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Video: Using the ‘T-Kick’

Police1 columnist Duane Wolfe discusses how officers can effectively utilize a leg kick against an assailant

In this Tactical Tips police training video, Duane Wolfe and Lee Shaykhet address a noticeable hesitancy among some police officers to engage physically with suspects, despite their extensive training and the array of tools at their disposal.

Duane emphasizes the importance of being prepared to use physical force when necessary, introducing a specific leg kick technique aimed at enhancing officers’ self-defense capabilities. This technique is designed to address concerns with other commonly taught kicks, such as the front kick and roundhouse kick, which can be less effective or risky in certain situations. By focusing on maintaining balance and minimizing the chance of a counterattack, the technique is intended to offer a practical and efficient option for officers in the field.

This article, originally published September 4, 2015, has been updated

In February 2014, Duane Wolfe retired from his career as a Minnesota Peace Officer after more than 25 years of service (beginning in 1988). During his career, he served as a patrolman, sergeant, S.R.T., use of force and firearms instructor. He was a full-time law enforcement instructor at Alexandria Technical & Community College in Alexandria, Minnesota for 28 years. Duane has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Bemidji State University and a Masters Degree in Education from Southwest State University.