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Response to Passive Resistance and Active Resistance

Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Level 1: Mechanical Advantage Subject Control is a thought-process Close Range Subject Control (CRSC) training system that prepares an officer for situations where he/she has time to assess the threat before choosing an appropriate response.

Controlled F.O.R.C.E. has refined a system of five control holds that utilize joint manipulation and gross motor skills. Known as Mechanical Advantage Control Holds™ (M.A.C.H), this system provides a user-friendly foundation from which other training can be built upon or integrated with.

The unique “building block” delivery methodology allows maximum amounts of CRSC information to be transferred in short periods of time with high levels of retention and muscle memory.

By emphasizing M.A.C.H. over pressure points or pain compliance, the techniques work on any suspect regardless of size, strength, psychological state, or level of intoxication or chemical influence. The system teaches the officer to re-direct a non-compliant suspect’s resistance or aggression against himself/herself through position of advantage, which significantly reduces the risk of injuries to both the officer and the suspect subjects they encounter, protecting departments from liability and worker compensation costs.

Course Covers: Body Positioning Drills, Mechanical Advantage Control Holds™ (M.A.C.H.), M.A.C.H. Takedowns and Handcuff Positioning, M.A.C.H. Team Arrest Tactics, M.A.C.H. Baton Subject Control, and In-Holster Weapon Retention.

Body Positioning Drills

The first step in Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Level 1 training is to gain an understanding of the importance of body control. There are typically two main problems that occur in hand-to-hand training: first, there is a natural tendency to focus all of your attention on your partner; second, too much time is spent on placing the hands into proper positions.

In order to prevent these two problems from hindering your training, the Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Body Positioning Drills take away the use of your hands, forcing you to concentrate on how the body moves and reacts. These drills are called Sticky Situations.

The focus of the Controlled F.O.R.C.E. system is to gain advantage over an opponent through positioning, movement, leverage, and teamwork. These components will give the officer the ability to control an opponent, even if that opponent is bigger and/or stronger, with increased effectiveness and safety for the officer and others.

The purpose of Body Positioning Drills is to increase the officer’s ability to maintain control of his/her body in changing situations by developing an understanding of Recovery and identifying how his/her body adjusts to maintain balance. These drills will help the officer identify the best position to maximize preparedness and defense when engaging a non-compliant suspect.

Mechanical Advantage Control Holds™ (M.A.C.H.)

Mechanical Advantage Control Holds™, or M.A.C.H., consist of a series of five techniques that enable the officer to use positioning, movement, and an opponent’s body momentum and resistance to restrain a non-compliant suspect in a controlled manner. These five holds can flow from one to another, in any sequence, allowing the officer to adjust to the suspect’s unpredictable actions.

All M.A.C.H. techniques are designed to fail. The emphasis of M.A.C.H. training is to teach movement and fluid transitioning between the holds. When a non-compliant suspect resists against or defeats a particular hold, the officer with be able to transition to another hold or disengage if necessary.

The purpose of M.A.C.H. training is to develop the officer’s understanding of the importance of movement when engaging a non-compliant suspect, and to provide the officer with a vehicle (Mechanical Advantage Control Holds™) through which he/she can control a non-compliant suspect.

M.A.C.H. Takedowns and Handcuff Positioning

All M.A.C.H. techniques are designed to flow into a takedown technique, should the suspect's level of non-compliance dictate the need for the officer to take him/her to the ground.

Controlled F.O.R.C.E. utilizes Breakdowns in M.A.C.H. Takedowns. Breakdowns are the process of directing a non-compliant suspect down to a knee when transitioning from an M.A.C.H. in a standing position to a takedown to the ground.

Breakdowns serve a dual purpose. First, breaking a suspect down to a knee serves as a practical technique for gauging compliance. If a suspect follows your verbal directions to “get down to a knee,” then you know he/she is complying with your commands. Second, breakdowns serve as a training technique by increasing safety in performing M.A.C.H. Takedowns.

Departmental policies and procedures on the application of handcuffs vary significantly from agency to agency. M.A.C.H. Handcuff Positioning techniques provide the officer with a vehicle with which to prepare a suspect for handcuffing that flows smoothly and easily from M.A.C.H. Takedown techniques. Handcuffs should be applied according to the dictates of your individual departmental policies and procedures.

M.A.C.H. Team Arrest Tactics

Communication between team members during Team Arrest Tactics is vital. Team members must communicate with each other using verbal and non-verbal cues during each step of the arrest control process for the tactics to work successfully. Controlled F.O.R.C.E. uses the simple terms Lock and Clear to facilitate improved communication between officers when performing M.A.C.H. techniques during the restraint process.

When utilizing M.A.C.H. techniques with team members, both officers must use holds that are directing the suspect in the same direction. Coordination of M.A.C.H. techniques between team members will prevent officers from twisting the suspect in opposite directions. This coordination will also help officers avoid fighting against each other instead of working with each other to control the suspect. Furthermore, as the suspect’s body momentum changes directions, team members can use that momentum to their advantage by transitioning their holds together.

M.A.C.H. Baton Subject Control

Controlled F.O.R.C.E. utilizes the baton as both a training tool for developing hand control skills and a leverage tool for enhancing subject control techniques in the field.

Baton as Training Tool
Even though not all officers carry the baton, they can still benefit from M.A.C.H. Baton training. The baton does not hinder one’s ability to perform M.A.C.H. techniques; rather it improves one’s ability to perform them. Practicing M.A.C.H. techniques with the baton will make the officer smoother with the holds when you take the baton away. In essence, Controlled F.O.R.C.E. uses the baton as a training tool to build confidence in one’s ability to perform unarmed close range subject control techniques.

Furthermore, just because an officer does not carry a baton does not mean the officer won't encounter an improvised impact tool that can be used as a non-lethal weapon. M.A.C.H. Baton training shows the officer how improvised impact tools such as a flashlight, mop handle, or pipe can be integrated into the M.A.C.H. system.

Baton as Leverage Tool
The goal of M.A.C.H. Baton training is not to teach striking techniques, but to teach subject control techniques once the baton has been drawn and the suspect begins to show compliance. The baton is a leverage tool. Leverage is tension between two points. The longer your lever is, the more strength you can generate with less effort. By teaching officers to view the baton as an extension of the hand, M.A.C.H. Baton techniques provides officers with more leverage to gain greater control of a non-compliant suspect.

Since Controlled F.O.R.C.E. teaches the baton as an extension of the hand, the movements of the M.A.C.H. techniques stay the same with or without the baton. This is important if you are controlling a suspect and the officer drops the baton, because the officer will be in position to continue the M.A.C.H. techniques without it.

In-Holster Weapon Retention

Controlled F.O.R.C.E. In-Holster Weapon Retention training provides the officer with techniques for maintaining control of his/her holstered sidearm when a suspect attempts to take the weapon. This critical stage of training focuses on clearing the suspect’s hand away from the officer’s sidearm, then transitioning to M.A.C.H. techniques or disengaging if necessary.

In-Holster Weapon Retention emphasizes simple yet effective body positioning techniques and body movement for maintaining control of the holstered sidearm. These techniques are designed to help the officer retain any tool on the duty belt (radio, flashlight, OC spray, Taser) that could be used against them.

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