Marine Corps Martial Arts Tan Belt - Vertical Stomp

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Marine Corps Martial Arts Tan Belt - Vertical Stomp

This section focuses on tan belt techniques used by the Marine Corps martial arts program. This page examines the vertical stomp technique used in the Marine Corps martial arts program. To learn about other martial arts kicks & knee strikes, please visit the main Martial Arts Kicks section. Information from Public Domain Document, MCRP 3-02B, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP).

For more Marine Corps techniques, please visit the main Marine Corps Martial Arts Program section.

Vertical Stomp

A vertical stomp allows you to remain upright and balanced, in order to rapidly deliver multiple blows with either foot and to quickly and accurately attack your downed aggressor.

Striking Surface

The striking surface is the flat bottom of your boot or the cutting edge of your heel.

Target Areas of the Body

The primary target areas are the aggressor’s head or other exposed extremities.


~ From the basic warrior stance, raise the knee of your right foot above waist level. Your right leg should be bent at approximately a 90-degree angle. Shift your body weight to your left leg to maintain your balance.
~ Forcefully drive the flat bottom of your right boot or the cutting edge of your right heel down onto the aggressor. At the same time, bend your left knee slightly to drop your body weight into the strike.
~ Rapidly return to the basic warrior stance.


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  1. Information from Public Domain Document, MCRP 3-02B, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP),, Added - 03/16/15

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