Cutting Edge Training

America’s Combatives and Liability Trainer Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

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

Police GroundCombatives Instructor: TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Police GroundCombatives Instructor:  TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Focus:  Agency Instructors, police officers, and federal agents.  Military Police Officers.

Hours:  32-hours, 4-days.

This is a radically different program of street proven GroundCombatives system for police.  There are no complicated wrestling, judo, jujitsu, or MMA techniques to confuse the student and be forgotten as soon as class is over.  This system of problem-solving is:

  • Gross-motor.  It is designed to function when you are hurt, tired, and scared—and while under the influence of our Body Alarm Response.
  • Intuitive.  This training is part of our “primal blueprint.”  “Evidence-based,” it perfectly aligns with our inherent physical and emotional response to threat.
  • Non-technical.  Avoiding “techniques,” it teaches combatives the way we actually fight:  by problem-solving our way through.
  • Outcome-based.  We avoid artificial standards of “success.”  If the solution was legally reasonable, and the officer successful in his/her defense, the solution was “good.”  Are we often able to create more efficiency in that solution?  Of course, and we assist officers in doing so—but they need to find that solution, rather than us teaching our solution.
  • Tactically sound.  All training comports to “Safe Tactical Doctrine,” and is OODA-compliant in theory and practice.  There are no conflicts with your defensive tactics, firearms, and non-/less-lethal disciplines. 
  • From the street “in,” not the mat “out.”  We studied how officers actually fight, lose their weapons, how injuries and murders of officers occur, and developed solutions that are “real-world” based on 30+ years of interviews of officer-survivors, as well as intensive research into two decades of officer murder studies.

This GroundCombatives system is a radically different program of proven skills and theory for every officer in your agency!

Officers are not, and never will be champion jujitsu-players, judokan, Olympic wrestlers, or UFC contenders.  Therefore, their training should not mimic those methods.  Should an officer be pushed, tackled, or dragged to the ground, especially by a prepared offender, every officer should be able to defend themselves, even against someone with years of training.  This instructor-training course creates instructional capabilities of real skills to officers that are lasting, and non-technical—meaning your cops will be more likely to remember their defense skills when the time comes.  We DO NOT teach methods of “meeting skill versus skill”—that’s crazy!  How can any average officer match the skill of someone with five—or even one year’s training in jujitsu/wrestling?  They can’t…and we don’t try.  Additionally, even well-trained officers skilled in applying tournament techniques are fighting against possibly armed individuals.  Instead, we teach your instructors to teach your officer’s the “police” solution.  Simple, near instinctive methods of staying alive and applying the law in dangerous situations against dangerous people.

Because weapon retention and knives remain very real threats to officers, we provide practical training on the ground in this topic.  This training deals with the results of a suspect’s actions (logically and historically) who continues fighting with an officer on the ground.  There is no reason to stay and fight with an officer on the ground other than to seriously injure or kill that officer.  This course provides the skills and means to defend against a better-trained, bigger and stronger suspect with evil intent.

Because this is a “force” course, it is fundamental to every force response within an arrest that the legal foundation for reasonable conduct be well understood.  The constitutional limits to force response by police is key to the force instructor’s understanding of when to respond with force.  This is a vital component of teaching force concepts police officers, and is missing in most training programs.

A solid foundation in the fundamental combative rules and principles of surviving human conflict is the basis of this system’s training.  Officers must have a sound ability to defend themselves on the ground with a realistic means of physical suspect control.  A thorough understanding of "Integrated Combatives Problem-Solving"© through the Universal Rules & Principles of Combatives© provides the instructor all of the information necessary to answer any GroundCombatives question.  These Universal Rules & Principles of Combatives©, combined with a grounded understanding of how decision-making during conflict (OODA Theory) takes place, are the bases for which the officer in the field can functionally apply GroundCombatives methods more effectively than any other system presently taught to officers.

Our Police GroundCombatives doctrine views "techniques" as absolutely counterproductive to police training and street applications. Instead, our Police GroundCombatives training provides your average officer with the skills to defend against a moderately well trained grappler or jujitsu-player precisely because they have different goals.  The suspect fights to first dominate, then injure or kill the officer.  The officer simply desires to arrest the offender.  If the situation turns against the officer, the officer is trained to quickly resort to other legal methods of taking the suspect into custody.  It’s about real cops in the real world where they can really be killed, and keeping our focus on the officer’s real job.

This is a world-class, comprehensive, TRAIN-THE-TRAINER course that will be the best preparation for your instructors to provide your officers with instruction in surviving and explaining their actions in any forceful arrest incident that goes to the ground.  Practical…Tactical…Realistic…and Defensible.

This course includes the following topics:

  • Constitutional Limits of Police Force Response
  • Police GroundCombatives in the Real World
  • OODA and Effective Decision-Making
  • Police Physical Skills Training Theory
  • Integrated Combatives Problem-Solving©
  • Real-World Takedowns and Takedown Defense
  • Real-World Weapon Retention on the Ground
  • Real-World Knife Defense on the Ground
  • When You Are Down and Your Attacker(s) is Standing
  • Instructional Documentation Requirements

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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."©