Course Description: 3 day, 24 hrs course
The PPCT Pressure Point Control Tactics course was the first subject control system
designed based on tactical, legal and medical research. It was originally developed as a
supplement to existing defensive tactics or impact weapon systems. The course focuses
on two primary areas: Controlling low-level resistance with finger tip touch pressure to
nerve pressure points and controlling high-level resistance with defensive counter
strikes, which produce motor dysfunctions and controlled stuns.
1. To examine survival learning research in an effort to enhance survivability in
2. To identify the primary and secondary striking targets and their medical implications.
3. To identify the PPCT Fluid Shock Wave Principle, a system of striking that enhances
4. To teach the recommended PPCT methods of de-escalation.
5. To refine student technique to the instructor level.
6. 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 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. Practical application in the pressure pints of the head and
neck. Motor point strikes and joint manipulation.
Pressure points of the head and neck
Motor points of the legs and arms