The very foundation of defensive tactics is knowing what constitutes an attack in the first place. There are three elements that contribute to an attack—intent, weapon, and delivery system—and all three need to be present for an assault to succeed.
Understanding why something is done a certain way helps straighten the learning curve, and handcuffing is one area where a little bit of learning goes a long way. That’s because bad things happen when handcuffing is done improperly. Of course, handcuffing is taught in all of our local departments and training academies, but in my experience, the quality and consistency of that instruction still varies.
At the end of the day, there is inherent risk in any style of martial art; after all, it’s physical combat. But for a professional who runs the very real risk of fighting every day on the job, the benefits of martial arts training far outweigh the risks.
These courses lay the rudimentary foundation for the participant to start teaching his or her new skill set. But 8, 24 or even 40 hours in a class isn’t nearly enough time to have the working knowledge needed to run a successful training course. Certification is the beginning, not the end; on an ongoing basis for participants should review course material, formulate lesson plans, and most importantly, continue to sharpen their physical skills.