Close Quarters Combat

Close Quarters Combat CQC

There are several close quarters combat fighting styles that one can use to protect him/herself in a life threatening situation. Selecting a fighting to style to learn should be easy with the access to information we posses at our figure tips. With this article we hope to supply you with the information you need to select a fighting style and make it a lifestyle.

Why Select Ninjutsu as a Close Combat Fighting Style

Close Quarters Combat ninja splits

Close Quarters Combat female ninja split

So, what are the key areas of training that you need to focus on in combat ninjutsu – if your goal is to be able to handle a real, down-and-dirty, close quarter combat situation?

They are:

1. Iri (“Entering”) - This is the art and science of effectively and strategically getting through his defenses so that you can be in the right position to apply your punch, kick, lock, or whatever. Often mistaken for the actual technique, especially when practicing kata (“prearranged fight scenario”) training, this is the adaptive and subjective part of the training which, when mastered, “allows” you to be able to do the ninjutsu technique that will finish him.

In short, you have to be able to get inside his defenses – you must be able to “move in” so that you can earn the dominant position and be able to break his body down.

2. Taihen (“Body movement”) - Everything from stepping and lateral shifts, to the ability to effectively neutralize his attempts to damage your body with strikes, kicks, or grabbing attacks falls under this skill area. While most students are content with leaning some cool rolling and vaulting maneuvers, combat ninjutsu requires that you focus on being able to move directly, from point to point, with no delay or tell-tale signals that would allow him to stop you from being able to defend yourself against his assault.

3. Kuzushi (“Balance-breaking”) - Here is where the rubber really meets the road, so-to-speak. Because, in order to stall, or get a determined opponent into one of your techniques, you’re going to have to “earn it.” And that means that you’re going to have to create or take advantage of those moments when he can’t attack or defend – when he is busy dealing with his own body fighting itself! This can be done physically, psychologically, emotionally, or through a combination of any or all of these three.

The point here is to get him doing something other than dealing with you – if only long enough to get that strike, lock, or throw on him!
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What Other Close Quarters Combat Fighting Styles Work?

Close Quarters Combat Wing Chun

Close Quarters Combat Wing Chun practice

Answer 1] – Box or Wing Chun. Also any Southern style of Kung Fu that is focused on close combat, because Southern Kung Fu is mostly close range.

[Answer 2] – Well probably Muay Thai. Here’s why – one of the most important things in muay thai is the clinch. Meaning you’re basically holding on to your opponent and he’s doing the same. It also places emphasis on knees and elbows which provide a shorter, sharper attack that is used against vulnerable soft tissue. Also it was a result of centuries of real fights so it is “street ready” so to say. And it wasn’t systematized like the Japanese and Chinese martial arts where you have an exact way to perform everything and every move has a name, etc. It’s more adjustable.

[Answer 3] – The optimal style for true close quarters, like an elevator or other small spaces, is wing chun. Wing chun was in fact designed specifically for that purpose and is most efficient at that range. You can use any style you want, but wing chun actually teaches for that scenario.

While other martial arts teach for this scenario, wing chun provides the longest duration of this on average. teaching is what defines how you fight and how good you are at fighting.

[Answer 4] – I suggest Wing Chun or Krav Maga (both closer-quarter combat).

Martial Arts to stay away from: Any thing that relies on kicking, take downs, or trying to submit opponent on ground.

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The Close Quarters Combat Fighting Style You Select

The information above is a snap shot into the VAST possibilities of close quarters combat techniques that are available to you and your family. Your selection may actual result into a local google search of close quarters combat (insert city name here) to determine what training you can receive. Always make sure the instructor has the necessary credentials to train you in that particular fighting style. The interview process should be two fold you don’t want to spend your time and money on training that can not be verified by a independent source. Plus if a sanction changed in the fighting styles comes down you want to know about so being connected to the close quarters combat fighting style community is a big deal. Don’t stop at learning one technique Bruce Lee didn’t!