17th Jan2012

Armbars, Combat and the Tactical Athlete

by A.J.

A well executed armbar can quickly end a fight

A few years ago I wrote a concept brief for the Army Special Operations community with respect to a few basic Mixed Martial Arts techniques I thought every person who is called upon to fight in combat should know. I later penned a similar article and farmed it out on the internet under the pen name “Abel Cossas” (google it, somehow it ended up everywhere). In the concept brief I talked about how much training time it would take to make an operator proficient in 15 basic moves and how it could help them achieve objectives and I always wanted to revisit that list and teach those specific moves.

Here is the first of many (hopefully) installments on that idea to get the force informed on what I think we should all know. Now I understand that in a gun fight the last thing you want to be doing is rolling around on the floor trying to submit an opponent but, that not withstanding I feel that providing our operators with some basic fall back on skills can’t really hurt either. As a side note I believe that training in MMA also provides a mental edge to the military athlete that can help provide a holistic solution to the problem of creating military fitness both mental and physical.

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07th Aug2011

Use Boxing to Develop the Total Tactical Athlete

by A.J.

Use Boxing to Increase Tactical Performance

Training for combat is a long arduous process but if you don’t get exposure to a bunch of stuff out there you will never reach your maximum potential on the battlefield. I think boxing could be one of the best skills for Tactical Athletes. We spend tons of money trying to find a less than lethal means of subduing the enemy. Often you need intel or he doesn’t rise to the threat level that requires fatal force, so you need a new tool to incapacitate the bad guys. Obviously punching terrorists in the face isn’t always the right answer, but when it is make sure you got that tool in the box. I put together a super basic crash course in boxing while wearing kit, I am going to link it to this post. Also keep in mind if you decide that boxing is going to be a go-to tool in your arsenal I would highly suggest getting some gloves with knuckle protection for the field , I will link some at the end of the post to give you an idea of what I am talking about if you have never seen some of the biker like tactical gloves out there. Here is the video I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it. Please leave your comments or suggestions; also I am taking requests on stuff you would like to see.

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24th Jul2011

15 Ways to Improve Training

by A.J.

Unfortunately getting out to the field to conduct some good combat training is difficult these days will such a high operational tempo and so many demands placed on the force. These obstacles make it absolutely imperative to get the most out of training. These 15 steps when applied in a well disciplined approach can greatly improve your combat training and that of your team.

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