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("I will either find a way or make one.")

Pistol Combatives Instructor: TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Pistol Combatives Instructor:  TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Focus:  Active or Reserve military personnel tasked with performing unit small arms training.

Length:  80-hours

NOTE:  Also available in an 8 or 16-hour "user" seminar.

The emphasis of this course is “how to teach” your troops to fight with their pistol utilizing only cutting edge tactics and training. You know the real-world of pistol fights is about hitting an armed Threat who is from contact-to-rock-throwing distance away.  You also know that if you are down to your pistol, things are getting bad and need to turn around quick.  Your troops' tactics and fire employment theory must support their reality of being close to the Threat who's trying to kill them, and of the driving need to put rounds on-target on-time, in-time.  Your troops may face the reality of being physically engaged in CQB by a Threat and then having to respond to the extreme actions with deadly force while still struggling.  The deadliest confrontations generally occur at extremely close ranges in a variety of circumstances, rarely in situations of your choosing, and are always driven by the need to respond to save life.

This course provides your unit instructors with the material and the "how-to's" of accomplishing the instruction your troops need to survive against today's threats where shooting and hitting another person means they are able to continue their mission.  It is about real-world tactics that have been proven over decades and through history to keep you alive during those violent, sudden, and vicious close-range firefights.

This is as far from "static range" training as pistol training can get. We put you into movement, combatives, and fighting--all with a live, loaded pistol in your hand.  We've been doing it safely for almost three decades.  This training keeps people alive in situations where the only thing that stood between them and the grave was their ability to hit the bad guy solidly enough while avoiding being hit themselves.

Too many "instructor" courses turn out to be glorified end-user courses where the instructor becomes a better shooter--and fails to become a better "instructor."  Not this course...our prime goal is to train your unit instructor in how to teach.  While some instructional time is taken in “how to shoot,” the core of the course is in training infantry, military police, and Spec-Ops instructors in how to teach their personnel to be tactically sound while hitting the target in combat conditions.  This program utilizes a "building block" approach, where the instructor-candidate moves progressively through basic tactical instruction into advanced instruction in combat fire employment--including Live-Fire Combatives where officers are prepared in a live-fire environment to physically defend against assault and respond with deadly force.  Instructor candidates will, at the conclusion of training, be capable of developing and presenting sound tactical and close-combatives training to troops that is safe, documented, and most of all, effective.

CUTTING EDGE TRAINING's Pistol Combatives program is unique in all small arms training--we “reverse-engineered” it to achieve survival goals.  We studied murders and assaults of police officers in the real-world.  We researched military actions where pistols were used.  We looked at the history of pistol use in combat.  Then we put that knowledge together with how the human being inside the uniform actually reacts in that pressure-filled, life and death environment, and created a lethal system that has changed the training community's understanding of how to teach putting bullets on-target in-time in order to survive. 

There are no "game philosophies" designed to speed up the shooter's firing rate at the expense of life-saving tactics and hit accuracy.  The emphasis is solely on real-world gunfights:  Your ROE tells you when to press the trigger.  We teach you to recognize the Imminent Threat's behavior early enough to make a difference in your tactical reaction--and avoid being hit while hitting an enemy with combat accuracy.

Zero dogma is taught or expected.  You will never hear “which stance must be used” arguments in this class--that has no bearing on hitting a threat whose muzzle is coming up on you.  We believe if your stance is good, you're not moving fast enough or getting small enough behind cover--and if you were worried about your stance, you really weren't under that much threat to begin with.  Instead, we concentrate on the areas where your troops have a real need for training to survive: Up close, sudden responses to deadly attacks utilizing realistic methods that every troop, military police officer, and Spec-Ops operator can use.  This is the future of combat handgun training.  Your instructors can begin teaching it today.

We teach you how to teach your troops to fight with their pistols...Tactical...Practical...Functional...Defensible.

Course Content:

  • Comprehensive Safety Requirements for Live-Fire Training Involving "Movement-to-Hit," "Unusual Shooting Positions," and "Live-Fire Combatives" Training
  • Training the ROEs of Deadly Force
  • Training Unintentional Discharge Proofing Drills
  • Training "Applied OODA Combatives Theory"©
  • Training Small Arms Employment Theory
  • Training Small Arms Handling Theory and Methods
  • Training Troops in Effective Immediate Response
  • Training Movement-and-Hitting
  • Training Beginning-to-Advanced Real-World Live-Fire Close Combatives
  • Training Unusual Shooting Positions
  • Training Survival Use of Cover

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 live-fire range "out."

This is contextually-correct training at its highest--without gaming and wishful thinking.  This is about hitting people with bullets who need to be hit RIGHT NOW, while avoiding being shot yourself.  If you do it in the field, then it must be practiced in training.  If it is too dangerous to do in training, then you shouldn't do it in the real-world of life-and-death.  We bring reality and functionality "in" to the live-fire range training for your benefit. 


The Highest Evolution of Law Enforcement 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 iteration 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 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.

Our TRAIN-THE-TRAINER courses are the premier "instructor-certification" program for your unit trainers to learn how to train your troops in the reasonable and effective force response.


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 and get updated information, we believe this is solely a decision made by the instructors and their Chain of Command.