The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) is a combat system developed by the U.S. Marine Corps to combine existing and new hand-to-hand and close quarters combat techniques with morale and team-building functions and instruction in the Warrior Ethos. The program, which began in 2001, trains Marines (and U.S. Navy personnel attached to Marine units) in unarmed combat, edged weapons, weapons of opportunity, and rifle and bayonet techniques. It also stresses mental and character development, including the responsible use of force, leadership, and teamwork.
Here, Marines with 3rd Battalion, 24 Marine Regiment held a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program demonstration at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis during Marine Week. Marine Week provides an opportunity to increase public awareness of the Marine Corps’ value to our nation’s defense and to preserve and mature the Corps’ relationship with the American people. One of those times when the young American public get to see the face of the warriors who defend their way of life.
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