MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
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.