Defensive tactics training: A thoughtful observation of an arrest gone wrong

As a police officer, martial artist and defensive tactics instructor, I have never learned, taught, or used what I would call a “chokehold”


Having been an active street cop for the entire 33 years of my police career, as well as an active police trainer for 43 years, in this year-long series I plan to share some of the defensive tactics techniques that helped me prevail on the street. I will present a variety of defensive tactics in a format that allows you to follow the instructions and practice the technique. Remember practice makes prepared.

We must ban police chokeholds” is the refrain currently being sounded by many politicians nationwide. This call has been made by people without training and experience. Therefore, as someone with training and experience, looking at the situation thoughtfully, I would like to share some observations.

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