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

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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 (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,901 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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As a lifetime student of numerous martial art (Judo, Jujitsu, Karate Do, Kenjutsu and Tanto Jitsu) and combative systems (Krav Maga, American Combatives, and modern combatives etc.) over the years. I am always seeking out books I may have missed on these topics and I just purchased this one (H 2 H (Hand to Hand Combat: Modern Army Combatives by Greg Thompson and Kid Peligro with the foreword by Matt Larson)

This large format 256 page full color book covers the techniques and tactics the U.S. Army has adopted for its official combatives training. There are both positive and negative aspects to the new Army combatives program in my opinion. I have studied numerous Jujitsu systems over the years including the Gracie system, having attended several seminars with Rickson Gracie, Rorian and Hoyce Gracie. They have a great system but like any grappling art it takes years of training to master. Even though this book claims it is ideal for the U.S. Army because it is easy to learn, I personally do not agree with that assessment. It is not an easy system to learn and in my opinion the Army made a huge mistake and should never have abandoned the tried and true old style military combatives programs. They focused on taking an enemy out quickly and efficiently, not have a sporting contest on who is the best grappler.

This book is organized six parts plus a detailed appendix section. The first section (Modern army Combatives Level 1) covers 19 subject areas. The second part (Level 11) covers 38 techniques. The third part (Ground Techniques) covers 13 ground techniques. The fourth part (Clinch and takedown – offense and defense) shows 24 techniques. The fifth part (Weapon transitions, takeaways, and basic knife) deals with 22 techniques.
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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.

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