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Defending Against  the Choke

Defending Against the Choke

One of the first things any attacker will attempt to do to you in a physical confrontation is to cut off the oxygen to your brain, so it's important for you to know how to escape and counter that assault.

January 4, 2018

Learning from the Past

Learning from the Past

By studying the threats faced by officers years ago, today's police can prepare themselves for what they might face and develop the tactics, the training, and the mindset to prevail.

October 16, 2017

Analyze Your Training Curriculum

Analyze Your Training Curriculum

Trainers who are not adjusting their programs to meet the actual needs of their officers are making a big mistake that could lead to bad outcomes.

October 16, 2017

Increasing Speed and Power

Increasing Speed and Power

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."

April 10, 2017

The Hands Have It: Protect Yourself From a Punch

The simple but effective hand position explained here is derived from a basic Taekwondo maneuver. I've also seen boxers like Joe Frazier and George Foreman use this "cover-up" very effectively as cover followed by a left hook. This technique will be a great addition to all other "cover-ups" you already have in your arsenal. Read Tony Pearson's full article here.

June 15, 2016

Go For The Legs

Go For The Legs

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.

May 4, 2016

Balance Manipulation in Arrest and Control

Balance Manipulation in Arrest and Control

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.

February 29, 2016

Real World Weapon Retention Tactics

Real World Weapon Retention Tactics

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.

January 29, 2016

Instinct and Knife Attack Defense

Instinct and Knife Attack Defense

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.

September 4, 2015

25 Ways to Make Police Training More Effective

25 Ways to Make Police Training More Effective

Because police training is in the news we thought it was a good time to ask veteran officers and trainers how they would improve law enforcement training and make it more effective. The following is collected from the comments of more than a dozen sources.

April 29, 2015

Winning a Knife Fight

Winning a Knife Fight

How many times do we consider what we would do if someone introduced a knife into a fight in which we were already engaged? Do we have the ability to draw and fire? Can we create distance or even defend ourselves properly in order to survive the attack? These are questions rarely addressed.

February 11, 2015

Fight from the Guard on the Ground

Fight from the Guard on the Ground

Let's discuss the best strategy to deal with the situation where you are forced to the ground by the arrestee, who ends up in your "guard" (on top but not mounted—simply between your legs).

February 6, 2015

The Rear Wrist Lock

The Rear Wrist Lock

One excellent technique for gaining control of a resisting person that doesn't require you to take him to the ground or use a weapon is the rear wrist lock.

November 26, 2014

Officer Safety Training Tip: Ideal Stance for Balance
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