Deepak Rao

Deepak Rao
Deepak Rao
Born Bangalore
Service/branch Territorial Army (India)

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

Researcher, Scientist, Military Trainer & Consultant Physician

Deepak Rao is a military trainer, scientist, author, and physician. Considered to be an authority in the field of Close Quarter Battle training, he serves as the Executive Director of the Unarmed & Commando Combat Academy[1] and has been appointed as Resource Personnel for imparting training in Close Quarter Battle by the Ministry of Home Affairs, India.[2] Major. Deepak Rao was commissioned into the Para TA Regiment with the Hon. Rank of Major by the President of India for his contribution of 17 years in modernization of Close Quarter Battle for the Indian Army.[3][4]



Born in India, Major. Rao grew up committed to the cause of serving his country. Pursuing an education in medicine, he certified as a MBBS and MD; following which he received a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Health from UK. A PhD in Alternative Medicine soon followed.

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). While his training was incorporated in the Training Curriculum under directive of Army Commanders in 2006-2008 and the numerous endorsements he received from top Army Brass, he formed an NGO dedicated to serving the Indian Forces by researching and modernizing Close Quarter Battle training.


He helped develop the ACCS System of combat shooting; for which he received Army Commander Citation. Furthermore, applying Sifu Richard Bustillo's[5] tutelage of Jeet Kune Do concepts to the Close Quarter Battle Operations, he has taught 15,000 soldiers[6] from Special Forces, Paracommandos, QRT Squads, National Security Forces, Marine Commandos, Airborne Commandos, Commando Wing and City & State Police forces from 1994-2009 without compensation.[6] 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.[2]


A prolific writer, he has authored "Terrorism: A Comprehensive Analysis of World Terrorism"[7] as well as the de facto "Encyclopedia of Close Combat Ops"[8] and "The JKD of Military Unarmed Combat". "The Mind Range"[9] is a book penned on philosophy and its application in real life. He has since authored the "Commando Manual of Unarmed Combat"[10] and the "Forces Handbook of World Terrorism", ISBN 9788190776585 in 2010.

Major. Rao is responsible for the creation of a new military martial art called (ACCS) Advanced Commando Combat System[11][12][13][14] which incorporates H2H (Hand to Hand), H2W (Hand to Weapon), W2H (Weapon to Hand) and W2W (Weapon to Weapon) tactics. The Reflex Fire[15][16][17] method of shooting was also pioneered by Deepak Rao. ACCS[13] is renowned for the innovative Reflex Fire technique of close quarter shooting. It advocates a different aiming method from conventional WWII 'Snap Shooting'.


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

World Peace Award by World Peace Congress, Malaysia awarded by the Prime Minister of Malaysia for contribution to the country in 2008[18] United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2009 for Outstanding Law Enforcement Instructor accepted by Richard Bustillo in Nashville, Tennessee[19]

Home Minister of India Letter of Commendation in 2009 placing on record the selfless National service in the field of Close Quarter Battle Training.[20]

Army Chief Appreciation 2001
Army Chief Appreciation 2003
Army Commanders Appreciation 2006 (NC)[21]
Army Commanders Appreciation 2008 (EC)[22]
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.[23]

Home Ministers Letter of Commendation in 2006 [24]
Chief Ministers Letter of Commendation in 2009 [25]


  1. ^ "Xavierian Alumni Newsmakers". Xavierian Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Appointment by Ministry of Home Affairs". Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  3. ^ "Conferred Honorary Rank of Major". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  4. ^ "Awarded Honorary Rank of Major". Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  5. ^ "Bustillo Jeet Kune Do goes Military". Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  6. ^ a b "Eyecatchers Combat Couple". Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  7. ^ "Terrorism: A Comprehensive Analysis of World Terrorism". Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  8. ^ "Encyclopedia of Close Combat Ops ISBN 9788190776509". Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  9. ^ "Mind Range ISBN 9788190776516". Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  10. ^ "Commando Manual of Unarmed Combat ISBN 9788190776592". Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  11. ^ "American Martial Arts Organization". Retrieved 2009-09-28. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Advanced Commando Combat System". Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  13. ^ a b "Martial Arts Of The World". Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  14. ^ "Advanced Commando Combat system". Retrieved 2009-09-30. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Reflex Fire of ACCS". Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  16. ^ "ACCS Reflex Fire". Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  17. ^ "International Institute of Security & safety Management". Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  18. ^ "World Peace Award". Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  19. ^ "Martial Arts Hall Of Famer". Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  20. ^ "Home Minister Commendation". Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  21. ^ "Army Commander (NC) Commendation". Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  22. ^ "Army Commander (EC) Commendation". Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  23. ^ "Army Chief Citation 2010". Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  24. ^ "State Home Minister Commendation". Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  25. ^ "State Chief Minister Commendation". Retrieved 2009-09-28. 

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