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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).

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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.

Parry Control Shorts

Sunday, December 8th, 2019

Parry Control Shorts are designed for grappling, but feature a 7″ inseam which may be kind of short for some of you who want to cover down to the knee. They are made from an abrasion resistant fabric with just a bit of mechanical stretch.

While they are also available in Black, Blue, and Yellow, the Tigerstripe pattern is my favorite.

Soldiers Showcase Combatives Skills in Kuwait

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — Booming cheers and thunderous applause from the crowd of U.S. and Kuwaiti service members, police officers and civilians fill the air as two competitors grapple on an oversized blue mat in the center of the Camp Arifjan zone 1 gym, June 23, 2019.

Loud music combined with the crowd noise makes it difficult for people trying to hear the person sitting next to them. Through all that noise, one distinctive voice pierces through like a knife.

“Pass that knee, pass that bottom knee,” yells Sgt. Linsey Williams, a public affairs specialist with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard, as veins bulge out the sides of her neck.

Williams is coaching Staff Sgt. Kenry Trowers to help him remember an evasive maneuver during his match with a member of the Kuwaiti navy in a friendly bout between the two nations.

The crowd noise softens during a less active moment in the match, then suddenly it erupts again as one competitor gains an advantage. The one constant through this fluctuating energy is Williams; even when the cheers subside she coaches.

“Control his knees man, he’s going to try and bring them in,” said Williams as she leans forward in her chair, edging as close to the action as possible.

Williams got her first taste of grappling in the basic combatives course during her initial entry training with the U.S. Army in 2011.

“While I was at Fort Meade, Maryland, I found a gym and kind of got hooked,” said Williams.

Not long after she completed initial entry training, Williams deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in 2011. While at Camp Arifjan, Williams joined a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club.

“That’s where I really started, it was such an experience that I knew it was something I had to carry with me when I got home,” said Williams.

Williams is taking a coaching role in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club and in the combatives tournament during her second deployment to Camp Arifjan.

“This was my time to help others as they started their competitive journey,” Williams said.

Captain Dylan Grayston, an assistant air officer with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, improved his grappling by cross-training with Williams.

“Sergeant Williams has taught me a lot,” said Grayston. “It has been great having that experience having that comradery and training.”

Trowers, an air movement request noncommissioned officer in charge with Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, won his match with coaching from Williams. Trowers said he encourages others interested in combatives to come see Williams for coaching.

“If you guys want to get better at combatives, we train at zone 6 Monday through Friday at 7:30 p.m.,” said Trowers.

Once the matches were complete and medals were presented the crowd dispersed, but Williams remains to coach and mentor all eager to improve.

“It has been a really great experience … getting to coach in real time … it has been a cool way for me to link my understanding of competing with my understanding of helping others compete,” said Williams.

After her deployment to Camp Arifjan, Williams plans to return to Minnesota and continue to train and work toward a possible Ultimate Fighting Championship career.

By SSG Justin Hardin

Warrior EAST 19 – Benchmade Mini SOCP

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Debuting today is the Mini SOCP. designed by Special Operations Combatives Program founder Greg Thompson and profuced by Benchmade, this is a more compact version of thr popular dagger.

The 440C stainless blade on the Mini is 2.22″ for enhanced concealability.

Greg showed me another grip for using the knife. Despite the shorter blade, it can still be inserted up to 5″ and pulled out via the ring. If you twist while doing this, it opens the wound channel even more.

On the sheath, they’ve modified the clip to lock into PALS webbing, pockets and belts and added a leather sweat pad to combat abrasion caused by the ring. This sweat pad can be retrofitted to existing SOCPs.

RMJ Tactical – Angry Steve Thumpers

Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Sometimes things need thumped and sometimes they need to be small and compact. RMJ Tactical has that covered for you with the 12″ Angry Steve Hickory Thumper! The 12″ is small enough to fit in your EDC bag, glove compartment, computer case, etc.  These are small enough to never be left behind.

Hand made from Tennessee Hickory and built for bashin’! Why hickory, you ask? Well aside from using local Tennessee materials, hickory excels far beyond many other types of wood for impact resistance and is very dense so it absorbs and withstands impacts very well. 

