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close quarters combat cqc

Close Quarters Combat CQC

Developed By Larry Klahn

Copyrighted 2005

learning objective
Learning Objective
  • Personnel will gain the confidence and proficiency in various unarmed defense and offensive techniques to be able to maintain control of themselves in a close quarters combat situation, and in doing so controls the fight.
training goal
Training Goal
  • To gain the skills necessary to stop an attacker
  • Control the enemy, apply restrains, or turn the enemy over to other personnel.
warrior mindset developing it
Warrior Mindset & Developing It:
  • Society’s outlook on warriors and perception of self.
  • What is the mental picture?
  • Duty/mission to survive a conflict?
  • How to train to be indomitable and develop the attitude “never give up the fight.”
  • Repetition of techniques
  • Esprit de corps.
recommended reading
Recommended Reading
  • Lt. Col. David Grossman has written two books
  • On Killing and On Combat.
the psychology of conflict
The Psychology of Conflict
  • Ask oneself – “What am I willing to do to survive?” The answer must be “Anything!”
  • Note: The words Soldier and he or his are used in a unisex manner in this presentation and manual. CQC is for all soldiers regardless of gender, age or mission responsibilities.
importance of a just cause
Importance of a “Just Cause”
  • There is an old saying among warriors that “if the cause be just”
  • What the “Cause” may be?
anger fear in combat
Anger & Fear in Combat
  • Fear - controlled part of the survival mechanism.
  • Anger – keeps you moving, fighting & brain thinking.
  • Failure in combat
anger fear in combat cont
Anger & Fear in Combat Cont.
  • Berserker rage
  • How is this addressed?
  • Static and scenario based training
four possible responses to conflict
Four Possible Responses to Conflict
  • Retreat
  • Surrender
  • Posture
  • Fight
mindset goals
Mindset Goals
  • Mindset training - “habit”
  • Assess surroundings
  • Lose being bashful!!!
  • Verbal stuns (loud command voice yell) stuns the cerebral cortex.
  • This results in the enemy blinking and or flinching giving the soldier the tactical advantage
  • Striking, how effected?
verbalization cont
Verbalization Cont…
  • When you yell in a loud heavy command voice
  • Do not fight in silence – by verbalizing/yelling
  • Breath Control
  • Conditioning
stress inoculation
Stress Inoculation
  • “Inoculated into the world of violence” - Grossman - On Killing
  • Specific types of verbalization used in training designed to “stress”
  • Mindset development
  • The purpose of this training is to give the soldier real skills which are simple and effective and can be done in daylight or complete darkness (tactile/feel) and in full battle gear.
  • However – If the soldier has skills learned in other areas – boxing, martial arts, wrestling, football, law enforcement etc. Do not throw away these skills – add CQC to them.
threat assessment danger signs
Threat Assessment: Danger signs
  • Body Language – pre attack postures
  • Opening and closing the fists
  • Shoulder shift
  • Muscular tension in the face or shoulders
  • Boxers/fighting stance
  • Exaggerated motion
danger signs cont
Danger Signs Cont…
  • Exaggerated Breathing
  • Verbal threats
  • Closing the distance to the soldier
  • Thousand yard stare
  • Hands suddenly disappearing behind the back or into clothing
remember to see and look
Remember to “See” and “Look”
  • Eyes up and Head moving.
  • Really “see” what is out there
  • Least 100 yards out, not 25 or less.
  • Be vigilant at all times and places
  • Know where cover is when at a FOB or any location.
  • Do not assume that any location is secure.
  • “Know” where cover is.
types of cover
Types of cover
  • Concealment
  • Soft Cover
  • Hard Cover
autogenic breathing
Autogenic Breathing
  • Square breathing, tactical breathing, breath control or combat breathing.
  • Responses to stress are automatic
  • Heart rate, blood pressure, oxygenation of blood
autogenic breathing24
Autogenic Breathing
  • Autogenic breathing is this: breath in deep for a count of 4
  • Hold for a count of 4
  • Exhale for a count of 4
  • Be empty for a count of 4 and repeat
purpose mission of cqc
Purpose/Mission of CQC
  • “Bring our soldiers home alive” This is the mandate of CQC and our mission.
  • Train the soldier in the physical and mental skills necessary to survive and win a Close Quarters Engagement.
techniques taught
Techniques Taught
  • Must be simple
  • Easy to repeat and retain
  • Mass repetitions until proficient
  • Done and practiced in full combat gear
  • Done while standing, kneeling or on the ground
  • See CQC Manual for the specific techniques
percentage of soldiers trained
Percentage of Soldiers Trained

Air Force


Army Reserve


secret training techniques for success
Secret Training Techniques for Success
  • Amateurs train until they get it right – professionals train until they cannot get it wrong
  • Repetition, Repetition, Repetition
  • No secrets – no ninja magic – just sound principles applied and practiced