Hand to Hand Combat

I think that hand-to-hand combat is definitely something that survivalists should train on. I understand that most people have guns. I have guns. But there may be situations that either your weapon is broken, your out of ammo, or perhaps your weapons have been confiscated. You still want to be able to defend yourself.

I am a combatives instructor with the US Army and I think that it is an excellent hand-to-hand fighting system for a few reasons:

1) you don’t have to learn a lot of techniques to be effective. 26 moves is all you need to handle most -most- situations. These techniques cover, closing the distance, gaining a dominant position, and finishing the fight- either through submission, or lethally. Of course the more you learn the more likely you are to be prepared for a given situation, but these 26 basic steps will give an average person the skills they need to defend themselves.

2) You don’t have to be strong. The combatives techniques emphasis skill over size. This is why the Gracie family had Royce Gracie at 170lbs face of with people who regularly out weighed him by 50+lbs: to show the effectiveness of the techniques. The reason this system works so well is that it was developed through study of human anatomy and takes advantage of weakness in the frame, such as joints.

3) The techniques are simple. There is nothing complicated about Gracie Combatives. Its all common sense, and very doable. You can learn some basic techniques and use them effectively that same day in a fight.

I definitely think that Gracie Combatives will increase every person’s survivability.

Here is the official website: http://www.gracieacademy.com/ If you sign up for their newsletter, you get free videos of a lot of techniques.

You can also find a lot of videos on YouTube.

Last but not least if you are familiar with bittorrents you can get one of their training videos for from from http://www.mininova.org/tor/1037458 Its a 3 DVD set, very good.

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