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Thread: Army Rangers... Gracie Fans!?!?!?!

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    Arioch7 Guest

    Army Rangers... Gracie Fans!?!?!?!

    About last nights martial arts program. I was able to catch the end(Beginning? It was late. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]) and observe BJJ implemented into Army training.

    I have to tell you, I LOVED the Army's implementation of Gracie Ju Jitsu into the Ranger training but I was getting a bad vibe from it. They just seemed kind of "spoon-fed." Dont get me wrong, the moves looked great, the training looked all pro. My problem is this, my philosophy about it is to study as much as you can and use WHATEVER works. The more familiar you are with different styles, the better off you will be. Also, you use whatever kills the fastest. In other words, the training looked WAY to specialized. I am also not sure how Gracie Ju Jitsi would translate into the modern battlefield.

    Ok, I was in the Navy folks. I will state up front, I WAS NOT A SEAL! I worked on Fighter/Attack aircraft. However, I did come into contact with a lot of Seals and even partied with a few down in Puerto Rico. Seeing as I have an insatiable appetite towards all things martial, we had some interesting talks.

    The HtH training in BUDS(Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training.) is not quite what you would imagine it to be. A LOT of improvised weaponry and much emphasis on "Deadly techniques" (Funny how no one scoffs at them when they say that... [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]) and traditional weaponry. It turns out that every SEAL I talked to had chosen to practice a martial art OUTSIDE of thier primary training. Yes, a lot of it was types of Ju Jitsu. Muay Thai also had a big following and surprisingly, one or two of them took Aikido. Hmmm, I guess they would rather MISDIRECT and toss an oponnent then jump on top of an enemy during a pitched battle.

    Again, this is NOT a flame against BJJ, I just do not think it is a good idea for the Rangers to focus EXCLUSIVELY on BJJ, but hey... the military went to hell after I left anyway. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] I dont know, something about it just struck me as wrong. The Army trainer just seemed like one of those people that has ALL the answers. BLECCH!

    One last thing, for any of you who say "Blah, blah, blah, they take SCARS, I read it in a magazine in some ad. You DONT know what you are talking about." Thats right, look at how that sounds, now dont say it. I could care less what a mag says, I spoke to these men in person.

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    Arioch7 Guest
    *Puntin'* this to the top.

    By traditional weaponry, I am talking knives and other modern weapons.

    [This message has been edited by Arioch7 (edited 07-08-2000).]

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    loki Guest
    Quick way to get stuck with a bayonet in the back if you ask me. Depends on the circumstance like everything else. I watched the program and what I didn't like was that he said something like if someone tells you this is how you break someones neck you should not believe it because that person has probably never broken anybody's neck before. But if he tells you this is how you break an arm we should believe him because either himself or the Gracies have done it. So that means if someone tells me that the human head has only a certain range of motion left to right and if you were to twist it with a sudden jerk making it go past that range of motion then I should not believe that the neck will break because this person has never actually tried it...ha, ha , ha!!! Any true authentic art is based on techniques that worked for the founder and those who continued to develop their prospective arts.


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    GinSueDog Guest
    I gotta kinda agree with you there, I was picking up the samething. Goes to show you, the blind are everywhere. BTW, I completely agree with you about the SCARS thing, it was only used in the early eighties for BUDs, and from what I've heard hasn't been used since.-ED

    "The grappling arts imply most fights end up on the ground...take them there. The striking arts imply all fights start standing up...keep them there. The mixed martial arts imply any fight can go ready and able to go everywhere."-a mix martial artist

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    illusionfist Guest
    Now this is my question, when the senior officer was talking about the techniques, he said that they favored the mount, but don't Royce and Rorion favor the guard? I mean stuff can change, but i can swear that i heard Royce saying he prefers to fight from the guard.

    My two cents...

    Peace [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Arioch7 Guest
    LOL! I hear ya' Loki. I forgot about that. I was thinking to myself, "Blah, blah, blah. HE has never broken anyones neck." Funny, considering that the armed forces have people that have ACTUALLY done this. If they want to rely on the Gracies instead of thier own... fine by me.

    Ginsuedog, I was watching it amd first I went NICE, they are actually using BJJ. Then, after watching this for a few minutes I went... "Oh oh, something stinks here."

    Finally, for illusionfist (Glad you did not take this as a flame to the Gracies.), I read Senior Gracie in inside KF and I try to catch up on as many developments as possible, I am not a BJJer but every time I have seen Royce fight, he has used the guard A LOT more then the Mount.

