Mental Toughness

All the skill in the world amounts to little if you do not have the intestinal fortitude tactics and skills to over come your fears and go combative. Up against a formidable foe determined to defeat you and cause you pain and injury requires mental toughness to do what must be done and endure the realities of violence.

Psychological conditioning and CQC mental toughness enhancement training for the combatant with the smarts is a must. 90% plus mental toughness and 10% or less gross motor combative skills are realistic generalizations when up against a dangerous formidable enemy.

Mental toughness tactics and skills that combine with your combative skills to enhance your commitment conviction and skills employments arm you with increased capabilities. These tactics and skills must have commonality with your CQC skills and be cohesive under actions on employments. They must prepare you mentally and physically to initiate combative actions and do what it takes against extremes to neutralize the threat. Combative skills employments minus psychological enhancement tactics and skills do not provide the combatant with the best and complete arsenal required to over cone adversity and defeat a formidable foe.

The military elite understand the importance of mental toughness and methods of mental toughness enhancement to prepare and ensure combatants are ready willing able and prepared to endure extremes and overcome fear and win against extreme odds. I have spent my life as an exponent and instructor of military CQC and have trained thousands of military combatants and civilian proponents in unarmed combat. The Brain to Boot military mental toughness and psychological enhancement training manual and audio training exercises is a result of my life time commitment to military CQC and military self-defence as an exponent and as an instructor.

I was privileged to be trained by military Master Instructors from World War II and some of the next generation of military Master-Chief instructors. I stepped up, volunteered as a civilian to train test and qualify as a military CQC instructor.

The Brain to Boot package is something that committed realist combatants that have the smarts will understand. This package is written from a military CQC Master instructors perspective and includes major and minor components in a correct order of execution to enhance combative performance and increase inner resolve to do what must be done to neutralize the faced threat. Mental toughness training is a must for CQC and self-defence.

For more information check out the article on the Brain to Boot package here at CQC Times and to get your copy of the manual and audio training exercises go to

Article written by Tank Todd

Special Operations CQB Master Chief Instructor. Over 30 years experience. The only instructor qualified descendent of Baldock, Nelson, and Applegate. Former instructors include Harry Baldock (unarmed combat instructor NZ Army WWII), Colonel Rex Applegate OSS WWII and Charles Nelson, US Marine Corps. Tank has passed his Special Forces combative instructor qualification course in Southeast Asia and is certified to instruct the Applegate, Baldock and Nelson systems. His school has been operating for over eighty years and he is currently an Army Special Operations Group CQB Master Chief Instructor. His lineage and qualifications from the evolutionary pioneers are equalled by no other military close combat instructor. His operation includes his New Zealand headquarters, and 30 depots worldwide as well as contracts to train the military elite, security forces, and close protection specialists. Annually he trains thousands of exponents and serious operators that travel down-under to learn from the direct descendant of the experts and pioneers of military close combat. Following in the footsteps of his former seniors, he has developed weapons, and training equipment exclusive to close combat and tactical applications. He has published military manuals and several civilian manuals and produced DVDs on urban self protection, tactical control and restraint, and close combat. He has racked up an impressive 100,000+ hours in close combat.