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Marine Corps Martial Arts Tan Belt - Lower Body Strike Training
This section focuses on tan belt techniques used by the Marine Corps martial arts program. This page examines the lower body strike training 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.
Actions of the Aggressor
The striking pad should always be held in a position so that the Marine who is performing the technique connects in the center of the striking pad.
Vertical Knee Strike
The striking pad is held with one arm through the center straps and the other holding the top strap to protect the head. Hold the striking pad tight to your body to avoid injury to your extremities. Keep your top hand up to your head to protect yourself with the striking pad. See figure 2-34.
Front and Round Kicks
Use your hand to hold the top strap on the striking pad. Hold it along the back of your leg so all impact goes in the direction of your bent knee. The strikes should never go against the knee during practice, even with a striking pad. The angle of attack changes between the front and round kicks. The angle of attack for the front kick is vertically forward. The angle of attack for the round kick is horizontally forward.
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