The Indian Army has introduced a distinctive and standardised mixed martial arts (MMA) programme for its soldiers, with a focus on offensive assault training and the capacity to counter sharp-edged weapons.
MMA training, according to sources in the defence establishment, will also help soldiers avoid using homemade weapons.
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They said that up until this point, there had never been a set regimen for martial arts in the army or a predetermined programme at regiment centres. Nevertheless, a few regiments, including the Assam, Naga, and Gorkha, specialise in their own martial arts instruction.
“The army has introduced Army Martial Arts Routine or AMAR for which all our personnel will undergo training. This will help them not just physically, but also mentally,” Army chief General Manoj Pande said Thursday. (via ~ The Print)
The army made the decision to implement this procedure in order to adapt to the evolving nature of conflict and equip its soldiers for all types of unarmed conflict, including hand-to-hand fighting.
The AMAR curriculum will specifically instruct soldiers in fundamental and advanced mixed martial arts techniques and manoeuvres. MMA will be practised with the same frequency and rigour as essential abilities like shooting, stamina, and battlecraft. In essence, it is intended to become a “must-have skill” in the future.
They stated training on AMAR to upskill and empower soldiers, boost their self-confidence, and improve team and unit cohesiveness has already started.
AMAR’s structure will be advanced and fundamental training manuals. According to additional sources, these pamphlets will standardise the soldiers’ training for unarmed warfare.
“This step shall go a long way in ensuring enhanced offensive, aggressive and proactive warfighting abilities at the tactical level,” the Indian Army said.