What is COMBATIVS?+
Statistics reveal what martial arts, self-defense and other combatives programs typically offer to students, will fail them almost 100% of the time in a violent close quarter combat encounter! There are multiple reasons for this failure rate although one major flaw stands out. A gaping combat flaw was discovered in independent civilian and U.S. government studies after many years of research. Most Western governments altered their training to correct this flaw. Statistics have shown results of up to a 50X greater effectiveness in battle! COMBATIVS brings in this overlooked training in other programs. COMBATIVS will show you how to overcome a handicap that’s in almost 100% of people, even trained soldiers, law enforcement and even MMA cage fighters, that gives our clients an overwhelming opportunity and advantage over predators.
We combine this information with specific, easily learned and adapted combat-tested skillsets that are practical and proven highly successful in actual violent encounters.
Is COMBATIVS different to what Close Quarter Combat Skills Institute teaches to the CIA, Special Forces, U.S. Secret Service, Counter Terrorism Units or SWAT?+
What is combatives/close quarter combat (CQC)?+
Who developed combatives/CQC?+
What did Fairbairn do?+
In the early 1900’s, William Fairbairn was a British Royal Marine (commonly known today as Commandos) stationed in Japanese controlled Korea. He spent his days training with the Royal Marines (no small feat in itself), and his nights studying martial arts with the toughest Japan and Korea had to offer.
He spent years doing this until he ended up as a cop (for 32 years) in the most dangerous place on earth… Shanghai. There he learned every single thing about every martial art he could possibly get his hands on. He also took up boxing, wrestling and savate. He studied Kung Fu from the personal bodyguard to the Empress of China and became the first Westerner to receive black belts in Judo and Jujitsu from a Japanese grandmaster.
During this time, he got into no-holds-barred street fights with Tong gang members, who were renowned for their lethal ways. One day, after he was beaten and stabbed many times and left for dead, he realized that all the martial arts he knew, wasn’t good enough.
So, he took his military training, mixed it with his mastering of four Eastern martial arts and his street experience, to develop what worked best against multiple, armed, murderous criminals who were also highly-trained martial artists. Fairbairn became the father of “combatives”.
He also became the father of SWAT, as he taught his lethal combatives to the Shanghai police and improved the force by implementing some of the first SWAT-style police squads and tactics the world had ever seen, that are still being used today.
Commissioned by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Colonel Fairbairn later went on to work with the British Secret Service during WWII, as head of training combatives to U.S. Army Rangers, British and Canadian Commandos in Scotland, OSS Spy Operatives (CIA) at Camp X, U.S. Marine Raiders, and Special Air Service troopers in hand-to-hand combat, knife-fighting and pistol techniques. Many of these techniques are still being used today by Special units and secret services in the world, including Mossad and MI-6.
This training was easy and quick to learn and execute with deadly effectiveness.
Colonel Fairbairn trained G.W. Collins, a combat-decorated Commando, at Scotland’s Commando Training Center, who trained Al Collins, Director of COMBATIVS.
What is Close Quarter Combat Skills Institute (CQCSI)?+
Close Quarter Combat Institute (CQCSI) was founded in 1984 by Richard Fike, a career Special Operations Officer serving over 26 years with extremely aggressive special missions units. He is a regular advisor and trainer to various federal, military and private organizations across the United States and abroad on small unit tactics and individual survival. CQCSI’s goal is to provide the highest level of combatives/CQC education and training possible through effective live environment training platforms to select global government special operators. Director Collins is also a certified instructor of CQCSI, who first trained with Director Fike in 1990. Director Collins is also a Black Belt and trained in numerous martial arts (Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing, Shaolin White Crane Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Tang Soo Do, UFAF (Chuck Norris))
What are the modern tools or weapons of combatives/CQC?+
How long does it take to learn combatives/CQC?+
How long does the COMBATIVS program take?+
How can that be possible?+
How is COMBATIVS different from martial arts?+
How is COMBATIVS different than MMA or cage fighting?+
How is COMBATIVS different than government or military Special Forces combatives/CQC programs?+
Most quality CQC training is only offered to government Secret Intelligence Services (i.e. U.S. CIA, British MI6) and military Special Forces (i.e. US Navy SEALS, US Army Delta, British SAS) and is unavailable to others even to other government and military groups. CQC training in these areas is the best; however, the CQC flaws is in relation to preparedness in all situations, as their training focus is broader with a reliance on heavy automatic weaponry; personal armor; mechanized armor; team assistance and reinforcements. COMBATIVS adopts their specific behavioral strategies and lone individual skillsets, as well as the characteristics of speed, surprise, intent and violence of action.
One story comes from an Australian Special Operative in Afghanistan who hadn’t been prepared properly by the military in combatives when faced with a H2H encounter against a Taliban in a cave. He was jumped on so he couldn’t use his weapons or depend on teammates in the dark. He said only his size and strength, not skillset, was able to save him from being killed.
