Archive for June, 2012
By Cpl. Tatum Vayavananda
Concerning threats to individual safety and security, anyone can be a victim. But the Family Readiness Office of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa is trying to help even those odds by offering Marine spouses a Rape Prevention and Self-Defense class at MARFOREUR headquarters, last week.
Along with Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques, that have been modified specifically for the course, the class emphasized situational awareness, planning ahead, and minimizing risk in real-world situations, such as in a parking lot or leaving a hotel alone.
By Cpl. Thomas A. Bricker
To storm the beaches of Normandy, June 6, 1944, thousands of United States service members had to be trained to assault the beaches without fear.
On the 68th anniversary of the monumental amphibious battle, Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow opened a martial arts training facility for Marines so they can continue to be the nation’s ‘force in readiness.’
The facility contains numerous stations to work out; each element is designed to physically condition different areas of the body, and several fighting pits to allow sparring sessions during workout.
By Lance Cpl. Michelle Piehl
Community members are able to get a unique look into the heart of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program during Marine Week Cleveland, June 11–17.
Techniques ranging from basic punches to complex disarming maneuvers wowed audience members in Public Square during a presentation, June 12.
“It’s nice to see the actual combat they can do with or without weaponry,” said Hillary Duchnowski, a Lakewood native at the demonstration. “It’s wonderful for the community and the city to see what these men and women do every day for their country. It’s very impressive.”
By Cpl. Christopher Duncan
Service members of all branches faced off in the 2012 US Military Mixed Martial Arts Championships, at Camp Pendleton’s 53 area gym in Camp Horno, May 12.
A total of eight teams, comprised of 112 military members, competed for placement titles and prizes. One team came out on top with nearly every member performing with strength, speed and determination to win.