Inside the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division: Hand-to-Hand Combat Training

In part three of The Daily’s series inside the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, we take you inside Fort Bragg’s Combatives and Advanced Tactics School, where …

37 thoughts on “Inside the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division: Hand-to-Hand Combat Training

  1. SkulAcePades says:

    I've tooken many martial arts and what they take is the best. What the US military takes is quick and effective. Gets the job done. In reality, Hollywood spinkicks and back flips don't work in a real combat situation.

  2. zakalon123 says:

    The American forces have lost it. BJJ is no good against a determined enemy who want to kill you. Bjj is sport.Watch the Russian videos those guys do REAL martial arts.I mean the LINE system had its flaws but they should never have got rid of it.American soldiers will be living under a false sense of security thinking that this training will save them.They will find out to their cost (too late) that this stuff is useless in the real world.America needs a new CQB programme ASAP.

  3. Dominique V says:

    I know first hand that this isnt all they do by a long shot. All those guys there were just beginning their cqc. Those are all elementary throws, locks and techniques that you learn in your first year.

  4. Allen Shisler says:

    Our hand to hand combat in the 70s seemed to be a lot more lethal than this training. Now all off of your gear. Not saying this is wrong. My son showed me what they were teaching and I was not impressed. The Russian, Chinese an Indians commit a significant time per day to hand to hand combat. Lethal hand to hand combatives. We need to do the same. The US never has. I commend that they have such a team training our guys. I am sure this is not all of the training.

  5. How_V3ryAwful. says:

    Someone who's taken untrained guys twice my size, I can say from experience that the slightest amount of grappling know how will carry you for miles. I got my ass handed to me by guys smaller than me who knew more while the slightly bigger but not quite massive meathead guys lost to me. It's martial arts for a reason, fuckin technique man.

  6. Demon says:

    I'm in highschool and I wrestle and I'm really looking forward to joining the army then the special forces. In the army, do you receive any lethal hand to hand combat training?

  7. Chris D says:

    Too be honest all you need when going into combat (close qaurters) are a very very consistent good base knowledge of the fundementals and keeping it clean and simple.

    If your doing a house raid You shouldn't have to find yourself having to pull the X gaurd on a Isis fighter. All of the fancy kung fu stuff while it can throw in that surprise factor and most definitely isn't a disadvantage to have under your belt, really isn't optimal.

    Having good judo skills would probably be the best. Remember most close quarters fights don't last that long, so you need to just know what to do to just put a end tot he fight as soon as possible.

    And of course above all these things is your mindset. How many times have you seen that black belt bjj instructor or karate instructor get their ass handed to by that street thug?

    Thats because the street thug has a different goal to absolutely end his target while the karate person wants to box around and submit the guy. Not to kill.

    I feel like the video with reshad evans and dana white in the Marine core martial arts of excellence is a better example of what im talking about in how regular martial arts is different from combat martial arts.

    But learning the fundamentals of boxing/wrestling/bjj is very important. Once you have a good understanding of the fundamentals you can do nothing but grow and discard what dosen't work.

    Unfortuantly with the uprising of ufc and mixed martial arts scene as a whole alot of people don't have a proper understanding of the difference between cage fighting and streetfighting or millitary combat fighting or how each one has their own state of mind which will warrant a certain way of fighting.

    If someone is trying to kill you, you are going to fight different than if your trying to win a championship belt. In the cage you have rules and are more willing to try more advanced techniques as you know your oppenent is limited in what they can do to you(i.e they can't bite, pinch spit throw sand, cut you with a knife.) while in a life or death situation you are just trying to survive and end the fight as quickly as possible with minimal injury.

    Again all forms of combat from martial arts to combat training are effective in their own way. It's just important to understand how to appropriatly apply them depending to your own situation so you don't get killed trying to do that flying tiger kick on a ISIS fighter with a knife or a gun.

  8. Joshua Jones says:

    It pains me how people who think they're martial artists are trying to criticize this. You realize the point of martial arts, right? To defend yourself? Well news flash: the last thing a soldier is going to need to do is grapple. A lot has to go wrong for a soldier to need to use a joint like or submission technique. Would it make sense to you if they criticized the lack of small arms training you received in your martial arts classes? No. And it equally doesn't make sense if your criticized their hand to hand combat training. Sure, it's rushed (for the lower ranks), but it's literally the least necessary form of training.

  9. eddie9921 says:

    And this is why I have me and my wife do our own training. This shit isn't effective in a life or death situation. She gets deployed in 2 weeks. I'm glad I cleared her mind of this crap and taught her how to save her own ass.

  10. Holy_Inferno says:

    I don't feel like its effective like WW1 or WW2 method of fighting in the US. Back in the days the technique was more direct but this seems idk more sporty(cant find the right words). I hope they don't try that BJJ BS in actual combat.

  11. Shift says:

    They should learn shit like kali and panantukan. Much more designed for a combat enviroment.

    I mean, what they do will work at a basic level because of the rote practice, but it is very limited when it comes to weapons, multiple attackers, and the gear they would actually be wearing.

    Train them to end the confrontation ASAP through creating an opening to use their weapons, and if yhey are unarmed to destroy the enemy.

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