Knife combat under water, features, distances, optimal attack paths and knife protection.

Knife combat under water has its own specifics and features. The most effective and efficient underfoot underwater can be carried out while being at a medium and near distance from the enemy. 

Knife combat under water, features, distances, optimal attack paths and knife protection.

The average and near distances of underwater combat with a knife, this distance is less than an outstretched arm and to direct contact. There is no clear separation between them. Conditionally, we can assume that the average distance is the distance from the outstretched arm to the moment of approach. When the shoulder is pressed against the body and the separation distance is approximately equal to the length of the forearm.

All that is closer than this is already close range and close battle. Due to environmental conditions (including the wetsuit in mind), at these distances you have to wage a knife fight under water to the touch. That is, not always seeing visually what the enemy is doing. The most optimal are short cutting movements. They allow you to find the optimal attack path or defense.

Most defense techniques are performed by attacking movements. Cutting or stitching. These principles can be the basis of both attacks and defenses. Consider a knife fight under water, when the attack is carried out from a distance of medium distance.

Knife combat under water, features, distances, optimal attack paths and knife protection.

Knife attack underwater from a medium distance.

The enemy goes closer and reduces the distance to the far. Then he performs a fraudulent movement, to which the swimmer reacts as a possible attack, reduces the distance to the average and, changing the direction of the blow, attacks the enemy to defeat.

The best thing is not to stop on the trajectory of the defensive movement. Change its direction before contact with the attacking limb. In any case, an attacking knife from such a distance should be carried out with a stabbing blow. Because cutting effects can bring tangible results if the opponent is without a wetsuit. Otherwise, a wetsuit with insulation is a fairly reliable protection.

Knife combat under water, features, distances, optimal attack paths and knife protection.

When the edge of the blade found the enemy’s hull and is located at an acute angle to it, a jerk-shock action follows. Allows the blade to penetrate to a depth or catch on the enemy. This is followed by a repeated similar exposure. Already at a slightly different angle, with the help of the other hand, which either enhances the push, or holds and pushes the opponent’s blow.

A knife fight underwater of this nature is very effective. Firstly, due to the fact that the enemy, as a rule, does not see the attack trajectory and learns about it already from his own feelings. Secondly, such an attack, as a rule, continues with a tumbling movement, which, with sufficient penetration of the blade, inflicts significant damage to the enemy, preventing him from continuing the battle.

Knife combat under water, features, distances, optimal attack paths and knife protection.

The technique for practicing the technique of such attacks is no different from the sequence of practicing other techniques. Knife combat under water begins to be studied with exercises on the shore and continues to be developed under water as it is mastered. Reaching exercises with a partner on wooden or rubber knives. In addition to all of the above, you must always remember that the knife is also used at depth to protect against attacks by fish and other marine animals, such as the octopus.

Based on materials from the book GRU Special Forces Knife Fight.
Avilov V.I..

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