The PPCT Ground Avoidance Ground Escape Course is designed to teach students how to avoid being taken to the ground and how to effectively escape if they do find themselves there.  It reviews tactics for both open and narrow environments; reviews the four most common ground positions and escapes; and refines the student’s physical technique.

Course Goals:

1. To examine survival learning research in an effort to enhance officer survivability in a combat situation.

2. To instruct a ground avoidance and ground escape system that is compatible with the effects of survival stress.

3. To teach officers how to avoid being taken to the ground and how to effectively escape if they are grounded.

Course Topics:

Use of Force Human Factors

This chapter examines survival stress research and provides officers with information that will enhance their survivability in a combative situation and recommendations regarding issues related to critical incident management.

PPCT Control Principles

This chapter examines the basic training principles that form the foundation on which all PPCT training systems are based. Topics discussed include components of acceptability, PPCT Resistance/Control Continuum, common types of resistance, principles of controlling resistive behavior, survival reaction time, the reactionary gap, and tactical positioning.

Ground Avoidance and Ground Escape

This chapter teaches officers how to avoid being taken to the ground and how to effectively escape if they are grounded. Topics discussed include falling techniques, ground avoidance techniques, ground defense positions, ground escapes, headlock escapes, and defenses against chokes.

Course Length:  20 hours (2.5 days)