History of CQC
Close Quarter Combat is largely recognised as the first scientifically researched fighting system and was born in the 1920's as a Police system for dealing with some of the world's worst criminals. The founder was William E. Fairburn, Assistant Commissioner of the Shanghai Municipal Police. He and his colleague, Eric Anthony Sykes, needed an effective system to teach their officers so that they could survive the harsh realities of the roughest seaport in the world. These men compiled thousands of violent arrest reports and analysed the data to produce what would later become the standard CQC instruction for the Allied Special Forces (including the British SAS), and what some experts regard as 'the most effective system of Unarmed Combat on the planet'.
"To put it simply, Fairbairn's methods worked. Stripped of all the unnecessary trappings, his system of unarmed combat made it possible for a person of average strength and skills to meet and win against an opponent trained in the martial arts."
A.R.M.E.D. CLOSE QUATER COMBAT
Since Fairbairn first developed the basic principles of Close Quarter Combat it has continued to evolve and advance. The system of CQC that we, The Close Quarter Combat Association of Ireland, teach is called A.R.M.E.D. - Accelerated Reactions Maximising Defence. It has been further developed by an extensive network of Martial Artists, security personnel and self-protection experts. A.R.M.E.D. CQC is not focused on any one style of martial arts and incorporates many systems including: boxing, kickboxing, thai-boxing, security & restraints, kenpo, Judo & grappling.
While there are many people and instructors to whom our system of CQC can be attributed to, the pioneers for A.R.M.E.D. CQC are Declan Kidd & Robert Devane who have over 55 years of Martial Arts between them.