How to Use a Near Side Arm Sweep to Take an Assailant Down

Excerpted from Street Stoppers: The Martial Arts Most Devastating Trips, Sweeps, and Throws for Real Fighting by Loren W. Christensen and Mark Mireles

It’s common for a fighter to “eat it” when trying to force a leg sweep. Remember, if you have to force a technique the move might not be the best one for the situation. Using the hands to sweep is a great example of thinking outside the box, which you sometimes have to do to survive in the street. Hand sweeps are not only effective, but are often safer since you don’t have to make a major commitment with your leg. On the down side, they are not as powerful as leg sweeps.

Nearside Arm Sweep

1. From the over-under position, drive your upper body into the attacker’s chest to immobilize him on his heels. Enter at an oblique 45-degree angle, dropping your left arm under his body to hook his knee.

2. Pull backward with the hook and drive your upper body forward.

2a. Close-up of hand and chest pressure.

3. He falls to the lawn.

Elbow Strike Application: Arm Bar and Take Down Video

In this video, Jeff W. Rosser teaches an application for the upward elbow strike from his forthcoming book, "Combative Elbow Strikes: A Guide to Strikes, Blocks, Locks, and Take Downs." This application uses the upward elbow strike to block a haymaker followed by an arm bar to a take down. Preorder "Combative Elbow Strikes" at

See more elbow strike application videos at the Combative Elbow Strikes Youtube Channel

Roll and Strike Recovery Drill video

Veteran law enforcement officer Kevin Dillon teaches an essential self-protection drill, the Roll and Strike Drill which trains you to quickly recover from a fall and aggressively counterattack your assailant from the ground. This instructional segment is taken from the Police Combat Tactics 1 video and is part of the new Police Defensive Tactics video app