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"It doesn't have to be pretty, just effective" -Master Bob Ingersoll
Close Quarters Battle (CQB) is typically defined as a physical encounter that takes place in a confined space at close proximity with one's opponent. CQB combat is extremely dangerous because it frequently takes place by absolute surprise and the closeness to one's opponent often renders weapons useless due do direct manipulation by the opponent. If weapons are being employed, weapons retention becomes a critical necessity, if not, short range body weapons like elbows and knees are often times the most effective course of action. Joint locking also becomes highly useful in this proximity as it places you in contact with the opponent's extremities. 

Application: CQB is never where you want to be unless you absolutely have to be. In CQB you are between grappling and striking distance, and therefore under the threat of both so it is critical to decide whether to attack, or retreat back into striking distance. Either way your objective should be to get out of CQB range. From a strictly self defense perspective, separation is often times the guiding principle to avoid harm, but you might also be forced to attack into joint locking or grappling options to subdue your opponent.

Training: Learning how to block and position yourself while in close quarters is critical. Most fights aren't announced, and attackers will almost always try to close in before launching their surprise attack. Training should emphasize blocking and striking from extreme proximity, followed by evasion to striking range, or attacking into joint locking and grappling. The transition to both attack and evasion must be practiced. You do not always want to engage your first opponent fully, as you do not know if there are any more. The last thing you need when grappling on a bar floor is for his buddies to show up. If possible always evade first.

I've trained with Master Ingersoll (second from left) for about six years now. He owns and operates Defensive Arts Academy in Seaside CA. DAA specializes in realistic training for military, law enforcement, and civilian personnel. Master Ingersoll and I have similar approaches to many things, including the martial arts.



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School Blackbelts 2002Right: with Master Ingersoll and some of the school blackbelts in 2002.
I met Master Ingersoll by accident, while at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. I was checking out the fitness center and walked into a matted room with people doing martial arts. I think it's pretty obvious by now that I love martial arts, so I stopped to watch. I had been looking for a school in the Monterey area, but I couldn't find anything that I liked. I was tired of  the fighting "rules" and impractical scenarios that are common in traditional martial arts. Even though I still love traditional martial arts, I wanted something more realistic. I was tired of kicking "online" up and down, on the mat at absolutely nothing, learning forms designed for horsemen thousands of years ago, and being limited to a menu of "authorized" techniques. In Master Ingersoll's class students were shown a technique, and immediately rehearsed it against a live opponent. It was no game. The opponent really punched, and the defender really took him to the ground. It was fluid and unrehearsed, like it would be in real life. A few days after he opened his school in Seaside, I showed up, and became a permanent fixture at his school. Those years served as my most productive and enlightening years of my martial arts experience. I not only learned self defense, but also the equally, if not more important martial arts lessons of patience, humility, discipline, and teaching. A true martial arts experience is one that expands not only your physical skills, but also your character. It's mental maturity, that creates the most effective warrior.
the cane is a hapkido weapon Left: "Working" the cane with one of my boys. In our version of  Hapkido there are only practical weapons.
With a student at SDA

Yeager doing a split kick
"And I was like 'break you self..."
Right: With a student at DAA. Although we do not injure each other in training, the emphasis is on realistic training.