“The combative physical training we teach is based on jujitsu, which originates in Brazil,” said Robinson. “Ninety percent of fights end up on the ground, so combatives train combatants to close with their enemy and defeat them on the ground. As well, it teaches good methods of subduing or defeating an opponent by non-lethal means.”
The training should reassure soldiers about their ability to serve in combat, said Pfc. Ryan Mendoza, an M1 armored crewman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team.
“I like that the Army is applying the training to everyone,” said Mendoza. “Soldier’s who work in an office all day might think they don’t need the training, but it’s good to have. If someone finds themselves in a bad spot, they will have the knowledge and training to overcome the situation.”
Beech said the program is a natural fit during the morning physical training hours and the training is really about two things.
“One: building the warrior ethos and two: being physically fit,” said Beech. “The combative program is driven by physical readiness, so the two are really inextricably linked.”
The training is not only necessary for safety, but also to create an aggressive attitude for soldiers to carry into combat, said Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Woodard, the S-4 noncommissioned officer in charge for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team.
“Young soldiers need to know how to defend themselves,” declared Woodard. “This program will help save lives. Soldiers are learning how to evade, escape and get the best of their enemy in close quarters. The knowledge is important for safety and also in sculpting the complete soldier.”