Archive for the ‘Combatives’ Category

OpEx 23 – Direct Action Combat Performance

Thursday, June 1st, 2023

Founded by MMA fighter and Canadian Army Veteran Randy Turner, Direct Action Combat Performance provides training in the full spectrum of combatives from fighting with small arms, to edged weapons to hand-to-hand.

Studying around the world exposed Randy to a wide variety of styles and he fought professionally for 10 years in MMA, becoming the Canadian Bantamweight Champion in 2012. He trains military, LE and citizens in his methods and has developed a signature knife which we’ll cover soon.

I only got to spend about 20 minutes with Randy but his story is fascinating and I’ll be following up soon with him to tell more about what he and his company does.

World-Renowned Combatives Experts Gather for the First-Ever Combatives Association Summit in Auburndale, Florida

Tuesday, May 16th, 2023

Auburndale, Florida – The Combatives Association is proud to announce the first-ever Combatives Association Summit on September 22-24, 2023, in Auburndale, Florida.

This groundbreaking event will bring together combatives experts, instructors, and enthusiasts worldwide to share their knowledge and skills in studying combatives and entangled fighting.

The Combatives Association Summit is a must-attend event for anyone interested in studying combatives and entangled fighting. With over 17 of the world’s leading experts in the field, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the best in the business.

This three-day event will include workshops, seminars, and demonstrations covering a wide range of topics related to combatives, including close-quarter combat, edged weapons defense, and ground fighting.

One of the unique aspects of the Combatives Association Summit is the focus on entangled fighting, which is an often-overlooked aspect of combatives. Attendees will be able to learn techniques for fighting in close quarters and entangled situations, which is critical for law enforcement officers, military personnel, and anyone who may need to defend themselves in a confined space.

The Combatives Association Summit, organized by the Combatives Association, promotes the study of combatives and entangled fighting.

Notable speakers and attendees include Craig Douglas, Matt Larsen, Cecil Burch, Cliff Byerly, Jon Hauptman, Nick Delgadillo, Cole Miller, Ben Aubin, Guy Schnitzler, Aaron Jannetti, Sam Ferguson, Jerry Wetzel, Chet Palumbo, Devin Crinklaw, Fletch Fuller, and David “Boon.”

Registration for the Combatives Association Summit is now open, and early bird pricing is available until July 5th, 2023.

To register or learn more about the event, please visit For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with event organizers, please get in touch with [email protected]

1st Intel Bn MAI Course Pushes Marines to Their Limits

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023


 Every U.S. Marine is taught the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, but less than 10 percent of those Marines are qualified to teach it. Eight Marines successfully completed Martial Arts Instructor Course 22-23 hosted by 1st Intelligence Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, pushing the Marines past their limits.

MAI courses include MCMAP techniques, combat conditioning, and in-class instruction on different topics from warfighting to the history of the Marine Corps. These courses certify Marines to instruct and monitor MCMAP training and advance Marines in the program, distinguishing them with different colored belts.

“I joined for the mental and physical challenge,” said Cpl. Cameron Gottschalk, a radio operator with 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and the honor graduate for MAI course 22-23. “I’m really hoping I can live up to the standard that our MAITs in the black shirts set for us.”

“In order to be successful out there on the battlefield, we need to put those Marines in the highest stress environment,”

Sgt. Avery Luengo, a martial arts instructor trainer with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.

MCMAP is a combination of mental, character, and physical disciplines. Training in these three disciplines while implementing Marine Corps leadership traits and principles, enhances a Marine’s capability on and off the battlefield.

“The character should already be in the individual, but we’re also going to emphasize the mental and physical aspects,” said Staff Sgt. Inain Torres, a martial arts instructor trainer with 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division. “We are going to teach them how and why you lead your Marines in any kind of war.”

The 1st Intelligence Battalion MAI course prepared future instructors through extreme physical and mental training. Marines must prepare for any fight they may encounter. It is necessary to prepare Marines for times of close-quarter combat.


“In order to be successful out there on the battlefield, we need to put those Marines in the highest stress environment,” said Sgt. Avery Luengo, a martial arts instructor trainer with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. “It is crucial to maintain those leadership traits and principles in combat, even while facing fatigue. That is how we will come out victorious.”

