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Defensive Tactics Instructor: Integrated Combatives Problem-Solving TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Defensive Tactics Instructor:  Integrated Combatives Problem-Solving TRAIN-THE-TRAINER
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Focus:  Any peace officer serving as agency trainer.

Length: 40 hours.  Agency option:  four 10-hour days, or five 8-hour days in length.

Recertification information below

A "Revolutionary" Defense Concept

"I see it being the future of DT (Defensive Tactics)."  Dep. Williams Marquiss, Pierce County, Washington, Sheriff's Office

As an instructor course, this course is not about you. It is about training you to train your officers to be effective and to save their lives on the street while meeting constitutional requirements of objectively reasonable force.

Problem-solving is the foundation of all effective fighting--"techniques" just aren't successfully applied like on the mat--you knew that the first time you ever tried to apply that nifty wrist lock to someone who didn't understand how cool the technique was.  The last fight you were in required you to figure out--under threat--how to take the suspect into custody.  

When it comes to fighting, how do you learn to successfully "problem-solve" against a bigger, stronger, determined suspect.  As an instructor, more importantly, how do you teach others to problem-solve? 

This truly revolutionary concept forms the basis of the most effective method of teaching armed professionals to prevail in the very short period of time permitted for training.  Centering on "Integrated Combatives Problem-Solving"© featuring the "Universal Rules and Principles of Combatives"©, the application of simple yet effective physical skills, "Applied OODA Theory"©, through the application of current legal and policy provisions for the force response, creates the formula to achieve problem-solving competency.

We provide simple-to-learn, simple-to-employ skills--with NO techniques--and combine them with universal rules and principles based on the natural reflexes and instincts that have helped humans survive for all of history.  There is nothing to memorize and then forget in a week's time.  We know there is no single "right way" to conclude any defense or control situation.  We measure success in any defense situation by the following inflexible standards:

  • Did the officer prevail (preferably uninjured)--or, at least, survive?
  • Did the outcome of the incident meet constitutional, legal, and policy standards?
  • Was the officer able to take the subject into custody?

If the answer to each of these questions is "yes," then the officer did his/her job, and we did ours.  We teach officers to do what officers do best:  problem-solve force responses within a constitutional framework.

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

No "martial arts" or high skill-based techniques are forced on officers 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 of the street, 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 benefit.

Average officers practice little and generally remember almost nothing of their complicated, martial arts-intensive training.  Strong, skilled men generally develop training that is suited for big, strong, skilled men...however, this system works for them until they are confronted by another big, strong, skilled man--then they will need to problem-solve their way through this fight.  All of your officers appreciate this system for its simplicity and tactically-sound approach to increasing their ability to effectively put hands on a resistive or even combative subject.  Highly trained officers appreciate the depth of the system in answering questions of why they have been successfully performing--and for increasing their abilities to apply their previous training.  Big or small, strong or weak, highly trained or relatively less-trained...all benefit greatly from our problem-solving approach.

How the Course Works

The "Integrated Combatives Problem-Solving: Train-the-Trainer" course is highly structured in its concept, with each block of instruction layered upon the foundation of all physical conflict problem-solving: the "Universal Rules and Principles of Combatives."©  As the new instructor learns the concepts involved with Defensive Tactics, and then teaches it, the foundation for Police GroundCombatives training is laid.  Police GroundCombatives leads to Arrest & Control, which leads to Real-World Weapon Retention, and so on through the entire course.

The following topics are the minimum in course content covered during this week-long instructor training course:

  • Constitutional Limits to the Police Force Response
  • Integrated Combatives Problem-Solving© Theory
  • Applied OODA Theory
  • M.A.P.S. Pre-Assault Indicators
  • Teaching Defensive Tactics and Combatives
  • Teaching Real-World Police GroundCombatives
  • Teaching Real-World Weapon Retention
  • Teaching Real-World Bladed Weapon Defense
  • Teaching Emergency Weapon Recovery
  • Teaching Tactical Arrest & Control
  • Teaching Multiple Officer Takedowns
  • Police Physical Training Skills Theory and Practice
  • Instructional Documentation Requirements

This course brings outstanding instructional skill to officer defense and subject control and arrest in a simple format that is constitutionally-based, tactically sound, effective, and easy to apply for every officer in your agency.  This completely different process of bringing ordinary officers into the category of "competent police trainer" is something you'd expect from CUTTING EDGE TRAINING.  We are the original, and, so far, the only police trainers to bring you training that is:

  • Outcome-based:   We train officers and their agency trainers to respond to every day threats --as well as 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 officer's method of defense and control was "correct" is that the officer was not injured and survived, and his/her force response was legally reasonable and within policy--just like in the real-world of force evaluation and justification.
  • 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 have the only system that depends solely upon gross-motor skills in our combatives problem-solving efforts.  We employ zero 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 street.  We teach no techniques because techniques only work against willing police officers 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 officer, regardless of level of ability.

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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 law enforcement.  We were perplexed that all instructor courses seem to be simply advanced user classes where the participant is 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 agency instructor of police.  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, and aptitudes.  No one is alike--and we all react to threat differently.  Instructors become a resource in helping their officers problem-solve their combative solution.  Through this, the individual officer 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 constitutional basis of officers’ authority to employ force against a resisting, fleeing, or aggressing offender.  Each CUTTING EDGE TRAINING course is predicated upon the foundation of teaching officers “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 resistance and flight, but instructor-candidates are required to integrate the “objective reasonableness” standard into their teaching curricula throughout the week.
  • Training How to Teach the Layering of Skills 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 officers 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 Defensive Tactics/Combatives creates the foundation for Police GroundDefense, which in turns prepares them Weapon Retention, and so on.).  Soon, all combatives situations are just problems to be solved through the application of the problem-solving methods.
  • Training How to Teach Problem-Solving for Combatives.  Subject control, officer defense, fighting, combat.  Whatever you call it, physically controlling at any level another person without that person’s cooperation has never—and never will be—about applying “techniques.”  Instead, instructor-candidates are trained to teach their officers 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 officers to work out how they will solve each layer of the tasks as effectively as possible for that particular officer’s attributes.
  • Training How to Teach “Applied OODA Theory.”  Many officers 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.  We not only train your instructors to teach that this theory is about getting inside the suspect’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 agency trainers to learn how to train your officers in the reasonable and effective force response and suspect control.

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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 agency and instructor.  While it is prudent to seek to deepen understanding of the course material and get updated information, we believe this is solely a decision that should be made by the instructors and their Command Staff.

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