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.
By Ms. Vickey Mouze (USAG Hawaii)
Army veterans shared their knowledge and skill of an ancient Hawaiian martial art here, April 27.
Thomas Kaulukukui Jr. and Jerry Walker taught Soldiers and their families about lua at the Aha Aina, or banquet, lecture series, hosted by U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Native Hawaiian Liaison Office, founded to build relationships between Soldiers and their families with the Native Hawaiian community.
“Lua comes from a time when men grappled with each other and beat each other with clubs; this was before firearms,” said Kaulukukui, who served in Vietnam as a paratrooper from 1968–1970.
by Sgt. Steven Peterson
10th Mountain Division Journalist
Soldiers stationed on Fort Drum participated in the 10th Mountain Division Combatives Tournament held April 25 and 26 at Magrath Sports Complex.
The tournament was open to all active-duty and reserve Soldiers in the area. It pitted all who came to compete within the installation against each other.
Before the matches began, instructors from Fort Drum’s Light Fighter School gave a Modern Army Combatives demonstration, explaining some of the main rules and the purpose of the technique.
By Lance Cpl. D. J. Wu
It was another early morning. It was cold. I knew there were going to be nine fighters in the tournament but I didn’t know what to expect.
I went to the meet up spot a little early as usual, just so I wouldn’t miss anything.
The first two people I met were a couple of guys I’ve never seen before. It turned out that one of them was a visiting coach from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., and the other was a student from the Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School and new to the team.
By Tim Hipps
Three Greco-Roman wrestlers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program earned Olympic berths at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for Wrestling, April 21–22.
Sgt. 1st Class Dremiel Byers, Sgt. Spenser Mango and Spc. Justin Lester won their weight classes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to earn spots on Team USA for the 2012 Olympic Games, scheduled to run from July 27 to Aug. 12, in London. All three Soldiers are stationed at Fort Carson, Colo.
Two-time Olympian Byers won the 120-kilogram/264.5-pound division in two straight matches of a best-of-three final series against Michigan Wrestling Club’s Steve Andrus of Manhattan, Kan., by scores of 1–0, 1–0 and 2–0, 2–0.
By Lance Cpl. Kasey Peacock
For the first time on Okinawa, an American was recognized by the Okinawan Judo Association with an award for instructor of the year at the Okinawa Budokan in Naha April 7.
Paul E. Newman, the deputy camp commander on Camp Kinser, received the award for his more than 15 years of experience as a Judo instructor on Okinawa. Newman instructs four days-a-week at the Kadena Air Base Judo Club and co-instructs a Saturday and Sunday class at the Koza Athletic Park.
“Teaching Judo is all I have ever wanted to do,” said Newman. “It was something that I excelled at, and I developed a really strong passion to want to teach it.”
by Senior Airman Jason J. Brown
More than 20 military and civilian police officers from the Hampton Roads community participated in a Krav Maga training course at Langley Air Force Base, Va., April 2–8.
The class, held in the base static display hangar, trained participants in the art of Krav Maga, a form of noncompetitive self-defense focusing on striking, wrestling and grappling techniques.
Krav Maga was created in the late 1930s by Imre Lichtenfeld, an Israeli martial artist who developed the practice to defend his Jewish neighborhood against anti-Semitic gang violence in Bratislava. Currently, all Israeli soldiers, including Special Forces units, learn Krav Maga as part of their basic military training.