Archive for January, 2012
The discipline, concentration, physical fitness, and fearlessness required to succeed at Modern Army Combatives (MAC) helps to develop well-rounded Soldiers, according to Sgt. 1st Class Carl Fryday, a level four MAC instructor.
“We try to train the warrior spirit into Soldiers,” said Fryday, a native of Sterlington, La., and the fire support noncommissioned officer for the 1st Infantry Division. “With the right kind of stress, Soldiers are forced to face their trepidations.”
“The idea behind combatives is to teach how to engage the enemy, while your fellow Soldiers outflank them,” Fryday said. “Take them down as a team and achieve numerical superiority.” (continue reading…)
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.”
Doss, a level four-certified MACP instructor, said the skills taught in level one combatives courses also teach Soldiers a certain escalation of force. It can be beneficial to immobilize an enemy without the use of lethal force, and the course assists students in maintaining their composure during high-stress situations, he added. (continue reading…)