Combat Jujitsu May Be the Worlds Deadliest Martial Art

Apr 11 23:11 2010 Mark A. Jordan Print This Article

Combat Jujitsu has been proven effective for self defense time and time again. If you're looking only for basic self-defense skills designed to escape a bad situation, or if you want to learn how to totally dominate an opponent, then Combat Jujitsu is what you need.

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Combat Jujitsu is used by US Military Special Operations Forces and Special Forces of many other countries! It is probably the deadliest martial art known to man. Others may proclaim their system to be the deadliest martial art, but none of them can show any actual PROOF of their effectiveness in real combat. Combat Jujitsu has been proven effective time and time again. That is why British and American commandos have such a deadly reputation worldwide, and are both respected and feared by their enemies.


By Special Operations Forces (also known as Spec Ops) I mean military units which are formed and trained to conduct missions involving unconventional warfare, counter-terrorism, reconnaissance, and the like. Special Operations Forces are typically comprised of relatively small groups of highly-trained personnel who are armed and supplied with specialized equipment. They operate on principles of self-sufficiency, stealth, speed and close teamwork.


Regular soldiers, otherwise known as General Purpose Forces (GPF), only receive basic self-defense skills designed to escape a bad situation in case of a weapons malfunction. Most of what is taught to GPFs will usually result in some sort of struggle with the enemy until an opportunity for escape is created. This sort of fighting is slow and is a bad tactic when the mission is to get in and out as quickly as possible! Spec Ops hand-to-hand techniques need to be as near instantaneous as possible, no fooling around! That is why they rely on Combat Jujitsu.


Most people think of hand-to-hand (H2H) combat as combat of last resort, such as when your position is overrun by enemy forces. However, Combat Jujitsu means you intended to engage the enemy at close range, and possibly without using a gun! This is never the intent of 'Regular Army', only Special Forces would be crazy enough to do something like that. But they do it all the time.


If a GI's gun jams he uses self-defense techniques to get out of harm's way. On the other hand, Special Ops Forces may knowingly and willingly enter harm's way without firing a single shot! When the intent is to engage the enemy without weapons (guns), as in Silent Operations, Special Forces Operators rely on Combat Jujitsu!  The key is always speed, and often silence is essential to maintain the element of surprise. The last thing you want to do is draw unnecessary attention with the commotion of a noisy 'fight'. The lightning speed of Combat Jujitsu makes it undoubtedly the world's deadliest martial art!



History of Combat Jujitsu


Also known as close combat or close-in combat, hand to hand (H2H) combat is the most ancient form of fighting known to man. A majority of cultures have their own particular histories related to close combat, and their own methods of practice. However, the ultimate goal of all of them is to dominate the enemy, usually by termination! There are many varieties practiced throughout the world including various martial arts, boxing, and even wrestling. Past examples include the gladiator spectacles of ancient Rome and medieval tournament events such as jousting.


To be victorious in combat requires speed and power. Those who study the Art of War have always looked for quicker, more efficient methods by which to dispatch their enemies. Military organizations looked to the effectiveness of Japanese H2H methods and there found exactly what they were looking for. It was refined and adapted for modern warfare, and the ultimate result is Combat Jujitsu.


Weapons and tactics change with new technology, but even with major technological changes such as the initially crude uses of gunpowder, all the way up to the invention of the machine gun, hand-to-hand fighting methods, including small arms and bayonet, remain central to modern military training. Hand-to-hand tactics designed specifically for modern Special Operations was largely codified by Major William E. Fairbairn and Colonel Rex Applegate during World War II.


William Ewart Fairbairn (1885-1960) was a soldier, police officer, and exponent of hand-to-hand combat methods for allied special forces in World War II. He served with the Royal Marine Light Infantry starting in 1901. After joining the Shanghai Municipal Police (SMP) in 1907, he studied Jujitsu and then Chinese martial arts. He developed his own training system and taught his method to members of that police force in order to reduce officer fatalities.


The militarized version of Fairbairn’s system is the basis for all US Military Special Operations Forces H2H combat and is described in detail in a manual for Allied Special Forces titled Get Tough, originally published in 1942. His system was designed to be simple to learn and brutally effective. The techniques presented by Fairbairn are all Jujitsu techniques. All you need to do is scan through his training manual to see for yourself.


Colonel Rex Applegate (1914-1998) worked in the US Office of Strategic Services (OSS) where he trained allied special forces in close-quarter combat during World War II. In 1943 he wrote Kill or Get Killed, still considered the classic textbook of Western-style hand-to-hand combat.


Applegate developed the techniques outlined in the book during his work with William E. Fairbairn. The result of this was the development of what is widely considered the first scientifically based study of Combat Jujitsu. Applegate's techniques are heavily based on Fairbairn's system, and enhanced with feedback from the OSS operatives who put his extreme martial arts techniques into action in World War II. In other words, these methods are tested and proven! Making Combat Jujitsu, without doubt, the world’s deadliest martial art!


General Purpose Forces change H2H training based on changing technologies and changing missions, such as the recent concept of "peace-keeping". Spec Ops, on the other hand, require sticking to the basics! When the enemy is encountered, react swiftly and decisively! These tactics have not changed since the beginning of history, and they never will.


Techniques must be functional in actual close-in combat. Spec Ops troops may be wearing helmets and flak jackets. They could be armed with M-16s and carrying heavy packs. It would make little sense for a soldier thus encumbered to try a taekwondo kick to the head of a helmeted enemy. This is precisely the lesson learned by armored Samurai four centuries ago, and it is still relevant today!



Civilian Instructors


Most civilian instructors in Combat Jujitsu train police, martial artists or combative sport athletes, due to the limited need to learn lethal tactics outside the military. But some may train civilians for private security and self-defense. The very things which make Combat Jujitsu the deadliest martial art, being that it is well-adapted for military training (fast, ease of use, modest physical demands) also make it suitable in many ways for civilian self-defense.

However, you should be very skeptical of anyone who tells you the US Navy SEALs use their system.


The techniques themselves have changed very little over the last fifty years. They have been proven effective, so why mess with a good thing? Besides, there are only a certain number of ways to kill someone with your bare hands. No one has yet to come up with anything better. So be very skeptical of anyone who says, or implies, they taught the SEALS or any other Special Operations Forces how to do Combat Jujitsu techniques.


No one since Fairbairn and Applegate have been able to improve on the world's deadliest martial art. But, many civilian "instructors" just outright lie about teaching Navy SEALs (Green Beret, etc.) their techniques. Most have never seen a harbor seal, much less a real Navy SEAL! Others "misrepresent" their program by saying they taught their "methods" to so-and-so & such-and-such Special Forces. Beware of people making such claims!


As warfare continues to evolve, high-tech weaponry will reduce the need for H2H (the enemy will be destroyed long before contact is ever made). However, it will never be completely eliminated, and it is important to continue to train and improve. There will be slight improvements in techniques, and changes may be made due to changing missions. But the core techniques of Combat Jujitsu will always remain. Why?


It has been proven in combat, so why take chances with unproven theory? The only answer is to rely on the extreme martial arts techniques of Combat Jujitsu, the deadliest martial art known to man!


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Mark A. Jordan
Mark A. Jordan

Mark Jordan is a 6th Degree Black Belt in Budoshin Jujitsu and a Combat Jujitsu Master Instructor. He has 35 years experience in training and teaching people the most effective methods of protecting themselves from violence.

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