News: MCLB Barstow warriors mix it up with more than MCMAP
Story by Pfc. Samuel Ranney
BARSTOW, Calif. - Marines on Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif., take advantage of self-defense techniques -- not only through the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, but through No Gi Jiu-Jitsu.
Staff Sergeant Kelly Sypraseuth, the adjutant chief on MCLB Barstow, a black belt MCMAP instructor, a white belt in Gi Jiu Jitsu, and who trains in No Gi Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai regularly and Cpl. Samnorp Deung, a supply clerk and brown belt MCMAP instructor here, provide the Marines with the training.
Sypraseuth encourages Marines to advance their martial arts training because it fosters self-discipline, physical activity, goal setting, self-esteem, listening skills, team work, respect, and believe it or not … non-violent conflict resolution, he explained.
“I started fighting because I like to fight … it helps me stay on my toes and it minimizes stress,” Sypraseuth said. “I win some and I lose some, but losing is what keeps me going and makes me stronger.”
Sypraseuth, a Sacramento, Calif., native, explained that he highly recommends Marines train outside of MCMAP when they have the opportunity.
“(Training outside of MCMAP) broadens the Marines’ horizons,” he said. “It encourages the Marine to focus on the small details of a technique which will make the move much better when it’s executed.”
It is for this reason that Sypraseuth teaches Marines No Gi Jiu-Jitsu during his off-duty hours.
“I love to teach and to give young Marines an example of a technique, and how it relates toward positive life paths,” he said.
When MCLB Barstow Marines are looking to advance in MCMAP specifically and ‘belt up,’ Deung gets them to where they need to be.
Unlike Sypraseuth, Deung didn’t start fighting until he was introduced to MCMAP … something he found himself hooked on once he began to advance. Deung became a certified instructor two years ago in Okinawa, Japan. Since then, he has taught five courses, in which he trained Marines from grey belt to brown belt.
“I encourage Marines to take opportunities to belt up,” said the Fall River, Mass., native. “It builds confidence and its good physical training.”
Aside from teaching the Marines self-defense tactics during training sessions, Deung ties in leadership traits, Corps values, and how to push through fatigue.
Deung further explained that some of the most important benefits Marines can take away from MCMAP are self-confidence and leadership traits. Those are things that can be applied in everyday life, in and out of the MCMAP pit.
Both instructors on MCLB Barstow agree that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication for one to advance in martial arts, no matter what their personal goals are.
Sypraseuth, who has spent hours studying techniques on the internet; and takes almost an entire day to study, learn and practice new moves, added “you either want it or you don’t.”
Both instructors make it clear to their Marines in training that fighting is a last resort. They instill the courage to walk away from a fight … unless it’s absolutely necessary; in which case, after continual training with these experienced trainers, they will be ready to escalate force.