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Tactical Arrest & Control Instructor: TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Tactical Arrest & Control Instructor: TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Focus:  Active or Reserve military personnel tasked with serving as unit trainer.

Length:  32-hours, 4 days

NOTE:  Also available in an 16-hour "user" seminar.

Our 32-hour (Military) Tactical Arrest & Control (T.A.C.) Instructor:  TRAIN-THE-TRAINER course is unique: we provide world-class arrest & control training combined with tactical training to create a comprehensively trained Tactical Arrest & Control instructor.  This system is prove to be both the least complicated and most effective of search, arrest, and control--with over 30-years of U.S. civilian police experience.

Think about the reality of your troops' duties in contacting, detaining, searching, and arresting an individual.  They almost never know whether the person will be resistive or not, what that person's intentions are, and if that person is armed or not.  Many injuries and shootings result from arrest attempts that go sideways.  Contacting any individual is just one of the dangerous activities your troops are required to perform.  This course is designed to limit that threat and increase the functionality of your personnel in arrest situations.

The act of safely searching an individual and/or handcuffing him is not all there is to taking this person into custody in a safe and professional manner--it is simply the end product of a series of tactically-sound actions that began well before contacting the subject.  Your unit trainer must be well-versed in each of the many disciplines that are required to safely and tactically resolve detentions and arrests.

The following topics are the minimum in course content covered during this unique and revolutionary instructor training course:

  • Methods of Safer Real-World Arrest & Control.  Instructor-candidates are trained in methods of search and arrest that are easy to perform, non-technical in nature, and are consistent from frisks for weapons, Standing Non-Resistive Handcuffing, through Known-Risk Felony Prone Handcuffing.  We avoid the "multi-move, high skill" cuffing methods that are so complicated they only work on other troops in training.  Our handcuffing methods have been proven over time in the field to be the simplest yet most safe and effective method of searching and cuffing there is.
  • Present Safety Issues Involving Commonly Trained Arrest & Control.  Instructor-candidates must understand the dynamics of all presently trained arrest and control systems in order to make a decision regarding the system in which they will train their unit.  For example, in one 6-week period, three separate incidents in two states saw US police officers murdered during the handcuffing of apparently compliant subjects--in each case, the officer had one handcuff attached to the subject, and the subject still managed to shot the officer in the head.  Each of these murdered officers were using a nationally taught handcuffing method.  It is vital to know what you are teaching and how it will be used against you.  Every current arrest & control method will be examined, including the system suggested by CUTTING EDGE TRAINING, for its strengths, weaknesses, and safety liabilities.
  • The "6-S's" of Safe Tactical Doctrine.  Every arrest is a tactical exercise that can be done safely or poorly.  Most of the time, troops handling an arrest are not forced to pay the consequences for tactical lapses, yet we do see injuries and death resulting from poor tactical arrests.  It is vital that all Arrest & Control instructors be well-grounded in Safe Tactical Doctrine.  The "6-S's" are a simple yet vital addition to any troop's tactical toolbox, and will make for a safer arrest.
  • Reaction-Response Realities ("Applied Combatives OODA Theory"©).  Built into any arrest system must be an acute awareness of and appreciation for the human reality of reaction-response time.  The cliché, "Action is faster than reaction" is a cliché only because it is true.  Too many arrest & control methods assume an "instant" response to any assaultive behavior.  This leads to injury and death.  We know that during arrest and search activities troops are goal directed and target focused.  The instructor must have a working knowledge of OODA-based decision-making and the practical realities of attempting to reasonably, safely, and tactically take a subject into custody.
  • Takedowns for the Real World.  Your troops require realistic, simple, "universal takedowns" that are practical and tactical.  CUTTING EDGE TRAINING teaches only two types of takedowns:  The "Universal Head Takedown,"© and the "Universal Elbow Takedown."©  These are takedowns that any troop of any size in full kit RBA/LBE can perform successfully.
  • Vehicle Extraction Methods, Tactics, and Strategies.  From a hostile enemy combatant to an uncooperative, unarmed civilian offender, your troops require effective and defensible methods of removing subjects from a variety of vehicles in a tactically sound manner.

This course brings outstanding instructional skill in a simple format that is reality-based, tactically sound, effective, and easy to apply for every troop and operator in your unit.  This completely different process of bringing ordinary unit trainers into extraordinary competency is something you'd expect from CUTTING EDGE TRAINING.  We are the original, and, so far, the only trainers to bring you training that is:

  • Outcome-based:   Our training provides practicality based on sound fundamental precepts of tactics, physical skills, and human combat psychology when operating under extraordinarily dangerous circumstances--by employing "Integrated Combatives Problem-Solving"© featuring the "Universal Rules and Principles of Combatives,"© and "Applied OODA Theory."©   The only determination of whether the troop's or operator's method of surviving a vicious, up-close attack was "correct" is that the soldier, Marine, or operator was able to carry on his or her mission, and his/her force response was legally reasonable within the ROEs--just like in the real-world.
  • Gross-motor skills dependent:  We never forget that these lessons are applied in the real world of fear and hazard and consequence, where nothing ever goes as planned.  We are the only system that depends solely upon gross-motor skills in our combatives problem-solving efforts.  We employ zero complicated techniques to be forgotten a week later.  Instead, we provide simple to employ, effective skills that have a high likelihood of success in any combative circumstance.
  • Non-Technical:  "Techniques" are fine-motor skills that routinely fail in the real-world.  We teach no techniques because techniques only work against willing troops on the mat and small children.  Instead, we teach you to solve your combatives problems using naturally hard-wired solutions that are easy for every troop, regardless of level of ability.

