Cutting Edge Training

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

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

Riot Baton Instructor: Integrated Combatives Problem-Solving TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Riot Baton Instructor:  Integrated Combatives Problem-Solving TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Focus:  Civil Disturbance and Riot Control Instructors and any police officer.

Length:  24-hours.  Also available as an 8-hour "user's course."

This three-day course is revolutionary in its concept and delivery! This is the only “non-technical, outcome-based” program available that is designed to provide the police Civil Disturbance Unit or agency trainer with the capability of training his/her personnel in the ultimate system of riot baton employment.

Regardless of the tactical philosophy your agency utilizes in your civil disturbance and riot control response, it likely depends on front-line cops being able to protect themselves and dissuade those who are out of control through the use of a riot baton. 

We teach the reasonable and effective employment of the 36” straight riot baton.  The use of this impact weapon lessens the likelihood of improper—or even illegal—strikes when the threat of the crowd creates an inevitable sense of desperation in the officers in the line than that of one-handed delivery of straight 22-26-inch batons or side-handled batons (it is our experience that side-handled batons are completely inappropriate to this situation).  Unlike in a patrol incident where a one-handed impact weapon is perfectly acceptable and overwhelmingly reasonably employed, in the close, crowded, and confining environment of standing shoulder to shoulder in a riot line, one-handed batons can transition into head strikes that are not easily defended in post-riot proceedings, and provide sympathy for the law breaker(s) and their movement.  When the fear rises, when the officer is threatened by the frenzied mob, this contextually-correct training with a two-handed riot baton will be the kernel of competency assisting the officer on the line to maintain his/her role as a peace officer and respond with effective trained force.

We train your instructors "how to train" your officers to employ effective, straightforward force within 4th Amendment and limits, maximizing your officers' safety in the chaotic and dangerous environment of the riot line.  All instruction is within the context of working in a riot line, and is therefore efficient by necessity and transfers directly to their experience and needs when confronted by rioters. 

The training contains no complicated or fancy moves, and therefore it is less perishable.  Instead of relying on rote strikes and methods handed down from the military and developed decades (or more) ago in a different century, we provide a rational, effective approach to teaching your officers how to employ the riot baton, maximizing its utility.  Gross-motor skills, functional for every officer, are universally grounded in tactically sound principles.  We understand that subjects who force officers and deputies on the line to respond with strikes should be arrested, and it is safest for each person involved for the suspect to be taken to the ground—these takedowns, again, are uncomplicated, effective, within context, and less perishable.  This is a complete doctrine of Riot Baton employment for the officer within the riot line.

This is a “train-the-trainer” course that moves well beyond an “enhanced users’ course.” We train your instructors how to effectively train your officers in contextually correct methods of effective combatives employing the riot baton. Instructor-candidates are trained in the latest methods of training adults in physical skills. We understand that “those who teach also learn.” Instructor-candidates spend much of their class and training time teaching the lessons they will later transmit to their officers.

Why this course now?

We are seeing a greater incidence of organized civil disobedience and violent resistance to police efforts. Rather than a "grass roots" protest movement, the "protests" that are happening today are well organized, well trained, and well funded, and are intentionally confrontational with police for a purpose.  Many of these individuals are now calling for a nationwide confrontation with the police, and more than a few are advocating violence.

Riot lines are theater for "peaceful" demonstrators shouting they are "not resisting" while they are assaulting and resisting officers. A universal presence of numerous video cameras capturing every arrest, every force response, and every calculated and exaggerated emotional response from the resisting subjects makes every police force response a critical task within the riot line that must be trained for.  And officers are being injured due to a lack of training on how to specifically deal with the riot line’s environment.

This course is designed to be what the police administrator as well as the officer standing on the riot line need:

  • Restraint and professional conduct in the face of trained and intentional provocation.
  • Objectively reasonable and effective strikes to quickly end illegal assault or resistance.
  • Strikes setting up quick and professional takedowns for arrest.
  • The ability to document and justify any force response within that arrest.

This course provides your CDU members and officers with effective and achievable methods of defending and controlling resisting or assaultive rioters. These tasks, in the current environment require a method that is politically and legally defensible. Cutting Edge Training provides this thoughtful, tactically sound, and effect training nationwide of officers who will be on the riot line.

Prepare your officers today to be effective on the riot line tomorrow!


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:  There are no techniques trained in our system...only "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.
  • Gross-motor skills dependent:  We are the only system that depends solely upon gross-motor skills in our combatives problem-solving efforts.
  • 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.


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 “Effective 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.  Suggested recertification period:  Every two to four years.

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 "Effective Combatives Problem-Solving"© through the "Universal Rules and Principles of Combatives"© and "Applied Combatives OODA Theory."©