List of Military Martial Arts Styles

Military martial arts systems are fighting martial arts styles developed for real-life combat. They focus on areas such as self-defensegrappling and weapons training. Many of these specialized martial arts programs been developed by countries with large military forces such as the United States, Russia, China and Israel.

Most armed forces teach some form of unarmed combat. It is often a type of mixed martial arts where military personnel might learn a combination of martial arts techniques such as Taekwondo kicksMuay Thai elbow strikesBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappling techniques, unarmed self-defense techniques for use against opponents armed with weapons, etc.

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List of Military Martial Arts Styles

  • Combat Sambo – A martial arts that has a Russian military background.
  • Defendu – A British martial arts created by William Fairbairn and Eric Sykes. This system was taught to Office of Strategic Services agents and Allied troops in World War 2.
  • Jukendo – Jukendo is a Japanese martial arts focused on the bayonet.
  • KAPAP – Martial arts system used by a number of elite Israeli military units.
  • Krav Maga – Martial arts system used by the Israeli Defense Forces.
  • Lerdrit – Lerdrit is a military martial arts used by the Royal Thai Army.
  • Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) – Current martial arts program taught by the US Marine Corps.
  • Sanshou – Developed for the Chinese military.
  • Special Air Service (SAS) – Members of the British SAS are forbidden by the UK government from writing about their martial arts techniques. The UK government doesn’t want any potential enemy to learn SAS martial arts techniques.
  • Special Combat Aggressive Reactionary System (SCARS) – This martial arts program was taught to US Navy Seals in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Systema – System utilized by Russian military units such as the Spetsnaz (Special Forces).
  • US Army Combatives Program – Martial arts system developed for the US Army.

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