LINE (combat system)
LINE Combat System Also known as Linear Infighting Neural Override Engagement, 7 Deadly Moves of Combat philosophy Focus Hybrid Country of origin United States Creator Ron Donvito Parenthood various Olympic sport No
LINE is a close quarters combat system, derived from various martial arts, used by the United States Marine Corps between 1989 and 1998, and then from 1998 through to the present for numerous elite special operations forces and high risk personnel. It was developed by now retired combat-arms Marine Ron Donvito after extensive study of human anatomy and various martial arts.
Officially, the name stands for Linear Infighting Neural Override Engagement; this is, however, a backronym coined during the project's inception. It is also known as the "7 Deadly Moves of Combat" philosophy.
The system was designed to be executed within specific and stringent combat-oriented conditions:
- (a.) all techniques must not be vision dominant; techniques may be executed effectively in low-light conditions, or other impaired visibility conditions (i.e., smoke or gas)
- (b.) extreme mental and physical fatigue
- (c.) usable by the Marine / soldier while wearing full combat gear
- (d.) proper execution of the techniques must cause death to the opponent
- (e.) gender neutrality; must be usable by- and against- either gender
These parameters are viewed as the most likely conditions that a combat Marine / soldier would face in close-range combat, since most close combat engagements were likely to occur at night or under reduced visibility, while the Marine was fatigued and wearing his combat load, and when facing asymmetrical odds, such as a numerically superior force. These requirements meant that many flamboyant techniques, exotic kicks, or movements requiring extraordinary feats of strength or agility were excluded from consideration under the LINE system. Techniques like classic judo "hip throws", for instance, were excluded because of the possibility of entanglement on a practitioner's war-belt.
The system's techniques were designed to be easily learned and retained through repetition.
LINE was adopted by the Marine Corps in 1989 at a Course Content Review Board (CRB) at Quantico, Virginia. All techniques were demonstrated for and deemed medically feasible by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner (given a single attack opponent) and a board of forensic pathologists from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in 1991.
The LINE System was adopted in 1998 by U.S. Army Special Forces at the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC). Primary instruction took place during phase II and was remediated in phases III and V at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. LINE was replaced by the Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) in October 2007. Personnel from various government agencies, as well as private contractors continue to seek highly specialized training offered by the LINE Combatives program.
Military combatives instruction programs- and the contracts awarded for it- are undertaken through a system of competition, in which the systems are compared by review boards, and presented by individual subject matter experts. Review boards may, from time to time, choose one system over another, based on the changing needs of the Marine Corps or other military service. In the case of LINE Combatives, the system was repeatedly reviewed and approved for training by many units over more than two decades. LINE Combatives continues to be one of only two systems reviewed and consulted upon by specially tasked and appointed boards of military medical examiners.
The LINE Combatives system is presently sought by advanced students, officers, and military personnel throughout the special operations, high risk law enforcement, government agency, and private contractor industries.
Units trained include (but are not limited to):
* 1st SWTG, United States Army
* 1st SFG, United States Army
* 3rd SFG, United States Army
* 5th SFG, United States Army
* 7th SFG, United States Army
* 10th SFG, United States Army
* 19th SFG, United States Army
* 20th SFG, United States Army
* SEAL Team II, United States Navy
* 82nd Airborne Division, United States Army
* 101st Airborne Division, United States Army
* 3rd Infantry Division, United States Army
* 4th Infantry Division, United States Army
* 172nd Infantry Brigade Stryker, United States Army
* SOC South, United States Army
* 1st COSCOM, United States Army
* 96th Civil Affairs, United States Army
* 32nd MedCom, United States Army
* 44th MedCom, United States Army
* 112th Signal Bn, United States Army
* 27th Engineer Bn, United States Army
* 8th PsyOps, United States Army
* 9th PsyOps, United States Army
* CGSC, United States Army
* 5th ASOS, United States Air Force
* 22nd STS, United States Air Force
* 5th CBCG, United States Air Force
- List of martial arts
- List of martial arts developers
- Marine Corps Martial Arts Program
- S.C.A.R.S. (military)
- SPEAR System
- United States Army Combatives School
- ^ Todd, Tank. "Ron Donvito and the L.I.N.E. System". Fight Times. ISSN 1176-8266. http://www.fighttimes.com/magazine/magazine.asp?article=645. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
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