Functional Personal Safety Train-the-Trainer Course
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Functional Physical Interventions and Personal Safety Trainer
- Trainer Certification
- Advanced Training
- Training Team
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- *Free Video Series
Functional Personal Safety Trainer Course
“THE 9 ATTITUDES” CORE TRAINER COURSE
Dynamis has been running this flagship personal safety instructor course since 2011, training trainers and advisors to deliver the most comprehensive and up-to-date methodology for self-defence, personal safety and physical interventions available today.
Using tried and tested online educational materials and incorporating the training methodology of the Functional Edge Self-Protection system, this Personal Safety and Protective Interventions Instructor course prepares the trainer to deliver effective and useful self-protection and intervention skills to a wide variety of audiences and client groups. Candidates earn a professional certification and join a specialist community of trainers who use the “9 Attitudes” and Functional Edge methodology which is consistent with the findings of recent research on breakaway/self-defence training.
“Perhaps…in the heightened state of arousal caused by a real assault people would use any techniques that would work at the time. Our finding that 80% of participants managed to break away successfully without using the taught techniques does give credence to this, suggesting that breakaway methods that centre on natural instinct as opposed to highly technical manoevres are likely to be recalled more successfully“
– Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 2009, 16
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Our Functional Self-Protection, Personal Safety and Protective Physical Interventions Instructor Trainer Course offers a professional qualification to those who wish to teach a legally accurate, safe and functionally effective course in functional intervention tactics. The teaching system we will show you is behaviourally-based and incorporates modern motor learning and performance concepts.
3 to 5 Days in-person training building on a package of online learning and workbook assignments pre-course.
Functional Self-Defence and Breakaway Instructor Certification
To Successfully pass this course you will need to complete the following five learning outcomes. To assist you, you will be provided with and signposted to all of the resource material you require. These will include: Fact-sheets, e-books and online video resources.
The course covers:
1: The Law in Relation to Self Defence and Personal Protection
2: Health & Safety Best Practice for Running Self-Defence Courses
3: Stress Inoculation Training Theory and Design Framework
4: The Science of Skills Training
5: Functional Edge System which can be adapted to suit the needs of Breakaway Skills Training in the NHS, Lone Worker Safety training in Housing or Social Work, Officer Safety Training for Enforcement Teams, as the Self-Defence/Breakaway component of a PMVA (Prevention and Management of Violence) course for Mental Health staff, or other requirements. Our Advanced Control Tactics component covers higher-risk and lower-risk contexts and is suitable for use in a wide variety of workplace demands.
Materials and Resources
The Functional Self-Defence Instructor Trainer Course will be taught using a blend of pre-course distance-learning material, followed by attendance at the course where further lectures and physical skills development will complete the training and ensure your competence.
Personal Safety Trainer Course Learning Outcomes:
1. The Law in Relation to Self Defence and Personal Protection
UK common and statute law that relate to the use of physical force for the purpose of self-defence. The meaning of ‘Reasonable Force’ with reference to statute and common law.
2. Health & Safety Best Practice for running Self-Defence Training Courses
The various elements of Health and Safety statute and associated Health and Safety regulations that relate to the use of running physical skills training courses and instructing physical technique, including the ‘common-law duty of care’ and ‘Tort’ with regard to Negligence.
3. Stress Inoculation Training Framework and Training Design
Understand the effect of the primitive fight and flight response and associated fear response mechanisms on physical, emotional and behavioural state and understanding what physical changes take place when the primitive flight and fight response is triggered.
4. The Science of Skills Training
Definition of skill, the relationship between arousal, stress and performance and the relationship between heart rate and performance. References to: Stress and Performance, Decision Making and Anxiety – Arousal – Reaction Time. Learning vs Performance. Scenario Development.
5. Functional Edge System of Self-Protection for Breakaway and Officer Safety
Demonstrate physical skills techniques consistent with the rights of defence and self-defence consistent with Reasonable Force and Article 2 of the Human Rights Act 1998, and which will be designed to work in situations of high emotional distress consistent with an understanding of the Primitive Stress Response and the Science & Psychology of Personal Combat.
Modern methods and approaches
The physical skills portion of the Personal Safety Trainer course will include modern approaches to the short-term management of violent assaults, including topics such as:
- shortening Reaction Time by recognising pre-assault behaviour
- the primitive fight and flight response and associated fear response mechanisms
- the relationship between arousal, stress and performance
- How Reaction Time and Decision Making effect motor skill performance
- capitalising on the natural strengths of the body’s survival system
Continuing Professional Development and Networking
Every year our certified self-defence instructors are invited to return for training which expands their repertoire and expertise into new and different contexts (see here for the list of advanced certs). Each year the experienced self-defence trainers are exposed over 2 full days to an advanced-level methodology from Functional Edge System and the 9 Attitudes.
This course is designed to offer the trainer a comprehensive methodology for dealing with scenarios. Advanced modules deal with a variety of key ideas related to instinctive protection and specific types of interaction, or domains of confrontation. The courses build skills in surviving, reversing and then engaging with an assailant in carefully layered stages of development which progressively increase the trainee’s skills in sometimes very dangerous contexts. Contrary to much training in this area, the course focusses on the fundamental skills needed to mitigate the damage that close-quarters assault can do – it is based on a defensive strategy. Then, by looking at the ‘mechanics of an assault’ and by breaking-down, phase by phase, the various stages involved, we can increase survivability by making it harder for the assailant to inflict injury.
