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…)
A Soldier and a plain-clothed civilian man stand, facing each other with their hands up, knees slightly bent, and each watching the other\’s every move. The Soldier strikes out, lunging toward his opponent’s throat to secure a choke hold, but the Soldier is quickly side-stepped by his opponent and finds himself in a tight hold. The man releases the Soldier, then turns to an audience of on-looking Soldiers and explains how he was able to successfully stop and reverse the opposing Soldier’s attack.
Master William Guy, master in several forms of martial arts including Hapkido and Taekwondo, came to Fort Stewart, Feb. 23 – 25 to teach and train the 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers a more “in-depth” aspect of combatives at Caro Gym. (continue reading…)
He’ll tell you that he’s just doing his job, trying to make sure that soldiers attending his Warrior Leader’s Course (WLC) know what right looks like.
“So often, we as NCOs just take people’s word for what ‘right’ really is,” he said. “WLC tells the sergeants that come through here what the Army expects from them in their position as a leader. We give them the tools to be successful at it, and give them the opportunity to observe what right looks like.” (continue reading…)
Warriors from a variety of units and career fields — scouts, military police and medical support — worked to improve their hand-to-hand combat skills and increase their confidence and resiliency for future deployments.
The Soldiers trained in a variety of techniques including takedowns, room clearing, weapon retention and ground fighting. These techniques were constantly tested as Soldiers sparred against each other and then eventually against their trainers in the dreaded “clinch drill,” where a Soldier has to close the distance through a trainer’s punches and put himself in a position for a takedown. (continue reading…)