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Close Quarters Combat

Traditionally, close-quarters combat was a military or law-enforcement term used to describe armed or unarmed hand-to-hand combat. However, the importance of martial arts in CQC training has always been of tantamount importance.

Before the advent of guns, especially in Asian cultures, military and martial artists developed battle-, ring- and street-tested methods of CQC training. CQC techniques have specifically focused on efficient, powerful and deadly hand-to-hand fighting strategies. Many martial arts—such as muay boran, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and wing chun kung fu—have evolved from combining skill sets from other combative arts.

Today’s martial artists, law-enforcement officers, military and elite fighting forces incorporate simple armed and unarmed drills, situational awareness and scenario training. Current CQC training also synthesize wrestling and boxing with neo-modern martial arts such as muay Thai, sambo, and “whatever comes along and is useful.”

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  1. Modern Army Combatives Video: Matt Larsen Shows You Self-Defense Moves Against a Knife Attack

    Modern Army Combatives Video: Matt Larsen Shows You Self-Defense Moves Against a Knife Attack

    How do U.S. Army soldiers handle opponents armed with knives? Their top combatives expert (who just happened to write their modern hand-to-hand combat manual) shows you three methods he’s taught them.
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  2. Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do Techniques: Side-Kick Combo

    Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do Techniques: Side-Kick Combo

    From the pages of Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method: The Complete Edition, the martial arts icon is shown executing this martial arts staple in a self-defense situation on the street!
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  3. Tim Kennedy Shows You H2HC Self-Defense Moves Based on His MACP Combatives, SOCP Combatives and Army Rangers Training

    Tim Kennedy Shows You H2HC Self-Defense Moves Based on His MACP Combatives, SOCP Combatives and Army Rangers Training

    MMA fighter and Texas National Guard Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy explains how to use Army combatives’ “close and destroy” moves against an opponent in this technique video shot exclusively for Black Belt magazine!
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  4. Modern Army Combatives: Matt Larsen Teaches H2HC Self-Defense Moves to the U.S. Military

    Modern Army Combatives: Matt Larsen Teaches H2HC Self-Defense Moves to the U.S. Military

    The man who brought CQC into the 21st century talks with Black Belt magazine about how MACP came to be and why it’s the future of military combatives for troops on the ground.
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  5. Self-Defense Moves: Tim Kennedy Shows You H2HC Techniques Based on His Army Rangers Training and the Special Operations Combatives Program (SOCP)

    Self-Defense Moves: Tim Kennedy Shows You H2HC Techniques Based on His Army Rangers Training and the Special Operations Combatives Program (SOCP)

    Mixed martial arts and military training are great ways to get tough — and few demonstrate that better than Tim Kennedy, who brings his wide range of hand-to-hand combat experience to bear in this video!
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  6. Israeli Self-Defense: The Genesis of Kapap Techniques and Their Application Against Attackers (Part 1)

    Israeli Self-Defense: The Genesis of Kapap Techniques and Their Application Against Attackers (Part 1)

    Kapap Combat Concepts book/DVD co-author Avi Nardia details how kapap techniques were culled from multiple sources and codified into an effective Israeli self-defense system.
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  7. Israeli Martial Arts: Avi Nardia and John Machado Demonstrate the Intersection of BJJ Techniques and Kapap Self-Defense Moves

    Israeli Martial Arts: Avi Nardia and John Machado Demonstrate the Intersection of BJJ Techniques and Kapap Self-Defense Moves

    In this exclusive video, kapap expert Avi Nardia and Brazilian jiu-jitsu master John Machado demonstrate the intersection of kapap’s “relative position” concept, Brazilian jiu-jitsu ground movements and CQC with firearms!
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  8. Israeli Martial Arts: Avi Nardia on Using Human Pressure Points in Kapap Techniques

    Israeli Martial Arts: Avi Nardia on Using Human Pressure Points in Kapap Techniques

    When some people think about the concept of impact, they imagine a punch sending someone through a wall — but it can be something as simple as a pressure-point attack. Watch Avi Nardia explain how he teaches this quick and quiet takedown method.
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  9. How to Defend Yourself Against an Attacker — Part 2: Rob Pincus Explains the Three Steps for Using Firearms as Self-Defense Weapons in Close-Quarters Combat

    How to Defend Yourself Against an Attacker — Part 2: Rob Pincus Explains the Three Steps for Using Firearms as Self-Defense Weapons in Close-Quarters Combat

    The self-defense moves you implement, once you’re in a close-quarters fight for your life (See How to Defend Yourself Against an Attacker — Part 1: Rob Pincus on the Principles of Using Firearms as Self-Defense Weapons!), can be broken down into the following three steps:

    How to Defend Yourself Against an
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  10. How to Defend Yourself Against an Attacker — Part 1: Rob Pincus on the Principles of Using Firearms as Self-Defense Weapons

    How to Defend Yourself Against an Attacker — Part 1: Rob Pincus on the Principles of Using Firearms as Self-Defense Weapons

    Using self-defense weapons such as a gun to defend yourself, in most circumstances, isn’t all that difficult. Shooting a gun to punch holes in paper is pretty straightforward: Align the sights, superimpose them over the target and press the trigger smoothly. If the equipment is set up properly, it’s hard
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