ST 31-204 Hand to Hand Fighting is an old Army manual teaching basic Karate and Tae Kwon Do movements for use in unarmed combat.
Additionally to the manual, while writing this I had flashbacks to Paris Island and the words “how high? “Boot top high!” got my ADD stirred up so after a google search I found a documentary on USMC L.I.N.E training as taught at Boot camp.
Officially, the name stands for Linear Infighting Neural Override Engagement; this is, however, a backronym coined during the project’s inception.
L.I.N.E is a close quarters combat system, derived from various martial arts, used by the United States Marine Corps between 1989 and 1998, and then from 1998 through to 2007 for the US Army Special Forces. It was developed by retired combat-arms Marine Ron Donvito.
As I was on active duty from 1993-1999 this was the primary unarmed training I received.
I don’t think learning physical skills like self defense should be learned from a book. But, if you have some training and someone to practice with the PDF ST 31-204 Hand to Hand Fighting and the video below can assist and offer some additional information.
Just watching a video or thumbing through the pages of a book is not enough. If you feel the need to learn empty hand fighting techniques then I recommend finding a good instructor. Having someone knowledgeable watch you and guide you will prevent you from many mistakes later on.
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