Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Video: MCMAP Punches - Tan

This is a demonstration of the punches from the Tan Belt level of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) curriculum. I will try to post more as I am able. I am going to recruit some law enforcement training partners/students from here in Western PA as soon as we close on the house we're purchasing here. You may forward questions to me, and I would be glad to answer them, and consult with Daniel, my MCMAP instructor. Enjoy.

I attempt to answer Dojo Rat's question about the fist angle on the hook punch. Check out Hook punch, vertical or horizontal? at Mokuren Dojo blog.


Dojo Rat said...

Very nice form, but I have a question:
I use a vertical fist of the hook-- you are using a horizontal fist, as do other boxers I have seen.
Any thoughts? I am much more comfortable with a near-vertical fist in the hook, at least.

Nathan Teodoro said...

Thanks DR. I will post on the hook punch for everyone, with video explanation. For MCMAP, I am trying to do everything strictly from the curriculum, and I think that's what they use (I'll double-check for you). I do find that the vertical fist is generally better because it keeps your elbow down, thereby using more of the lats, which supply most of the power with the hip torque. Using a horizontal fist is necessary versus a taller opponent, though, as some experimentation will probably show. I am in the vertical hook camp, though.
Good eye, there, DR. Methinks you are much sharper when you're off the bloody mary IV! :-)

Anonymous said...

I,m studying wing chun and I'm confindent that can defend against most attacks, however I plan on studying grapping arts also.

Anonymous said...

this is wrong, mcmap teaches marines to pivot their front foot and keep the back foot stationary on jabs, not slide the feet like this man is doing.

Anonymous said...

I know the question is 2 years old but the correct answer of when to use a vertical or horizontal hook punch is it depends on the range.

Close range is vertical, optimum/extended range is horizontal.

Nathan Teodoro said...

Thanks for the comment, Anonymous. Agree with your answer. I would only add that, extreme range would even necessitate an open hand, topfist, or hammerfist.