Strikeforce’s Tim Kennedy Shows You Self-Defense Moves From His Army Rangers Training

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http://www.blackbeltmag.com?video=1 Are you looking for H2HC (hand-to-hand combat) training? Well, we’ve got the military martial arts expert you’re looking for — and, to boot, he’s also an MMA fighter! We’re talking, of course, about Strikeforce fighter Tim Kennedy. This mixed martial artist is a staff sergeant in the Texas National Guard. Tim Kennedy is an H2HC expert, an expert in Army Rangers training, and is trained in the self-defense moves of both the Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) and the Special Operations Combatives Program (SOCP).

Tim Kennedy also endured Army Rangers hand-to-hand combat training, spent nearly a year in the Special Forces Qualification Course, and is a High-Altitude Low-Opening (HALO) sniper. And in his spare time, Tim Kennedy has fought his way to an impressive 14-3 MMA fight record.

Perhaps Tim Kennedy’s Army Rangers training has had something to do with his MMA ferocity? Whether it’s that or the other way around, Tim Kennedy’s Army Rangers hand-to-hand combat training is a force to be reckoned with. And in this exclusive H2HC video, Kennedy brings his Army Rangers training to bear for a demonstration of self-defense moves from MACP combatives and SOCP combatives.

“Closing with and destroying an enemy is the most important thing,” Tim Kennedy says. “Closing the distance with an enemy to be able to destroy him — that’s kind of the principle behind MACP (Modern Army Combatives Program) and SOCP (Special Operations Combatives Program).”

Clad in military combat gear for the shoot, Tim Kennedy refers to his uniform for the next stage of setting up his H2HC self-defense moves demonstration. “So the difference in SOCP is we want to get to our tools. I will [usually carry]a whole bunch of stuff — from guns to knives, long guns, shotguns. I can’t use that stuff when I’m here,” he says, stepping right up to his opponent. “I need to be able to get away to make that distance.”

“One of my favorite [techniques]is the palm-strike-to-elbow [combination],” Tim Kennedy says, proceeding to demonstrate the H2HC technique from his Army Rangers hand-to-hand combat training. “So you wanna slam your hand as hard as you can into the face. The fingers go right into the eye, the palm of your hand straight into the center of their nose. Then you’re gonna bring your elbow up, just like muay Thai elbow. You’re gonna tuck your chin inside your shoulder, and you snap the elbow down right into the center of his face.”
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As Tim Kennedy’s discussion of MACP combatives and SOCP combatives self-defense transitions to sneak attacks, he recalls some general experience from his Army Rangers training to demonstrate a potential H2HC scenario. “Let’s say somebody comes up behind you and grabs you,” Kennedy explains. “As soon as you get here, you’re gonna be fighting the hands. You’re gonna make space with your hips and then slam your head back as hard as you can. As soon as you know that you’ve made contact, you’re gonna maybe smash the foot.”

After executing the faux foot smash, Kennedy quickly adjusts his position. He breaks free and gets to the side of his opponent, ducking under the attacker’s arm. “Now this whole entire realm is yours,” Kennedy explains. “Their face is bleeding and maybe you’ve smashed their foot. Now you can actually do big damage to finish the fight all the way to the ground.”

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Matt Bryers is owner and head instructor at the Jiu-Jitsu and Strength Academy in Cromwell, CT. Matt is a 3rd degree Kobukai Ju-Jitsu Blackbelt, certified H2H Combat Instructor, Certified Strongman Instructor and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt / instructor. He has been training wrestling, submission grappling, Jiu-Jitsu and combat related martial arts for over 16 years. Matt is also the main strength and conditioning coach at the JSA. He is a Certified Poundstone Performance Strongman Instructor, Crossfit Strongman Certified, and certified TRX Suspension Trainer instructor. Matt has competed in many wrestling, submission grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, amateur strongman tournaments and a professional mixed martial arts fight. Matt’s goals are to always try to learn and improve his Jiu-Jitsu, strongman lifts, hand to hand combat, and martial arts skills. He trains regularly with his peers, students, and teachers to improve himself both as a teacher and martial artist.