COMBATIVS strips the training down to a person being alone; in street clothes; dependent on skillsets to quickly (within a few seconds) end a violent attack. Size, age, gender, strength, endurance is overcome with the skillsets taught.
Don’t government employees and law enforcement get the CQC training they need at work?+
What’s the difference between COMBATIVS and a self-defense course?+
What does a typical martial arts Black Belt program cost and what do they teach?+
Martial arts program prices have a wide price variance. “Decent” group instruction ranges from $100.-$200.+/month and usually $100./hr.+/person for private lessons. Typically, it takes 5 years for someone to obtain their Black Belt. So the overall training cost can be $6,000. -$12,000., and much more if you took any private lessons; seminars; costs for all the belt exams and gas travelling to and from classes twice/week (that’s 520 trips).
Martial arts courses load up the classes with as many people as they can get in. Courses are held when and where it is convenient for the instructor, most often in the evenings. Classes are usually twice/week for 1 ½ hours (that’s 780 hours over 5 years). Belt exams are usually held in groups, rather than based on individual performance. Belt exams are typically dragged out over 5 years to increase income from students.
Much of the class is focused on stretching and strength and endurance exercises. The other part of your money is spent on their traditional art, which involves choreographed forms or pattern routines (kata), and their “way”. Their “way” can be grappling focused (MMA; Jujitsu) or kicking focused (Tae Kwon Do) or punching focused (boxing) or hard strikes focused (Karate) and so on. There is some cross-over like in MMA, but all are trained in a sport with referees, rules and limitations. Training against or with weapons is rare, usually provided only beyond Black Belt level with their traditional weapons. They aren’t trained for life or death encounters. CQC experts point out that martial arts training is actually counter-productive, because of the muscle-memory acquired in point fighting; traditional techniques; sparring with rules and opponents tapping out.
How expensive are other combatives/CQC courses and what do they teach?+
Other CQC courses researched can cost from $2000. (14 hours) – $7300. (72 hours).
Like martial arts programs, these courses load up the classes with as many people as they can get in. Courses are held when and where it is convenient for the instructor. One CQC course was spread out over an entire year. Some courses waste time and money of civilian clients teaching unnecessary military tactics (i.e. taking prisoners and ship boarding). Some focus on the usual martial arts moves (i.e. complicated kicks; throws; joint manipulation; punches; or grappling). A few just teach handgun training and call it a CQC course. One CQC course we found teaches sword fighting and scoped rifle shooting. Israeli Krav Maga has multiple techniques and moves to obtain the result (total defeat of predator), any one of which can fail along the way to getting the job done. Some programs provide no training against multiple predators or predators armed with firearms, knives or improvised weapons. Some teach children. None we could find teach the most necessary component that is taught to Special Forces Operators and also taught to COMBATIVS clients. Without it, statistics show that the failure rate is high (up to 98%), even with proper H2H (unarmed) and weapons skills.
What does COMBATIVS cost?+
$99./hr./person* for PRIVATE certified instructor training of two (2) clients together at their indoor location at a time that fits their schedule (depending on availability), to ensure personalized training to fine tune each individual’s strengths and correct faults. Training can be spread out over several weeks, at the client’s convenience (minimum 2 hours at a time). In addition to personal certified instruction, much additional information and a training schedule outline is provided to each client to enhance and secure their skillsets.
Three exams (written and practical) are available at 8, 16 and 24 hour points to obtain Certification in Gray Combat, Brown Combat and Black Combat Levels.
*Prices subject to change unless pre-payment has been received. Price quoted here is based on one hour for each client that has pre-paid on the Platinum Plan. Further payment details on the Training page.
Do you train everyone the same thing?+
Is this training open to everyone?+
Why don’t you accept children like martial arts systems do?+
Do you sell DVD’s or books or put teaching on YouTube?+
Do you train with weapons?+
Other CQC courses guarantee results. Does COMBATIVS do that?+
As we pointed out in the 2nd question, statistics warn that what is typically taught in martial arts, self defense and other CQC courses will fail students almost 100% of the time. That’s not much of a guarantee! Testimonies from those who were successful with martial arts and other CQC courses in deadly encounters are out there and this does happen, however, how does that compare to the proven very high failure rate of those considered experts? We don’t hear about the failures except in independent studies, which we present in our program.
We guarantee that we will teach you close quarter combat Special Operations Forces battle-tested tactics and show you how to overcome a handicap that’s in almost 100% of people, even trained soldiers, law enforcement and MMA cage fighters, to give you an overwhelming opportunity and advantage over the most ruthless of predators. Protection against home invasion; against rape; against attack/kidnapping on vacation; against violent assault, even by multiple armed attackers.
Combatives/CQC on the street, in your home, on vacation, at work, at school or in battlefields is dependent on too many factors to give absolute guarantees of outcomes. Beware of any who give a guarantee. In CQC you need your best chance to be victorious. COMBATIVS offers that to you. We give you THE EDGE TO SURVIVE. It’s your life and your family’s lives we’re talking about. We’re extremely serious about that. You should be too.