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M16/M4 Combatives Instructor: TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

M16/M4 Combatives Instructor: TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

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

Length:  80-hours

NOTE:  Available in a 32-hour user's course.

Troops are taught how to shoot early in their training, and begin to learn to fight with their primary weapon in pre-deployment training, but often only learn to "fight on-the-job."  This course teaches your unit instructor how to train your troops to fight and win with the tools of your trade--whether the fight is up close and extremely personal, or at moderate combat distances--employing proven methods of hitting and winning.

We've heard it in the past:  "If he's that close, I'd just shoot him."  Good idea.  However, he's not simply standing there waiting for you to shoot him.  Chances are he's attempting to shoot you at the same moment you're pressing the trigger.  So is the guy standing next to him.  Standing and trading fire with anyone--even a kid with a sling shot--doesn't make sense.  We teach you to fight and prevail, utilizing "Applied Combatives OODA Theory"© and "Integrated Combatives Problem-Solving."©

This training represents a fundamental break in training philosophies as presented in many rifle instructor classes. This is NOT a "how to shoot" or a "SNIPER CLASS" where time and great distance support making one well placed aimed shot without the stress of compressed distance or timeframe. Marksmanship training, of course, is valuable to overall small arms skill development. But in the real-world, your troops have the additional pressure of hitting the Imminent Threat in-time, on-time.  We've also seen programs emphasizing faster fire rates and higher volumes of fire.  We feel this is a foundational error, and results from actual shootings support our beliefs.  The ability to lay an effective base of fire is completely appropriate for many situations.  However, when it's up close and personal--the distances this course focuses on--only "hits" make a difference in surviving or not.  This course stresses "hitting the Threat" with each round fired.

Your unit needs a shooting program that realistically fits their mission and capabilities. This proven program does just that.  Sound fundamentals compliment outstanding tactical employment in a program that was reverse-engineered for extremely high hit ratios in the field.  We have blended a layered method of instruction that is applicable for the average troop with extremely advanced tactics and concepts of hitting and surviving. The focus of this course is the effective and efficient application of the soldier's, Marine's, and Operator's rifle in real-world confrontations at conversational to extended distances.

Hitting in the sudden assault response is key to effectively and reasonably responding with the rifle.  In addition drills with live-fire weapons, we provide reactive drills with Systema Professional Training Weapon System "Airsoft" rifles.  The intrinsic safety of the Systema Airsoft rifle plays a key part in drills requiring reactive hitting skills, but where the live-fire environment prevents these skills from being practiced due to safety concerns.  The Systema Airsoft training system provide perfect practice in a perfectly safe manner.  This Airsoft training system permits our participants to fire against "live" opponents without the risks of "live-fire."

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 Rifle Employment Theory
  • Training Rifle 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
  • Training to Retain the Rifle in the Combatives Environment
  • Remediative Theory, Including Training Plans and Training Records

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 anywhere.  We bring ground-reality and functionality "in" to the live-fire range training for your benefit.

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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.

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

CUTTING EDGE TRAINING offers its past instructors a 50% discount on tuition when attending an instructor/TRAIN-THE-TRAINER course for a second-time, and all subsequent iterations.  We honor the efforts to increase their understanding of teaching "Effective Combatives Problem-Solving"© through the "Universal Rules and Principles of Combatives"© and "Applied Combatives OODA Theory."©

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