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.

    Course Goals:
    1. To examine survival learning research in an effort to enhance survivability in
       combat situations.
    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
       subject control.
    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.

    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. Practical application in the pressure pints of the head and
    neck.  Motor point strikes and joint manipulation.

    Practical Techniques
    Pressure points of the head and neck
    Motor points of the legs and arms
    Joint Manipulation