Cutting Edge Training

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

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

Force-on-Force & Scenario Instructor: TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Force-on-Force & Scenario Instructor: TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Focus:  All sworn or commissioned officers of any rank.  Any member of the US military, active or reserve.

Length:  40-hours (four 10-hour or five 8-hour days).

This 40-hour instructor training is REVOLUTIONARY in its concept and delivery! It is an instructor-level course providing a COMPLETE TRAINING SYSTEM of how to create, document, and deliver safe and realistic training to your officers. The training days are spent providing your agency-instructors expert instruction in HOW TO TRAIN in dynamic, drill-based, force-on-force or scenario-based training. Safety and effectiveness of the training in affecting your officers’ conduct in the field are key concepts ingrained into the curriculum.

This course represents a departure from many other courses of its type.  Where many others focus solely on the safety aspects of this type of training--for nearly the entire course--Cutting Edge Training not only teaches your agency trainer how to safely manage this valuable training, but presents cutting edge learning theory in drill-oriented, force-on-force, and scenario-based training design. Simply put, we teach your instructor how to build a safer and more effective training program from the ground up.

Effective scenario training is more than paintball guns or marking cartridges and a thrown-together scenario where everyone gets to shoot someone. This course is designed to provide your agency trainer with high-level capabilities in:

  • Force law and policy as the foundation of program development
  • Force skill domains
  • The conduct of vital and inflexible safety protocols
  • Adult learning theory
  • Planning, organizing, documenting, and conducting a safe, legally justifiable, and effective drill-oriented, force-on-force, or scenario-based training utilizing Airsoft or marking training technology

We teach your instructors "how to teach" the courses they will develop.

On the live-fire range, training time is mainly devoted to skill learning activities: weapon function, manipulation, marksmanship and safety. When it is time to learn how to actually fight with your firearm (pistol, rifle, shotgun) within the compressed timeframe of an actual incident--where the Threat is real, moves, AND SHOOTS BACK--safe force-on-force and scenario training is a must.  Your instructors learn not only instructional design (both in the classroom and in practical application), but we provide cutting edge training in legal decision-making, critical incident decision-making ("Applied OODA Theory"), and safe tactical doctrine.  This functions to keep your officers safer in the field and reinforces defensible conduct.

While scenario-based or simulation training is more than the technology used, its success has been in large part due to the sophistication of the various technologies used to conduct this training. As with any training media, there are pros and cons to their use. As the agency force "Person-Most-Knowledgeable," the instructor must have a functional understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the most utilized projectile-based tools and be able to address the "why’s" and "why nots" about the use of any particular technology.

Entire training programs have been put on hold or stopped completely because an officer was hurt—or even killed—in training.  LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES AND DEATH DURING TRAINING ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE!  This course trains your agency trainers to responsibly, safely, and effectively conduct training that is meaningful to your officers in their real-world of policing. Too many officers have been injured or killed during this kind of training because of relaxed or non existent safety measures. For this reason, inflexible and proven safety protocols are mandatory, and their adoption into any agency training must be considered by the new instructor and his/her agency.

Documentation of training is essential to the liability reduction strategies. One of the questions that will be asked following an officer-involved force incident is "What training did the officer receive?" and "Who administered the training?"  Training that is not documented is considered to be training that did not happen. Your agency’s (and officers’) risk mitigation and management are based on your ability to show that constitutionally-based, tactically sound, and meaningful training took place. This course will provide the instructor-candidate with the latest in cutting edge scenario plan development and implementation design to address the needs of the modern agency as well as the latest understanding in how to document training that is court and media defensible.

Participants who successfully complete this course have experienced one of the most demanding and cutting edge training programs they have ever undertaken. It prepares the agency force response trainer for the critical job task of conducting worthwhile, relevant, and defensible departmental training where tactical competence and legal decision-making is not only a matter of high liability, but a matter of life and death.


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 classes seem to be simply advanced user classes where the participant was 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.

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.

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 their understanding of the course material offered and get updated information, we believe this is solely a decision made by the instructors and 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."©