Close combat is the oldest form of combat known to man. As man progressed, so did his methods of combat. But no matter how technical or scientific warfare becomes, there will always be close combat. When modern weapons fail to stop the opponent, Marines must rely on their close combat skills.
Close combat is at the opposite end of the combative spectrum from self-defense. Self-defense techniques repel an attack. Close combat techniques cause permanent bodily damage to the opponent with every attack and should end in the opponent’s death. As Americans, we are conditioned to fight at the intermediate range of close combat. The intermediate range is the distance from which you deliver a punch or kick; e.g., the distance between boxers. Most Marines believe close combat involves punching and kicking the opponent. In reality, most close combat encounters occur in the grappling stage and involve joint manipulation, choking, gouging, and ripping techniques.