How Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) Came to Be
Influenced from as far back as World War I, where soldiers were provided basic hand-to-hand combat skills meant to be used for trench warfare, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program was a system that had been developed through implementation of various fighting styles. Originally, MCMAP stemmed from close combat and bayonet techniques, which were were later integrated with Chinese Kung-Fu around the time the world wars entrenched the Earth.
By the time the 50’s hit, Gunnery Sergeant Bill Miller was placed in charge of coming up with a combat curriculum that allowed Marines of varying sizes to take down enemies swiftly. After extensive research, Miller would go onto create a program that took from a plethora of other fighting styles such as boxing, Taekwondo, Judo, etc.
By the 1980’s, Miller’s program eventually underwent change once more, adapting to the need for a more standardized close combat system. This led to the creation of the famous LINE (Linear Infighting Neural Override Engagement) System. Effectively taught in the Marine Corps, the program would go through repeated review and refinement yet again. In time, by 1999, the resulting Marine Corps Martial Arts Program was finally established.