Military units, police forces, and other law enforcement officers can sometimes find themselves in situations that require them to engage in physical confrontations with other enemies or other combatants. To prepare themselves for such scenarios, they are taught a tactical fighting technique that takes advantage of their physical attributes and personal weapons – close quarters combat (CQC).
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The hand-to-hand combat component of close quarters combat combines various martial art forms, including boxing, wrestling, and Muay Thai, among others. The disciplines utilized are those that allow the practitioner to quickly dispatch of opponents because of the possibilities of facing several enemies or the presence of hostages or civilians.
Close quarters combat also require great proficiency with weapons (from knives and bayonets to pistols and other guns), along with ammunition, protective gears, and special maneuvers. There is a need to make the right decisions in a split-second because of perilous situations.
The combat technique originated during latter part of the Shanghai International Settlement when heavy opium trade was widespread in the city; and to add to that, there was extreme political chaos because of the ongoing Chinese Civil War.
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Then Shanghai Municipal Police Assistant Commissioner William Fairbairn was tasked to establish an auxiliary squad specifically for riot control and aggressive policing. They were taught a variety of martial art forms and gun combat techniques. They were also trained in effectively using ordinary things as ad hoc weapons.
Peter Spennato has undergone martial arts training for decades. He is also proficient in handling CQB handguns and edged weapons, having trained under SWAT commander Rick Brown, Navy SEAL Jeff Gonzales, and federally certified force options instructor Steve Tarani. Read more about martial arts and combat techniques by subscribing to this blog.