Disarming and Weapon Retention

Modern warfare is all about firearms. If you have a gun and the other guy doesn't - and he doesn't surrender before he gets close enough to be a threat - shoot him. In close-quarters battle, though, any tight corner could conceal an enemy close enough to grab your weapon. To counter this, military styles teach how to keep weapons away from unfriendly hands; that is, the Retain Weapon technique.

If the other guy has the gun, the correct response is to take away his weapon and shoot him with it - not to attack with a knife or a jump kick. Thus, military styles teach ways to gain control of an opponent's firearm, too. This is the Disarming technique.

This emphasis on keeping and taking away weapons explains why most military styles favor grappling skills over striking skills, with few exceptions.

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