GROUND AVOIDANCE GROUND ESCAPE (GAGE)


    Course Description:  3 days, 24 hours

    The PPCT Ground Avoidance Ground Escape Course is designed to teach students how to avoid
    being taken to the ground and how to effectively escape if they do find themselves there. It
    reviews tactics for both open and narrow environments; reviews the four most common ground
    positions and escapes. refines the student’s physical technique; and presents instructional
    methods for teaching survival skills.

    Course Goals:
    1. To examine survival learning research in an effort to enhance officer survivability in a
    combat situation.
    2. To instruct a ground avoidance and ground escape system that is compatible with the
    effects of survival stress.
    3. To teach officers how to avoid being taken to the ground and how to effectively escape if
    they are grounded.
    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.

    Course Topics:

    Use of Force Human Factors
    This chapter examines survival stress research and provides officers with information that will
    enhance their survivability in a combative situation 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 examines the basic training principles that form the foundation on which all PPCT
    training systems are based. Topics discussed include components of acceptability, PPCT
    Resistance/Control Continuum, common types of resistance, principles of controlling resistive
    behavior, survival reaction time, the reactionary gap, and tactical positioning.

    Ground Avoidance and Ground Escape
    This chapter teaches officers how to avoid being taken to the ground and how to effectively
    escape if they are grounded. Topics discussed include falling techniques, ground avoidance
    techniques, ground defense positions, ground escapes, headlock escapes, and defenses against
    chokes.