Introduction: CQC Tutorial

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Well they teach this to you in the military and I always thought it was cooler than some other means of melee hand to hand combat. So if you want to see the basics of it, please read the rest of this Instructable. And I would appreciate some feedback of what you think. _

A lot of the public saw some of the CQC in the video game Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, where if you wanted to be a silent killer without guns or something. Well that is kind of what it really is.

Step 1: Forewarnings and Information

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Because this is a more physical thing not like building something cool like the rest the only material you will need is yourself.

If your an expert go ahead and correct me because I am always getting negative feedback from someone no matter what I do.

Anyway, CQC is a little more fair than other styles of martial arts in that you don't have top be as fit as some of the others but you have to be able to think quickly, and move. Quick reflexes are also nice to have. _

CQC is/was designed to combat all other forms of combat, even if you are in a hostage situation. Now, I was taught by my uncle and in high school my ROTC instuctor taught me even more.
Now I am going to try and show the people some of the basics.

But be warned don't try and think you are some kung fu king because you know the basics of this style. And I hope you won't ever end up in a situation where you will need this.
Also I am only showing the barebones of the style not everything.

And ALWAYS remember one of the very first rules of this: DON'T ABUSE YOUR KNOWLEDGE!!!

And for all of you that didn't know, CQC means Close Quarters Combat. _

Step 2: What Is CQC?

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The term "CQC" stands for "Close Quarter Combat" and is used to describe an up-close military hand-to-hand fighting system. Originally a combination of martial arts and short-range weapon play (such as knives, batons and firearms),the basis of CQC was devised in Asia but now, is used to describe a wide range
of mixed martial arts commonly implemented into military training used in different countries throughout the world. CQC is also known as "Trench Warfare" as the up-close fighting system was suitable for tight environments such as
military trenches.

Originally taught by the Shanghai Municipal Police Force as a self-defense technique for their law enforcement officers, the idea of CQC was to approach and combat your opponent with confidence at a very close range which would restrict the amount of "attack space" the hostile individual had. As a
result, the opponent would in a way, be caught off guard and his ability to counter-attack at full strength and potential would be impeded. This would greatly assist the police officers in disarming and restraining an attacker while their optional baton and sidearm would provide self-protection and
lethal stopping power if necessary.

CQC is a military teaching with extremely lethal techniques which is why it's hard to find a place - outside of a military or police institution - that would know or even teach CQC to anybody. That's why I'm am sticking to the basics.

Step 3: The Basics

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CQC weapons are usually only a knife and a pistol, like a 9MM or something simular.

Your basic stance is crouched down with your domininant had open and in fron of your other, keep your fingers loose for both hands and keep your back straight, but it's alright if your hunched a little bit, and keep your head forward.

I'll use my brother as an example.

CQC counters everything your opponent does. Like using their strength and weight against them, and to keep a fluid-like movement going, that's the key to shifting weight, it's all in the physics.

Step 4: CQC Weapons

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Even though CQC was really meant for situations where weapons weren't handy, CQC has stance for the weapons that work well with it.

There are a small number of weapons that work well such as a combat knife, which can be substituted with various other short melee objects like batons and things of that nature. And small firearms like light pistols, like the 9mm or Mk 22.

Step 5: Simple Throws

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As you have read, CQC is for "unfair" situations, and so obviously manuevers to put your opponent down are necessary in order to disable them.

One of the most basic throws is a hand counter takedown, it is used to counter a punch. As your opponent punches at you, grab their fist with your opposite arm and push your shoulder forward to use as leverage and fling them to the ground. I apologize if I didn't explain that correctly.

The last throw I'm going to describe is an armed opponent takedown, but instead of explaining it I put a picture of an expert doing it on a target.

I want you to take caution when doing this. I am not saying go beat people up, I am using this to show people who are intersted to see what it is.

Step 6: Fin~

This is the end of my tutorial, and I want to say it was pretty fun, but I will state my warning again.

You CAN get hurt by doing this, if you do it wrong so I say be very careful if you do decide to try any of this and don't get mad at me when you fail. I took some of my time and effort to do this. So I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did!


I3uckwheat (author)2011-12-09

Just remember one thing, the more techniques you know your reaction time increases by 1 second per technique on average.

