SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A training program is helping Fort Stewart soldiers defend themselves when they are unable to reach their weapon or when non-lethal force is required.
With every strike this hand to hand combat training helps improve the 3rd infantry divisions soldiers tactical skills.
During the combatives training soldiers get a chance to forget rank and become effective war fighters in close combat situations.
"When you get down on the mat everybody is equal," said Spc. Christopher Kim. "We are here to learn to train, help each other, teach each other and improve skills on the battle field that could save our lives save our battle buddies lives."
"You get to roll around and learn from each other, be around guys with the same thing in common," said Sgt. 1st Class Lenny Martinez.
The soldiers stationed in Iraq only get to train after work, but for them the benefits far outweigh the risks.
"You feel confident in battle field, knowing you can defend yourself in combat," Kim said. "You also take it elsewhere and apply self defense. It's the best self defense system in the world."
A system that is instilling confidence in the 3rd Infantry Division soldiers and saving lives.
During the 3 level course, soldiers learned to close the distance and eliminate an enemy on the battlefield using hand-to-hand combat skills.