In this week’s print edition Deputy News Editor James K. Sanborn gives readers and overview of one gunnery sergeant’s innovative plan to overhaul the Marine Corps Martial Arts program by bringing mixed martial arts competition to bases and incorporating MCMAP into existing required career courses.
Gunnery Sgt. Samuel Carter, a battle-hardened 3rd-degree martial arts instructor trainer based at Quantico, Va., says MMA competition, long shunned by Marine leadership, would give Marines a positive outlet to stay sharp and build morale by competing against each other and even soldiers.
“That would be as good as Army-Navy football,” he said.
He laid out his plan in a formal paper recently submitted to the Martial Arts Center of Excellence where he worked for several years helping to develop MCMAP curriculum. He also suggests incorporating MCMAP training into existing professional military education in an effort to reduce the overall workload on Marines while helping them advance more quickly.
In short, his plan would give every Marine a chance to fight and help them earn higher belts more quickly.
For all the details, pick up this week’s edition of Marine Corps Times, on newsstands now.