Many Marines attend the course to better themselves and the Marines around them. It is essential to train future instructors properly. MAI’s are entrusted to pass on their knowledge and experiences to the next generation while maintaining the discipline and lethality of the Marine Corps.

LCpl Gadiel Zaragoza, I MEF Information Group

AUSA 21 – Chiron-X1 CQC Armor

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Cervello Global is offering Chiron-X1 CQC Armor with training by Redback One.

Chiron-X1 CQC Armor is made from carbon fiber and padded, allowing the wearer to train at full speed, protecting the wearer from injury due to strikes from blunt force weapons along with punches and kicks as well as the use of marking rounds. Additionally, it provides head, neck, throat and cervical spine protection against compression, hyperextension and whiplash.

To the left of this photo you see a full ensemble while to the right Redback One’s Jason Falla demonstrates that you can scale the armor to the level needed for the type of training being conducted.

Blast From The Past – The Master-at-Arms Discontinued BSA Merit Badge

Sunday, March 21st, 2021

This photo is said to be of Boy Scouts participating in the short-lived Master-at-Arms badge. It was one of the original 14 merit badges which debuted in the 1910 version of the Boy Scout Handbook and unfortunately, this one lasted just a year. The badge was missing from the 1911 version of the manual when it was released.

To earn the badge, a Scout had to master three of the following combat skills (the surviving manual says two):
-Single Stick
-Ju Jitsu
-Quarterstaff Fencing

Kirk Lawson has introduced a reproduction of the original merit badge pamphlet. The drawings come from this manual and you can buy a print version here and download an ebook here.

Interestingly, the pamphlet is dated 1925 but it would not be unheard of for a merit badge pamphlet to continue to be published even after it was no longer a merit badge because they were printed by private publishers at the time, and not by BSA.

Can you imagine such a merit badge today?

REORG x ThruDark Gi Now Available

Monday, December 21st, 2020

The Royal Marines REORG Jiu Jitsu Foundation and ThruDark clothing have collaborated to provide a distinctive Gi from Tatami Fightwear.


The Gi itself features a 350GSM pearl weave jacket with curved side vents for a better fit and extra comfort. As a favoured modern style, this is a standard fitting Gi with a slightly shorter jacket that helps not only with comfort but with range of movement. The pants are made from a 9oz will cotton, making them durable for training and competition. The pants slightly taper to the ankle for better functionality. This make up of the Gi allows for a lightweight but strong option while rolling.

Hand Combat Course Reference Guide by MSG Dale Comstock (USA, Ret)

Monday, December 21st, 2020

MSG Dale Comstock (USA, Ret) has served the United States for 37 years, on both active duty and as a civilian. His individual accomplishments are too numerous to list here, but he describes his service as, “Paratrooper, Green Beret, Delta Force Operator, OGA Paramilitary Operative, and Freelance Soldier.” He brings a wealth of experience.

Having authored several books and working on even more, he recently offered the Hand Combat Course Reference Guide, a manual that he created along with Stephen Aragon in support of the combative course he developed to train 3rd Special Forces Group in Hand Combat back in 1997.

Dale describes the program:

My hand combat program is based on eclecticism – if it works use it approach. It combines western boxing, Ju Jitsu, Karate, Thai Boxing, wrestling, knife fighting, weapons retention and disarm techniques, pressure point control, and more.

I have 6th degree Black Belts in American Karate, Extension Fighting, and a 1st degree BB in Ju Jitsu; I boxed professionally, kick boxed, ran my own MA studio and trainings, and have applied my skills in and out of the ring (a lot).

Get your copy at

Benchmade – SOCP Tactical Folder

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Like the earlier models in the SOCP line, the new tactical folder was designed by Greg Thompson, creator of the Special Operations Combatives Program.

This one is intended for on and off-duty carry. The rapid deployment ring and tip-down carry enhance the speed at which this knife can be deployed from concealment, and the smooth handle dimples allow for confident transition in your hand.

Redesigned with Benchmade’s AXIS-lock technology, this knife won’t leave you fumbling for functionality in stressful situations.