When you think about soldiers on the battlefield, you probably picture high-tech weaponry, drones, and strategic computer systems. But let’s rewind the tape and get back to basics – back to when soldiers primarily used their bodies as weapons. We’re talking about the historical evolution of hand-to-hand combat.

Unarmed combat is sophisticated warfare that requires just as much brain as brawn. It’s about strategy as much as it is about strength. 

A glimpse at the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (Wikimedia Commons)

It’s not simply about throwing punches or wrestling the opponent to the ground. It involves a complex blend of techniques, disciplines, and tactical maneuvers honed and perfected over centuries of military history.

We often overlook this form of combat in our fast-paced, technology-driven world. But understanding how hand-to-hand combat has evolved over the centuries gives us valuable insight into military strategy, human nature, culture, and our ceaseless quest for survival and protection.