-My master instructor in Tae kwon do
--5th degree master
--4th dan Hapkido.

spenfisher12 (author)2010-11-25

last 3 picks m 1911 right

stevenvu2011 (author)2007-08-11

This was... informative... I guess. There's no substitute for practice. Might I suggest enrolling in a grappling or joint manipulating art? Examples would be: JuJitsu, the unarmed combat of the Samurai (I believe), focuses on throwing, grappling, breaking joints, and striking in a mounted position, or Sambo, basically the Russian form of Judo, focusing on grappling and throwing in a more practical manner, Muy Tai the art from Thailand that focuses on striking in close to an enemy and delivering devasting blows with blinding speed, Aikido is also a good choice, but a little impractical, as it focuses on nonviolent wrist locks. Any time in these classes is worth a vast amount of time spent reading manuals or learning the history. I'm not trying to bash the guide, but it was a bit deceiving, I expected some good detailed diagrams of throws or joint locks. I'm no expert, but these techniques are a little too basic. Also, I agree with rplatter. His advice is pretty sound. Unless you are an advanced karate or tai kwan do fighter, kicks are a one way ticket to a trapped leg, and shortly thereafter, serious pain.

firemanfu (author)stevenvu20112007-09-05

samuria was judo watch human weapon on history

the commentor (author)firemanfu2010-09-07

Human weapon? Man, those dirtbags got it wrong. Samurai invented jujitsu, Jigoro Kano invented Judo because Jujitsu was quite dangerous to practice back then. And Kano wasn't a samurai. He was a doctor.

stevenvu2011 (author)firemanfu2007-09-05

Actually, judo was the sport form of JuJitsu set up by Dr. Kano. Ju Jitsu was the original unarmed combat style of the Samurai.

anirox (author)2008-05-30

cool, but where did u learn all this

Colonel88 (author)anirox2008-06-01

u could just take an ak47 or even a bazooka if someone attacks u. It is cruse,loud,effective,and therte asre no witnesses around,excapt if its u agaiunst an army....

PKTraceur (author)Colonel882009-05-07

Oh, god, another "excessive Soviet." Lest, that's what I like to call people of the such... A large anti-tank weapon sich as an RPG or "bazooka," are pretty much illegal everywhere. If you decide blackmarket, thing upwards of 3000 dollars, USD. The average AK-47 usually goes for 1250 to 2000 dollars, USD. That's only for a legal AK, or a semi-automatic AK. Fully atomatic AK's are illegal, again, pretty much everywhere. So please, never post this again. Are you willing to spend >2000 USD on somone you would rather incapacitate momentarily? -PKT

Molant (author)PKTraceur2009-09-11

I agree with just about everything you said, expect the AK prices. It may be just location, but the local gun stores/shows typically have legal AK-47 clones for around $600-$1000. For higher quality or a "real" AK, the prices would certainly be much higher.

corey_caffeine (author)Molant2010-07-24

full-auto isn't illegal, just expensive

Colonel88 (author)PKTraceur2009-09-13

Fine just get a taser for like 200$. While the person is paralyzed (grab his wallet and) run away.

xZCodmaNZx (author)anirox2009-02-03

he said his uncle

lickpoison (author)2010-01-27

HAH! Sweet. i used this against my little brother; he didn't know what hit him.
but i changed that when i pulled his fist to stoop him over, i karate chopped the back of his neck.

by the way, don't karate chop with your fingers, use your wrist or you'll break them. learned the hard way...  X (

HamsterPants (author)lickpoison2010-05-14

Oh my goodness...
Is he okay?

lickpoison (author)HamsterPants2010-06-09

I severly damaged his pride and (not existing) honor (he likes rap) He ended up with a sore neck. And tried it on me and FAILED

midnight_elias (author)2010-03-25

yes that is true do not try this with friends because this will hurt someone really bad

fluffy the craftster (author)2010-01-08

Can you actully show us how to do it

ojochris (author)2007-11-29

something else you might want to learn to master CQC os Brazillean Juditzu(Sorry if I spelled it wrong) which is a fighting style that uses a lot of take-downs.

Tobita (author)ojochris2008-01-25

lol, it is now used as a dance:D

Kokkan (author)Tobita2008-09-13

I think you're wrong... Capoeira = dance...

Tobita (author)Kokkan2008-09-18

i think it was based on martial art before being used as dance or used as a dance while as a sport/martial art, but what the hell do i know, i'm not of voting age, and till then, no one gives a crap about what we think....

milamber (author)Tobita2009-03-30

Capoeira was made as both an combat art and a dance it was developed by przoners of a military prizon so as to look like dance when they practiced

CaptDahmer (author)milamber2009-12-18

Sry, but you're wrong TOO, capoeira was made as both combat art and dance by SLAVES, they fought capoeira with knives in their feet, by using capoeira, LOTS of slaves could escape from their "work place", and hide in the Quilombos (say: Kilombos).

Kokkan (author)CaptDahmer2009-12-19

It was a martial art disguised as dance.

xZCodmaNZx (author)Tobita2009-02-03


chatropolis (author)2009-03-24

I don't know where you get your info from but it was slightly entertaining.Close Quarter Combat is meant to kill or maim your opponent. Anything else leave the combat part out of it. The U.S.M.C. has a basic rule. If it bends one way then bend it the other.

