Sgt. 1st Class Matt Larsen is the man behind the US military’s Modern Combatives Program. He explains why BJJ is the base style in the system, effects of adrenaline in a fight, self defense for civilians and how a bar fight opened his mind to new tactics. Click “read more” for show notes!


  • His intro to the military
  • His intro to martial arts
  • Military combat training
  • Why training elite military units can be difficult
  • How he found Jiu-Jitsu
  • Forming the Modern ARMY Combatives Program
  • How a bar fight opened his mind to new tactics
  • Why training methods are critical in relation to effectiveness
  • Why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the foundation of MACP
  • Why competition application is so important for development
  • How to martial arts styles become what they are?
  • The Pummel
  • Dealing with an armed attacker as a civilian
  • The effects of adrenaline in a fight
  • Leaving your comfort zone / exposure therapy
  • Why a firearm is NOT the end-all in self defense
  • The ranking system in Combatives