Kombato is a Brazilian military martial art
focused on self defense and security. The martial art was created around
1989, by a team led by Paulo Albuquerque. It utilizes a combination of
kicks, punches, grappling and jointlocks. It is taught by the Brazilian Air
Force, the Brazilian Marines, several state and federal law enforcement
offices, and some commercial companies.
The system is used by bodyguards in Brazil to
protect celebrities and political figures and there is a Kombato training
program adapted for civilians. The main aim of the system is to build
people’s awareness of their own security, by making them able to recognize
and neutralize aggressive threats.
The system teaches armed and unarmed combat moves, both standing and on the
ground. Paulo Albuquerque is open to experimenting new moves, which must be
reality-checked by the instructor team. After that the moves are taught to
The graduation system is similar to other martial arts. The students starts
at the white band, and progresses through green (I, II, III), red (I, II,
III), brown (I, II, III), and black.