How MMA Has Improved Our Military | MMA NEWS

April 30, 2012 6:00 am by Chase Raymond

By Chase Raymond:

There are many ways in which our military has been influenced or even changed by modern day MMA. Ten or so years ago if you were to go to basic training the hand-to-hand combat was more defensive or control your enemy with just a few takedown and choke’s taught. Now the military combatives program teaches soldiers, takedowns, sweeps, transitions, chokes and many other submissions. These techniques have helped soldiers to use non-lethal results when encountering the enemy, which allows for interrogation’s to retrieve vital information from the enemy.

The MMA style training is being driven by the demands of the battlefield, and has resulted in the birth and rapid growth of a truly American brand of martial arts in the Army and Marine Corps. The Army Combatives Schools have conducted hundreds of post action interviews with soldiers who have been involved in actual hand-to-hand combat. These soldiers have recounted in detail instances where potentially lethal encounters with combative Iraqi citizens were quelled with a choke, or where armed bad guys were disarmed with a joint lock, no shots fired.

The first Army combatives tournament was held in November 2005, and since then more and more of these tournaments have been held on many different military bases. Currently on the Strikeforce roster, Tim Kennedy (14-3 MMA), a Special Forces soldier who was the 2005 and 2006 Army Combatives champion has a victory over Jason “Mayhem” Miller, and more recently defeated Robbie Lawler at the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson Event.

Being former military and also being a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, I saw first hand the influence of MMA in the military, not just in the States, but overseas too. Like myself, many of my fellow soldiers were fans of MMA, and trained MMA in their off time. The UFC is big supporters of our military and sends fighters overseas to visit troops and help bring up moral. The UFC has also teamed up with the “Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund” to support our hero’s who have suffered injuries in service to our nation.

Not only has it helped with keeping soldiers reach the physical demands of a battlefield, but also MMA is a proven form of self-defense. As the world of MMA evolves and improves, so will our military training. The only difference in the MMA training of a UFC fighter and one in the military; in the war zone there is no rounds, no refs, and no tapouts.

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