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Strength Standards, Combatives, and the Army with Matt Larsen | Starting Strength Radio #175

Mark Rippetoe | August 26, 2022

Rip talks with Matt Larsen about his recently released Combatives Belt system, and why he chose the squat, bench, and deadlift as the test for the strength standard. Matt Larsen, the father of Modern Combatives, is a former United States Marine, United States Army Ranger, and Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame combatives instructor. He is the Director of Combatives at The United States Military Academy at West Point.

  • 00:41 Matt Larsen
  • 02:55 The importance of strength in the army
  • 14:15 The young soldier is motivated
  • 20:53 How to teach
  • 23:22 A new combative belt system and standards
  • 34:41 How the belt system works
  • 42:12 Having proper standards
  • 47:23 Military standards
  • 1:00:52 Quality improving by creating new leaders

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