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|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.
Click on the link to go to the Defensive Arts Academy homepage.
|Right: with Master Ingersoll
and some of the school blackbelts in 2002.
"Working" the cane with one of my boys. In our version of Hapkido there are
only practical weapons.
"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.