H2H/C.Q.C./C.Q.B. Connection

Close-Quarters CombatThese are terms that were coined after the Second World War by the British forces. As a rule, Fairbairn, Sykes and Applegate considered any type of combat under 15 to 18 meters as C.Q.C. (Close-Quarters Combat). Speaking in battle terms they were correct since much fighting took place at those distances in urban, suburban and country settings. This type of combat was carried out with hand-grenades, Tommy guns (Thompson machine guns), Trench tools (Shovels) in numerous instances, cudgels, fixed bayonets (by the allies) and knives such as the Fairbairn/Sykes combat knife and even Hand-to-Hand.

Strictly speaking, one can divide these into three distinct categories:

  • H.2.H. (Hand to Hand)
  • C.Q.C. (Close-Quarters Combat)
  • C.Q.B. (Close-Quarters battle)

H.2.H. (Hand to Hand) designates unarmed combat that is fought chest to chest and describes the group of techniques that have been developed to defeat the enemy with one's natural bare weapons (hands, feet etc). This is the system generally but not exclusively used by civilians to settle their differences.

Close-Quarters battleC.Q.C. (Close-Quarters Combat) and C.Q.B. (Close-Quarters battle) are military terms which designate the whole topic of unarmed & armed Combatives. These terms were first used by the British military command.

Armed and unarmed-conflict is covered by C.Q.C. impact weapons, edged weapons and adapted weapons (every day items which in critical incidents can be used as weapons). H.2.H. (Hand to Hand) is generally considered to be part of this nowadays, while the term C.Q.B. covers armed-offence utilising firearms (with the use of sights). All this is taught in a single system, which allows the advanced practitioner (professional or not) the option to seamless transition between either.

Essentially speaking, Combatives utilize both C.Q.C. & C.Q.B. in order to be effective in real life situations we may face.

However because the Combatives Group deals principally with the training of civilians, there is a heavy concentration on the C.Q.C. portion which is primarily focused on the striking aspect with only basic physical weapons throws and adapted weapons. This is called “CIVILIAN COMBATIVES” or C.C. This programme lasts anywhere from a few months of periodic training to 1 year, depending on the practitioners level of competence and diligence.

A portion of the graduates already trained in C.Q.C. are selected to train in the far more intense and broader knowledge base aspects of the C.Q.B. portion at the Combatives Group Instructor School.

This C.Q.C. program is primarily focused on weapons as well as a multitude of throwing, dislocating, choking and strangling techniques. This programme is called “PROFESSIONAL COMBATIVES” or P.C. This programme lasts anywhere from several months of intense training up to 3 years of periodic training depending on the practitioners level of competence and diligence.