Martial Art training Navy SEALs

Posted September 18th, 2009 by Navy SEAL

Martial artsMartial Art is integral to the Navy SEALs training. Martial Art training prepares the SEALs to conduct their covert operations in enemy territory without compromising their positions and missions. Navy SEALs take a lot of pride in close quarter combat and are nothing less of being lethal. But if you are wondering what is the specific martial art style that SEALs learn then the answer is that there is no specific style. SEALs are required to learn as many different martial arts styles as possible.

The Navy SEALs combat style is normally known as CQC (Close Quarters Combat) or CQB (Close Quarters Battle). This is considered as the perfect fighting style of small units like the SEAL Units. SEAL units at times engage their enemy using personal weapons within a short range including hand-to-hand combat. CQC or CQB normally includes very fast moves with lethal results.

The martial art techniques learned by SEALs are a part of the Close Quarters Combat course that includes crucial moves from over 50 different types of martial arts. Some of the martial art techniques learnt and used by Navy SEALs comes from Jujitsu, Ninjitsu, Kung Fu, Karate, Judo, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, Sylat Knife Techniques, Western Boxing, and much more. Since there is more than one form of martial arts hence it is known as mixed martial arts. The most common mixed martial art forms used by SEALs include Muay Thai, Brazilian Jujitsu, and Krav Maga, the latter is the martial arts technique adopted by Israeli Commandoes as well.

The most popular of all mixed martial art techniques taught to Navy SEALs is the combat Jujitsu. Classified as an extreme martial art, it is used by SEALs as well as other Special Operation Units of the US Military like the Green Berets. Combat Jujitsu is a hand-to-hand combat training but is far different from the techniques used for self defense. The techniques of combat Jujitsu are used for closing on to your opponent and causing severe damage leading to death. The techniques make the SEALs extremely lethal in hand-to-hand combat as well.

Here’s what the US Navy SEALs Combat Manual says:
If it is absolutely necessary to take out a sentry then there are 2 important factors that have to be considered:
a) Get as close to the sentry as is possible without being detected
b) Kill him swiftly and silently

Silence and speed are essential for all Navy SEAL operations. When a Navy SEAL is operating in enemy territory and have to free POWs (Prisoner of War) then the initial assault will be hand-to-hand combat. They will ensure that they are in control of all key sentry points including overhead watchtowers. If they have to conduct this mission in silence then the SEALs will use combat jujitsu techniques and the only weapon they may use is a knife. They can’t use guns with silencers all the time as a sentry falling down on the ground can also make a sound and this may alert the enemy!

Everything in Navy SEALs mixed martial art techniques revolves around one point – stealth!

This Article is written by James Kara Murat

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  3. sanjay singh.s

    respected sir i want to join this instute.
    i hav now completed ITI [mechanical in refrigeration and air conditioning]my aim is to get job in navy

    D O B : 21.11.1989

    age : 20

    s/o : shiva singh

    my hobbies are singigng , n i love all the musical instruments ….!!!

    yours obedently

    [sanjay singh.s]

  4. Norris Hickinbotham

    Great Read! Looking forward to more Bookmarked the site. Was just curious if anybody here could point me to some related subject matter. Thanks in advance.

  5. Michael McDonough

    I want to be a navy SEAL and Im curious as to what martial arts I should practice before enlisting

  6. Jeremy Duchane

    i would recommand any of these five…

    Tae Kwon Do

    Specializes in using an array of dynamic kicking abilities and emphasizes explosive power in its’ techniques

    Kenpo Karate

    Details a wide range of hand techniques by the use of fluid close-quarter combat movements

    Muay Thai

    Teaches techniques to increase endurance & stamina by conditioning the body


    Neutralizes an aggressor by redirecting the attacker’s energy-in-motion through the use of throws & proper footwork


    Manipulates an adversary’s attack by mastering a wide range of joint locks & ground fighting techniques

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