US Army Combatives

Archive for January, 2012

Building Soldier Confidence through Combatives

Two Soldiers stood opposite of each other on a gym mat, one Soldier armed with boxing gloves, the other, bare-fisted. As the unarmed Soldier barreled forward, the boxing gloves repeatedly connected with his face and head, yet he pushed onward, eventually locking his opponent’s arms so he could no longer swing them.

Seventeen Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, participated in the Modern Army Combatives Program level one certification course from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 here.

Sgt. Raul Doss, a mortarman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-27 Inf. Regt., said the course teaches Soldiers how to establish dominance in ground combat through a variety of grappling techniques.

“It teaches the basics of ground fighting and grappling,” Doss said. “Once the fight goes to the ground, it’s important to gain control of your opponent, gain dominant body positions and finish the fight.” (continue reading…)

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