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Rifle Combatives Instructor: TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Rifle Combatives Instructor: TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Focus: All sworn or commissioned officers of any rank.  Active or Reserve military personnel.

Length:  40-hours

Pre-requisite: Agency certification of basic rifle skills.

If you know you are going into a gunfight, you want to take a rifle and a handgun with extra ammo for each.  And, if you can, similarly armed friends who are dressed like you and willing to press a trigger.

Rifles are for fighting.  Any "man with a gun" or "shots-fired" call demands a response with a rifle.  This TRAIN-THE-TRAINER course provides the agency firearms instructor with the skills to train officers in the handling and combatives response with the most versatile and accurate weapon in the police arsenal--"the patrol rifle."  We present a shift from the thinking that rifles are just for threats at distance. While hitting threats at long range is definitely within the capabilities of the trained officer armed with a patrol rifle, this course focuses on responding to real-world threats--typically occurring at handgun range.  Threats at longer ranges (25-80 yards) will be addressed, but the emphasis of this course is to develop instructors who competently train officers to respond with their rifles in short-range (0-25 yards) and in reduced space responsive applications.

This course provides your agency instructors with the "how-to's" of teaching your officers to survive against threats where shooting and, more importantly, hitting another person means your officers will go home today.  We teach REAL-WORLD tactics that impact your officers, proven over decades and through history to keep officers alive during those violent, sudden, and vicious police firefights.  And when your cops are faced with prepared offenders or terrorists who came ready for a fight, their training will be all that stands between mission success and failure.

The emphasis of this course is "how-to-teach" your officers to fight with their rifles utilizing only cutting edge tactics and training.  You know the real world of gunfights is almost always about hitting the armed Imminent Threat who is from contact to talking distance, and sometimes beyond.  It is also true that officers are almost always late because they are forced by the law to respond to suspect behavior.  Reaction is always slower than action.  Officer's training in tactics and fire employment theory must support this reality--of being close to the Imminent Threat who is trying to kill them, of being late, of the driving need to put rounds on-target on-time, in-time.  Officers also face the reality of being physically assaulted by a suspect, and then having to respond to the suspect's extreme actions with deadly force while struggling with the suspect--yes, even when armed with a rifle.

Cops need a shooting program that realistically fits their needs and capabilities. This proven program does just that. Sound fundamentals compliment outstanding tactical employment in a program that was designed for your needs—extremely high hit ratios in the field.  We have blended a layered method of instruction that is applicable for the average officer with extremely advanced tactics and concepts of hitting and surviving a deadly force event. The focus of this course is the effective and efficient application of the officer’s rifle in real-world confrontations at conversational to extended distances.

Too many "instructor" courses turn out to be glorified "end-user" courses where your agency instructor becomes a better shooter, yet fails to become a better instructor.  NOT THIS COURSE...our prime goal is to train your agency instructor in how to teach.  Some instructional time is taken in "how to shoot."  However, the core of this course is in training your police instructors how to teach your officers to be tactically sound while hitting the target in police-combat conditions.  Like all of our physical skills domain courses, we utilize a "building block," or layered approach where the instructor-candidate will move progressively through basic tactical instruction into advanced instruction in police fire employment.  This includes Live-Fire Combatives© where officers are prepared in both an Airsoft training (utilizing Systema Professional Training Weapon) and in a live-fire environment to physically defend against assault and respond with deadly force.  At the conclusion of training, instructor-candidates will be capable of developing and presenting sound tactical and close-combatives training to agency officers that is safe, documented, defensible, and most important of all, effective.

Developed from the street "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 on the street, then it must be practiced in training.  If it is too dangerous to do in training, then you shouldn't do it on the street.  We bring street reality and functionality "in" to the live-fire range training for your benefit. 


CUTTING EDGE TRAINING's Tactical Rifle Combatives remains the only program of its kind--"reverse-engineered" to achieve real-world survival goals.  We studied--and continue to study--how officers are assaulted and murdered.  Then we put that knowledge together with how the human being inside the uniform actually reacts in the pressure-filled, life and death environment, and created a training system that has changed the law enforcement community's understanding of how to put bullets on-target on-time, in-time.  There are no "game philosophies" employed to dazzle shooters at the expense of officers' lives.  The emphasis is solely on real-world gunfights:  recognizing the Imminent Threat's behavior early enough to make a difference, reacting tactically to avoid being hit while hitting the suspect with combat accuracy.  Finally, this course also emphasizes your very real need to defend your actions in the inevitable post-shooting aftermath.

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 suspect who is just yards away and already reaching for a handgun in his waistband.  Instead, we concentrate on the areas where officers have a real need for training to survive:  sudden responses to deadly assault utilizing realistic methods that every shooter will use use.  This is the future of police rifle training.  Your instructors can begin teaching it today.

Military applicability:  This course benefits military personnel as well--the experiences of police officers in up-close-and-very-personal shootings are being experienced by our soldiers, Marines, sailors, and airmen in this Global War on Terror.  While this course focuses on "police gunfights," the concepts and training are applicable to anyone who carries a rifle into a battle where any range of conflict is possible.


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.


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."©