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H2H: Hand to Hand Combat - Modern Army Combatives Paperback – July 21, 2006
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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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This is a great guide to supplement any martial arts or defense training. My school uses this manual often in reference to takedowns and controls.Published on March 10, 2013 by Dave
Reading this book carefully, its pages and theme most definitely accomplishes a very distinct mission parameter of following the methods the US Army currently wants to follow. Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by A.Bodhi
Greg Thompson has a reputation of one of the better MACP instructors. That being said, the second half of this book is pretty good with weapons retention and drawing while engaged... Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by James J
Great book....I've purchased this about 3 times, since everyone keeps "forgetting" to return my copy. Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by PatrickBush
for the most part this book was informative and good... not quite complete though. coulda used some more pics on some of the techniques but overall it was a good buy for mePublished on April 3, 2011 by anthony11
I just purchased Gregg Thompson's H2H book today, and I have to say that it is an incredible manual for military and law enforcement defensive tactics. Read morePublished on April 1, 2011 by RWLawman
I highly recommend this book for those people in the military and those people who would like to learn a reality of combat system that will help them on the street as opposed to... Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by RONNIE J BEVER JR
Greg Thompson's H2H combat is absolutely excellent in page quality, content, and illustrations.
The book is easy to read and simple to follow. Read more