Softening Techniques

Handgun retention techniques use softening techniques applied to pressure points. Bone pressure

and strikes with the hands (i.e., hammer fist), knees, and feet are also effective softening techniques.

Strikes. If it is difficult to apply a retention technique, Marines employ strikes or kicks to force the opponent to loosen his grip. Strikes to the

eyes, the arms (radial nerve), or shoulder (brachial plexus tie in) soften the opponent's grip on the weapon.

Pressure Points. Marines use pressure point techniques to get the opponent to loosen his grip. Marines use their finger tips to apply pressure to the webbing between the index finger and thumb, the jugular notch, and the brachial plexus tie in. The following figure illustrates pressure applied to the brachial plexus tie in.

Brachial Plexus Tie

Kicks and knee strikes to the peroneal nerve, the femoral nerve, or the groin are effective because the opponent is typically unprepared to counter the strike.

Bone Pressure. Bone pressure is the application of pressure on a bone against a hard object to initiate pain compliance. To apply bone pressure, Marines use their hand to trap the opponent's hand on the weapon. Marines apply a slow, steady pressure to the opponent's hand and fingers until his grip is softened or he releases his hold.

Stomping on the top of the opponent's foot may distract him or loosen his grip on the weapon.

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