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“Combatives” (sometimes known as Close Quarters Combat, or CQC) refers to self-defense techniques designed for an unarmed combatant whose opponent may or may not be armed. For the Combatives course, the traditional belt system is not used. Instead, patches modeled after the military rank system are awarded in recognition of the student’s progress. These patches will also indicate when a student has attained the necessary familiarity with techniques and principles to move on to higher levels of the course.

  • Combatives Level 1

    The Combatives Level 1 course lays the foundation of a complete self-defense system. Students in the Level 1 course will begin to understand the unique advantages offered by an approach to self-defense that incorporates jiu-jitsu and grappling techniques and strategies. The emphasis in the course in on learning to use superior position and leverage to neutralize an opponent’s size and strength, and to multiply the effectiveness of the student’s own offensive techniques.

  • Combatives Level 2

    Combatives Level 2 continues to build on the foundation laid at Level 1 eot ensure that the student can implement his or her techniques against an aggressive, striking opponent. In this course the student will gain an understanding of spacing and distance in self-defense situations. In particular, the student will learn how to stay out of range of strikes, and how to “clinch” with an opponent, taking away the space necessary to strike with power. Finally, the student will learn the footwork and defensive postures to transition between these two distances safely.

  • Combatives Level 3

    Combatives Level 3 takes the principles and techniques from the earlier levels and applies them to the highest stakes scenarios. Even more so than with strikes, defending against weapons requires intelligent strategies and absolute precision in the implementation of those strategies. Students at this level will learn to defend themselves and those around them in the most intimidating self-defense circumstances.


The Striking Class incorporates elements of Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Boxing for a well-rounded approach to stand-up striking. Drills and sparring will perfect the student’s understanding of spacing, distance, timing and rhythm. Learning to strike with proper form is not only valuable in itself, but will also improve the student’s ability to quickly identify when an opponent is most threatening, and when an opponent is overextended, off-balance, or otherwise exposed.

Submission Wrestling

The Submission Wrestling (No Gi) class focuses on takedowns without relying on making grips on an opponent’s uniform or clothing. The emphasis on speed, timing, and leverage supplements and amplifies the power of proper technique. Students in this class also gain experience in live-sparring, which is the best way to develop fluidity, creativity, and intuition in the application of technique.

Sample drills

Below are two videos that show drills from Combatives Level 2: