Feeds

Navy SEALs look to grapple with Brazilian

Front mount and finishing expertise a must

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

The US Navy has faced up to the fact that enormous guns, nuclear missiles and an array of Top Gun navy fliers aren't the be all and end all when it comes to facing down the world's bad guys.

The Naval Special Warfare Development Group at the U.S. Special Operations Command - formerly known as SEAL Team 6 - has issued a request for quote in its search for a Brazilian to teach them the ins and outs of front mounts, leg sweeps and finishing techniques from the standup position.

If this makes it sound like the SEALs - who specialise in counter terror work - are looking to turn one on their teams into a crack honeypot team, don't worry. The document, here, makes it quite clear that the SEALs want someone to teach them the finer points of Brazilian jujitsu, for "five (5) days from 19-23 January 2009 for thirty (30) hours in South America."

As well as the aforementioned techniques, the SEALs are looking for insight into the following: guard, side control, mount, trap, roll, escaping, half guard, finishing moves, grappling rounds and drills, front guillotine, rear chokes. All par for the course in Jiu-Jitsu, which originated in Japan and is roughly translated as 'the gentle art'.

Of course, the US Navy are not going to take on any joker who's watched a few cage fighting tournaments and has a collection of instructional DVDs. The "contractor" must be "a black belt instructor in Brazilian jiu-jitsu with at least twenty-five (25) years experience. Must have appeared in Mundial tournaments. Experience in teaching law enforcement to military and Special Forces. Must provide a Portuguese-English Translator with jiu-jitsu."

Anyone with a smattering of martial arts knowledge would guess that what the SEALs want to do is train with the Gracies, the Brazil-based family behind "Brazilian Jujitsu", and who some believe are the sine qua non of ground fighting. Given that they're the people who "invented" Brazilian jiu-jitsu, asking for someone with a black belt and 25 years' experience in the style means you want to train with a Mr Gracie.

Perhaps government procurement rules would preclude the Navy simply calling up and saying "Hi, can you take a block booking in mid January?", meaning it has to go through the motions of soliciting a tender.

The RFQ could anger some in the SEAL's own backyard. While the former SEAL Team 6 are based in Virginia, the SEALs' HQ is in San Diego. A quick run through Google throws up nine Jiu-Jitsu clubs in San Diego, five of which appear to be accredited Gracie outfits.

If the SEALs had been prepared to look slightly further afield they could have make a booking at the excellent Zen Budokai, a jiu-jitsu organisation based in San Francisco, and which is the martial art of choice for the tech whizzes just down the road at Stanford University. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future
We feel obliged to point out the headline statement is total, utter cobblers
Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy
'Tiffany' closes deal - 'it's more common to offer your wife', says agent
Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape
It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells
FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers
Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on
The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event
Nerve-shattering run-up to the pre-planned known event
Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)
Over £200 worth of the good stuff up for grabs
STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants
Baaaaaa! Fanny's Farm's woolly flock is high, maaaaaan
Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries
And hipsters are finally defined as self-loathing. Sort of
Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet
Her Maj opens 'Information Age' at the Science Museum
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.