Learn about the Marine Corps Martial Arts - Techniques, etc.

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Learn about the Marine Corps Martial Arts - Techniques, etc.

The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) is a military martial arts that teaches Marines unarmed combat techniques, grappling, joint locks, escapes, bayonet drills and more.

There are five belt levels in the Marine Corps. In order, they are tan, grey, green, brown and black. To earn the title United States Marine, every recruit is required to qualify for his or her initial tan belt by demonstrating proficiency in the following fighting techniques; bayonet techniques, upper and lower body strikes, basic chokes and throws, defensive counters and responsible use of force.

Books on Military Martial Arts

Tan Belt Techniques - Information from Public Domain Document, MCRP 3-02B, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP)

Gray Belt Techniques

  • Section I: Bayonet
  • Section II: Upper Body Strikes (i.e. Chin Jab/Palm Heel Strike, Knife Hand Strikes, Elbow Strikes, etc.)
  • Section III: Lower Body Strikes (i.e. Horizontal Knee Strike, Axe Stomp, etc)
  • Section IV: Front Choke
  • Section V: Hip Throw
  • Section VI: Counters to Strikes (i.e. Counter to the Lead Hand Punch)
  • Section VII: Counters to Chokes and Holds (i.e. Counter to the Front Headlock)
  • Section VIII: Unarmed Manipulation (i.e. Wristlock Come-Along)
  • Section IX: Armed Manipulation (i.e. Aggressor Grabs With Both Hands)
  • Section X: Knife Techniques (i.e. Forward Slash)
  • Section XI: Weapons of Opportunity
  • Section XII: Ground Fighting (i.e. Counter to Mount Position)

Green Belt Techniques

  • Section I: Bayonet Techniques
  • Section II: Side Choke
  • Section III: Shoulder Throw
  • Section IV: Counters to Strikes (i.e. Counter to Round Kick)
  • Section V. Lower Body Strikes
  • Section VI: Unarmed Manipulations (i.e. Enhanced Pain Compliance)
  • Section VII: Knife Techniques (i.e. Counter to a Forward Strike With Follow-on Techniques)
  • Section VIII: Weapons of Opportunity (i.e. Block for a Vertical Strike With Follow-on Strikes)
  • Section IX: Ground Fighting (i.e. Armbar From Mount Position)

Brown Belt Techniques

  • Section I: Bayonet Techniques (i.e. One-on-Two Engagement)
  • Section II: Ground Fighting (i.e. Basic Leg Lock)
  • Section III: Ground Chokes (i.e. Rear Ground Choke)
  • Section IV: Major Outside Reap Throw
  • Section V: Unarmed Versus Handheld
  • Section VI: Firearm Retention
  • Section VII: Firearm Disarmament (i.e. Counter to Pistol to Front)
  • Section VIII: Knife Techniques (i.e. Block for a Reverse Strike)

Black Belt Techniques

  • Section I: Bayonet Techniques
  • Section II: Sweeping Hip Throw
  • Section III: Ground Fighting (i.e. Bent Armbar From a Scarf Hold)
  • Section IV: Unarmed Manipulation: Neck-Crank Takedown
  • Section V: Chokes (i.e. Guillotine Choke)
  • Section VI: Knee Bar
  • Section VII: Counter to Pistol to the Head
  • Section VIII: Upper Body Strikes (i.e. Cupped Hand Strike)
  • Section IX: Knife Techniques (i.e. Slashing Techniques, Thrusting Techniques, etc.)
  • Section X: Improvised Weapons

YouTube video illustrating some of the training provided by the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program

References

  1. Marines.com, Marine Corps Martial Arts, http://www.marines.com/becoming-a-marine/recruit-training/-/proving-grounds/slide/5#pg - Added 4/20/13
  2. Marine Corps, Martial Arts Center of Excellence, https://www.tecom.usmc.mil/mace/default.aspx, Added - 4/26/13
  3. Information from Public Domain Document, MCRP 3-02B, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP), http://www.marines.mil/News/Publications/ELECTRONICLIBRARY.aspx, Added - 02/18/15


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