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H2H: Hand to Hand Combat - Modern Army Combatives Paperback – July 21, 2006

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About the Author

Greg Thompson is a level III instructor in the modern army combatives program at Fort Bragg. He has black belts in karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and won the 2003 NAGA World Champion Advanced Division. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kid Peligro is a columnist for Grappling and the coauthor of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Self Defense Techniques. He has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and has won two world titles. He lives in San Diego.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Invisible Cities Press Llc (July 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931229430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931229432
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can already here the blood boiling in all the BJJ and MMA people who might read this review, but here goes... this book was really well done as far as the technical aspects of communicating physical movements and tactics in this medium, but overall, the subject matter was incomplete. Having served in the Marine Corps in the early 90's, before the onset of BJJ and having trained in several martial arts over the last 20 years, I really find that the use (or actually, the overuse) of grappling as a self defense and combat style disappointing and frankly a bit scary. BJJ and grappling are wonderful sports and are exciting physical chess matches in the ring, but are limited for real world combat. Consider grappling against multiple opponents or opponents with weapons. I think it definitely has its uses and it needs to be taught to anyone who wants to learn self defense as a citizen or for combat as a police officer or soldier, but it shouldn't be the first thing that pops into your head. If your reflexes are to go straight for grappling, you're missing the first three of the five ranges of fighting (kicking, punching, knees and elbows).

Again, that being said, the material that is in the book is top notch. I just think the author (and the military) needs to address the other ranges in more depth.
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To start, I've probably tossed out more karate books than most of you will ever own. This one is a keeper. A couple reviewers state that this book is mostly Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and it is. I have four Gracie Jiu Jitsu books, and H2H leaves out the sport/ wrestling side of BJJ and teaches just real world combat self defense. The book is easy to understand even if you haven't had previous training. All the techniques are clearly illustrated and when necessary shown from alternate angles. At the bottom of the page is a list of optional techniques and follow ups that can be found elsewhere in the book.

One chapter shows how to defend against knives, handguns and long guns while maintaining control of your own weapon. As a shooter I find this all very useful. Every defensive technique demonstrated is a practical solution to a realistic attack.

If you come from a karate system that is weak on grappling as most traditional systems are, then this is the book you need. One thing that mixed martial arts competition has shown us is that in the real world karate, Kung Fu, Aikido etc. isn't always as effective as we had believed.

It's my opinion that all combat focused martial arts will soon look very much like what is taught in Greg Thompson's H2H. It will look this way because it works.
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By C. Davis on November 6, 2006
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The book is fantastic; one of the best on the subject that I've so far read. The pictures are clear and in color, and the instructions are detailed. The book is thorough, complete, and all around excellent. One criticism I have htough, is that area on striking could be better. The boxing techniques are not of the highest level, for example it shows you to throw too wide of rear crosses. Otherwise I'm very impressed. The real value of the book is in showing brazilian jiujitsu and freestyle wrestling as applied in street combat and hand to hand fighting, with sections on fighting with weapons and defenses against weapons, fighting with gear on, and fighting people with said gear. Also shown are drills and training equipment.

I highly recommend the book to both beginners and experts alike. Alone the book is greaty and it's even better when coupled with something on more complete striking skills. I would suggest combining this with "Savage Strikes" by Mark Hatmaker. These 2 books together are all you need for real world defense in my opinion, but still this one is fine on it's own as well.

Enjoy
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A grappler is a transitional expert. Try to take a weapon away from them or even trying to take a grappler to the ground is an extremely hard task. This book covers 50% grappling and 50% stand-up. I like the fact of how it shows you that different part of clothing can be use as a weapon for example, being able to chock someone with a t-shirt. It goes into anatomy. This is something that you don't see in most grappling or striking books. It also gives you fitness tips. Greg Thompson, I know that you just came out with this book. When can we expect the next book?
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I expected something a little different when I pre ordered this book. I didn't expect the awesome quality of the pages, nor the excellent page designs and layouts. Being in the Army, I have the FM this book was based off of and Greg has done a great job putting this book together. The photos for each movement show the progression clearly, as well, if there is a portion that can not be seen from one angle, they show you the other angle as well so you can get the full picture of what is going on with the movement.

Each technique is clearly defined and laid out for you to see. With the movements you are given a quick reference of additional techniques and follow up movements... for example; if you are looking at technique 1 and want to know what additional techniques or follow up movements there are, look at the bottom corner of the page. It will tell you for follow up movements go to movement 107.

I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of this book and its content.

I feel that it is a must own for any member of the Army interested in the Modern Army Combatives (MAC) program. If you are looking for a book that is all about kicks and punches, you will be disappointed. If you're looking for the Jeet Kune Do of Battlefield Grappling and finishing moves... this is the book.

MAC is an evolving system, just like JKD, this book gives you the intro to MAC and some more advanced techniques... if you want something to learn quickly, realistic and is very very easy to learn, this is the book for you.
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