Matt Larsen is the most successful hand-to-hand combat trainer and program developer in history. Regarded as the father of the Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP), Larsen overhauled the Army’s hand-to-hand combat doctrine by rewriting the Combatives field manual in 2002 and updated the manual in 2009.
Larsen shared with me his background and why the Combatives Field Manual needed rewriting and why he was the guy to do it. Matt, who owns Matt Larsen’s Combat Fitness Center in Springfield, Virginia is a former Marine and Army Ranger, and has decades of experience in the martial arts field. He’s also a Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame combatives instructor Matt Larsen.
Here are a few topics covered:
- There are 10,000 sources of bad information when it comes to getting realistic training in self protection and combatives
- Being comfortable with interpersonal violence
- How do you train a group of people who aren’t self motivated, even in the most elite military roles?
- How getting humiliated in the boxing ring motivated him in his early years
- How does Matt train – real time or slow and methodical?
- Weapons malfunction in CQB situation based on real life experiences and Matt’s high speed combat takedown in a home
- Type of blade to carry and how to deploy (He mentions SOCP dagger)
- Skills needed for every-day men and women to protect themselves
Based on my last three shows, it appears I have a pattern of guests who teach how to protect yourself and your family. Although not intentional, I like what each of these guests teach, so I’m fortunate to have Matt on here to round out my three-in-a-row personal protection experts.
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