Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Mechanical Advantage Control Holds™ (M.A.C.H.) Training System

Consistent. Effective. Practical. Defendable.

M.A.C.H. Arrest Control and Defensive Tactics

Controlled F.O.R.C.E. M.A.C.H. 2 Baton Takedown

Controlled F.O.R.C.E. is the developer and sole source provider of the Mechanical Advantage Control Holds™ (M.A.C.H.) System, which establishes a national standard of subject control and defensive tactics training that has been adopted into doctrine, training curriculum, and use of force policy at all levels of law enforcement, corrections, security, and military.

M.A.C.H. Training System

We have developed a reality-based lesson plan utilizing the compounding drill format of the M.A.C.H. building block system. Our training drills and exercises are designed to maximize the repetition of simple yet effective gross motor skill techniques to hone muscle memory and increase officer retention.

The Controlled F.O.R.C.E. M.A.C.H. Holds™ are a series of five techniques that use positioning, movement, joint manipulation, leverage, and the resisting subject’s own body momentum to enable the law enforcement officer to subdue the subject in a controlled manner. These five holds can flow from one to another, in any sequence, allowing the officer to adjust to the subject’s unpredictable actions.

The M.A.C.H. System is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to enhance his or her continued development in defensive tactics training. Controlled F.O.R.C.E. training has been developed and is taught in such a manner as to assure a high level of retention for all students, even though the program is taught by many different instructors.

M.A.C.H. Training Philosophy

The Controlled F.O.R.C.E. training program fosters the mindset of utilizing movement to maintain control of a non-compliant operating environment and to be effective in close quarters situations. Our Instructors put into practice the concept that "Movement is Life" and that law enforcement officers must be trained to expect failure of any given non-lethal tactic.

All techniques that we teach in the M.A.C.H. System are designed to fail. Our training teaches students to focus on transitions between techniques rather than the techniques themselves because no one tactic is going to work every time. By instilling the student with the concept that the techniques will fail, the training provides the student with the skills needed to respond to failure by transitioning to another technique or disengage and escalate force if necessary. Our goal is to increase officer safety, both in the training room and on the street.

Another important component to our training program is the emphasis on simple yet effective team tactics and communication techniques to enable law enforcement officers to work with each other (rather than against each other) to safely control a non-compliant subject. We utilize easy to remember terminology, such as “Lock and Clear,” that allows partners to communicate with each other when working together to subdue a subject. By enhancing teamwork, the M.A.C.H. System increases safety and effectiveness in arrest situations where more than one officer is present.

M.A.C.H. Training Safety

All of our drills are designed with training safety in mind, emphasizing “light hands” and officer awareness. We train with the philosophy that just as iron sharpens iron, man sharpens man. Our system is based on non-pain compliance techniques. By utilizing joint manipulation and mechanical advantage, officers can practice on one another without causing pain or injury, which means they will be more willing get more repetitions and become more proficient in the skills.

Each drill in our lesson plan builds into other drills. This building block system allows for a realistic approach to preparing an officer to perform arrest control and self-defense techniques. Our Instructors know from experience that the techniques work in real situations, and they are taught to convey to their students that you do not need to practice the techniques at full speed. Practicing at full speed increases the chance of injury in training. The key is to develop proper techniques in training, because when it comes time to apply them in real situations, you won’t have to think about going full speed - it will happen naturally.

Pictured: M.A.C.H. Team Arrest Tactics and In-Holster Weapon Retention practice "Movement is Life".

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