion very hard.Then twist the head sideways and bottom first in your direction.

  • Volkolv

    As for stance, Try not to put all your weight on one foot, keep knees slightly bent, and lean ever so slightly forward.

    A lil tip for a better kick is to twist your planted foot in the direction of the kick. It increases stability and when executed properly adds rotational force thus enables you to inflict a faster, more powerful kick.

    As for punching, twist your fist on impact and push your index and middle knuckle forward while pulling your ring and pinky knuckles backward.
    If you punch with the right hand, twist the fist clockwise, and counter clockwise with the left. The addition of the rotational force does make quite a difference. Try it out on your thigh, you’ll see.

    Never underestimate the usefulness of a palm thrust, they may not hurt as much as a fist, but it is more apt to unbalance the attacker, leaving him open to additional blows.

    If you do flinch, don’t flinch away from the attacker in a backward fashion, Instead flinch forward and to one side or another. The reason for this is two-fold. First it is difficult for the attacker to change the direction of his attack, and second people are most vulnerable while attacking.

    Also, don’t look at the dudes head, look right about the middle of the chest. That way you can see his arms, legs, and head in your peripheral vision. It make it difficult for the attacker to judge where your next strike will be aimed, and makes it easier for you to react when being struck at.

  • Volkolv

    Oh and don’t fight to win, fight to kill. If you win before you kill, then stop.

  • SGTPawlikowski

    You are the true dumbass and how old aree you because i have the distinct feeling your a nerdy virgin who cant fight at all@shadowknight

  • SGTPawlikowski

    Oh and about him bieng incapacitated and then you killing him bieng against the law no one needs to now he was incapacitated and i doubt you’ll be spending 15 years in prison because that would be heat of the moment and self defence so probably a lot shorter sentence

    and if you THINK you know so much go make a website i’d like to see your knowledge on the subject@shadowknight

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