Teach Combatives (TC) exists to improve your student development and retention rates by using motor learning and educational psychology to supercharge your skill set as a martial arts, combatives, or self-defense instructor.

Not only will TC boost your teaching skills, it will revolutionize your curriculum development and lesson plans, too.

This means happier students who improve quicker – and less work for you.

TC accomplishes this by building strong theoretical basis for instructors to assess and develop their own training programs. The blog also seeks to spread high-level, research-based teaching strategies to instructors worldwide.

What is Combatives?

Combatives is a term that was coined around WWII that broadly encompasses hand-to-hand combat training, especially for the military.

Today, combatives has found increasing usage as a term for the empty-handed aspect of self-defense training for civilians in addition to military and law enforcement personnel.

Modern combatives, unlike its WWII forerunner, has now taken on a decidedly “combat athletic” technical base.

In other words, modern combatives exists coextensively with combat sports – like MMA, kickboxing, or BJJ – in a way that integrates modern martial arts practice with realistic self-defense training.

Basically, combatives is a way of viewing both traditional and sport martial arts training in a way that reorients them toward realistic self-defense.

Combatives, then, is a distinct field of study from sport and traditional martial arts but is not a separate martial arts style or system of its own.

Rather, it is a framework for approaching self-defense training that draws from multiple martial arts sources – sources that change from instructor to instructor.

Who is Josh Peacock?

Josh is a lifelong martial arts fanatic and an experienced taekwondo instructor. He’s dabbled in many other martial arts, such as kenpo karate and kung fu, but has settled on Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a companion to his taekwondo.

Josh earned an M.Ed. in Teaching & Learning from Liberty University and spends his spare time researching motor learning and control to improve his understanding of how to develop better training methodologies for martial arts.