Close Combat Files

Military CQC over Grappling for the Battlefield

Military CQC over Grappling for the Battlefield

The catch or to catch in military CQC is in reference to aspects of clinching or stand up grappling with one’s enemy. As a tactically correct primary practice in military close quarter’s combat catch CQC increases risks and dangers and as such is tactically flawed. It can be defeated with deadly outcomes by armed military […]

Civilian styles and systems observations and assessments for CQC purposes

For close to 3 decades my work has included observing and assessing fighting systems. This is an important aspect of identification of combative primary tactics and skills and also familiarization with potential enemy fighting arts. I have also had to process military close combat instructor applications for the International Close Combat Instructors Association including observing […]

Pivot Slide Swivel Combative Footwork Capabilities

In military close quarters combat and close quarters battle pivoting sliding and swiveling in footwork stance and directional changes as well as impact contact enhancement are vitally important. The pivot is a means of foot work where sound ground contact and stability are maintained while directional changes can be made including utilising target orientation and […]

Military CQB/CQC Resistance and Yielding

I can remember as a young exponent asking my instructor Harry Baldock how to escape some difficult holds that I had difficulty with as a youngster escaping, especially some of the heavy weight pro wrestlers applied holds that I trained with. Holds being applied correctly and forcefully are very different to a less than correct […]

Todd CQC Systems Basic Military Combat Milling

I was well accustomed to the “mad minute” with boxing gloves as a common toughener practice for military CQB/CQC courses when I started instructing on military courses over two decades ago and well before that as an exponent coming up through the ranks. In my early days, as part of my training in physical culture […]

Todd Systems Flat Hand Edge Strike

The reason behind the Todd Systems version of the hand edge strike known as the flat hand edge strike in the Todd Systems for military close combat is simply because it is a safer most current and improved variation for military CQC. Todd CQC systems angled for outwards backhand contact flat hand edge strike. Inside […]


The Todd Systems anti-and counter rape training program and manual has been decades in the development phases. The Todd group formerly the Baldock Institute has a unique history of over 85 years instructing European military combative programs as well as defensive tactics programmes, close personal protection and self-protection. The D-WAR course of instruction is a […]

CQB/CQC Adjustments

European military CQB/CQC is a military science incorporating various scientific components from a wide range of scientific subjects. It may not be an exact science especially in the unarmed CQC lines of operational employments but it does incorporate vital military scientific aspects and requirements. Balance control tactical and dynamic movement medical implications, psychological considerations are […]

Order of Instruction

There are several factors that will determine the subject and order of instruction in regards to CQC. Military law enforcement and civilians for example will be trained in modules specific to their needs roles and likely threats and the same applies to close protection corrections and security. Not only will service role and category of […]