Police Self-Protection Tactics

Applied Danzan-Ryu Jujitsu

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Course Outline

The class is taught in four sections.

  1. Objectives
    1. Instilling confidence
    2. Self protection
    3. Control of suspect
    4. Avoiding pitfalls

  2. Escapes
  3. Instruction in simple escape techniques should an officer find themselves restrained by one of the following:
    1. Headlock
    2. Choke
      1. Front
      2. Rear
      3. Figure four
    3. Bear hug
      1. Front
        1. Arms free
        2. Arms pinned
      2. Rear
        1. Arms free
        2. Arms pinned

  4. Gun Take-Away
  5. Methods of control and arrest for officers confronted by an armed suspect.
    1. Weapon held facing the officer
    2. Weapon held at officers back
    3. Officer held hostage
      1. Arm about neck, weapon at his head

  6. Weapons Retention
  7. Techniques an officer may employ when an attempt is made to unholster their weapon by a hostile subject.
    1. Gun
      1. Holster discussion and evaluation
      2. Frontal attack
      3. Rear attack
    2. Baton or PR-24
    3. Flashlight
    4. Shotgun
    5. Riot stick

  8. Take Downs
  9. Simple control holds and take downs for unarmed control of resisting subjects.
    1. Wrist take down
    2. Twist lock
    3. Finger come-a-long

  10. Handcuffing Techniques
  11. Standard techniques which allow officer control of suspect during handcuffing process.
    1. Twistlock
    2. Bentwrist
    3. Kneeling
    4. Prone

  12. Search Of Suspects
    1. Well defined pattern search
      1. Assurance that officer's in custody suspect is safe for transportation.
      2. When to search a suspect
      3. Searching officer's vehicle
    2. Opposite sex search policies

  13. Vehicle Extraction
  14. Techniques of removal of belligerent or resisting suspects from their vehicles.
    1. Person locked in vehicle
    2. Gripping wheel

  15. Vehicle Approach Exercise
  16. Game sets up various scenarios for officers to approach stopped cars. The motivation and history of each of the three types of participants are randomly selected from the game card set.

  17. Carotid Control
    1. Legal aspects
    2. Correct application
    3. Follow up procedures
    4. Required safety precautions

Homework Assignments

  1. Assignment due second class
  2. Assignment due third class
  3. Assignment due forth class

Recommended Reading and Videos

* Books

* Videos

Reactive Knife

The Defensive Maneuvers

The defensive maneuvers are designed to be effective by either a right or left handed person being attacked by a person with a weapon in either hand.

* Initial Movement - Closest Hand

The hand that is closest to the attack at the moment of first perception is the hand that initiates the first movement.

The palm down technique is designed to give the officer the best possible protection for the intercepting arm, regardless of the type of attack.

* Secondary Movement - Cover and Clear

The officer uses their other hand (off-hand) to initiate a covering movement, this prevents any downward redirection of the initial attack. Use the off-hand to push or redirect the attackers knife hand up and over. The officer is clear of the attacker, outside the knife hand.

* Final Movement - Transition Point

Each defensive maneuver ends in the Transition Point. The inside hand is positioned on the attackers shoulder or upper arm of the knife hand and the outside hand is position on the wrist of the knife hand. Either push the attacker away (disengage) and gain reactionary distance. Or use a distraction technique and disarm, takedown or other control technique.


Inter-Limb Interaction 
An involuntary contraction of an individual's hand and finger muscles under stressful conditions.

Law Enforcement Officer

Reactionary Gap
The distance it take for an individual to successfully implement Reaction Time concepts. Increase the reactionary gap by placing stationary objects, as well as distance, between yourself and the attacker.

Range of Response Continuum

Reaction Time
The time necessary to nullify or counter an attack. The process steps associated with reaction time are:

Reaction Time Corollarys
The following conditions either impede or improve Reaction Time depending on the awareness of the officer.

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The instructors are both AJJF Certified Black Belts who train at Kodai No Bushido in Santa Clara, California.

* Matt Bigham, Nidan

* Jaya R. Carl, Sandan

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