The MCMAP Fighting System

1188 Words5 Pages
The MCMAP Fighting System Eric Tschanz Waddell Analytical Reading/Writing 1400 There are hundreds of martial arts practiced all over the world, the most grueling and most challenging to master is MCMAP, the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. Developed over several decades, the MCMAP Fighting System has collected all forms of attack and defensive moves from numerous martial art disciplines such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Muay Thai. MCMAP also varies in both training and use, MCMAP is taught not as a combat sport, but as a hand to hand fighting style in real combat scenarios. MCMAP first started as a “revolutionary step in the development of martial arts skills for Marines and replaces all other close-combat related systems preceding its introduction.” MCMAP comes from an evolution dating back to the creation of the Marine Corps, beginning with the martial abilities of Marine boarding parties, who often had to rely on bayonet and sword techniques. During World War I these bayonet techniques were supplemented with unarmed combat techniques, which often proved useful in trench warfare. After World War I and before World War II, Major Anthony J. Biddle began the creation of standardized bayonet and close combat techniques based on boxing, wrestling, and fencing. Also during this period, Captains W.M. Greene and Samuel B. Griffith learned martial arts techniques from Chinese American Marines and brought this knowledge to other Marines throughout the Marine Corps. These different techniques eventually evolved into the LINE System in the early 1980s. Later, the system was found to be lacking in flexibility and techniques for use in situations that did not require lethal force, such as peacekeeping operations. The Marine Corps began searching for a more effective system. The result was the Marine Corps Close

More about The MCMAP Fighting System

Open Document