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Field Notes Ep 37 – Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for Law Enforcement Featuring Royce Gracie

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

In this episode, Royce Gracie discusses Gracie Jiu-Jitsu  techniques for Law Enforcement Officers.

Royce Gracie was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is one of nine children, seven of whom are boys. His training in Jiu-Jitsu began at a very early age as a game with his father Helio. He never pushed any of the children to take formal classes until they wanted to do so. However, they often went to the Academy in Rio after school and on weekends.

Royce began competing in tournaments at age eight. He received his blue belt at age 16 and was promoted to black belt in less than two years. Royce moved to the United States at age 18 to live with his brother, Rorion. They began teaching private classes out of their garage, sometimes for more than ten hours a day.  Together they opened the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy 30 years ago in Torrance, California. Although Royce no longer teaches there because of his rigorous travel schedule, it remains one of the largest martial arts schools in the country.

Royce’s reputable career as a fighter began in 1993 after defeating three opponents in the first Ultimate Fighting Championship in Denver, Colorado. His brother Rorion came up with this innovative challenge as a way to show Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the world. Discipline after discipline was defeated by the slight 6’1”, 180 pound Royce Gracie.  The viewers were in awe.

His opponents consistently outweighed him by more than 50 pounds. He went on to win 3 UFC titles and today is the only man in the history of no holds barred matches to successfully defeat four opponents in one night.  After leaving the UFC Royce went on to compete in MMA events in Japan and is a huge icon in this country.

Royce holds the record for the longest MMA match in history: 90 minutes against Japanese superstar Kazushi Sakuraba in PRIDE Grand PRIX 2000. He also showed total domination of the Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Hidehiko Yoshida.  His largest opponent was Sumo Grand Champion Akebono, 6? 8? 486lbs. Royce vs. Akebono was the main event of K-1 Premium Dynamite New Years Eve show on New Year’s Eve in 2004. Royce defeated the giant in just 2min and 13sec with a shoulder lock.  Royce’s continued success has opened the eyes of many disbelievers to the importance of leverage and technique in grappling.

In November of 2003, Royce Gracie was the first fighter to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame along with fellow UFC veteran Ken Shamrock.  Since then Royce’s face has has been seen on countless martial arts magazines such as Black Belt, Inside MMA and Tapout.  He has also been featured in Men’s Health and Fitness and GQ and continues to give magazine and radio interviews.  His recognition spans the globe to include fans on most every continent.  In 2014 Royce was named one of the 50 Greatest Athletes in the World by Sports Illustrated.

Today Royce is privileged to spread the techniques perfected by his father all over the world. Throughout his busy fighting career Royce has maintained a rigorous travel schedule of seminars and classes.  He currently oversees  more than 55 US and international Royce Gracie Jiu-jitsu Networks.  The techniques of Gracie Jiiu-jitsu have become mainstream in most martial arts dojos.  Fighters everywhere are racing to learn and implement this jiu-jitsu in their training regimen.

His list of students is enormous. Royce has taught many of the big screen greats like Chuck Norris, Ed O’Neal, Guy Ritchie, Jim Carrey, Josh Duhamel and Nicholas Cage. He has also been very active with the CIA, FBI, DEA, Secret Service, Army Rangers, Army Special Forces, Navy Seals and many sheriff and police departments.  His G.R.A.C.I.E. course for law enforcement has gained international recognition. Aside from teaching at his Networks across the United States, he regularly visits Canada, England, Scotland, Portugal, Spain, Israel, Australia, UAE and South America.

Royce makes his home in Southern California with his wife, Marianne, three sons, Khonry, Khor and Kheydon and daughter, Kharianna.  He maintains an impressive training regimen, which includes running, weight training, cross training, meditation and countless hours of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He is a full time professional athlete who eagerly awaits his next challenge. Recently he completed a 40 mile run with his long time trainer, James Strom.  In Royce’s own words, “Go ahead, tell me what I can’t do!”

UF Pro Presents – Knife vs Handgun: Reality Check

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Our friends at UF Pro produced another video in their Knife vs Handgun series. For ‘Reality Check’, they’re looking at the necessary distance one needs to draw his handgun in case of a knife attack.

They took two spec-ops veterans, a dummy knife and an FX handgun. They related that making this video resulted in a lot of bruises, especially for the knife attacker.