HFRG DEFENSIVE TACTICS INSTRUCTOR COURSE
Course Description: 5 days, 40 hour course
through tactical, legal and medical research. Tactically, the system addresses the most
common types of resistance officers encounter, allowing the instructor to maximize training
on job related techniques. Legally, the PPCT System teaches a simple use of force
continuum that clarifies the appropriate force level for every level of resistance. Medical
research was conducted on every PPCT technique to refine technique efficiency and to
ensure the medical implications were proportional to the level of resistance.
1. To examine survival learning research in an effort to enhance survivability in combat
2. To instruct a subject control system that is compatible with the effects of survival stress.
3. To teach a subject control system based upon the four most common types of
4. To refine student technique to the instructor level.
5. To teach instructional methods designed to enhance a student’s ability to learn survival
techniques, increase his/her confidence level, and assist in the successful application
of physical techniques.
Use of Force Human Factors
This chapter examines survival stress research and provides students with information that
will enhance their survivability in combative situations and recommendations
regarding issues related to critical incident management.
Instructor Development and Training Protocols
This chapter reviews instructional methods designed to enhance a student’s ability to
learn survival techniques, increase his/her confidence level, and assist in the successful
application of physical techniques. Topics covered include the psychology of survival
training, motivational factors for learning survival skills, the neural basis of learning, and
the stimulus response training principle. This chapter also introduces PPCT training
protocols, including certification procedures, course protocols and registration
requirements, and classroom safety concerns.
PPCT Control Principles
This chapter introduces the basic training principles that form the foundation on which all
PPCT training systems are based. Topics discussed include components of acceptability,
the PPCT Resistance/Control Continuum, common types of resistance, principles of
controlling resistive behavior, survival reaction time, the reactionary gap, and tactical
PPCT Tactical Handcuffing System
This chapter presents the PPCT Tactical Handcuffing System, a highly effective process
that emphasizes a “commonality of technique” for application from the various handcuffing
positions standing, kneeling and prone. Also discussed are the types of subjects students
will encounter, the proper handcuffing grip, tactical considerations, handcuffing liability,
handcuffing myths, and handcuff selection and maintenance.
Escort Position and Joint Lock Control
This chapter provides students with the skills and knowledge required to control escort
position resistance and teaches techniques for follow-up control. It examines the escort
position, the most common forms of escort position resistance, joint locks, and follow-up
Escort position Transport wrist lock
Transport wrist lock take down Straight arm bar take down
Inside take down
Iron wrist lock take down
Pressure Point Control Tactics
This chapter teaches students how to effectively and justifiably utilize pressure point
control tactics for subject control. Topics include methods of application, nerve pressure
point of the neck and head.
Defensive Counter strikes
The defensive counterstrike chapter provides students with the skills and knowledge
required to not only determine when it is appropriate to strike a subject, but to deliver the
strike effectively as well. Topics include the tactical methodology of PPCT counter strikes,
the Fluid Shock Wave Principle of striking, defensive stances and blocks, and counter
strikes with the hands and legs.
Straight Punch Knee strike
Palm Heel strike Angle Kick
Brachial stuns Combinations of strikes into a take down
Radial strike All strikes are directed a nerve motor points.
Median strike Supra scapular strike
Brachial plexus tie-in Superficial strike
PPCT Shoulder Pin Restraint System
This chapter introduces the PPCT Shoulder Pin Restraint System as an alternative to the
traditional bilateral neck restraint, pursuant to PPCT’s goal of simplifying all aspects of
training by utilizing gross motor skills. A highly versatile technique, the PPCT Shoulder
Pin Restraint can be used as a low-level restraint to pin a subject to the ground, or it can
be used to render a subject unconscious in incidents of high-level resistance. The
chapter discusses the different types of neck restraints, the physiological factors of
vascular restraints, technical aspects of the Shoulder Pin technique, and force
PPCT Impact Weapon System
This chapter presents the PPCT Impact Weapon System, a highly effective process that
targets the PPCT nerve motor points. It examines the advantages and disadvantages
of collapsible batons, legal considerations of the PPCT nerve motor point system, the Fluid
Shock wave Principle of striking, and blocking.
PPCT Weapon Retention and Disarming System
This chapter examines the PPCT Weapon Retention and Disarming System, a simple
system based on gross motor skills. It examines the issues a student needs to consider
in preparing mentally and physically to disarm an assailant and the basic steps in the
PPCT retention and disarming procedures.
Weapon retention when weapon is out of the holster
Weapon take aways