Greg Thomp­son

Knives Illustrated - - Outside The Wire -

The cre­ator of the SOCP line of dag­gers and rescue tools brings decades of mar­tial arts train­ing and coach­ing to the de­sign table. In the 1990s, he was one of the first Amer­i­cans train­ing and teach­ing Gra­cie Jiu Jitsu, the art of the Brazil­ian fam­ily fight­ing dy­nasty. It was Royce Gra­cie, the man who brought the fam­ily art to world recognition in the Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Cham­pi­onships, who granted Thomp­son the black belt. In ad­di­tion to a strong foundation in the grap­pling art of Jiu Jitsu, Thomp­son trained ex­ten­sively in the kick­box­ing art of Muay Thai, which com­bines dev­as­tat­ing kicks, punches, knees and el­bows to cre­ate an in­tense and ex­cit­ing ring-sport. When de­sign­ing the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­bat­ives Pro­gram, Thomp­son in­te­grated the arts of Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and various other mar­tial arts and fight­ing styles to cre­ate a “re­al­ism-based, task-spe­cific” sys­tem to suit the mod­ern spe­cial­ized com­bat war­rior.

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