Cherry Point Marines Become Martial Arts Instructors

Carl | July 18, 2013 

After enduring a 3-week Marine Corps martial arts instructor course at Cherry Point, 21 Marines reached the final day of their painful journey June 28.

The battle course – a 4-hour culminating event designed to test the students on the three disciplines of MCMAP; mental, physical and character.

“Mental, physical and character disciplines are the synergy of the martial arts program,” said Staff Sgt. Keith Algeo, lead instructor for the course. “We teach all of these in different ways to develop the warrior ethos.”

For physical discipline, the students went through weapons training, combat conditioning drills and different exercises to develop a strong cohesive unit.

Mental discipline was taught by studying past martial cultures and how they would train, and significant battles related to the Marine Corps.

According to Algeo, character discipline ties in everything. It develops the overall Marine, trying to reinforce positive performance and dissuade negative attitudes.

“They can apply to any obstacle,” said Cpl. Vincent Martin, an electric bass player with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band. “The three disciplines apply to everything in the Marine Corps whether you are in the band like me or doing MCMAP.”

During the course the students also participated in a warrior case study.

“This, in my view, is the most important,” said Algeo. “We take (Medal of Honor) recipients and talk with the Marines about what they did to earn the prestigious award and tie it in to what we, as a corps, do today.”

The program also teaches Marines how to be a master at arms. It provides Marines with knowledge in weapons handling, close quarters combat, intense physical training and how to be a better leader.

By teaching character tie-ins and warrior studies, Marines learn about the history, and what we must uphold. Algeo said MCMAP keeps a Marine informed, in shape and combat ready.

“What better way to develop esprit de corps and pride then to learn about our history, our heroes, and how we can uphold that legacy,” said Algeo.

Cpl. S.T. Stewart

Contributor's website:

Content posted by users from other sites is posted for commentary and news purposes under fair use and each author is responsible for their own postings and a particular posting should not be construed as being endorsed by this site or its owner.
Please Note: The comments section is for both the registered users of this web site as well as non-registered users. All wishing to post comments must comply with our Commenting Rules or risk having their comments stricken. Comments do not necessarily reflect the views of the ownership of this site and should not be taken as such just because they are visible and posted here.

Leave a Reply

  • American Conservative Daily is owned and operated by J.J. Jackson, President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc.