The US Military is mostly seen as Americas top-notch. The movie industry displays their masterly craft on television to portray how the military defends America from various terrors overseas. They are well-experienced fighters in all ramifications down to physical combat. Are they not? A lot of veterans, who have had previous core training, believe that recent soldiers are trained to fight intelligently rather than fight tough. This article is based on martial arts in the military and the possibilities of being trained to be killed, rather than train to kill.

A lot of people see physical combat training as the most important exercise of being a soldier. Physical combat is the most ancient form of combat; it is also the most important exercise for improving attack and “warrior spirit”. Let’s be realistic, who would like to have an army full of mama’s boy, who is too frightened to attack their enemies in a close range, if need be. It’s not news anymore, as anyone can shoot an enemy from a distance of 800meters, and if for example all are trained to shoot at long ranges, it will come as a surprise to the soldiers when caught off guard. How to pick the best ar-15 and ar-10 rifle?

Physical combat training is the focus of being a hero. It is the origin of what makes the hero who he or she is. The soldier is deprived of everything and they are trained on how to protect themselves in the worst possible situation (WAR). Unarmed combat exercise produces the best from soldiers. The encroachment, heart, perseverance and the desire to continue living are exposed to its peak levels. It is with the expertise and basis studied in physical combat that soldiers make use of and it’s being applied to other aspects of endurance.


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Lots of participants of martial arts outside the military and those interested in the military exercises often wonder, “what type of physical combat is being taught?” I can assert from experience that the method of physical combat has evolved greatly since time memorial.

Back in my elementary training days of July 1996, the physical combat in those days was absurd. The disciplined Sergeant, by all means, taught us what looked like tae kwon do and Greco Roman Wrestling. This is inferior to what a soldier needs for training. The methods were not practical as the ultimate fighting championship which happened to become a popular sport in America had an adverse effect on the training being taught to soldiers.

Since the popularity of the sport, the male population of the ages from 18-34, began developing physical programs to imitate the sport. It was not only great for exercise alone but also for physical training as well as a pre-requisite during the recruitment process.

I recently took a walk to a nearby book store in search of martial arts books and came across the book H2H Modern Army gladiatorial. As I flipped through the book I observed that the whole contents were filled with combined martial arts skills. There were double leg take downs. Double leg take downs are skills done on the ground which will eventually cause injury to the person executing the skill.



One of my best moves was when a soldier clinches with his enemy, and then holds the adversary’s head. The soldier then falls to his back while the adversary is on top and in his guard. These are not skills for survival in a physical battle.

No soldier in their right mind will like to get injured or be on the ground with their backs on the floor, during combat.

Unarmed combat is a survival skill. It is the last technique used in regaining a weapon in order to survive. There exists no weight class, time limits, rounds or rules and in essence, it is a poor alternative in training soldiers.


I knew from the start that we were heading for disaster with the skills we learned in 2004 at the Zabul province in Afghanistan where I was with the 3rd Special Forces, leading a medallion piece with 10th mountain division soldiers on pillage.

The 10th mountain division soldiers set blockades everywhere especially on the paths leading into the target village. I, on the other hand, was independently monitoring one checkpoint when I observed two of my aides stopping a vehicle and at the verge of removing the occupants from the vehicle.

The denizen struggled and thereafter the private leaped into the air and wrapped both legs around the small looking Afghan and pulled him to the ground on top of him. I rapidly ran over and hacked the confused Afghan off from him. I instantly restrained him and asked what the private was up to. His response was, “Combative Serge!” he further explained that he wanted to kill him. I was full of extreme anger at the level of uninformed training while on duty.


Someone in his battalion has trained him otherwise that makes him react in that manner. Not only was it totally wrong to behave in such manner, but it was deadly. His partner was not helping matters but he was rather cheering his partner up in the process.

A combative program needs to be complete. It should have the unit S.O.P.s.

Combative should not be inefficient and difficult to learn. Combative are last resorts and should not be seen as a game.  Even though lots of Generals prefer the non-lethal method of giving the “bad guy” away, they enjoy displaying the combined martial arts training to the 18-34 audiences. Unarmed combat is untidy, not pretty and harsh. In as much as it seems great seeing the military training without weapons, the right techniques and principles need to be applied during physical combat. It is a fight and not a sport. I am frightened to see the manner at which our troops are trained as they are trained to be killed and not the other way round which is train to kill. Commanders stay awake!