Cutting Edge Training

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

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

Combined Handgun & Rifle Combatives Instructor: TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Combined Handgun & Rifle Combatives Instructor: TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Focus:  Any peace officer serving as agency firearms trainer.

Length: 64-hours. Eight 8-hr days (four days each week).

This is a combined handgun/police rifle combatives instructor course. This combatives course, like every CUTTING EDGE TRAINING class, is about attaining functionality in the least amount of time to effectively deliver objectively reasonable force on-time, in-time  We will challenge your beliefs about how to train your officers to survive a gunfight. We avoid sport shooting methods and, instead, provide training that your officers will more likely employ to save their lives and the lives of others.

By combining both weapon systems into a single instructor course, we save your agency money and time by combining the common topics necessary for firearms instructor training. This eliminates 16-hours of what would be redundant training betweeen the two classes while still spending the necessary time on the range learning to teach. You graduate with a lifetime instructor certificate for handgun and rifle combatives.

We do "instructor classes" differently. Instead of teaching you to shoot better and powering through mega-round counts, we, instead, teach you how to be a better instructor. You will teach every day. When you leave the class, you will have increased instructional skills that you will immediately employ during in-service training. And your officers will look forward to coming to the range because what you bring to their training is relevant to their survival.

From the street in, not the range out.  We reverse-engineered police gunfights to determine what our curriculum should be. We firmly believe that if you do it on the street, you should be first trained to do it safely and well on the range. Our only dogma is reasonable conduct and officer safety.

This course includes:

  • Constitutional Limits of Police Deadly Force
  • Weapons Handling and Fire Discipline Theory
  • Combatives in the Live Fire Environment
  • Remediative Theory
  • Training Record Keeping
  • Training Plan Development
  • Fundamentals of Shooting
  • Movement and Fire Training
  • Real World Use of the Barricade
  • Real World Weapon Retention--Holster and in-hand (handgun and rifle)
  • Real-World Handgun Combatives
  • Methods of Physical Skills Training to Adult Learners
  • Weapon Maintenance
  • Immediate Response Drills and Weapon Transitions
  • Teaching the Fundamentals of Hitting (precision shooting and zeroing)

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 throughout the course.
  • 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.


Lifetime Certification for Instructors

Our instructor certifications are "lifetime certificates." 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. Vendors should not be permitted to extort an agency into a continuous recertification program benefitting only the vendor and determine when you need their services. 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.