Deepak Rao

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Deepak Rao
Major Dr. Deepak Rao pipping ceremony
Major Deepak Rao Pipping ceremony November 2011
Born Bangalore
Service/branch Territorial Army (India) / Indian Army
Rank

Major, MD, PhD, DSc (Mili Sc), CLET

Researcher, Scientist, Military Trainer & Consultant Physician
Website http://www.commandocombat.com

Major Deepak Rao is an Indian military trainer, scientist, author, and physician and is considered to be a pioneer in the field of close quarter battle training.[1] He was made the brand ambassador[2] of the Territorial Army (India) and the Indian Army along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Abhinav Bindra. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Unarmed & Commando Combat Academy[3] and has been appointed as Resource Personnel for imparting training in close quarter battle by the Ministry of Home Affairs, India.[4] He was commissioned into the Para TA Regiment with the honorary rank of Major by the President of India for his 17 years of contribution to the Indian Army.[1][5][6][7][8]

Education[edit]

Born in India, Major Rao grew up committed to the cause of serving his country. Pursuing an education in medicine, he is certified as a MBBS and MD; following which he received a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Health from UK. He also has a PhD in alternative medicine and another in law. Not content as a Certified Law Enforcement Trainer (CLET) from the American Society of Law Enforcement Training, he pursued a Doctorate in Military Science (DSc).[citation needed]

Contribution[edit]

Rao married Dr. Seema Rao, daughter of a freedom fighter of India. Along with his spouse, he trained thousands of soldiers from the Indian forces for over 18 years researching and innovating the unexplored area of modern close quarter battle (CQB) training.

Major Rao is responsible for the creation of a new military close quarter battle art called Advanced Commando Combat System (ACCS) which incorporates hand to hand), hand to weapon), weapon to hand and weapon to weapon tactics, small team tactics & CQB simulation exercises.[9][10][11] ACCS is renowned for this innovative technique of close quarter shooting.[10] It advocates a different aiming method from conventional WWII Snap Shooting.[12] This technique was incorporated into the training curriculum of the Corps battle schools of the Northern and Eastern Commands of the Indian Army in 2006-2008. The Rao System of Reflex Fire, an innovative method of shooting at close quarters was also pioneered by Deepak Rao.[13][14][15][16]

The ACCS close quarter battle system was taught to 15,000 soldiers of the special forces, including Para commandos, QRT squads, National Security Guards, Marine commandos, airborne commandos and commando wings of city & state police forces from 1994-2012 without compensation.[7][8][17][18]

Honorary rank[edit]

Deepak Rao[19] was granted the honorary rank of Major in the Parachute Battalion TA by the President of India for outstanding contribution beyond the call of duty in area of modernization of Close Quarter Battle training. He was made Brand Ambassador[2][20] to Territorial Army and Indian Army, along with MS Dhoni and Abhinav Bindra. Along with his wife, Dr. Seema Rao, Deepak Rao was appointed as Resource Personnel for imparting training in Close Quarter Battle by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.[4][21][22][23]

Author[edit]

Major Rao[24] has authored Terrorism: A Comprehensive Analysis of World Terrorism,[25] Encyclopedia of Close Combat Ops[26][27] and The JKD of Military Unarmed Combat. The Mind Range[28] is a book penned on philosophy and its application in real life. He has since authored the Commando Manual of Unarmed Combat[29] and the Forces Handbook of World Terrorism,[30] in 2010. In 2012, his new book Handbook of World Terrorism was released.

Rao formed an NGO called Unarmed and Commando Combat Academy dedicated to serving the Indian Forces by researching and modernizing Close Quarter Battle training. This NGO has produced technical books on Close Quarter Battle and gifted thousands of copies free to the Indian government forces.[31]

Philosophy[edit]

Rao has authored books on philosophy like Mind Range and King Sperm-Seize your victory Rao's personal philosophy draws from the philosophy of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, Zen, Samurai Bushido and Sun Tzu's Art of War. He is the only certified Jeet Kune Do teacher in Asia under Sifu Richard Bustillo.[1]

Awards and Accolades[edit]

International
  • World Peace Award by World Peace Congress, Malaysia awarded by the Prime Minister of Malaysia for contribution to the country in 2008.[32]
  • United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2009 for Outstanding Law Enforcement Instructor, accepted by Richard Bustillo in Nashville, Tennessee.[31][33]
National

Home Minister of India Letter of Commendation in 2009 placing on record the selfless National service in the field of Close Quarter Battle Training.[34]

Armed Forces Citations
  • Army Chief Citation 2001
  • Army Chief Citation 2003
  • Army Chief Citation 2010
  • Army Commanders Appreciation 2006 (NC)[35]
  • Army Commanders Appreciation 2008 (EC)[36]
  • The Rao couple were felicitated for their work in modernization of CQB by the Army Chief Gen. V.K. Singh at the Ministry of Defence.[37]
State governments
  • Home Ministers Letter of Commendation in 2006.[38]
  • Chief Ministers Letter of Commendation in 2009.[39]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ a b "Doctor trained to Kill". thesundayindian.com. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  9. ^ "American Martial Arts Organization". amaorg.com. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
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  12. ^ "A Tale of Courage & Perseverance". simplesoldier.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  13. ^ "The Unstoppables". indiatoday.intoday.in. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  14. ^ "Reflex Fire of ACCS". usadojo.com. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  15. ^ "ACCS Reflex Fire". commandocombat.com. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  16. ^ "International Institute of Security & safety Management". iissm.com. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  17. ^ "Eyecatchers Combat Couple". indiatoday.intoday.in. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  18. ^ "Army Honour for Close Combat Warfare Expert". indianexpress.com. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  19. ^ "Know your Heroes". proudindians.in. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
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  24. ^ "Man of War". timescrest.com. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  25. ^ "Terrorism: A Comprehensive Analysis of World Terrorism". flipkart.com. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  26. ^ "Combat Couple". indiatoday.intoday.in. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  27. ^ "Encyclopedia of Close Combat Ops ISBN 978-81-907765-0-9". commandocombat.com. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  28. ^ "Mind Range ISBN 978-81-907765-1-6". mindrange.tripod.com. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  29. ^ "Commando Manual of Unarmed Combat ISBN 978-81-907765-9-2". commandocombat.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  30. ^ ISBN 978-81-907765-8-5
  31. ^ a b "Men in Uniform get a Shot in the Arm". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  32. ^ "World Peace Award". commandocombat.com. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  33. ^ "Martial Arts Hall Of Famer". icmaua.com. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  34. ^ "Home Minister Commendation". commandocombat.com. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  35. ^ "Army Commander (NC) Commendation". commandocombat.com. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  36. ^ "Army Commander (EC) Commendation". commandocombat.com. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  37. ^ "Army Chief Citation 2010". commandocombat.com. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  38. ^ "State Home Minister Commendation". commandocombat.com. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  39. ^ "State Chief Minister Commendation". commandocombat.com. Retrieved 2009-09-28.