Legacy Courses

Below is a list of legacy courses that HFRG/PPCT developed from nearly the last forty years. Nearly all of these courses are still being run by agencies today. Some of the courses listed below are a sub-section from a large course. Like the TPR UoF, Edged Weapon, Ground Control and Tactical Firearms courses, HFRG plans to update many of these courses to reflect the threat pattern recognition and movement study research.

Pressure Point Control Tactics
Course Description: 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 and the baton, which produce motor dysfunctions and controlled stuns.

Disruptive Student Management
Course Description: The PPCT Disruptive Student Management Course is designed to control the “physical actions” of student violence. This course does not explore the psychology of violence or the socioeconomic or family issues that lead to violence. Instead, the course focuses on controlling actions of physical violence directed at another student, a teacher, or another staff member. The techniques are very specific to actions of physical violence that teachers commonly encounter. They are not based on a general premise of self-defense that simply utilizes martial arts techniques; rather they are based on principles of control and/or evasion.

Dynamic Simulation
Course Description: This 40-hour course is designed to teach students to teach others how to create and facilitate court-defensible practical learning simulations that closely replicate the environments and stress levels officers face in real-life street situations, to allow students to experience such events in a safe learning environment where they can make mistakes and learn from them without risk to their personal safety. The basic principles and procedures covered in this program can be applied to firearms, defensive tactics, aerosol weapons, batons, or virtually any other type of physical skill training applicable to the criminal justice field. This course prepares students to instruct the PPCT Dynamic Simulation basic course; refines the student’s knowledge base; and presents instructional methods for teaching survival skills.

Escape and Evasion
Course Description: The PPCT Escape and Evasion Instructor Course provides insight into the principles of avoidance, escape, and evasion. It reviews the sympathetic nervous system’s impact on survival; reviews techniques for avoiding pending aggression by becoming aware of certain threat cues; reviews techniques for countering and escaping from escalating levels of physical threats; refines the student’s physical technique; and presents instructional methods for teaching survival skills.

Inmate Control
Course Description: The PPCT Inmate Control System is the first subject control system developed through tactical, legal and medical research. Tactically, the system addresses the most common types of resistance officers encounter, allowing the instructor to maximize training on job related techniques. Legally, the PPCT Inmate Control System teaches a simple use of force continuum that clarifies the appropriate force level for every level of resistance. Medical research was conducted on every PPCT technique to refine technique efficiency and to ensure the medical implications were proportional to the level of resistance.

Weapon Retention and Disarming
Course Description: The PPCT Weapon Retention and Disarming System is a simple system based on gross motor skills. Based on tactical, legal and medical research, the course examines the issues a student needs to consider in preparing mentally and physically to disarm an assailant and presents the basic steps in both the PPCT weapon retention and weapon disarming systems.

Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARP)
Course Description: The PPCT Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARP) course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of women when control methods and assault prevention methods are required. Principles and strategies for effectively reducing the likelihood of assault through actual techniques of countering an attack are stressed in this program. Utilizing efficient and effective methods of subject control that do not rely on size and strength, PPCT has developed a training system that can be used by just about everyone who is interested in personal safety.

Violent Patient Management (VPM)
Course Description: Health care facilities and services are constantly faced with the increased violence toward their staff. The PPCT Violent Patient Management System is specifically designed to control patient violence using medically approved techniques that meet the control needs of staff, while meeting the liability concerns of administrators. It was developed from the medically researched PPCT subject control systems, designed over twenty years ago for the criminal justice community. The techniques are designed to assist staff personnel in controlling patients for medical treatment or in defending themselves in the case of an unexpected assault. All of the techniques have been medically researched and approved by four different medical studies (available upon request). These techniques meet the control needs of staff, while meeting the liability concerns of administrators.