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MCMAP sustainment keeps skills sharp

30 Apr 2004 | Lance Cpl. Justin V. Eckersley Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

During Marine Corps Martial Arts Training sustainment, Marines work hard to perfect moves they have already learned.

Sustainment training is required for every level after tan belt, according to Marine Corps Order 1500.54A. This training is necessary to ensure that as new skills are learned, old ones are not forgotten.

“With training, you must have a certified martial arts instructor or martial arts instructor trainer when doing sustainment,” said Sgt. Vantana Seth, green belt martial arts instructor. “The purpose of this is to ensure the techniques are done correctly.”

There are many areas of the program that Marines may study without the need for a qualified instructor to supervise, according to Seth.

“What you can do with your units is bone up on the mental, physical, character disciplines that are incorporated into MCMAP,” Seth said.

These disciplines are the core of MCMAP, according to MCO 1500.54A. They are the three areas around which the entire program is built. Techniques are just a part of the physical discipline, leaving many other areas open for units to practice on their own.

To practice these areas of MCMAP leaders can hold periods of military education. They can discuss subjects such as: knowing the continuum of force, understanding combative behavior, and having a combat mindset, according to Seth.

Guided warrior studies and studies of martial cultures are also important parts of enhancing the mental disciplines involved in martial arts.

Although an instructor must be present when a unit is actually practicing techniques, physical training should not be neglected, according to Seth. Engaging in a uniquely challenging physical activity, such as the obstacle course, helps to keep a warrior’s body fit for combat.

When practicing the physical portion of MCMAP, it is important to ensure the safety of all participants, according to Seth.
“Remember, safety is paramount,” Seth said. “Corpsman, safety vehicle and proper safety procedures should always be utilized.”