Navy Seal Martial Arts Training

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The Navy Seals use a combination of many styles of martial arts as part of their training. Although the techniques come from a variety of different art forms, they all produce devastating results and have quick movements. Combat jujitsu, Krav Maga and Muay Thai present the majority of the training disciplines to the Navy Seals.


One of the most integral parts of Navy Seal training is developing skills in martial arts. Aside from possessing excellent physical fitness and stamina, Navy Seals are known for being proficient in a variety of types of combat training. Seals are adept in explosives and firearms for long-distance combat. But, for situations where hand-to-hand combat is necessary and weapons are not practical, martial arts training is put into play.


According to, Close Quarters Battle, also known as CQB, and Close Quarters Combat, also know as CQC, are the two types of martial arts that are used by the Seals. They follow two principles. First, the Navy Seal has to get near his target before being detected. Second, the Navy Seal must possess the abilities to kill his enemy quickly and efficiently. The skills required to execute these tasks are actually a combination of over 50 different styles of martial arts. Close Quarters Combat exclusively uses techniques intended to cause lethal damage. Combat jujitsu, Muay Thai and Krav Maga are three such martial arts that have a strong influence in Close Quarters Combat.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is often referred to as the science of eight limbs. This discipline uses legs, knees, elbows and hand to deliver powerful strikes. The roundhouse kick is staple strike in the discipline of Muay Thai. When performing a roundhouse kick, the kicker pivots his front foot 45 degrees in order to use his hips in the kick, which in turn creates significantly greater force. Kicks like this are an excellent weapon in situations that call for long range hand-to-hand combat. The elbow strikes that are incorporated in Muay Thai are good for close range hand-to-hand combat as they are effective for cutting your opponent's facial area, causing him to bleed and potentially obstructing his vision.

Krav Maga

Krav Maga is popular in Navy Seal Training, as well as many other military agencies, because the fundamentals learned can be helpful against multiple attackers. According to an article in the New York Times, Krav Maga is based on street fighting and it uses the most effective techniques from this form of combat. The use of hard surfaces, such as the fists and elbows, against the vulnerable areas of your opponent, such as the stomach or throat, is the guiding principle of this martial art. In order to at least stun your opponent, every strike must be hard and quick.

Combat Jujitsu

According to, combat jujitsu is one of the deadliest forms of martial arts in the world. The combat style differs significantly from regular jujitsu, which is intended for countering an attack in self-defense. Combat jujitsu actually instigates an attack and aims to defeat an opponent using lethal force. Navy Seals find jujitsu beneficial as it uses both chokes and quick take downs, both of which allow the Seal to quickly and quietly incapacitate his target.