The average police agency requires only 4 hours of Defensive Tactics update training every 2 years and between 200-600 hours of administrative required training annually. Considering every personal encounter is a possible assault, what can we realistically expect from an Officer with minimal training under stress with rapidly evolving circumstances involving a violent combative subject..
EMS Professionals are provided with tons of training on how to treat patients and save lives but most receive no formal training in protecting themselves or their patient. With overdoses increasing and patients experiencing altered mental status, EMS Professionals primary responsibility is their personal safety.
" One of the worst-case scenarios for a law enforcement officer is to be taken to the ground by an aggressive subject. The GST course trains participants to use reliable leverage-based techniques to neutralize the initial barrage of strikes and escape from underneath the subject to regain a position of advantage. Additionally, since the techniques do not rely on strength, speed, or athleticism, they can be employed by smaller officers against larger, stronger subjects." https://www.gracieuniversity.com/Pages/Public/Informationpages/graciesurvivaltactics2
Believe it or not, there are Operators who refuse to obey a lawful request to exit their vehicle. However, most agencies do not teach Officers efficient techniques to remove the occupant by violent means.
What that leads to it Brute Strength and Force (Tug of War-see video below), Unorthodox/Ineffective Tactics (Strikes to the Face and Asp Strikes), and the Officer Exhausting before the Suspect.
Students learn efficient, safe, and nonviolent removal strategies keeping everyone safe.
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 from standing and ground positions which will defeat an attacker's attempt to disarm the Officer from any position in the fight.
A common natural reaction for a person being punched in the face is to turn away, leaving their back exposed. With MMA, UFC on Television and Backyard Brawling becoming more popular in society, even an untrained person with an opportunity can apply a wrap their arm around a neck. Without the proper escape strategy, Officers/EMS can succumb to exhaustion which could lead to detrimental results.
Edged weapons can come from just about anywhere and First Responders need to have a plan to stop the barrage of cuts. From standing to the ground, students learn simple defense strategies.
For Law Enforcement, victory isn’t achieved until the subject is in handcuffs. Students will learn different handcuffing techniques from virtually every position in the fight, after they have exhausted the suspect.
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The average person will pass out from a proper "choke" in under 10 seconds followed by possible brain damage just after 30 seconds and possibly death after one minute. (These are approximates) With MMA and UFC being popular in society, is it a good idea First Responders know how to escape a choke?
Not only does an Jiu Jitsu provide students with control and exhaust techniques but it also provides students with confidence, not cockiness, and a level of calmness to handle stress more efficiently.
From 2015 through 2019, there were 234,944 police officers assaulted in the line of duty. In 2019 alone, 56,034 officers were assaulted and of those, 17,188 sustained injuries.
In 2014, it was estimated that 2,600 EMS professionals were assaulted in the field.
According to the FBI, the numbers for 2020 are expected to be the highest.
Police Officers interested in being sponsored for the GST training can find out more here and click the application link below: https://www.gracieuniversity.com/Pages/Public/Informationpages/graciesurvivaltactics2
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".