MCMAP draws influences from several disciplines including Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling, boxing, savate, jujitsu, judo, sambo, krav maga, karate, aikido, muay thai, eskrima, hapkido,
taekwondo, kung fu, and kick boxing.
The techniques used by MCMAP vary in degrees of lethality, allowing the user to select the most appropriate (usually the least) amount of force. For example, a Marine facing a nonviolent
but noncompliant subject can use an unarmed restraint to force compliance with minimal damage and pain.