Systems of defensive tactics tend to be burdened with techniques that assume ideal conditions under controlled environments. While impressively fancy, they wither against the stress of a real world, spontaneous attack. To master anything, you must demystify it. Violence is no different. To protect yourself or a principal against the possibility of a violent attack you must demystify the assumptions that underwrite it and the (often) subconscious impulses that weigh down our response to the prospect of violence ('the attacker is too amped up, too strong, too skilled, too crazy...'). Fortunately, our bodies are adapted to defend against the most dangerous kinds of attack--the spontaneous attack. And, tactically, there is no meaningful difference between defending oneself and defending another. The only difference is the end strategy--and that is an issue of context. Stopping an attack is stopping an attack. Then, depending on your role and context, strategies fork in different directions. For a cop, you stop the attack and then the end strategy is control and arrest; for a law-abiding citizen, you stop the attack and then the end strategy is to get to safety; for executive protection, you stop the attack and then the end strategy is to cover and evacuate. Regarding the last, we all have some experience protecting others. When we walk with our mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, friends and family, we adopt the mindset, consciously or not, that we will protect them, if necessary. The real purpose of training, if it has any value, is to refine and develop that impulse and the accompanying experience that comes with it and tailor it to a professional context--to protect a principal.
EPI has collaborated with many subject matter specialists in their respective fields and offer systems to meet your defensive tactics needs.
Close Quarter Tools, bridging instinctual to tactical responses and non violent postures. (3 hrs.)
Edged Weapons and Blunt Instruments (3 hrs.)
Multiple Attackers and Ground Fighting (3 hrs.)
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