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Response to Active Aggression and Deadly Assault

Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Level 3: Combative Counter Measures has been specifically designed to flow directly from Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Levels 1 and 2 and back again as the use of force levels escalate and de-escalate throughout a given situation. The officer will already know how to successfully react to an initial attack using skills developed in Levels 1 and 2.

Level 3 concentrates on survival in close quarters situations that continue beyond the initial attack, or in any situation that elevates above a passive level of resistance.

Ground fighting experts say 95% of all fights end up on the ground. However, all fights start standing up. Level 3 stresses the concept that an officer will not be in a ground fight if the suspect cannot get him/her there to begin with. This program provides solutions to the ground fighting puzzle by teaching officers how to avoid being taken off their feet.

WARNING: LETHAL FORCE. Level 3 will equip the officer with lethal tactics for situations where the assailant, through his/her unrelenting attack, has removed all options to use less-than-lethal tactics to survive.

Counter Measure Training utilizes Continuous Drilling are designed to simultaneous develop protection and disruption skills. In a fight, survival is based on how you can both act and react to gain control of your opponent. Continuous Drilling will help you to recognize and anticipate how an attack might unfold, allowing you to think ahead of your attacker. This advanced method of training will also further your development as an instructor because you will often be on the receiving end of a drill, forcing you to adjust your teaching technique.

The purpose of Combative Counter Measures training is to provide the officer with advanced skills for surviving an overwhelming attack by one or more street-wise assailants or professionally trained enemy combatants, and counter the attack in a manner that creates an opportunity to escalate or de-escalate force as necessary to maintain situational control.

Course Covers: Advanced Mechanical Advantage Control Holds (M.A.C.H.), Strikes / Counter Strikes, Hand Control Tactics, Baton Control Tactics, and Choke Holds and Headlock Escapes.

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

M.A.C.H. 6-10 are advanced control holds that are more aggressive in nature than M.A.C.H. 1-5 and do not have as natural a flow of transition. These advanced holds have a devastating ability to overwhelm an attacker.

This training provides the officer with advanced subject control options that build off of the M.A.C.H. techniques from Level 1, and reinforce the importance of movement and transitioning to respond to failure.

Strikes / Counter Strikes

These drills provide the officer with a set of striking and counter striking techniques that can be used to disrupt an attack, giving the officer an opportunity to engage the attacker or escape to a position of advantage. These techniques are designed for implementation into the M.A.C.H. Holds to facilitate a transition to a takedown into an arrest position.

Hand Control Tactics

These Hand Fighting Drills are designed to prepare the officer for situations where his/her attacker is too close to engage in M.A.C.H. techniques. This series of drills concludes with Combination Pummeling Drills to foster personal skill development and develop a persevering attitude.

This training teaches the officer how to gain an inside position and either disengage or takedown the attacker in situations where the attacker is too close to use other control options.

Baton Control Tactics

Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Level 1 introduces the concept of utilizing the baton as an extension of the hand to increase leverage in performing M.A.C.H. techniques. Level 3 Baton Control Tactics reinforces this concept by integrating the baton into M.A.C.H. 6-10. Advanced M.A.C.H. Baton techniques provide responses from both defending and controlling positions for situations where the officer is unable to immediately disrupt or disengage.

These techniques can be performed without a baton, but adding this tool for added leverage increases the devastating potential of the moves and allows for the escalation to lethal force.

This training also prepares the officer to defend against a baton attack in situations where the attacker has gained control of his/her baton or the attacker was already armed with a striking instrument.

Advanced Ground Defense and Escapes

These drills prepare the officer for situations where the officer finds himself/herself in a position of disadvantage (on your back on the ground) with the opponent remaining in a standing position and continuing his or her attack. These drills will cover an attack sequence that begins by keeping the attacker at bay by using feet defense tactics, then moving the attack in closer and using shin defense tactics, and finally moving the attack in close enough that the attacker can throw strikes. Ultimately these drills will enable the officer to protect from such attacks and gain a position of advantage (on top of the opponent).

Choke Holds and Headlock Escapes

Choke Hold and Headlock Escapes covers a series of drills that start with Strength techniques for escaping from a Headlock and progress into Skill techniques to correspond to the attacker’s ability to maintain the advantage. The most important thing to remember if you get caught in a Choke Hold or Headlock is not to panic. These techniques utilize Common Denominators to improve retention and arm you with the confidence and skill to counter a very dangerous attack.

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