Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone used his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to help disarm a gunman aboard a train in Belgium. “I 100 percent believe that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu saved my life at that moment,” Stone told Air Force Times. “Every move I used on him was very, very basic — you can learn in five minutes. If we had a course like that in the Air Force for people to learn basic moves, it could help anyone in a situation like that.”
Spencer stone is set to receive a purple heart among other medals for his bravery.
A study and survey was conducted on the use of Hand to Hand combat in the US Military from 2004-2008 of deployed US soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan. The study showed that despite all of our technological improvements, hand to hand combat was reportedly used by 19% of those surveyed. Of those the techniques applied 75% of them were grappling techniques. followed by weapon techniques the smallest were striking at only 5.5%. In the study the main grappling techniques are all things we teach in our beginner/fundamental program.
In the real world when lives are on the line, techniques like kicks, punches, wristlocks, eye gouges just aren't used effectively. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on simple moves with large body movements that can work under pressure. They can be practiced against fully resisting opponents so you can see their effectiveness. They can't be mastered in a single class, but you won't be walking around with false confidence that other martial arts techniques might give you.
Our US Military now teaches the Modern Army Combatives program which is based on the combatives program of the Gracie Family and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
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