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Old 12-03-2000, 08:28 PM   #1
Location: TN.
Join Date: Oct 2000
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This one goes to the present and former military personnel. What type of hand to hand combat training did you have to go through? Also,
while doing this training how commited was your attacker?

Rick Fielding
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Old 12-04-2000, 09:38 AM   #2
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Depends on the unit, primarily. My understanding is that SOCOM has the money to experiment with many different training styles. They have hosted trainings by instructors of Aikido, TKD, judo, tai chi and karate. However, they do not have the focus of training you might as a civilian. They don't have the time. There is so much else to know (e.g. deployment, marksmanship, munitions, demolitions, commo, language, etc.) that SOCOM units don't all have training like we might see it. Their training is focused on the concept of "violence of action" (not my term) which posits that you engage with a huge amount of aggressive energy and subdue (kill) your opponent in the least amount of time. Please keep in mind that these individuals are not encouraged to be "enlightened warriors" but rather the most dangerous head of the hydra that is American foreign policy.


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Old 12-17-2000, 03:58 PM   #3
Dojo: Savannah Aikikai
Location: Savannah, GA
Join Date: Dec 2000
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as a member of the us military SOCOM I can tell you straight up that the army is Moving to gracie Jujutsu as a whole. This move was started in the 75th Ranger regiment, and now is slowly being instilled in the regular army. Although I love Aikido, Jujutsu makes more sense, it is a simpler system to teach to large groups of soldiers, and doesn't require all the skills that would be needed to teach and understand Aikido, the army is not interested in making us better people, but better fighters. I personnally think that it is a waste but, I am not a policy maker.

of course that's my opinion I could be wrong

Dan Hover
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