Your Self-Defence Instructor Training Team: Gerard and Tony
Trainer and consultant to the security, health and social care sectors in the UK with multiple BTEC qualifications in use-of-force, Gerard has developed and delivered courses for a wide variety of professional groups whose roles require them to deal with dangerous client groups appropriately. He has spoken at national events on the science and psychology of interpersonal conflict in these contexts and designs and delivers training programmes in the UK and internationally which reflect these realities.
Gerard will lead the Understanding Reasonable Force and trainer risk-management portions of the course, supported by online learning materials, ensuring compliance with UK statute, common and human rights law.
More about Gerard and Dynamis here.
Defensive tactics instructor during his 9 years of service in the Search and Rescue and Nuclear Weapons Security fields in the US Navy and during his 13 year career as a decorated Master Police Officer in the City of Virginia Beach. Mr. Torres also worked for Blackwater USA first as an instructor for Force on Force CQB Training then as a Team Leader in Iraq providing dignitary protection for US Department of Of State personnel including Ambassador Bremmer. He is the former Chief Instructor for Tony Bla uer’s combatives programmes.
Tony will be leading the physical skills and confrontation management portion of our Self Defence Instructor course by introducing candidates to his Functional Edge System. a behavioural self-protection method.
More about Tony and Functional Edge System here.
During the Core Trainer programme, we have arranged for a number of special guests to deliver keynote talks to our candidates and returning instructors.
Gary Klugiewicz “Meshing Physical and Non-Physical Skills” – Verbal Defense and Influence
Ellen Snortland “Gaining the Trust of your Trainees in Self-Defence Training” – Beauty Bites Beast
Mike Panebianco “Training the Bystanders to Counter Bullying” – Mission Ready Human
Annette -“A Survivor’s Journey to Personal Safety” – Revive Training Programme
“Thoroughly enjoyed the course. It gave me numerous ideas and drills I can start to use with my students. Teaching standard was excellent and I’m very keen to attend future courses”
– Martial Arts Instructor, Edinburgh University
“Course provided me with knowledge, tools and skills I will take away and use. By the end I felt confident that I was going to be able to structure, design and give a class. The presentation to peers was actually very helpful in pulling it all together”
– Self-Defence Course Leader, HM Treasury
“A greatly presented course with a high standard throughout. Thoroughly enjoyed training with Gerard O’Dea and Tony Torres”.
– Martial Arts Instructor, London
“Found both Tony & Gerard to be very professional and highly competent. Behavioural Self-Protection concepts were new to me – enjoyed learning them and training them. Very impressed by these 3 days. Thanks”
– Martial Arts Instructor, Glasgow
“Tony and Gerard were very helpful. Would attend again!”
– Team Member, Community Safety Team
“The course was very well run, pitched at the right level for the candidates. I found the whole course interesting – the easy way in which the techniques move into one another was particularly interesting. The coaches were helpful and very professional.”
– Physical Intervention and Breakaway Instructor, NHS
“All parts fitted well together with the video/online presentations supporting the physical skills aspect. Both trainers were very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and related well to the delegates. Course is excellent in this format.”
– Martial Arts Instructor, Stirling
“The course was run very professionally and both instructors were able to answer all questions. The physical skills part was most interesting – thank you very much for spending the time to help us.”
– Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression Lead, NHS
“The course was well structured and full of information and practical practice. It has been one of the most beneficial courses for self-defence for me”
– Senior Control & Restraint Instructor, Prison Service
“Thank you both very much! I found the course really stimulating and empowering!
– Conflict Management Trainer, Private Company
“I would like to thank Gerard and Tony on the excellent delivery of the most knowledgeable and interesting course I have attended”
– Team Member, Community Safety Team
“Fantastic course, engagingly delivered – many thanks!”
– Mental Health Nurse and Violence & Aggression Management Lead
To be confirmed – please request further information.
Courses have been held in London / Surrey and in Edinburgh since 2011.
Self-Defence Instructor Schedule and Fees:
Core Trainer Certification (3 Days)
- (3 days plus online education)
- Pre-Course study of approx. 20 hours with online videos and manual/resources
- Orientation, ‘9 Attitudes” Briefing and Knowledge Check on arrival
- Functional Edge System (FES) core trainer material drills and tactics
- Coaching Development and Teach-Backs / Joint session with experienced FES Trainers
- Specialist input from selected topic experts (TBA re: Bullying, Conflict Management and Women’s Self Protection Programmes)
Advanced Trainer Certification (3 Days)
- Pre-course study of approx 8 hours and preparation of assigned project
- Re-Accreditation of core FES material and Advanced Core Tactics (Day 1)
- Advanced 2-day advanced module (Day 2 & 3)
Video #1: Why Most Breakaway and Self-Defence Training is Broken…
Video #2: Leveraging Sports Science to Build Better Self-DefenceTraining
Video #3: Improving Reaction Time and Utilising Instinctive Protection in Self-Defence
Video #4: Important Design Concepts when Building a Better Breakaway and Self-Defence Training Programme