Thread: Frank Cucci
4/14/2005 9:34am, #41Originally Posted by Thaiboxerken
Can you tell me, if it's not classified info, a little bit about Navy SEAL hand to hand combat? There are many advertisements in Black Belt magazine that claim to be the instructors of the SEALs or the style that the SEALs use, like Col. Jerry Peterson's SCARS, Lew Hick's SAFTA, Richard Burton Jeet Kune Do. Also do they have any opinion about the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Brazilian Jiujitsu, and grappling in general? One contestant in the UFC, John Bess, or Hess, who said he was the co-founder of SAFTA, lost his fight which consisted mostly of punching.
All the claimes in Black Belt Magazine or SOF are semi-true. Jerry Peterson, Lew Hicks and Richard Burton all had some involvment with SEAL hand to hand combat programs. East Coast teams used Jeet Kun Do for some number of years in the 80's and 90's. Peterson modified San Soo Kung Fu into his "Special Combat Aggressive Reactionary System ("SCARS") and sold it the NSW as a complete combat fighting system. It was a pretty decent program - I participated in the 2nd 30 day intensive instructor course and I can validate that it is a very effective offensive fighting system. Jerry's problem was his ego and inflexibility. Also there were people in NSW who thought it should be an internal program and not external. So hand to hand training at the Schoolhouse level (as opposed to informal) was brought into the Naval Special Warfare Center Advanced Training and is now called the Combat Fighting Course and is taught as part of Close Quarter Battle training.
Now SAFTA was a creation of Lew Hicks. Lew was Jerry's top SEAL student. My impression of SAFTA is that it is SCARS with new terminology and marketing - along with a few SEAL specific tricks thrown in. Whereas Jerry Peterson claimed to have combat experience, he had no special operations experience. Lew never sold SAFTA to Naval Special Warfare, but did train a number of SEALs on the side "unofficially". UFC contestant Hess was a student of Lew Hicks whom he partnered with for the purposes of gaining greater exposure for the SAFTA fighting system.
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4/14/2005 9:43am, #42
4/14/2005 10:42am, #43
He thinks ninjitsu is cool, that's the point."Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." – Voltaire.
4/14/2005 10:55am, #44
4/14/2005 10:57am, #45
He's also a full instructor of Muay Thai, JKD, FMA and Silat. That's good to know as well."Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." – Voltaire.
4/14/2005 10:58am, #46
4/14/2005 4:34pm, #47Originally Posted by Thaiboxerken
4/14/2005 8:02pm, #48
But you haven't disproven that he was "chief instructor" at one point or another. The reality is, and the consensus that many here have come up with is that he taught a group of SEALS unofficially. The one that teaches is the "chief instructor".
You know what, I am the chief instructor of 3 people in my garage. Are you going to try and disprove this as well?"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." – Voltaire.
4/15/2005 7:00am, #49
4/15/2005 8:58am, #50
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When taken in context, the term "Chief Instructor" refers to head instructor...not "drill sargeant," "sargeant in charge of training," or anything to that effect.