SFC (R) Matt Larsen

Season 1 | Episode 45
2h 29m | Dec 2, 2023

In this episode, we have the privilege of exploring the dynamic career of SFC (R ) Matt Larsen, a seasoned warrior who transitioned from the Marine Corps to the prestigious Ranger Regiment.

We kick off our conversation by delving into the ever-evolving landscape of the world and Matt's early days in the Marine Corps. Join us as we uncover the nuanced differences and surprising similarities between the Marine Corps and the Ranger Regiment.

Matt shares the pivotal moment that led him to transition from the Marines to the Ranger Regiment and how his journey intertwined with the evolution of martial arts programs within the regiment. Interestingly, our exploration reveals that the roots of this training stretch back to the discipline of ninjitsu.

The narrative takes a thrilling turn as we recount Matt's experiences during the Panama invasion, offering detailed insights into the challenges and highlights of this intense engagement. Our conversation progresses to the early stages of urban combat training, the development of weapon systems, and the evolving mentality of leaders leading up to the Global War on Terrorism.

A central theme emerges as Matt emphasizes the dedication required to master a craft, drawing parallels between military training and the commitment needed to excel in martial arts. Jiu Jitsu emerges as the victor in the martial arts arena, influencing the Ranger Regiment when Royce Gracie's triumph in the UFC led to their recruitment as instructors.

Matt takes the helm in discussing the rise of the combative program across the regiment and the Army, shedding light on both its successes and failures. We navigate through the psychology of being a warrior, with Matt highlighting the role of regular combative training as a crucial element that enhances all facets of a soldier's skills and mentality.

Join us on this compelling journey as we explore how combatives not only shape warriors but play a vital role in the complex dynamics of combat itself.

"Combative is the link between what we are and who we say we are." CSM (R) Mike Hall 

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