Advanced Trainer Modules

Every year our certified trainers are invited to return for training which expands their repertoire and expertise into new and different contexts.

KNIFE AND EDGED WEAPON DEFENCE – 2016 (with Stage 2 Advanced Material for Experienced Trainers)

This advanced module deals with a variety of key ideas related to instinctive protection and knife/edged-weapon defence. The course builds skills in surviving, reversing and then engaging with a knife threat in carefully layered stages of development which progressively increase the trainee’s skills in this very dangerous context.  Contrary to much training in this area, the course focusses on the fundamental skills needed to mitigate the damage that a knife or edged weapon can do.  Then,  by looking at the ‘mechanics of a knife assault’ and by breaking-down, phase by phase, the various stages involved, we can increase survivability by making it harder for the weapon to inflict its potential maximum damage.

Stage 2 Advanced Material:
After ensuring and reviewing proficiency with the basic versions of the edged weapon protection drills, the experienced trainer taking the advanced course will learn variations that cover the following areas:  Restricted Position Threats, Long Distance Threats, Knife in Motion Focused Drills, Attacks in Confined Spaces

DEALING WITH MULTIPLE ASSAILANTS (THE “MASS ASSAULT”) – 20,21,22 OCTOBER 2015

This course is designed to offer the trainer a comprehensive methodology for dealing with scenarios where there are more than one assailant to deal with.   The presence of additional assailants creates both difficulties and opportunities for the target and in a series of progressively layered drills and exercises, this methodology offers the trainer a system to increase awareness of opportunities while reducing the risks and threats from multiple assailants.  It builds from the Core Trainer methodology and adds new tools and tactics which are particularly useful for managing the chaotic mobile geometry of the ‘mass assault’ where awareness, evasion and re-direction during the collision of bodies becomes a valuable skillset.

CONTROL TACTICS FOR HIGH RISK CONTEXTS – 2015

The experienced trainers are exposed over 2 full days to a methodology which is specifically designed and architected to enable the trainee to control adult-sized subjects who are exhibiting extreme levels of violence and aggression.  This “Control Tactics” methodology enhances and supplements the more commonly-taught restraint methods which are often based on previous-generation models of technique or which are designed predominantly for use with vulnerable people.  This course is recommended for previously-qualified restraint trainers.  The course will include up-to-date discussion and dissection of current topics in regard to single-person restraint and the use of pain compliance holds, based on a thorough understanding of the control/restraint dichotomy.

“The initial control and restraint of violent individuals is usually a fluid and dynamic process…the period of control or, perhaps more accurately, the period that leads to the control of a violent individual is usually far less structured and significantly more frenetic and potentially dangerous than that of the restraint period… I believe the easiest way to help identify this transition is by observing the actions of both the officers and the individual. Once control is achieved their actions tend to become increasingly measured and orchestrated.”

– Insp. Sutcliffe, Chairman elect of ACPO SDAR Practitioner’s Group, Evidence to the Sean Rigg enquiry

Control Tactics with Dynamis

SELF-PROTECTION FROM RESTRICTED POSITIONS – 2014

In some situations, an assailant may attach themselves to a part of your body by grabbing and securing it, thereby restricting the free movement of that part of your body to protect yourself or indeed restricting your ability to simply escape.   This course is designed to build on the principles of the core trainer programme to give you specific training progressions which build a capability to break free of restricted positions when they possibly occur.  Various grabs and holds, or restrictive situations such as being held against or on an object, or when one’s limbs are trapped, are covered with simple tactics which can be combined in a series of efforts with the maximum chance of success in gaining freedom.  This course is extremely useful addition to the core material for trainers who teach ‘Breakaway and Disengagement Skills’ for NHS or other health and social care environments.

KNIFE AND EDGED WEAPON DEFENCE – 2013

This advanced module deals with a variety of key ideas related to instinctive protection and knife/edged-weapon defence. The course builds skills in surviving, reversing and then engaging with a knife threat in carefully layered stages of development which progressively increase the trainee’s skills in this very dangerous context.  Contrary to much training in this area, the course focusses on the fundamental skills needed to mitigate the damage that a knife or edged weapon can do.  Then,  by looking at the ‘mechanics of a knife assault’ and by breaking-down, phase by phase, the various stages involved, we can increase survivability by making it harder for the weapon to inflict its potential maximum damage.

SELF-PROTECTION FROM THE GROUND (NON-BIPEDAL TACTICS) – 2012

This course is designed to help a trainer to explore the difficulties and challenges encountered when a person is taken off their natural bipedal state and knocked to the floor or onto an object where they do not have both feet under them in a standing attitude.  Progressions of drills help the trainer to address Kneeling, Seated and Reclining positions and how to most quickly and effectively regain a standing posture to reverse and engage the assailant and escape or otherwise resolve a situation.  Assailant behaviours, when the target has been knocked down, are explored in great detail so the entire course delivers a comprehensive set of skills for Surviving, Reversing and Engaging in order to resolve this disadvantaged position.

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