Developed from the field "in," NOT from the matroom "out."

No "martial arts" or high skill-based techniques are forced on your troops in this program.  Rather than taking complicated, contextually-critical techniques (specific defenses to specific attacks from cooperative partners) from the training floor and expecting them to work in the uncontrolled environment, we base our program on the uncomplicated nature of the dynamic human response to conflict.  We bring street reality and functionality "in" to the training for your mission's benefit.

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The Highest Evolution of Force Skills Domain Instructor/TRAIN-THE-TRAINER training!

CUTTING EDGE TRAINING provides the highest evolution of instructor training yet to be devised.  We can boldly say this because we have devoted years to the evolution of how we train the trainers of combatives skills, tactics, and force response.  We were perplexed that all instructor classes seem to be simply advanced user classes where the participant was expected to fully master the material, teach for five to fifteen minutes at the end of the seminar, and then receive an instructor certificate.  We have worked and changed and fine-tuned our TRAIN-THE-TRAINER process until we have what is now the finest method of teaching your trainers to be coaches and leaders in the classroom, mat room, and live-fire range.

These TRAIN-THE-TRAINER courses provide an entirely new way of approaching the creation of an unit instructor.  This involves:

  • Changing the “Trainer-as-the-Source-of-All-Knowledge” Paradigm.  Instructors are trained to adopt the philosophy that “another person cannot be taught to fight like me.”  Everyone has different abilities, strengths, aptitudes, etc.  No one is alike, and we all react to threat differently against different Threats.  Instructors become a resource in helping their troops problem-solve their combative solution.  Through this, the individual  learns what works and what doesn’t for him or her when solving the combative problems they face.
  • Training to Teach to a Legal Standard.  Very few courses teach the basis of a soldier's, Marine's, or operator's authority to employ force against an enemy.  Each CUTTING EDGE TRAINING course is predicated upon the foundation of teaching participants “when” to respond with force as well as “how to justify and articulate their force response.”  Every TRAIN-THE-TRAINER seminar not only contains a block of instruction dedicated to the subject of the lawful response to attack and assault, but instructor-candidates are required to integrate the “objective reasonableness” standard of the ROEs into their teaching curricula throughout the week.
  • Training How to Teach the Layering of Skills, Tactics, and Concepts.  The fundamental basis of what we are attempting to accomplish in this training is first addressed in the classroom.  With an intellectual understanding of the task at hand, including “when it is permissible to respond with force,” the class then moves to the mat or range.  Each new physical skill builds upon the problem-solving successes of the prior exercises and drills, building confidence and competence in the learners.  Upon successful completion of the training task, the troops you train will have properly repeated the fundamentals of the force option possibly hundreds of times, creating a core competency that will translate to effective force responses in the field.  Each topic creates the foundation for the next (e.g., learning Combatives creates the foundation for GroundCombatives, which in turns prepares them for Weapon Retention, and so on.).  Soon, all combatives situations are just problems-to-be-solved through the application of universal problem-solving methods.
  • Training How to Teach Problem-Solving for Combatives.   Physically controlling or defending against a another person at any level of conflict without that person’s cooperation has never—and never will be—about applying “techniques.”  Instead, instructor-candidates are trained to teach their troops how to problem-solve effectively in combative situations through “Integrated Combative Problem-Solving”© employing the “Universal Rules and Principles of Combatives.”©  The “layering concept” permits participants to work out how they will solve each layer of the task as effectively as possible for that particular troop's attributes.
  • Training How to Teach “Applied OODA Theory.”  Many have heard of Col. Boyd’s theory of combat decision-making.  Few actually understand it, however, to be more than a simple explanation of reaction-response, or "Move faster, faster, faster."  We not only train your instructors to teach that this theory is about getting inside the individual enemy's decision-making cycles, but about controlling the relative perception of time of the fight.  Beyond theory, CUTTING EDGE TRAINING is alone in the world in training how to apply OODA Theory through classroom instruction, drills, and layered exercises.

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Recertification Program for Instructors

There are NO recertification requirements by CUTTING EDGE TRAINING for instructors.  "Recertification" is and should be a voluntary training activity by the unit and instructor.  While it is prudent to seek to deepen their understanding of the course material offered and get updated information, we believe this is solely a decision made by the instructors and their Chain of Command.