BSafety

(1) Ensure recruits begin slowly at first and increase speed with proficiency.

(2) Ensure recruits never execute body hardening techniques at full force so as to reduce the risk of injury.

(3) When recruits are executing peroneal nerve strikes ensure that the knee joint is not struck. The target area is the meaty portion on the outside of the thigh.

(4) When executing body hardening strikes to the abdomen ensure that blows are stuck in the center of the stomach above the navel and below the xiphoid process (end of the sternum). No blows should land below the navel, on the sternum, ribs, or the hip bone.

c. Body hardening techniques are executed as two count, echo count exercises. Echo count exercises are done for a specific count, i.e., 10 to 30 repititions. The unit leader counts each count and the recruits echo the count in cadence.

d. Grippers. Grippers are designed to strengthen the gripping muscles of the hand. They are executed in four positions. Each begins with the palms open and fingers extended as wide as possible. On the first count clenth the fist tightly together and hold for one count, then extend the fingers. Execute for 10 counts and as fitness increases add repetions to each of the four positions. The positions are above the head, to the side, to the front and across the chest.

When executing across the chest grippers, start with the hands at the side and the fingers extended. Bring the hand up and across the body and clench the fist at the top of the movement, lower the arm and unclench at the bottom. Again squeeze the fist tight for a 1 count before releasing grip and lowering the arms. Execute by alternating hands and do each for 10 counts.

e. Radial Nerve Strike (side to side). Assume the basic warrior stance across from your partner, one pace apart with the arms at the side and the fists clenched. Rotating from side to side at the hips strike the inside of the forearms along the radial nerve (thumb side) against each other. Begin at a slow speed and power and increase as proficiency and toughness develop. Some soreness will be experienced initially. Begin be doing 10 repetitions to each arm.

f. Ulnas Nerve Strike (side to side). Assume the basic warrior stance across from your partner, one pace apart with the fists clenched. Rotating from side to side at the hips strike the inside of the forearms along the ulnas nerve (little finger side) against each other. Begin at a slow speed and power and increase as proficiency and toughness develop. Some soreness will be experienced initially. Begin by alternating with 10 repetitions to each arm.

Radial Strike

g. Radial Nerve Strike (low to high). Assume the basic warrior stance across from your partner, one pace apart with the arms at the side and the fist clenched. Rotating from the hips and starting with the right hand strike the inside of the forearms along the radial nerve (thumb side) against each other. The movement of the arm starts with an arc across the front of your body, as the fist comes along the opposite side, keep the upper arm in place, bend at the elbow, continue the arc in an upward movement back towards the right, keeping the open portion of the fist towards your body until the forearms strike. Begin at a slow speed and power and increase as proficiency and toughness develop. Some soreness will be experienced initially. Begin by alternating with 10 repetitions to each arm.

soreness will be experienced initially. Begin by alternating with 10 repetitions to each arm.

h. Ulnas Nerve Strike (High to low sweep). Assume the basic warrior stance across from your partner, one pace apart with the arms crossed over the chest and the fist clenched. Rotating from the hips and starting with the right hand strike the outside of the forearms along the ulnas nerve (little finger side) against each other. The movement of the arm starts with a downward arc across the front of your body, avoiding locking out the elbow at the end of the movement, continue the arc back across to the right, keeping the open portion of the fist towards your body until the forearms strike. Begin at a slow speed and power and increase as

j. Abdominal Strike (standing). Assume the basic warrior stance across from your partner, one pace apart. Rotating from the hips and starting with the right hand strike your partners stomach with a straight punch, alternating hands. The stomach should be struck centered above the navel and below the xiphoid with the first two knuckles of the fist. Avoid striking the ribs, sternum, below the navel, and the hip bone which can cause injury to either partner. Each Marine will strike once with each hand followed by the second Marine and continue to alternate blows in this manner until the total number of repetitions is completed. Avoid locking out the elbow at the end of the movement. Begin at a slow speed and power and increase as proficiency and toughness develop. Some soreness will be experienced initially. Begin by alternating with 10 repetitions to from each arm.

Basic Warrior Stance

k. Peroneal Nerve Strike. Assume the basic warrior stance across from your partner, one pace apart. Rotating from the hips and starting with the right foot, raise the foot in a partial round-house kick and with the instep or lower shin strike your opponent on the outside of the thigh. Care must be taken to avoid striking the knee and only hit the meaty portion of the thigh. Avoid locking out the knee at the end of the movement. Alternate strikes to the same side by each partner. After completing the required repetitions change legs. Begin at a slow speed and power and increase as proficiency and toughness develop. Some soreness will be experienced initially. Begin by alternating with 10 repititions to each arm.

l. Abdominal Strike (sit-up strikes). Partners will assume a sit-up positions with the feet interlocked. On the first count they sit-up and each strikes the others stomach with the right hand followed by a left hand strike. They then return to the down position which completes one repetition. The strikes should be centered between the navel and xiphoid. Avoid striking the ribs, below the navel or sternum and do not hyperextend the arm while punching. Begin at a slow speed and power and increase as proficiency and toughness develop. Some soreness will be experienced initially. Begin by alternating with 10 repititions to each arm.

Body Hardening

Besides the body hardening benefits of this drill, it also develops timimg and coordination.

SUMMARY_(1 MIN)

The fundamentals of the Marine Corps Martial Art form the basis for all close combat techniques. This lesson covered the ranges of close combat, weapons of the body, target areas for unarmed combat, the basic warrior stance, and angles of approach and movement, and body hardening. During this transformation into becoming a United States Marine you have started your training in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. You have begun to develop the martial skills and the warrior spirit that is an integral part of earning the title of United States Marine. In order to be effective the stretching and body hardening techniques you have learned and practiced must be done on a regular basis. With that in mind it is up to you to make this training a part of your daily life.

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