Striking for Law Enforcement

Striking for Law Enforcement

Striking training is as important as grappling or shooting for law enforcement professionals. Every cop should be a warrior, and every warrior has to be a fighter to survive and with confidence and professionalism be able to enforce the law. 

 Throughout the years, striking has been one of the main pain compliance tools to gain control and restrain a suspect. Boxing and especially Muay Thai (Thai-Boxing) are the most effective on the field. Muay Thai has a significant advantage because it doesn’t use punches only but knees, kicks, and elbows, besides that Muay Thai has a large, simple, and very effective number of takedowns and takes down defenses and powerful clinch techniques that are very useful for law enforcement officers and that’s the reason many countries use Muay Thai for their police and military forces. The idea of “Don’t go to the ground” is still valid, but how to avoid the ground? How to protect yourself against someone punching or kicking you?  Imagine an officer fighting multiple suspects at a close distance. What would you do? Go to the ground? Draw your weapon? Think about it, or a suspect intentionally trying to bring the combat to the ground. Those are questions that statistics are not able to answer, but Law Enforcement professionals are facing striking assaults on a daily basis, and learning how to Protect, counter and answer can make a difference. Besides that, the level of confidence and awareness of an officer with striking training can result in a much safer arrest and less use of pepper sprays and tasers. Officers can also match the level of force to gain compliance, and with training, the amount of force will always be right.  And all the statistics are there to prove that an officer that is able to match the level of force is most likely to gain control because suspects will test the water and if they feel it is a hard fight the chances are they will give up. 

Class Performance objectives: Present multiple technique options for long weapon retention.

  • Clinch fighting and Pistol retention.
  • Striking and distance control.
  • When and how to use backup retention tools.
  • Secondary improvised weapon on a retention scenario.

Hours: 8 hours certification

Equipment:  Mats room, PT uniform or athletic clothes, Duty Belt, rubber handgun (blue gun) or similar training pistol, empty mags or training mags and flash light. Optional training knife, or similar.


  1. Safety check
  2. Full body mobility stretching
  3. Levantada tecnica
  4. The 1, 2, and 3 before the technical stand-up, radio (Not punishment)
  5. No mechanical device should replace training
  6. The breathing rule (mindset)
  7. Voice of command (mindset)
  8. Understanding the WR deadly force (Mindset policy)
  9. Interview stance vs fighting stance.
  10. Safety distance and stance would solve all our problems (mindset)
  11. Distance management and circling vs backing up
  12. Moving Forward
  13. Moving Backwards
  14. Moving Sideways
  15. Avoiding the ground and base
  16. Ineffective striking force is excessive force (BBB)
  17. Jab and cross
  18. Knee strike vs push
  19. Warm-up 1, 2, and knee
  20. Warm-up block, block 3, 3
  21. Warm-up gun grab, stop, knee, push, 1, 2 draw 
  22. Circular elbow
  23. Arrow frame to head and biceps (radio), knee
  24. Arrow frame to head and biceps (radio), Elbow
  25. Upper elbow to Arrow frame
  26. Arrow Push kick (also knife defenses)
  27. The violence of action and tools for striking
  28. Gun holstered, retention grip, frame, and knee
  29. Gun holstered, holster uppercut, frame, and knee
  30. Pistol strikes
  31. Draw Pistol grab, level, drive up, gun strikes
  32. Pistol grab, uppercut retention, directions of escape
  1. 1/2/3/2
  2. 1/2/low kick
  3. 1/2 knee
  4. 1/2/push kick
  5. Upper elbow/side elbow/clinch knee (VOA)
  6. Frame, push, push kick
  7. Blocks 1-2
  8. Blocks, push, and draw (draw push tool strike)
  9. Blocks, 2-3, pivot 2-3
  10. Back up officer’s scenario 
  11. Pistol stand-up drill (A Push palm strike, angle draw (don’t shoot your hands!), B gun grab. An uppercut retention wiggle to strike repeat) (Bonus Technique)
  12. Pistol Forward strike, twist pull, elbow, elbow, cano strike, rack (Bonus Technique)


Soon, video guide for the entire course.

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“You can only fight the way you practice” – Musashi

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