Cutting Edge Training

America’s Combatives and Liability Trainer Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

("I will either find a way or make one.")

ECQ Combatives Countermeasures

ECQ Combatives Countermeasures

This course gives you the answer to that vital question: "What do I do if he gets inside the muzzle of my M4?"  This is real-world, "good to go" training for your last-ditch layer of offense.

“With a technique, it’s like I have a bunch of strings that I have tie together to get anything to work, but a fight happens too fast to do that. With this principle-based fighting, it’s like I have a ball of string and let it fall, and then I just follow the string wherever it takes me, and it flows.”
                                                                               --CPL Nicholas Wankasky, USMC

CUTTING EDGE TRAINING provides the only basic-to-advanced reality-based combatives countermeasures readiness training for any operator, infantryman, or military personnel operating in an ECQ environment who may come into contact with the enemy. We specialize in training achievable high risk skills to become mission-ready in close-quarters in the shortest period possible.  The reality is, this is a combatives course providing a comprehensive fighting system giving you the highest survivability and best chance of mission completion of any system ever offered.  While having compatabilities withthe US Army Combatives Program and Marine Corps' MCMAP, there is a uniqueness to this program that makes it stand out as one every warfighter should have.

You need this training to round out the finest military force ever seen on this planet.  "Applied OODA Combatives Theory,"© provides drills that each build upon the last, with winning strategies and real-world combatives skills that will effectively and efficiently assist you in problem-solving in the CQB environment.

  • Retention of your primary and secondary weapons.  Forget "Figure-8s" and "push-pull" techniques that work well with a cooperative partner in training and utterly fail in combat.  This course focuses on non-technical, "primal combatives"--not primitive--that emphasize the "human weapon system"* and effective methods of retention that have actually been proven in combat and the streets.
  • Knife employment to retain your weapon.  Rather than the usual martial-arts-highly-technical-never-works-anyway knife training, we interviewed soldiers and Marines who actually used a knife in combat.  These interviews also encompassed Department of Corrections personnel and police officers who have been stabbed in the line of duty.  There is a remarkable commonality in how humans employ a knife.  We have adapted a more efficient and effective method of employing the knife to save your life that mimics how humans actually employ a knife to save their lives.
  • Combatives GroundWork.  Your BJJ training and mat groundfighting techniques just won't work with 50-70 pounds of equipment and a helmet on while fighting for your life.  Our Combatives GroundWork is designed from the ground up to be successfully employed by an operator with a full combat load against a motivated enemy combatant. 
  • Military Knife Defense.  Absolutely no fantasy martial arts are taught to fail you against this threat.  Instead, this contextually-correct method of defending against a vicious attack with a knife while in full kit is explored. 

This course provides all of the ECQ combatives countermeasures physical skills training--retaining your primary and secondary weapons, employing your firearms, knife, personal weapons, Combatives GroundWork, and knife defense in combat to stay alive and complete your mission when you are in touching distance of the enemy and he prevents you from simply "shooting him."   The combatives in this course enhances the human being's natural, primal behavior when engaging an enemy at touching distances.   There is no finer military ECQ CQD readiness course anywhere.

This 24-hour user course provides:

  • Comprehensive Employment of "Integrated Combatives Problem-Solving"©
    and "Applied Combatives OODA Theory"©
  • The Human Weapon System and Its Vulnerabilities
  • Knife Skills
  • Takedowns and Strikes
  • Negatively Multi-tasking the Enemy During Combatives
  • Problem-Solving with Real-World Knife Combatives
  • Weapon Retention
  • Weapon Disarms
  • Military Knife Defense
  • Combatives GroundWork


This essential task training:

  • Requires them to train as they fight:  The last half of the course is spent working in their body armor to ensure a better transition from the training floor to combat.
  • Is high intensity with safety protocols built-in to ensure a dynamic training environment with few to no injuries--our goal is to intensively train your operators, soldiers, Marines, airmen, and sailors to deployment readiness, yet having them good-to-go for work (although a bit bruised and sore) the day following the course.
  • Is realistic for today's warrior--it is achievable for all troops.  Each training course is tailored for the skill level and mission of the troops attending the course.

This course brings outstanding instructional skill in a simple format that is reality-based, tactically sound, effective, and easy to apply for every troop and operator in your unit.  This completely different process of providing training to create extraordinary competency is something you'd expect only from CUTTING EDGE TRAINING.  We are the original, and, so far, the only trainers to bring you training that is:

  • Outcome-based:   Our training provides practicality based on sound fundamental precepts of tactics, physical skills, and human combat psychology when operating under extraordinarily dangerous circumstances--by employing "Integrated Combatives Problem-Solving"© featuring the "Universal Rules and Principles of Combatives,"© and "Applied OODA Theory."©   The only determination of whether the troop's or operator's method of surviving a vicious, up-close attack was "correct" is that the soldier, Marine, or operator was able to carry on his or her mission, and his/her force response was legally reasonable within the ROEs--just like in the real-world.
  • Gross-motor skills dependent:  We never forget that these lessons are applied in the real world of fear and hazard and consequence, where nothing ever goes as planned.  We are the only system that depends solely upon gross-motor skills in our combatives problem-solving efforts.  We employ zero complicated techniques to be forgotten a week later.  Instead, we provide simple to employ, effective skills that have a high likelihood of success in any combative circumstance.
  • Non-Technical:  "Techniques" are fine-motor skills that routinely fail in the real-world.  We teach no techniques because techniques only work against small children and cooperative troops on the mat.  Instead, we teach you to solve your combatives problems using naturally hard-wired solutions that are easy for every troop, regardless of level of ability.

* "Human Weapon System" is a copyrighted term by the Direct Action Medical Network (DAMN).  All targeting and methodology has been screened by DAMN physicians for medical validity and accuracy.


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