A look at Combatives from a historical point-of-view

Category: Missouri National Guard History     Date Posted: October 26th, 2012

The archives of the Missouri Military History Museum reveal the dialectic of the traditional and the new methods of fighting, as incorporated by the Missouri National Guard.

In ancient Greece, the art of wrestling demanded respect where it was regarded as the greatest demonstration of strength in the Olympic Games. This sport retained its admiration through the centuries and caught the eye of the army in general, and the Missouri National Guard of late in particular. The Missouri Militia shows its esteem for this sport by requiring soldiers to go through basic training in martial arts, believing in the strength of the individual as a central tenant in combative preparation, succinctly citing: “The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy.” In this martial art form, wrestling combines physical stamina, mental calm and a situational awareness into a symphony of strategic precision out of a cacophony of potential harm—either theoretical in the ring or actual on the battlefield.

During America’s involvement in WWII, the Missouri National Guard employed the aid of the world renowned champion and hall of famer, Lou Thesz, to instruct combatants. There, he taught the First Infantry “just where and how to apply the proper hold to would-be saboteurs.” During that era, the domestic arm of the military had yet to fully incorporate this skill into its basic training. After the war however, the Guard would create an inter-company wrestling program to battalions, setting up special rooms for these combatives.

The military understood that while old in origin, wrestling’s physical and mental flexibility served and will continue to serve as the groundwork for the modern Soldier upon which advancements can be practiced and expressed. Mixed martial arts provide a prime example of this malleability in which competitors in Combative tournaments draw heavily from wrestling techniques.  Recently, Missouri garnered third place at the National Championships Fort Benning with only seven combatants. Next year, they plan on an even stronger showing, with a more concerted effort.

What is remarkable about the coupling of the National Guard and wrestling shows a classic example of a swinging dialectic between new and old, cultural affection and military action; a mix of advanced physiological and psychological understanding with an ancient model to demonstrate it. This model is a standard which illustrates not only a historic interest in and appreciation of physical prowess, but also the Guard’s application of it.

For more information about the Missouri National Guard’s combative techniques or other military interests at The Missouri Museum of Military History in Jefferson City.

 

Life is a balancing act

Category: From the Field     Date Posted: August 14th, 2012

By Capt. Ryan Jennings.  Capt. Jennings is the Commander of Battery B, 1/129th Field Artillery and Administrative Officer for the 1/129th.  He has served 12 years with the Artillery Battalion including three state emergency duty missions and one deployment to … Continue reading

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Artillery Preparing for their “Available” Year

Category: From the Field     Date Posted: July 20th, 2012

Our guest blog is by 1st Lt. Thomas A. White, with the 1st Battalion 129th Field Artillery
In 2014, the 129th Field Artillery will reach a phase in the current ARFORGEN cycle known as the “available” year. The available year is … Continue reading

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A Focus on Training?

Category: From the Field     Date Posted: June 29th, 2012

By Capt. Ryan Jennings.  He is the Commander of Battery B, 1/129th Field Artillery and Administrative Officer for the 1/129th.  He has served 12 years with the Artillery Battalion including three state emergency duty missions and one deployment to Afghanistan.
The … Continue reading

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Leadership on the Objective: Set a Positive Tone – Be Successful

Category: Army Chief of Staff     Date Posted: June 22nd, 2012

Teammates,
I’m frequently asked, “What do I need to do to be successful?  What would you recommend?”
Everyone has one or more mentors.  I have had some exceptional mentors – platoon sergeants, teachers, news editors, first sergeants, some colonels, and some generals.  … Continue reading

 

How Everyone Can Use Artillery

Category: Down Range, From the Field     Date Posted: June 11th, 2012

 By Capt. Ryan Jennings.  He is the Commander of Battery B, 1/129th Field Artillery and Administrative Officer for the 1/129th.  He has served 12 years with the Artillery Battalion including three state emergency duty missions and one deployment to Afghanistan.
If you … Continue reading

 

Leadership on the Objective: “How the Colonel Did It…”

Category: 70th Troop Command, Army Chief of Staff     Date Posted: May 30th, 2012

Author’s Note:  I am not a nutritionist nor am I a fitness expert.  The information I’m providing is simply an insight into what works for me.  Certainly, there are experts in each of these fields of study and I encourage … Continue reading

 

Leadership on the Objective: Installing the Element of Doubt

Category: 70th Troop Command, Army Chief of Staff     Date Posted: May 8th, 2012

HONDURAS and GUATEMALA — Boots are dirty again.  National Guard, Navy and Air Force reservists along with a handful of active Army support Troops are on the ground in Honduras and Guatemala this spring and summer.  About 250 are deployed … Continue reading

 

What is Physical Readiness?

Category: Guest Blog     Date Posted: November 10th, 2011

This blog is courtesy of Capt. Ken Huenink, the Missouri National Guard state Fitness Coordinator.

Soldiers at the Operational Fitness Trainer Course at Ft. Hood learn how to use the TRX suspension system. Operational Fitness Trainer Course instructors emphasized the … Continue reading

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A Missouri Regiment Set Extraordinary Record During Civil War

Category: Missouri National Guard History     Date Posted: November 1st, 2011

In the files of the Civil War records of the Missouri Adjutant General’s Office is a report of the commanding officer whose regiment had a couple of weeks before fought in the battle of Nashville, Tennessee, December 16, 1864. The officer mentions that he has seen no account concerning his regiment’s part in the battle which he supposes results from the fact that “we have no correspondent to do our ‘puffing’” and then to continue further using his own words “we are able to write our own history with the sword and bayonet and are willing for others to pen is for the perusal of our friends and future generations.” Continue reading