Combat Applications Techniques: Principles of Destructionby Andrew Curtiss
"Death smiles upon us all. All we can do is Smile back" (Russel Crowe Gladiator) Survival is the objective of this book. When faced against an armed adversary we value our life above all else. The sole purpose of existence turns to survival, when life hangs in the balance. The life that we hold so precious becomes fragile when we find ourselves staring death in the face. Often times we don't recognize that it could only take seconds to have our lives bled out from underneath us. It is only in the times of peril, and we realize that our life is hanging by a thread that Survival becomes so important. Make no mistake this book is about SURVIVAL.
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The author shows his lack of fighting and combat knowledge repeatedly throughout this book. Some examples: In anatomy: (he refers to the humerus bone as the "humorous". In history: He puts W.E. Fairbairn and Sykes as coming from "trench warfare" (WWI), when both were only active later in the century. Knife selection: His is based on a fantasy that the Marine Corps "K-Bar" was "not designed for fighting" because it's it's "too heavy". This man is no CQC expert. Period. Martial artists and soldiers, avoid this mish-mash... Those easily impressed with "camo" uniforms, long-winded, often inaccurate speeches and basic techniques will love it. Try "Kill or Get Killed" instead.
Coming from a wrestling back ground where I was a two time state champion I have to say that the principles of feel and flow are extremely spot on. As a Force Recon Marine, and now a contractor working overseas in the theater of operations I have to say his techniques if required to employ would easily disable an advisory most quickly and efficiently even while wearing your armor and gear. It is good to have this type of training in your toolbox. It is training that can easily be used to in a survival situation. These techniques are broken down into simple yet effective steps making it easily learned in a short amount of time for either a novice or expert in martial arts. I highly recommend reading this manual.
as a former member of the military Army Special Forces I can say that it is about time someone addressed real unarmed and knife combat techniques. The techniques are not Martial Arty or wrestling / Ultimate Fighting techniques taught in the official Army program. Unlike other systems we aere taught, this book is practical and concentrates on hurting the 'badguy' while not getting damaged or putting your self in a precarious situation. This book is about real life COMBAT!!
The content in this book seems to be particularly aimed towards soldiers out on the front lines, but anyone who enjoys 'warrior reading' can ejoy this. It has a NO B.S. approach to unarmed combat. The techniques are simple, efficient and easy to pick up even if you are not a soldier or martial artist. The techniques illustrated in the book are real. This is for real combat not the cage. There is nothing sportlike about Combat Application Techniques. I really liked the approach that the author used to get his point across. This is a brutal education in unarmed combat, but the fact that each chapter begins with a philosophical quote is just enough to make the violent techniques tought inside seem acceptable to even the average joe. It was overall a refreshing approach to the same old grind of this genre of book.