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    Sihing73 Guest
    Sorry, I do not see BJJ as a viable battlefield art. Simply for the following reasons:
    1) It is not designed to be used against multiple opponenets. The emphasis is on taking one opponent to the ground. I will admit that there are techniques for fighting multiple opponenets but that is nto the emphasis.
    2) The predisposition of going to the ground is a good way to get oneself killed or seriously injured in battle.
    3) In a combat situation most Rangers and other soldiers will be wearing backpacks and a load of other gear which weighs a little bit [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img] Just imagine yourself rolling on the ground with a 50-80lb ruck on your back. Is that a good idea??
    4) Despite the romantic idea of fighitng one on one and hand to hand, most "real" combat takes place with weapons and at a distance.
    5) Rangers are taught to operate in a squad and team type of envrionment. It is more likely beneficial to work on knife techniques geared towards eleminating sentires and such.
    6) There are two goals in the US Army. To injure your opponent from a distance. The teory behind this is that by injuring one man you will require others to care for him. Thus for that one attack you can tie up several of the enemy.
    The other is to kill or neutralize the enemy as quickly and as efficiently/quietly as possible. Thus rolling aorudn with an opponenet while trying to make him submit or kill him is not a good idea. I would rather sneak up behind him and slit his throat.

    The show was a nice advertisement for BJJ and I am sure there are some things worth training from that art. But it is hardly, IMHO, the Ultimate or best fighting art for the military.

    BTW, did they say which Ranger Battalion this was? If it was the 1st Battalion then I can understand as they were a little behind the times.

    All the way and then some-275th rules.



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    rogue Guest
    While I do know that some BJJ techniques have been added by guys in the ASF, BJJ is not a mainstay. Some of the more popular arts seem to be Hwarang Do and Okinawan karate, but there is not a "system". While a great ground fighting art "rolling" is not conducive to stealth.

    IMO I think it's being taught as a confidence builder.

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    laughing tiger Guest
    super posts by everyone...good observations :-) I was waiting to see if I was going to be the only one who smelled something odd when I watched the army ranger section of the program. I saw quite a few opportunities to perform devastating blows to the eyes and throat, as well as vital and nerve strikes. Guess people just don't think about those things much :-O I was not at all impressed. I saw much better (IMHO) techniques being trained in with the marine corps at Camp Pendleton in the mid 80's...I was not a Marine.
    As far as the rest of the show....I was impressed with the Taijiquan and Mr. Tan and the scrappy dutch guy (I'd like to have a few beers with him....LOL), but nothing else impressed me at all. Just my opinion...where my head is at...doesn't mean I'm "right", you know? :-)

    The worst fear is the fear of living...

    -Theodore Roosevelt

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    laughing tiger Guest
    by the way, I am in no way dissing BJJ...great art :-)

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    Braden Guest
    I think something to keep in mind, and this WAS actually pointed out explicitly by the officer, is that the hand-to-hand training was less to give the soldiers actual H2H skills, and more to give them confidence.

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    Chameleon Guest
    I'm about positive that the guy said that they can actually train someone to be a better fighter in 15-40 hours this way.

    Recently I was on a plane with a Ranger, and I asked him if they taught him how to fight hand to hand. He said that he had a few days of hand to hand training, but nothing serious.

    I don't think that any hand to hand art will have much use on a modern battlefield.

    It seems to me that BJJ is used in this case because it can be effectively utilized without a lot of training. A fighter with a rudimentary grasp of gaining a superior position is better off than a fighter with a rudimentary understanding of how to throw a roundhouse.

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    Braden Guest
    He did say that, but he also said it wasn't the point. That segment began with a speil about how battles are won with guns and than H2H training won't help win wars, but it may help enforce the attitude that helps win wars.

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    Slater_E Guest
    you know I saw some of the show. but what strikes me more is that why train massive hand to hand at all. YES IT"S IMPORTANT. but Rangers operate in platoons of large numbers. it's a very different environment than say a SEAL platoon on 5-7 men. see. so although I'd teach knife defense and some lethal stuff, I'l worry more about quick neck snaps and eye gouges and stuff. I'd teach them easy lethal moves and stuff and worry less about massive hand to hand for every situation. besides if they're natural born fighters then they should be able to improvise. and if they aren't well why are they in teh army where they are paid to fight LOL (just kidding)

    "In a fight, there is no second place."

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    INFINOO Guest
    I wonder what's going to happen if those Rangers end up in a ground war with the chinese?

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