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Unarmed Techniques

ACCS UAC: Introduction

During World war II, the British Army martial art system was devised mostly from grappling oriented arts like Judo (throwing) and Jiu-Jitsu (joint locking). The practitioner would hold an enemy punch & throw, grab a kick and throw, and neutralize a pistol threat by throwing the pistol bearing soldier over his shoulder. These tactics were totally impractical but spread throughout the Allied Armies during the war.

In the modern era, armies all over the world have tried to redesign the old unarmed combat system. The newer systems of military martial arts were either devised by a) military instructors who had no in depth knowledge of martial arts or by b) traditional martial artists who had no knowledge of military applications.

In the civil world, traditional arts of Karate (featuring the Kata – where you imagine a fight with the enemy), Taekwondo (featuring high and flying kicks) and BJJ-Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (featuring fancy ground fighting as the answer to most standing assaults), have started making an impact on the civilian crowd. Clouded by the influence of modern day civilian arts like Karate, Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu Jutsu, the sport and self defense techniques from these have been embraced by the military as the blind truth.

The current day newly developed military martial arts like US Combatives, Israeli Krav Maga are nothing but traditional arts of Karate, Taekwondo, Judo and BJJ marketed to the military with the new envelope of the camoflague uniform and holstered military weapons adorning the practitioners. So you have most armies still practising Karate kicks and silly punches which start from the waist in deep horse stances with blood curling yells “Kiai!” under the name military martial arts.

Israeli martial arts like Krav Maga teach the military how to free yourself from a wrist or collar grab, and bear hug and also teach fancy methods of disarming and retention of hand held pistols or AK-47’s. No enemy soldier is ever going to grab you by the collar or point a pistol to threaten you, he is simply going to blow you off.

American Combatives practised by armies seem to have embraced the BJJ concept that the best way to fight the enemy is to take him to the ground and fight there! When every Infantry man knows the Golden Rule: Don’t Ever Go Down!

None of these arts seem to understand that the military unarmed combat arts require to develop tactics to kill swiftly and silently (without yelling Kiai), with bare hands, commando dagger, rifle bayonet or weapon butt. And there will be no wrist or collar grab, no firearm retention, no ground fighting, but simply a burst of 7.62 rounds ripping into your belly, if you fail.

In our CQB art“ACCS – Advanced Commando Combat System”, the section on unarmed combat includes tactics based upon military application e.g. sentry termination, seizing ground at close quarters, or special ops, room clearing or confined space combat such as counter hijack and hostage rescue situations. In our art, all the tactics described have a common denominator – they are all simple, easy to learn and execute, do not demand out of the way flexibility or many years of practice. They are based upon medical knowledge of vital organs and body systems. And they focus only on one goal – to handicap, cripple and terminate in the shortest time possible.

True to our motto: One enemy. One chance. One strike. One kill!

Advanced Commando Combat System of Military Unarmed Combat

UAC is NOT CQB! UAC is bare handed combat at body to body contact range, whereas CQB is all combat at 30 m range (the techniques are applicable up to 100m range) including bare handed & armed combat with any kind of weapon.

1. Concept of Range

Combat Range is the distance between you and your opponent
a. Projectile Range (Any ballistic weapon) (Up to 30 m in CQB)
b. Non Projectile Weapon (Staff, Sword, Baton & Dagger) Range (4 feet distance)
c. Kicking Range (3 feet distance)
d. Punching Range (2 feet distance)
e. Knee & Elbow Range (1 foot distance)
f. Grappling Range (Body on Body)
g. Ground Range (Body on Body)

2. Stance

a. Stand Upright, your Chest facing the opponent
b. Right foot (your strong side in front) if you are right handed (also called the Lead foot)
c. Lead Knee bent, Rear Knee straight
d. Both hands in fists kept in front of Chin
e. Elbows kept tucked in near Ribs