Weapon redirecting for military self-defence CQC battlefield dagger disarming

In an evasive dagger disarming skill employment if the weapon holding hand has been seized and secured the following increases disarming chances and increases safety. Employing an opposing-forces grip of the weapon holding wrist joint and hand.

The first grip should be an over hand grip to reduce the likelihood of your enemy breaking your grip with an upward bicep curling action against your thumb joint. Your index finger and thumb of your overhand grip should be tightly fixed around the wrist joint with your remaining fingers tightly holding the weapon holding hand reducing your enemy’s capability to manipulate the blade against you.

Your secondary grip should be an underhand grip of the lower forearm immediately above your overhand grip of the weapon holding wrist and hand.

By pushing the seized and secured weapon holding hand away from you and levering it forward and diagonally groundward, you can interfere with your enemy’s balance making them direct some level of focus away from combative intentions and onto their stability. Lock your arms and use your torso, buttocks, and legs to redirect the weapon holding hand not arm on arm strength. Push your shoulder hard in against the enemy’s torso and slide your leg stamping boot into position boot to boot for a stamp kick threat neutralisation execution.

To hold a formidable enemy’s weapon holding hand with a single hand grip increases risk and to block forearm to forearm to forearm against a dagger holding hand is suicidal and shows a lack of practical smarts and knowledge regarding violence with an edged weapon. Only an armed fool would leave his weapon holding arm statically in mid-air against a blocking arm. Such training is more choreography and nothing like the reality of a skilled goal driven dagger armed enemy employing rapid multiple thrusts extending and retracting so fast that every thrust is a visual blur.

If the situation presents itself to redirect the weapon at your enemy, this would increase your safety by moving the dagger away from you and enhance your enemy disarming capabilities by causing them to drop their weapon to avoid being penetrated with their own weapon. If they are penetrated with their own weapon releasing the grip of their weapon will stop the penetration continuation and is a real self-preservation likelihood for a wounded desperate enemy.

The reality for military battlefield CQC is maximise and take advantage of every means of threat neutralisation.


Article written by Tank Todd

Special Operations CQB Master Chief Instructor. Over 30 years experience. The only instructor qualified descendent of Baldock, Nelson, and Applegate. Former instructors include Harry Baldock (unarmed combat instructor NZ Army WWII), Colonel Rex Applegate OSS WWII and Charles Nelson, US Marine Corps. Tank has passed his Special Forces combative instructor qualification course in Southeast Asia and is certified to instruct the Applegate, Baldock and Nelson systems. His school has been operating for over eighty years and he is currently an Army Special Operations Group CQB Master Chief Instructor. His lineage and qualifications from the evolutionary pioneers are equalled by no other military close combat instructor. His operation includes his New Zealand headquarters, and 30 depots worldwide as well as contracts to train the military elite, security forces, and close protection specialists. Annually he trains thousands of exponents and serious operators that travel down-under to learn from the direct descendant of the experts and pioneers of military close combat. Following in the footsteps of his former seniors, he has developed weapons, and training equipment exclusive to close combat and tactical applications. He has published military manuals and several civilian manuals and produced DVDs on urban self protection, tactical control and restraint, and close combat. He has racked up an impressive 100,000+ hours in close combat.