Does the U.S. Army’s Combatives system include too much BJJ?

I was online today and found a good article with a video of Matt Larson speaking about the Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP). Matt Larson answered a popular question that has plagued many top MACP instructors from their soldiers. After watching the video I feel Larson answered the question very well, and to my expectations. Even with my strong striking martial arts foundation, I believe that a grappling style martial arts is the best system to be implemented to modern soldiers, and what better system to use then the Jiu-Jitsu from the Gracie family.

You can watch the video here at

4 thoughts on “Does the U.S. Army’s Combatives system include too much BJJ?

  1. Thanks for the Matt Larson shout out. I’ve never met him, but based on his writings, it’s obvious the dude gets combat on a level few do.

    Let me know if there are other people or topics you’d like Black Belt to cover, and we’ll do our to best to make it happen =)

  2. Jon thank you for your support.

    I would like to see some more coverage on Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP). Its is clear that the Gracie family is very involved with the program, but what about the other martial arts systems that have been integrated into the MACP training.

    Who are the martial arts experts that worked with the army to develop MACP?

  3. Both great questions! I’ll forward them along to our magazine editor and see what we’ve done or are planning on doing anything more like that on MACP.

    We’d also love to do a book or DVD on MACP. Keep your fingers crossed…

  4. The current army combatives course and curriculum is,woefully inadequate and wrong skill sets to be teaching. America’s
    military,the the uses of BJJ is apart of what’s wrong.Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a strictly an unarmed forms of sports combatives with limited self defense capabilities. Not to mention no decent weapon skills programs the help a in combative and self defense.I will put it to you this way other better well rounded combative military programs out there that deal with real world life and death struggle then the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu based armies combative course. You can try Filipino martial arts,Indonesian and Malaysian silat,and many other forms of combative sciences.

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