HFRG

Edged Weapon Countermeasures

Edged Weapon Countermeasures
Previously known as Spontaneous Knife Defense (SKD)

The new Edged Weapon Countermeasures course is based upon the reality of an imminent Lethal Force Engagement. As with our Tactical Firearms System (being chaired by Aubrey Futrell), we adopted human factor variabilities of a narrow bandwidth, and the Incapacitation Template. The Incapacitation Template includes:

  • Check

  • Distract & Disrupt (distract cognitive intent, while disrupting homeostasis and balance)

  • Assess (situational awareness and postural control)

  • Incapacitate (with immediate and decisive effects)

Subsequent to the increased threats to criminal justice officers, “I” decided it was time to accelerate the decisive effectiveness of our techniques. Thus, Occipital Stuns, OS Crack-Back’s and CQB Engagement of the Pelvis have been included into the systems.

Inside of the Reactionary Gap techniques include Trap Checks, Check / Stun Splits, followed by Distract & Disrupt Kicks to the Superficial Peroneal. If the Situational Assessment requires follow-up, Incapacitation will be facilitated through a Brachial Stun, Occipital Stun, Crack-Backs, or CQB Firearms engagement to the Pelvis.

The above design and technique methodology is a convergence of U.S. Army SERE, CIA and Special Operations communities from 1987 through 2010. Thus, we have included a model that has “established” past performance, but a model that also is consistent with the 2010 Human Factor, Deep Learning and macro/micro pattern recognition neural network research.


Manual availability for the Edged Weapon course is slated to be released by the end of June 2019. Previous Instructor Trainers of SKD will need to be re-certified in Edged Weapon before continuing to teach. The IT class for Edged Weapon is now combined with the Ground Control Systems curriculum, making that pair a full five day Instructor Trainer course. For more information regarding the application for an Edged Weapon IT Course, please contact the office.