Recruits Learn Martial Arts Skills

Recruits Learn Martial Arts Skills
Recruits Learn Martial Arts Skills
Recruits Learn Martial Arts Skills
Recruits Learn Martial Arts Skills

Recruit Travis D. Hines practices rifle disarm techniques during martial arts training. These techniques are part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. Photo by LCpl Aaron Bolser.

A Drill Instructor commands recruit Robert H. Jones, Jr. to execute rifle techniques during martial arts training. Photo by LCpl Aaron Bolser.

Sgt Patrick L. Preacher, a martial arts instructor, commands recruits to execute techniques during martial arts training. Photo by LCpl Aaron Bolser.

Recruits practice rifle techniques during martial arts training. Photo by LCpl Aaron Bolser.

The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program is designed to combine hand-to-hand combat skills from various martial arts and fuse them with character development, helping transform recruits into physically strong, morally sound Marines. 

MCMAP training first conditions recruits with rigorous physical training exercises to simulate what the body goes through while in combat. This process is typically called combat conditioning. This is repeated throughout every MCMAP training session. Recruits learn and execute various MCMAP techniques and commit them to memory.

After recruit training, Marines continue MCMAP training throughout their careers. When a Marine completes a designated amount of training hours, he or she is allowed to demonstrate that all techniques for the next corresponding belt have been mastered.

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