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Surviving Air Force Basic Training

Pugil Stick Fighting

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Surviving Air Force Basic Training

The new 8 1/2 week AFBMT includes fighting with pugil sticks.

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Air Force Basic Military Training (AFBMT) isn't going to turn you into a black belt, by any means. I've wanted the Air Force to add basic self defense training to Air Force basic for years.

Unfortunately, they haven't done so. However, pugil stick fighting has been added to the new 8 1/2 week long Air Force basic.

During week #5, you’ll get a chance to knock the heck out of your flight buddies with a pugil stick fight. Don't like the dorm guard schedule? Here's your chance to show the dorm guard monitor what you really think of him/her. Unfortunately, you probably won't get a chance to beat up your T.I.

Don't worry. You don't stand much chance of getting hurt. The T.I.s will be watching closely, and you're wearing protective equipment. The Air Force introduced pugil stick fighting into the Air Force academy a few years ago, and the students there have nothing but good things to say about the lesson. Also, the Army and Marine Corps have had pugil stick fighting as part of their basic training programs for years and years.

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