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Shamrock teaches Marines how to be the world's most dangerous men
Ken Shamrock shared some of the hand-to-hand combat techniques he's learned and perfected over the years with U.S. Marine Corps instructors during an Aug. 17 visit to the Martial Arts Center of Excellence in Quantico, Va.
Shamrock, a four-time mixed martial arts world champion who was dubbed “The World's Most Dangerous Man” after winning several Mixed Martial Arts titles, said he wants to give back to the soldiers who are helping to protect our freedom.
“This is probably one of the best things I've ever been involved with,” Shamrock said. “I'm one of the first instructors in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCAMAP). I teach the instructors and then they teach the Marines.”
Shamrock taught his first clinic in Okinawa in 2001 before the Sept. 11 attacks. Since then he's led a number of clinics at Okinawa and Virginia.
Of course, Shamrock said there's a world of difference between fighting in a ring and fighting for your life in hand-to-hand combat.
“The techniques have to be adapted to fit their needs,” Shamrock said. “The Marines are more in real life. When we fight in the UFC, it's on a nice clean mat. When the Marines fight, they're in the dirt, and it's not quite the same when bombs are going off and bullets are flying over your head. From the time you engage to the time you finish has got to be 3 to 5 seconds. You don't have much time. You either throw the opponent down or take them down with a body throw, and once they hit the ground, immediately snap the neck or knock them out. It's going to be clench, take down and finish quickly.”