In a society driven by information technology where instant gratification is the norm; this discipline delivers. Combatives were actually integrated in the military during the World War Two era; when close in fighting against multiple or armed attackers was common and soldiers needed to learn life saving techniques quickly because they were being mass produced. William Sykes and Eric Fairbairn are known as the fathers of modern day combatives. The predacessors to todays techniques were derrived on the mean streets of Shanghai during the end of World War One by these two British Officers. The techniques they developed were so effective that they were commissioned to train soldiers in the British Forces for World War Two. Later on the US Army would also have Fairbairn and Sykes train their elite soldiers of the OSS the predacessors of the US Army Special Forces and the CIA.
The head instructor at the Academy of Combat; Andy Curtiss is a former Special Forces Soldier himself; who was tasked by his superiors to develop a knife and hand to hand combat program for his Special Forces A-Team in 2003. The program that he developed strayed from that of the Modern Army Combatives program in that the same counter technique may be used against any attack. The science behind this method incorporates the "commonality of training" principle and relys on only gross motorfunction to execute. It was developed this way because the body loses fine motor abilities when affected by the virtual chemical cocktail of the fight or flight mechanism of the body. The program also emphasizes the use of the enemy's anatomy against himself and that every attack is a potential multiple attacker scenario.
With techniques that look as if they were taken straight from Jason Bourne, this program is fundamentally solid. Many of the methods and techniques taught can be found in Curtiss' 2008 book Combat Application Techniques: Principles of Destruction, "but there is far more being taught than whats inside that 148 page book," Curtiss says. The program implements training principles such as stress innoculation and exposure in order to develop and build programmed neurological responses in the trainees, so they dont have to think in an emergency situation, They will be able to simply react. The training center is currently the only one in the DFW area that offers training with the Shocknife a stress innoculation and exposure tool that emits 7,500 volts at .075 milliamps.All of the instructors at the Academy of Combat are certified Shocknife Safety Monitors.
Curtiss claims that from the research he has done there is no one in the Fort Worth Area teaching this type of program. He also claims in his own words, that "of all the wannabe Krav Maga masters, hard core former cops and super secret special ops guys out there" his training academy is the only place that remains true to the very fundamental of combatives and is actually taught by former Military Combatives instructors. Both Curtiss and his Assistant Instructor a deputy Constable in a nearby town are former US Army Special Forces Non Commissioned Officers and combat veterans. "And that means we are combat vetted, have seen what works and what doesn't and know how to train others to deal with the very worst of this world" Curtiss said.
Curtiss says that he's expecting to start a new course in February and is currently in the pre registration phase. Potential trainees must pre register and submit to a criminal background check. Curtiss refuses to train felons and criminal types. Due to the nature of the techniques taught he vets his trainees. This includes training them in the use of deadly force, escalation of force procedures and Texas Penal Code. The potential trainees then receive a class in injury mitigation or falling techniques and are required to pass a 50 question exam on the aforementioned topics.
Because Curtiss is so selective in who he trains, slots for the February course are limited to 10 people. He would like to start another class in March and possibly another in April. For those interested in registering and submitting for a background check they can call The Academy of Combat or stop in from now til February third.
The Academy of Combat Application Techniques is located at 5840 Jacksboro Hwy in Fort Worth and is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business. They are registered with The Small Business Association and recognized as a Police and Security or "Other Trade or Technical School". They are also registered with CCR.gov and welcome US government agencies and organizations. Their contact number is 682-841-2212. Their website is http://combatacademy.zoomshare.com/
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Combat Application Techniques is a knife and Hand to Hand Combat system that was developed by a Green Beret for Green Berets and can be used for women's self protection or street combat. Combat Application Techniques is also copyrighted to Andy Curtiss.