23 Feb 2018
February 23, 2018

What’s Missing in Your Training?

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There are of course many facets to a training plan for Law enforcement, Security or Executive Protection Teams. For the sake of this article let’s focus on empty hand tactics.

There is almost a limitless amount of combative/defensive tactics/arrest control programs and systems out there. Often times the choices each organization or department is driven by its own specific needs and issues they want to focus on. But is the program your subscribing to fit the core fundamentals necessary for all programs? This is a very important question to ask when “shopping” for a method if instruction for you or your team.

What should every program include? Answers to this question can vary widely as well but ultimately needs to be driven by your teams mission. In my opinion there are core fundamentals to any empty hand tactics curriculum.

I could describe each in detail but this meant as a ‘food for thought’ article, not a how to. Besides, you have better things to do, like train. Instead, here is a brief and simple version of them:


  • Stand up program that includes takedown to cuffing as well as transitioning to weapon systems

  • Ground tactics program which allows for realistic transitions to cuffing and with weapon retention

  • Weapon disarms that work from varying angles and approaches

  • Principles and fundamentals which address defense against handheld weapons (knives, brass knuckles, etc.)

Again, these are the BASIC core fundamentals of an empty hand program from which many other things (such as principles, tactics and eventually advanced techniques) branch off of. There are also standards that should be looked for and considered which I will address in another article. I want to point out one of the things you’ll notice I reiterated on my list is ‘takedown to cuffing’. I do this because I have noticed many people teach programs that, for some reason, do not include this. I think this is a crucial element in any program because simply, there are very few ways the outcome of a physical encounter are going to go for an L.E or a security team and cuffing is often the end result.

So what is your training plan missing? I hope nothing! I hope these are things you have considered and you employ them regularly. Lastly, beware the “silver bullet” programs. There is no “one size fits all” program for every team.

It’s my sincere hope I have provided you with some kind of idea as to what to look for in your program.


Be Good!