“When officers with minimal training are faced with a stressful situation and rapidly evolving circumstances involving a violent combative person, they will generally experience a fear based response. During this time, Officers not confident in their control tactics may instinctually revert to ineffective tactics or a higher level of force than needed including deadly force. In some cases they may hesitate which could result in the officer becoming a victim of a violent crime.”
Nearly every encounter begins with the Officer/EMS Professional standing in close proximity of the suspect/patient. Most fights will go to the ground and when it does, we need a plan. "It's better to learn to swim before you get pushed in the water" (Not our quote but it makes so much sense!)
Jiu Jitsu focuses on timing and leverage rather than brute strength and force so the beauty is that anyone can do it! Students learn sudden assault defense strategies enabling them to neutralize the immediate threat of an aggressive subject, retain control of their weapons during the fight and achieve a position of advantage so they can utilize appropriate non violent force options and get back to their feet.
According to the FBI, approximately 12% of Police Officers are killed each year with their own firearm. Why is it happening? Are Officers taking their gun out too close? Are suspects removing the Officers gun from their unsecure holster during the fight? Probably a mix of both but either way any percent other than 0% is too many.
Students are taught a series of simple, yet highly effective, weapon retention principles which will defeat an attacker's attempt to disarm the Officer from any position in the fight.
For Law Enforcement, victory isn’t achieved until the subject is in handcuffs and students will learn different handcuff techniques from virtually every position in the fight.
For EMS and Fire professionals, disengaging a combative patient could result in the patient attacking EMS or bystanders again. The safest option may be to control the patient to keep them safe.
From 2015 through 2019, there were 234,944 police officers assaulted in the line of duty.
In 2014, it was estimated that 2,600 EMS professionals were assaulted in the field.
These are only the reported numbers which are believed to be much higher. Considering a large portion of society has no respect for law and order and consequences for ones own actions seem nonexistent, these assaults will continue.
Police Officers interested in being sponsored for the GST training can email us at info@HeroesSelfDefense.Org
Amazing true testimonials from Police Defensive Tactics Instructors on the GST. "GST has been a game changer from a technique, officer safety and culture stand point" "Don't let Officers be victims of old school methodolgy".