Our mission is to help law enforcement personnel dramatically reduce or eliminate the use of excessive/lethal force by providing them with the necessary skills, knowledge, and confidence to effectively use unarmed, non-lethal force (when possible) while detaining and making arrests.
Law enforcement certainly has its hands full today. “Defund the police” signs are everywhere. The constant calls to “defund (or abolish) the police” are coming from all angles, and as if that weren’t enough there’s the general public (not all) who are at times disrespectful, uncooperative, combative and sometimes violent. Certainly, a recipe for disaster
Unfortunately, excessive force claims against law enforcement nationwide have risen dramatically. Thankfully, allegations of excessive force are just that – allegations. Nevertheless, every interaction with the public has the potential for these allegations to arise. Regrettably, (for the department, its officers as well as the taxpayer) some of these interactions with the public do indeed become excessive force lawsuits with millions of dollars paid out each year (both in proven cases and unfortunately pre-trial settlements) not to mention the countless law enforcement careers that are forever ruined.
It always comes down to training. Doesn’t it? If the goal is to protect law enforcement (and the public) from excessive force allegations and the lawsuits that come along with it, what action is being taken to reach this goal?
If annual firearms qualifying/proficiency is required is non-lethal force proficiency required as well? Are there consistent training mechanisms in place to be certain law enforcement have the necessary skills and confidence to use non-lethal force BEFORE excessive/deadly force is used? If training mostly consists of lethal force tactics, that is what the officer will fall back on. Especially, during high stress situations. Non-lethal force training can help officers gain the necessary skills and confidence to detain and make arrests while reducing the chances that excessive force will be used. Training though must be consistent for officers to have 100% confidence in their ability to use it. Training techniques (compliance, restrain, and arrest training) must be quick, simple, realistic, and most importantly highly effective. If not, then officers will have no confidence in its use and will resort to more aggressive means of control. This versatile training can be used by individual officers as well as team members.
Do the same complaints/concerns (or specific issues) keep appearing? Are personnel or detainees consistently injured during restraining/arrests? Is there a common issue/concern shared by personnel? Has there been an increase in excessive force complaints? These are some of the questions we ask in order to have a better understanding of exactly how we can help. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your thoughts, ideas and concerns.
Do you have auxiliary or specialized personnel in your ranks that do not carry firearms but are in need of new and/or ongoing training to help keep them safe? We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can help.
Knowledge, skills and training not often practiced are lost, forgotten, used incorrectly or not used at all. If you have concerns about personnel being ready, focused and most importantly possessing the necessary skills and confidence to successfully detain, control and make arrests without the risk of excessive force accusations we can certainly help.
We are happy to work alongside police unions, police union attorneys and D.A.’s to develop programs to increase the overall protection (physical & legal) of law enforcement personnel. Non-lethal training will assist in accomplishing both of these goals. An additional benefit of conferring with unions, union attorneys and/or D.A.’s is that it allows for the opportunity to see where more training may be needed and to help ensure the best protection and outcome for law enforcement.
Being well prepared beforehand is the key to avoiding excessive force allegations. Personnel who continuously train have a better understanding and gain the confidence to use non-lethal force measures (when possible) which helps to better protect both the officer and the public they serve.
Since all law enforcement personnel come in contact with people of different shapes, sizes, aggressiveness/combativeness and fighting abilities it is imperative that every officer has a thorough understanding of all non-lethal force options and gains the confidence to perform to their fullest potential regardless of their size, ability and/or experience. All of our instruction revolves around useful, effective, and quick techniques using minimal strength/force.
In the past, John has worked with NYPD officers to help them become more proficient in unarmed, non-lethal subdue/hold and arrest techniques. His goal is to continue working with multiple law enforcement agencies to assist them in learning and mastering non-lethal methods to effectively handle and contain combative/violent members of the public. John believes only continuous training will better protect both the officer and the public they serve. Helping to reduce excessive force allegations, lawsuits, and injuries.
John has been studying martial arts since 1984. Along with his 7th degree Black Belt in Fuji Ryu Ju Jutsu, he is also one of the few active instructors in New York State who is certified in Chanbara (Goshindo) under Master Dana Abbott. Goshindo is a weapons art (long & short sword, Nito (two swords), knife, Naginata, Yari, and Staff (safety padded) which is closely related to Iaido, Kendo and Kenjutsu. John has also won numerous 1st place awards in multiple weapons fighting divisions. He also holds the rank of Shodan in Sosiushitsu Ryu Ju Jutsu. A Koryu (classical) Samurai Japanese Ju Jutsu art dating back to 1650. He also holds a 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do from the New York Institute of Martial Arts. Sensei John has been studying with Master Tony Bottan since 1991.
Acknowledging that all law enforcement personnel come in different shapes, sizes, abilities, and experiences John makes certain every officer has a thorough understanding of what is taught and gains the confidence to perform to their fullest potential regardless of their size, ability and/or experience. Throughout any training session John remains a very active, helpful, energetic, and hands-on instructor always taking the time to be certain each person he trains with has a full understanding of everything that is demonstrated and as such can successfully execute what was taught.
We are based in New York City. Will travel to your location.
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