Captain Lee, UFC cage fighter

Camp Atterbury, IN -- Me, learning to apply a choke hold at the Army’s “Combatives” class If I’m ever in a hostile situation, hopefully I’ll have a firm hold on my gun instead.

Camp Atterbury, IN —
Me, learning to apply a choke hold at the Army’s “Combatives” class.
If I’m ever in a hostile situation, hopefully I’ll have a firm hold on my weapon instead.

Okay, maybe I’m not an ultimate cage fighter … But I did undergo a class in hand-to-hand combat today. The Army calls the class “combatives.”

I can’t imagine the scenario in which a Public Affairs Officer would be forced to engage someone without a weapon. (What are the chances that BOTH parties have no weapons to fight with at the same time?) But, that’s what miltary trains for … situations you don’t expect. I guess I should thank the Army, take the training for what it’s worth and move on. Can do.

We learned how to grapple someone to the ground, how to push them off (if they are trying to force you to the ground,) and even how to choke them out. Lots of good training today (and NO powerpoint involved! YEAH!)

The problem is, the last time I had a class like this, I was in the Marines and I was still at that fun age where, whenever I was hurt, I could just walk it off. But now that I’m a LOT older? Pain isn’t so easy to get rid of anymore. I had fun today, and I learned a lot about possible ways to attack someone. I just hope my muscles and joints forgive me later!

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