Different Types of Close-Quarter Combat


The plethora of military and police films and television shows have introduced close-quarter combat to the general public. While close-quarter combat techniques are used mainly by military and police units, these fictionalized adaptations allow the public a glimpse into this tactical world.

Close-quarter combat sports are a great way to learn self defense and keep fit.

And like everything else popularized by the media, it has attracted the interest and attention of individuals looking for a fitness regimen with real-world application and value. While close-quarter combat using weapons such as guns may not be feasible for everyone, there are other combat sports that people can engage in, such as boxing, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, among others.

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What is Close-Quarter Combat?

Close-quarter combat is a physical fight involving guns and other short-range firearms. It usually happens between police units, military units, and criminal entities. Close-quarter combat is also used in warfare, where teams go in small units to implement a quick and precise attack.

Close-quarter combat in the military and tactical sense requires planning to be as efficient as possible. This includes studying the location’s layout, entry points, and potential hiding spaces. The goal for tactical units is to get the operation done as swiftly as possible before the opponent has the time to react and defend themselves.

But before close-quarter combat in the modern military sense existed, combat sports have been a way for people to learn fighting skills for close-quarters. It started as a form of martial arts for early civilizations, which developed into the highly regulated sporting events we know today.

Combat Sports

Combat sports is a form of contact sport that often involves one-on-one fighting. Combat sports have existed for thousands of years, existing in ancient Greece, ancient Egypt, and ancient China. Since then, the popularity of combat sports as a form of close-quarter combat has risen in popularity worldwide.

Training in combat sports can start from a young age. Photo from Pexels.

Today, there are several well-known combat sports, such as boxing, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, capoeira, karate, Muay Thai, Arnis, and Judo. Some of these sports are even included in the Olympic Games. Because of these sports’ popularity, many training centers and coaches now offer training in these different combat sports. You can benefit from combat sports even if you don’t plan to compete in the sport or become an expert in the discipline.

Combat sports can help develop your strength, power, and stamina while teaching you discipline and mental clarity. Aside from that, you can also learn valuable self-defense skills when you begin training in combat sports.

Whether you enjoy boxing, karate, arnis, or Muay Thai, the best way to keep improving your skills is by practicing at home. It’s also possible to set up a home gym in a modern luxury house from Brittany Santa Rosa.

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Boxing is a close-quarters combat sport that involves two people throwing punches at each other for a set time. Boxers also commonly hand wraps, gloves, and mouth guards as protection. It is an Olympic event, and it also has several world championships.

In boxing training, the coach usually wears body protection to guard against hits. Photo from Pexels.

Boxing in the gym is a popular fitness regimen. Sometimes, classes are done by training skills on a punching bag; sometimes classes are one-on-one sparring with a coach.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Brazilain Jiu-jitsu originated in Brazil, and was developed by 5 brothers. The fighting in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu uses pressure and submission holds to overcome an opponent.

Holding an opponent down is a common move in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Photo from Pexels.

This close-quarter combat sport focuses on using leverage and weight distribution to bring the fight to the ground. Using these techniques, the sport teaches that even smaller or weaker individuals can overpower a stronger or bigger opponent.


Flowing motions mark the unique moves of capoeira. Photo from Pexels.

Capoeira is another martial art that originated in Brazil. Unique from most other forms of combat sport, capoeira incorporates elements of music, dance, and acrobatics. This sport has more fluid movements rather than fixed stances or maneuvers.

Capoeira attack moves mainly involve kicks, leg sweeps, or knee strikes, although elbow strikes and punches are also part of the moves. The goal is to stay in motion to become a more difficult target and to keep opponents unsure as to your next move.


Students of karate must follow proper form as well as embody certain traits. Photo from Pexels.

Karate is a martial art and combat sport that originated in Ryukyu Kingdom, which was then annexed into Japan. Karate was also influenced by early Chinese martial arts. Known as “The Way of The Empty Hand,” karate practitioners don’t use weapons, but instead rely on various strikes, kicks, and punches. Karate is also a practice that encourages traits such as fearlessness, virtue, and leadership.

Muay Thai

In Muay Thai, players can use all the parts of their limbs to strike their opponent. Photo from Pexels.

Muay Thai, well known as “the art of eight limbs” because of the number of limbs involved. Fists, elbows, knees, and shins are used to attack the opponent in this Thai combat sport.To score a point, one has to hit without being blocked or guarded by their opponent.

Muay Thai is an intense sport, but it is also a good martial arts alternative for a fitness routine. There are several gyms dedicated to Muay Thai in the country, with coaches and trainers welcoming learners of all skill levels.


Arnis is usually taught with using two sticks. Photo from Pexels.

Arnis is the national martial art of the Philippines. While it is common to learn arnis as a method of stick fighting, other techniques also include knife fighting, sword fighting, and unarmed combat moves.

Arnis is popular around the world, and several Hollywood action movies have used arnis techniques for their stunts and fight scenes.


Instead of striking, judo teaches practitioners to throw and pin down their opponent. Photo from Pexels.

Judo is a martial art and close combat sport that originated in Japan. It is a form of unarmed combat, focusing on throwing an opponent and pinning them down, or forcing them to submit with a chokehold or a joint hold. Striking and weapon training are not included in this combat sport.


Close-quarter combat may be commonly used in military or police tactical operations, but there are several combat sports that one can learn as a sport or as an addition to a workout routine. In living a luxury lifestyle, one must make room for all your interests, such as close-quarter combat sports.

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