Craig Douglas demonstrating a counter-robbery tactic at the Combatives Summit. Learn how to use patterning to draw your pistol effectively in high-stress situations.

In the modern era of martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and mixed martial arts (MMA) have revolutionized combat sports and self-defense, paving the way for the 2024 Combatives Association Summit.


These disciplines have showcased their effectiveness in sports and real-world scenarios, paving the way for broader acceptance and enthusiasm for comprehensive combatives training.

The Rise of BJJ and MMA

The popularity of BJJ and MMA has surged over the past few decades thanks to their practicality and the undeniable proof of their techniques in competitive arenas like the UFC. The success stories of fighters who have mastered these arts have captured the imagination of millions.

BJJ practitioners demonstrating ground techniques
BJJ practitioners demonstrating ground techniques at

They demonstrate that disciplined training, strategic thinking, and technical prowess can prevail in various situations. With its focus on ground control, submissions, and positional dominance, BJJ has repeatedly proven itself a critical component of practical self-defense and combat strategy.


MMA has expanded this scope by integrating striking, grappling, and a blend of martial arts techniques, showcasing a holistic approach to combatives that addresses every aspect.



The Natural Evolution to Comprehensive Combative Training

Given the widespread acceptance of BJJ and MMA, the next step for martial arts enthusiasts and self-defense practitioners is to embrace comprehensive combative training.


This training goes beyond individual techniques and styles, offering a multidisciplinary approach that equips practitioners with a broader and more adaptable skill set.

Instructors demonstrating techniques at the Combatives Association Summit.
Instructors demonstrating techniques at the Combatives Association Summit.

Enter the 2024 Combatives Association Summit, an unprecedented event that gathers the finest tactical training professionals for three days of all-level combative instruction.


This summit represents the pinnacle of modern combatives training, combining over 500 years of combined experience to deliver more than 44 hours of intensive instruction.


Pioneers of Modern Combative Training

The summit also honors the contributions of pioneers in modern combatives training who have significantly influenced the field:


  • Kelly McCann (aka Jim Grover of Kembativz Brand): Known for his pragmatic approach to self-defense, McCann has been a leading figure in integrating various martial arts into effective combat systems.
  • Matt Larsen (Modern Army Combatives Program): Larsen’s work has been instrumental in developing combatives programs that are now standard in military training, emphasizing realistic and practical techniques.
  • Craig Douglas (Shivworks): Douglas is renowned for his focus on close-quarters combat and innovative multidisciplinary approach to integrating weapons with martial arts and full spectrum evolutions.
  • Tom Kier (Sayoc Tactical Group): Kier’s expertise in edged weapon tactics and application and his agnostic approach to martial arts systems have significantly impacted combatives training.

Why Now is the Time for Combative Training

Holistic Skill Development:

The Combatives Association Summit offers a unique opportunity to learn from experts across various disciplines, ensuring a well-rounded and comprehensive skill set. This summit covers everything from bare-knuckle striking and grappling to weapon defense and contextual decision-making.


Check out the Combatives Summit Agenda.


Practical Real-World Applications:

The techniques and strategies taught at the summit are grounded in real-world scenarios, ensuring participants gain practical and applicable knowledge. The Combatives Summit is crucial for those looking to enhance their self-defense capabilities or prepare for real-life combat situations.


Expert Instruction:

The summit boasts an unprecedented lineup of experts, each bringing unique experiences and insights. Learning from such a diverse group of professionals provides an unparalleled depth of knowledge and expertise. Learn more about our instructors.


Community and Networking:

Attending the summit is not just about training; it’s also about joining a community of like-minded individuals passionate about self-defense and combative training. The networking opportunities alone can be invaluable, providing connections and relationships that can last a lifetime.

The Future of Martial Arts and Self-Defense

As the popularity of BJJ and MMA continues to grow, so does the recognition of the importance of comprehensive combative training. The 2024 Combatives Association Summit is at the forefront of this evolution.


The summit offers a platform for practitioners of all levels to elevate their skills and knowledge. Check out our article on Bullshit Martial Arts to understand the pitfalls to avoid in your training journey.


By embracing this next step in combative training, martial artists and self-defense enthusiasts can ensure they are prepared for any situation, armed with the confidence and competence that only comes from such in-depth and varied instruction.


The evolution from BJJ and MMA to comprehensive combative training is a natural and necessary progression for those serious about their martial arts journey. The 2024 Combatives Association Summit provides the perfect opportunity to embrace this evolution, offering unparalleled instruction from the world’s leading experts.


Take your chance to participate in this groundbreaking event.


Register now to secure your spot for three days of intensive, all-level training to transform your approach to self-defense and combative tactics.


For more details and registration, visit Combatives Summit or contact us at


Join us at the summit and take your skills to the next level.


We look forward to seeing you there and training together. Stay safe, and keep training hard!

By John Valentine

Combatives Instructor

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