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U.S. Marines Amazing Martial Arts Skills

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The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, or MCMAP, is a fighting system developed by the United States Marine Corps that combines traditional and modern hand-to-hand and close quarter combat (CQC) techniques. These focus on morale, team-building and instruction in the Warrior Ethos.

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In the video, Marine soldiers demonstrate to a crowd of civilians several ways to properly disarm an armed gunman who is pointing the weapon directly at a victim with the least amount of movement and harm done. These include redirecting the action, forcing the weapon away with a few key moves and in the most severe cases, inflicting damage to the assailant. These moves are meant to be quick and efficient for self-defense purposes.

The program, which was started in 2001, trains Marines as well as US Navy personnel attached to Marine units, in all kinds of unarmed combat, edged weapons, weapons of opportunity, rifle and bayonet techniques. The program also highlights mental and character development, including the responsible use of force, leadership and of course, teamwork.

The MCMAP was stated to be a “revolutionary step in the development of martial arts skills for Marines and replaces all other close-combat related systems preceding its introduction.” It goes all the way back to the creation of the Marine Corps and can find its beginnings in the martial arts capabilities of Marine boarding parties, who had to rely on bayonet and cutlass techniques in combat.

In World War I, the Marines began learning unarmed combat techniques and before World War II started, fighting techniques based on boxing, wrestling, fencing and savate were introduced to the special unit by Col. Anthony Biddle. Kung Fu methods were also brought in by Captains Wallace Greene and Samuel Griffith. These evolved as the Marines began finding more and more effective ways of combat, until the Marine Corps Close Combat training program in 1997-1999, which then led to the current program.

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