Styles for Soldiers

Military styles - unlike those for self-defense or law enforcement - don't concern themselves with the opponent's safety. The goal is to incapacitate the target expediently and by the best available means. In recent centuries, this has most often meant using a firearm.

Historically, emphasis on the martial arts increased with troop quality. Peasants and irregulars rarely received any martial-arts instruction, while professional soldiers learned a combat style. The nobility and other elite warriors - those with ample time to train and the economic means to do so constantly - learned complex styles or even multiple styles. This is still true today: elite special-operations forces generally enjoy superior training.

Near the start of the 20th century, most soldiers learned little more than a series of set attacks and responses. Genuine styles soon emerged, emphasizing a few broadly useful techniques and plenty of aggressiveness. Dedicated military styles include Fairbairn (pp. 182-183) and MCMAP (pp. 183-185). The versions of Krav Maga (p. 183) and Sambo (p. 185) given in Martial Arts are "combat" forms of those arts, taught mainly to troops. Some services use stripped-down Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (pp. 167-168), or forms of Judo (p. 166) or Jujutsu (pp. 166-168). Most troops learn bayonet fighting, too; use Jukenjutsu (p. 197) to represent all such training.

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