Fig. 62-Spring forward and clamp the left hand over the enemy mouth and nose using the method known as the One-Hand Smother. Pinching the nose between your thumb and the first joint of the opposing index finger. Grip the jaws between the heel of the hand and the remaining finger tips. This method alone will require almost two minutes to produce unconsciousness. Holding the dagger in the ice-pick grip, thrust the point well down behind the collarbone (clavicle) and cut side to side. Death will result in three seconds from severing the subclavian artery. JUGULAR THRUST
Fig. 63-Spring forward and employ the One-Hand Smother. Pull the enemy's head to the left and thrust the dagger with edges parallel to the ground well into the leading edge of the sterno-cleio-mastoideus muscle running around the side of the neck. This severs the carotid sheath which contains the carotid artery, jugular vein, and vagus nerve. Cut side to side. Death ensues in twelve seconds, unconsciousness in five. HEART THRUST
Fig. 64-Spring forward, sliding your left arm over the enemy right arm and up to clamp over his mouth from below. Bend him backwards, breaking his balance to the rear. Drive the knife slightly upward under the rib cage, into the chest cavity to penetrate the heart. Cut side to side. Death comes in three seconds, unconsciousness is induced instantly. Very likely these attacks will cause the enemy to drop his weapon, or knock off his helmet or headgear. Should this occur, make no attempt to prevent these incidental noises. Remain still for about ten seconds, listen for sounds of pursuit. It is probable that slight noises will be overlooked, especially if they are unrecognizable. Hearing no sound of pursuit, use the hold of your left arm to drag or carry the sentry backward out of sight. In selecting a knife, three factors should be considered: durability, keenness, and balance. The handle should fit comfortably in the hand. It is essential that the blade have a sharp stabbing point and clean cutting edges. An artery which is torn through by a dull blade tends to contract. An artery which is cleanly severed bleeds freely and is usually a fatal wound.
Fig. 65-Begin by gaining a position above the enemy using the Kuji Ashi, or hide in a superior position and wait for the enemy to come into range. Bear in mind that when being attacked from above, people seldom look up, and they tend to shoot under the target when firing up. Fix your gaze on the back of the enemy skull.
Fig. 66-Drop on the enemy, striking him with your full weight. Employ the knees to strike his shoulders and drive him straight down, breaking your own fall with his body. Try not to land directly on his head; though this frequently snaps the neck, the body does not fall properly. Should the enemy hear or sense your attack as you launch it and turn about, the attack will still succeed.
Fig. 67-Ride the enemy body to the ground, crushing his spine beneath you. Apply the coup de grace by striking the base of the skull with the right Shuto, breaking the neck.
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