US Army Combatives

2-03 Basic or One Station Unit Training

2-3. BASIC OR ONE-STATION UNIT TRAINING

Combative training in the basic or one-station unit training program is based on 10 hours of available training time, divided into five periods of 2 hours each. The following is a suggested POI for introductory-level combative training.

a. Period 1 – 2 Hours.

  • (1) Introduction to combatives—safety.
  • (2) Combat demonstration performed by instructors or trainers to gain attention and to motivate soldiers.
  • (3) Vital points and vulnerable points.
  • (4) Warm-ups.
  • (5) Stretches.
  • (6) Stances.
  • (7) Elbows and knees.
  • (8) Short punches and strikes.
  • (9) Kicks.
  • (10) Drills. Twenty-five repetitions for each strike—that is, elbows, knees, punches, and kicks-using vital and vulnerable points.
  • (11) Combinations of strikes.
  • b. Period 2 – 2 Hours.
  • (1) Warm-ups and stretches.
  • (2) Review of strikes.
  • (3) Falls.
  • (4) Throws.
  • (5) Proficiency development of falls and throws through repetition.
  • c. Period 3 – 2 Hours.
  • (1) Warm-ups and stretches.
  • (2) Review of falls.
  • (3) Grappling.
  • (4) Chokes.
  • d. Period 4 – 2 Hours.
  • (1) Warm-ups and stretches.
  • (2) Defense and counters against weapons. Angles of attack and defenses of each angle. Knife defense. Knife attacks. Three-foot stick defense. Three-foot stick attacks. Drills. Twenty-five repetitions of defenses against each angle of attack, knife attacks, and 3-foot stick attacks.
  • e. Period 5 – 2 Hours.
  • (1) Warm-ups and stretches.
  • (2) Overall review.

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