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Escaping from Standing Choke Holds

May 12, 2017

The following are some basic escapes from various chokeholds. Keep in mind these escapes can include strikes on the assailant with personal weapons both before and during the escape.

Increasing Speed and Power

April 10, 2017

The startle reflex is your natural response to sudden noise or pain. Everyone has it, and I'm going to give you four steps to change your startle reflex into an effective defense technique I call the "converted startle."

Tactical Illuminator Training

March 13, 2017

Over the last 10 years of sharing what I have learned about weapon-mounted lights, I have heard the same questions, concerns, and training issues from departments around the country. I have found that discussing Jeff Cooper's Rules of Firearms Safety in reverse is an easy way to hit all of the bases for a solid tactical illuminator training program.

Using Force Scenarios for Training

February 8, 2017

The vast majority of arrests are accomplished without any force being applied by police officers. But it helps to look at as many of the details as possible.

Getting the Gun

January 4, 2017

At some point in a law enforcement career, you may be faced by an assailant who is pointing a handgun at you. There are several disarming techniques. I will describe three.

Combating Ambush Attacks

December 7, 2016

Combating an ambush-style attack is difficult, but there are some simple steps you can take to put the odds in your favor. First of all, avoid routine.

Achieving Training Goals without Injury

November 4, 2016

Let's take a look at some overlooked and undervalued areas of training and program development that departments and agencies can start to implement immediately to reduce training injuries.

Grip, Trigger Control, and Aiming

September 6, 2016

I refer to grip, trigger control, and aiming as the trifecta of handgun techniques. In the final analysis it is these three essential fundamentals that must be anchored firmly into your skill set.

Don't Fear the Recoil

August 9, 2016

Some agencies have sold off their shotguns or traded them away in favor of the rifle. Rifles are great, but so are shotguns, and you should have both.

In Praise of Pepper Spray

July 8, 2016

While a TASER may be a better option at times, pepper spray can be a practical choice. The key is to know when the use of pepper spray is appropriate and will be effective.

The Hands Have It

June 9, 2016

The simple, but effective, hand position explained in this article is derived from a basic Taekwondo maneuver. I've also seen boxers like Joe Frazier and George Forman use this "cover-up" very effectively as cover followed by a left hook.

Go For The Legs

May 4, 2016

Communications and sensitivity skills training are not enough. In fact, the third and critical component of training that should be mandatory for all law enforcement officers is defensive tactics.

Gaining Compliance with Targeted Pressure

April 7, 2016

There are pressure-sensitive areas on the body that can cause pain and/or become distractors when triggered, and thus can be used when attempting to arrest an active resister or aggressive assailant.

Shooting from the Hip

March 4, 2016

Hip shooting can give you the edge you need to defeat an assailant that's close to you. At close distances all we're looking for is hits on a human-sized target.

Balance Manipulation in Arrest and Control

February 29, 2016

The system, called "JET," is a product of the Jinsei Institute of Durango, CO, which maintains that the use of balance manipulation can decrease a subject's ability to move, resist, or escalate and give trained officers significant advantages during approach and contact.

Real World Weapon Retention Tactics

January 29, 2016

Retention holsters have their benefits and can help you defeat some gun grabs, but all officers also need to know how to defeat the attacker physically during a gun grab attack.

Take Your Firearms Training Seriously

December 28, 2015

We talked to the officers in question after each event, telling them they needed to slow down enough to be able to make correct decisions and to get good solid hits high center mass on the targets. One of the officers later asked me how they are supposed to balance slowing down with wanting to shoot quickly enough to not get shot during a real incident.

Keep Your Patrol Rifle on Safe

November 10, 2015

While the topic of how to use the mechanical safety on a patrol rifle may seem to be a relatively minor issue, it's one that is worthy of some thought.

Time to Get Real

October 28, 2015

The reality of close-quarter engagements is that they are some of the most dangerous situations faced by law enforcement officers. Statistics show that a majority of attacks against officers occur in close quarters during initial or first-contact situations.

Instinct and Knife Attack Defense

September 4, 2015

It is ridiculous to think that an officer could take a single defensive tactics course that teaches specific techniques for knife defense and then be prepared for a knife attack.

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