Close Combat Articles
Close Combat Files
"Military close combat is all about taking out the enemy at all costs and training the way one intends to operate, "Kill or get Killed" in the words of the late great Colonel Rex Applegate."
Reduction (Part 1)
"In a perfect CQB execution the rule of takeout and not take on would apply. However we all know that 'O Shit' situations do happen, through human error, being compromised or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Reduction (Part 2)
"This is the second part of the two part series on damage reduction in what is known in military close combat as 'Oh Shit' situations."
"Combat kicks are the primary unarmed offensive and counter offensive option. These kicks are not sporting or traditional and in this edition of the close combat files I will explain the strengths and weaknesses of individual kicks for combat applications."
- Unarmed Comparisons
"This edition of the close combat files is to provide information as to why the Todd Close Combat Systems consider skills primary and secondary or emergency for combat."
- Unarmed Close Combat Contingency
"True European military combative systems show commonality in skills and principles throughout all phases and levels of training. The very important basic skills are taught to entry level exponents and are the fundamentals to all close combat employments."
Disarming (Part 1)
"The two main categories of non ballistic type weapons commonly associated with close quarters combat or urban self protection armed threats are long or short weapons."
- Dagger Disarming (Part 2)
"Military close combat is about principles and skills not techniques that are set in stone, as set techniques can get you killed when the situation varies or changes completely or even slightly."
- Combating Enemy Fighting Arts (Part 1)
"My military close combat courses incorporate a combating and familiarisation with enemy fighting arts of the world component."
- Combating Enemy Fighting Arts (Part 2)
"There are two primary ways of stopping the stand-up enemy threat. 1. Anti unarmed assault; 2. Counter unarmed assault."
- Unarmed Counter Offensive Considerations. Cover Guard vs. Blocking
"In Military CQB we have definite practises when it comes to combating unarmed enemy assault."
- Close Combat International Experience: Dare to Test Yourself
"The Todd Group went International in 1996 when it conducted its first International CQB course at its New Zealand HQ in Dunedin."
- The Clinch in CQB
"Grappling and wrestling are not recommended in operational military close combat but clinching is a required skill."
- Stances, Guards and Footwork
"No physical aspect is more important in military close combat than stances, guards and footwork."
- Combative Falling and Rolling
"The general aim in military close combat is never to go to the ground in an armed or unarmed combat situation."
- Fem-o-Win: Todd Anti and Counter Rape Systems
"The truth and hard facts when it comes to gender and sexual violence based on the work of a military CQB master instructor and leading self-protection expert."
- Controlled Aggression
"After 30 years of training and instructing close combat it is still a major concern for me that exponents have difficulty in going tactical and controlling their aggression."
CQB Questions & Answers
- CQB Q&A - October 2004
- CQB Q&A - December 2004
- CQB Q&A - April 2005
- CQB Q&A - June 2005
- Recommended Equipment List For Combat PSD in Iraq - June 2005 (CQB Q&A)
- CQB Q&A - August 2005
- CQB Q&A - October 2005
Articles about Charles Nelson, School of Self Defense, New York
- Charles Nelson:
A Tribute to the Life of Charles Nelson - 1915-2003
"Charlie was the best and the last of the true WWII Military close combat evolutionary pioneers of European methods of self defense."
- Charles Nelson Kiwi Connection
"Tank Todd writes his recollection of his time with Charlie at the School of Self Defense, New York."
"A eulogy for the late Charles Nelson, The Last American Master, and founder of the School of Self Defense, New York."
Other Military Close Combat related articles:
Joint UK US WWII Combative Pioneers
"A brief outline of the life and times of three of the most important pioneers in military close combat, Captain William Fairbairn, Captain Eric Sykes, and Colonel Rex Applegate."
"Dirty Dozen" Down Under
"A brief history of Larry Jordan's 'Dirty Dozen' hand-to-hand combat system and its instruction in New Zealand."
"This article details the close combat connection between Col Rex Applegate of O.S.S. fame, and Geoff (Tank) Todd of New Zealand."
History of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program
"The mission of the United States Marine Corps in combat is to, close with, and destroy the enemy, by fire and maneuver, and assault by fire and close combat."
Todd Group International Close Combat Training Course (March 2005)
"The Todd Group has a seventy-eight year history of close combat excellence in military close combat training. Exponents on the annual close combat course come from around the world and from all services and walks of life."
Can your martial art really protect you?
"Ever since I took up training in martial arts at the age of thirteen, I was training for "real life" situations. I think most of us did. We visualized fighting 'real' enemies before we visualized title belts."
TSB45 The Baton of the Future
"The TSB 45 short for Tactical Safety Baton 45 South Model Todd 45 has been many years in the making and is the invention of Tank Todd."
On The Quest
"Dave Stevens has been the Chief Instructor for the Todd Group in Australia for approximately 10 years now and still can't believe it took him so long to find out about what real combat training was like."
"Robert Davis recently travelled "down under" to learn CQB from Tank Todd in Dunedin, New Zealand."
The Tank Todd Story
"I have read countless articles Tank has written about other close combat instructors and thought it was about time someone outlined his close combat story."
CQB Course Queensland
"The Todd Group's entry into Australia came via a request from the now late Rangi Nichols of 'Who Dares Incorporated' to take on some of his instructing roles due to his failing health."
- Specialist Knife Making History Repeats
"The Todd Group has just released its specialist knives after years of design and development."
Keywords: Close Combat, Close Quarter Combat, Close Quarter Battle, Unarmed Combat, Hand to Hand Combat, Combatives, Self Defence, Military Unarmed Combat, CQB, CQC, H2H, Charles Nelson, William Fairbairn, Eric Sykes, Rex Applegate, Tank Todd, Larry Jordan