Sunday, January 14, 2007

Modern Army Combatives

Modern Army Combatives“Would you recommend this course to others?” I stopped. I didn’t know how to answer this question on the post-course survey that was sitting on the desk in front of me. I mean, seriously, how many people do you know that would be willing to be punched in a face by a drill sergeant several times over a four-hour period?

No, the point of this class was not allowing my former drill sergeant the chance to legally deck me in the face while I was not allowed to strike back or go for take downs, being limited to trying to lock a standing clinch that would limit the damage your opponent to deal out. The purpose of the course was to teach us methods so that we could effectively train other soldiers in hand-to-hand ground combat. We trained for about 40 hours give or take over the span of five days. Back in high school, three hours a day of practice was grueling enough. Could you imagine five eight hour days of grappling?

As I look back, the class was pretty fun. I got to throw down with some good soldiers (and people) incidentally, who didn’t let their egos or ranks get in the way of things. Hell, on the last day we were allowed to throw strikes while rolling on the ground, which changed everything. I’m still unsure on whether I could feel good about suggesting that class to others, even if they were other soldiers. How many people do you know that would volunteer to take the same training without hesitation? I myself knew very little about the training when I volunteered, only discovering the true nature of the class on the first day, and I had second thoughts. I could’ve instead been doing four-hour BS work details on those days instead. In the end, I realize that it was probably for the best that I went through this and it was a good experience.
Song of the Moment: “Some Kind of Monster” by Metallica

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