SPONTANEOUS KNIFE INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR


    Course Description:  3 days, 24 hours

    The PPCT Spontaneous Knife Defense System is designed to meet the needs of students who are
    confronted by a spontaneous knife assault and unable to retrieve a weapon. It is based upon a
    realistic, yet highly aggressive, check-and-stun philosophy that employs gross motor skills that
    are compatible with the affects of survival stress. It reviews the fundamentals of basic knife
    systems; reviews the common grips, types of strokes, and lines of attack; and reviews defense
    strategies for both stalking assaults and spontaneous assaults inside the reactionary gap.

    Course Goals:
    1. To examine survival learning research and design methods for spontaneous knife defense
    systems.
    2. To identify the primary and secondary methods of offensive knife strategies.
    3. To teach the PPCT Spontaneous Knife Defense System and training methodology.
    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 section 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 section 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 positioning.

    Principles of Edged Weapon Assaults
    This section examines various philosophies regarding the tactical use of a knife as a lethal
    weapon. It explores the historical perspectives of the evolution of combat knife systems,
    including the influence of the Sykes/Fairbairn World War I system, the influence of Filipino
    knife training, and the current view of military special operations units.

    Vital Edged Weapon Targets
    This section discusses facts about human incapacitation resulting from a knife attack, and
    examines the difference between fatal cuts and cuts that will immediately immobilize a subject.
    This section also provides a foundation for the design methodology of the PPCT Spontaneous
    Knife Defense System.

    Fundamentals of Knife Martial Arts
    The effectiveness of any knife defense system is based on the student’s knowledge of how a
    knife can be used offensively. This section reviews the fundamentals of basic knife systems and
    includes an overview of common grips, types of strokes, and lines of attack.

    PPCT Spontaneous Knife Defense System
    This section introduces the PPCT Spontaneous Knife Defense System, based on a check, stun,
    and control principle that allows the student the option to disengage to cover or to follow-up for
    restraint and control. Defense strategies for both stalking assaults and spontaneous assaults
    inside the reactionary gap are presented.