Close Combat Tactics

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Close combat tactics and techniques imply that the participants don't have much space to move, and thus it's important to focus on being invasive. Use a stamping punch in close combat with help from an eighth-degree black belt in this free video on martial arts and close combat.

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Hi, everybody. I'm John Graden from the Martial Arts Teachers Association. Today, we're going to learn about close combat tactics from the senior master instructor at the Tampa Quest Martial Arts Center, Mark Russo. Thanks, Mark. Take it away. OK. Close quarters combat tactics. That means that I don't have a lot of room to move. So, the fundamental thing we want to take a look at today is what I refer to as invasiveness. It's both tactical, strategic and it's a psychological piece of warfare that you'll find very advantageous. So, my friend Scott Bragg is going to help me out with this. So, imagine maybe, my back is against a wall. I don't have a lot of room to back up. Today, we'll look at today what we call a stamping kind of a punch. Kind of pretty common modern day attack. So, he's going to try and stamp one right on my forehead here. I can't back up. So, instead of backing up, I'm going to end up being invasive. So, as he begins to hit me, I'm going to hide behind one elbow and let him run into the other elbow. From here, I may pick up a shoulder dislocation or some kind of an advanced technique. Again, this key thing we ant you to look at is this sense of being invasive. I clearly cannot back up, so moving out of the way of this is not an option. I'm too close in here. So, as this comes in, I'm hiding and invading. I'm moving in on my attacker and then looking for something I can do here and some kind of a follow up technique. So, invasiveness, close quarters combat technique. My name is Mark Russo. I'm the senior master instructor at Tampa Quest Martial Arts.


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