Matt Larsen, a career Army Ranger and Black Belt Hall of Fame member who is best known as a hand-to-hand combat expert and the father of the U.S. Army’s Modern Army Combatives Program, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the 75th Ranger Regiment during the course of a 22-year career in the military. Since retiring from the Army in 2005, Larsen has worked as a private security contractor in Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa; trained US Marine Corps personal security detachments (PSD) for deployment to Iraq; served as commandant of the US Army Combatives School which he founded; designed a Combatives systems for the Canadian Special Operations Regiment; and, consulted on the design of Combatives training systems for the US Air Force, the British Royal Marines and the British Infantry. Larsen is the author of both the 2002 and 2009 versions of FM 3-25.150 (Combatives), as well as editing FM 3-05.70 (U.S. Army Survival Handbook) and the U.S. Military Pocket Survival Guide plus Evasion and Recovery. He also co-authored Sniper, US Single Shot Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan. His latest book, Modern Army Combatives, Battle-Proven techniques and Training Methods will be in stores in October 2013. Specialties: Evolutionary Psychology of Combat, Training Program Development, Close Quarters Combat, Hand-to-hand combat, Close Quarters Marksmanship, High Risk Protective Services, Program Management, Business Development

By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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