If you are unarmed and go up against a knife or lite weapon as you say like a 9mm and don't know exactly what you are doing then run. If you are proficient at an art such as Aikido , I am a 2nd Dan and former Marine then the matter is up to you. A simple disarm or just applying a few pounds of extra pressure while attacking the extended elbow could end the matter in permanent injury/death or just a humiliating tumble.

Here's a tip,combat,self defense and martial arts take years of practice and dedication. Don't carry a knife or weapon of any kind unless you want to lead the news because someone killed you with it. Play a game of Kim every night to be aware of your surrounds and then just live life staying away from possible trouble.

ckmkaliguy (author)2008-10-22

Look bro not trying to kill your buzz with wanting to learn ,BUT get with a instructor that knows about CQC your best bet is Commando krav maga not to be confused with krav maga . The tactic's are I admit cool but very out dated ,not to say they will not work ,but they need to be practiced ALOT and under pressure . CQC is ever evolving . I am a Instructor in CKM and we deal alot in CQC . The old arts just are not up to date in this area . If you want to learn how to work a blade and your old enough check out Kali ,THINK Jason bourne ,the movie ,the hunted all Kali . Finding us is the hard part alot of times . good luck and good hunting .

c ssgt seifer (author)2008-09-19

With all due respect if you took ROTC in high school then it is JROTC, ROTC is the college course as well as how you become an officer. If it is at all possible please fix it.

baneat (author)2008-08-24

Yah just HAD to unclude a Mk22 in this didn't you..

igneouz (author)2008-06-29


lantz (author)2008-04-17

clearly you are learning form tapes or videos or a book. That is a start but only for theory and demonstration. "There is no substitute for finding yourself a Qualified Instructor in a bonified combat self defence art. I suggest Bujinkan Budo Ninpo Taijutsu over any others. Sport martial arts do not work and neither do video games. Dude, be careful what you learn in this area as ther is a lot of propiganda that will never work outside in the street son rides goofy. peace.

thematthatter (author)2008-02-27

i think CQC got replaced with MAC Modern army combatives for example in the picture you stole for step 1, guy 1 is attempting the arm trap and roll,(he has one hand on the elbow and another thumbless grip on the wrist) but the guy on top put his foot out to prevent being rolled onto his back.

El_Camerachi (author)2008-02-07

Brazilian JJ would be completely useless for this application. It's 99 percent ground fighting. Unless your only up against one man. What do you think his buddies would be doing while your trying to set up for a triangle choke ? jUST STAND THERE AND WATCH:p?

dahve20 (author)2008-02-06

Kid, in your second picture. Your knife hand is wrong. Your first and second fingers rap in between your gun hands second and third fingers, leaving the knife hands third and fourth fingers to hold your knife. End result, you can aim better.

themasterpyro (author)2007-08-31

dude wered you get that knife?i love it im also obsessed with edged and blunt weapons. any links are welcome.

Tobita (author)themasterpyro2008-01-25

Try Kershaw knives(run a Google search), my grandpa has a few, though he doesn't ket me use them(din't worry, he's no shell shocked;))

Tobita (author)2008-01-25

my grandpa showed me hot to kill anyone(unless they are quadruple chinned) with a sheet of lined paper. and he has a German rifle with a bayonet attached(around WWII era(he was Canadian though)).

M-26-7 (author)2008-01-25

Lawl Those guns are .45 ACP

Tobita (author)2008-01-06

Krav Maga is cool too(in the novels of splinter cell(by Tom Clancy(or someone using his name)) Sam Fisher uses Krav-Maga)

Mr Mild Mannered (author)Tobita2008-01-19

Krav Maga is the israeli's military self-defence.

Tobita (author)Mr Mild Mannered2008-01-19

i know:D

Mr Mild Mannered (author)Tobita2008-01-19

just checking :P

survivor569 (author)2007-09-20

great tutorial! i know a fair bit of cqc, got into it through mgs3 then my dads friend showed me. want to learn more though, think you could put some more up? -that goes for anyone else too-

sithlord050 (author)2007-07-29

instead of focusing on the history of CQC, do more steps on the throws, i enjoyed learning about CQC, but like I said the only way to make sure people are safe with this style of combat, is to help them understand it. Each throw should have 2 or 4 steps. But i did enjoy it, so thanks

engineer_01 (author)2007-07-25

This is bad. Why don't you just learn karate so you don't have to use a gun or knife. CQC stinks.

DaftPunk (author)engineer_012007-07-25

CQC can do things that no other martail arts can, CQC is better for...killing, I guess, but whatever works for you. Everyone is free to their own opinion.

AnarchistKid (author)2007-07-15

i almost feel like i can do better with my own know how

DaftPunk (author)AnarchistKid2007-07-15

That's fine, I'm not trying to force the CQC on people. I'm not even sure why I put it here, because it's military only, even though I can speak of it.

AnarchistKid (author)DaftPunk2007-07-18

i meant no offense,

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