Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Special Operations Control Tactics – Introduction

On 4/18/11 (only 2 weeks away holy crap!) I will be presenting Special Operations Control Tactics at the 2011 SOTA conference.

This is a big opportunity for me and I am very excited.  I will be teaching Operators from every SWAT team in the upper midwest

I have been working on my introduction speach.  I thought I would post it here and test it out on all of you.  Feel free to make any suggestions or corrections in the comments. 

Also - Shameless self promotion warning - Any Operators in the upper midwest click the above link and sign up for the training.

Special Operations Control Tactics – Introduction

Hello, I am Kasey Keckeisen lead instructor of Special Operations Control Tactics
I am a Police Officer in Mounds View.  I am also a team leader and training coordinator for the Ramsey County SWAT team.  I am the United States Midwest Regional Director for an International Taiho Jutsu organization, and the Minnesota State Director for One-On-One Control Tactics. I have been training in martial arts for nearly 20 years.  I have a 5th degree black belt in Ju Jutsu, and 3rd degree black belts in Judo and Aikido.  

My exposure to SWAT started in 1999.  I was hired by the Battle Lake police department and helped as a role player for the Ottertail County ERT.  The team commander, Dean Nelson indicated a need for defensive tactics specific to swat.  Around 2000 I did my first SWAT defensive tactics class. 

I was hired by Mounds View in 2001 and started to run a Dojo out of a building owned by Greg ‘Sully” Sullivan.  Sully also addressed the need for control tactics specific to the requirements of SWAT teams and asked me to design a training program for his team.

I was in the process of designing that course when I met Terry Soukkala from Ramsey County SWAT.  I told Terry what I was working on.  He asked me why I never tried out for the Ramsey County team.  So I did.

I discovered what a martial artist, even what a patrol officer imagines a SWAT team needs is vastly different than what an experienced Operator knows he needs to achieve the goals of an operation.

I have spent nearly a decade refining testing and field applying the fundamental principles of these control tactics.

On every operation I’ve been on where subjects were present at the location it was necessary to physically control them until a deep clear was conducted and the investigating agency took over the scene.  

Those circumstances are greatly different than controlling a subject during regular patrol functions.

Even though it required on nearly every call out, very little training time is spent on how to control subjects on operations.

That is why Special Operations Control tactics was developed.

[Start power point]

The purpose of Special Operations Control Tactics is to provide Tactical Teams with reliable high percentage gross motor skill techniques to control subjects while maintaining Operator safety, weapon retention, and team safety

Upon entry, a team may encounter a subject/s that has no visible weapons but is non responsive to verbal commands.  Operators must control these subjects while one or both hands are occupied with an entry weapon

Non Responsive Subjects:
  • Frozen - Too shocked or scared to respond to commands
  • Deaf – can’t hear commands
  • Mentally Handicapped – Can’t Understand commands
  • Passive Resister – Won’t respond to commands
  • 3%er (see also determined combatant) – Wants to hurt you - Has nothing to gain by complying with commands – Wants to earn a reputation by hurting cops

  • Simple (motions you already know)
  • Efficient (Three motions or less)
  • Gross Motor Motion
  • Motion Defeats Strength (keep moving)
  • Practical Application

Every motion you make in SOCT is based on tactical motions you make on operations
8 Points of Motion
  • Shooting / Moving Stance – Basic Structure
  • 1&2 – Lateral Motion (Move and draw)
  • 3&4 – Circular Motion (Hook entry)
  • 5&6 – Opening Motion (Flash bang peek)
  • 7&8 – Entering Motion (Cross entry)

Three motions or less
The standard of effective technique - every move you do needs to meet three fundamental standards. These are:
1) It secures your perimeter (keeps you covered)
2) Disrupts his ability to attack you
3) Sets up your next move.

This happens with EVERY move you make, not every technique, but every move within that technique.
-Marc MacYoung

Gross Motor Skill
Gross motor skills are simple, large-muscle group actions like squats, push-ups and push/pull-type movements. Unlike fine and complex motor skills, gross motor skills do not deteriorate under stress, nor do they deteriorate under cold weather conditions - in fact, they may be enhanced by the effects of fear and stress.

Movement Defeats Strength
The success of tactical operations depends on stealth, speed, and violence of action.  After entry is made stealth is gone.  Speed + Violence of action = Movement. 

Subjects must be controlled “on the move”.  Subject control can not hinder the movement of the team or the completion of the operation

Practical Application
In order for a technique to be valid it must have four elements:

  • It must have a tactical use.

  • It must work moving or standing still. If you can’t hit hard when both you and the threat are moving, you can’t hit hard. If you can’t put a bullet on target on a moving target while you, yourself are moving, for all tactical purposes you can’t shoot.

  • It must work whether you can see or not

  • It must work when you are scared, under an adrenaline dump. If the technique needs a clear head and pinpoint precision to work, it doesn’t work.

From there on every thing else is physical hands on training.  Thanks for taking the time to read my speach.  Again, please leave any revisions you feel are necessary in the comments.  I may not listen to you but I appreciate your advice

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