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U.S. and P.I. train `blow for blow'

Marine Corps News

Release Date: 3/8/2004

Story by Cpl. Trevor M. Carlee

MARINE BASE TERNATE, CAVITE, Republic of the Philippines (March 5, 2004) -- The U.S. Marines with E Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and Combat Engineer Company, Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, conducted Marine Corps Martial Arts Program training with their Philippine Marine counterparts here.

The U.S. Marines arrived here Feb. 23 and started their MCMAP training early in the morning the next day. The training was in support of Exercise Balikatan 2004.

Exercise Balikatan 2004 is an annual U.S. and Republic of the Philippines bilateral combined exercise that will improve combined planning, combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. armed force and the Armed Force of the Philippines.

"I've heard their (martial arts) training is based off of what we do, so if we're going to do it, then they should do it with us," said U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Urbanek, infantryman, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment.

According to U.S. Marine Cpl. Cody Quinney, MCMAP instructor, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, they started the training off with basic martial arts and the training will later include getting into weapons and bayonets as well as grappling.

"This training is very important and I hope to learn their (Philippine Marine) martial arts as well," Quinney said. "They are awesome knife fighters. Hopefully they can teach me a little something as well."

Philippine Marine Pfc. Levy Calimlim, radioman, 25th Marine Corps, agreed that the MCMAP training was very important and added that it was pertinent to the advancement of the Philippine Marine Corps.

"This training is important and it will help me support myself and better provide safety within the Philippine Marine Corps," Calimlim said.

Quinney added that the Philippine Marines would not let anything get in the way of their training with the U.S. Marines.

"It's a little difficult with the language barrier but they try hard and they put out effort, so that's good," Quinney said. "Everybody's a Marine and it's all basic fundamentals. Everybody's a warrior."

In addition to cross-training, Quinney explained that the Philippine Marines have exemplified great hospitality.

"They (The Philippine Marines) have been more than eager to help us," Quinney said. "They're nice; they gave us a brand new building to sleep in. Everything they've done has been over the top."

Quinney explained that both the Philippine and U.S. Marine Corps have many similarities, such as weapons and common knowledge between "grunts," as well as the way they sound off.

"Of course, the most obvious of similarities, is that any normal Marine just holds his head a little higher than anyone else," Quinney said.

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