Pressure Point & Control Tactics

The PPCT Pressure Point Control Tactics course became the first subject control system that adopted the tactical, legal, and medical research approach to system design. This three-day course was originally developed for correctional agencies, or to supplement existing defensive tactics or impact weapon systems. The course is broken down into areas: controlling low-level resistance with fingertip touch pressure to nerve pressure points and controlling high-level resistance through a defensive counter strike and baton which creates motor dysfunctions and controlled stuns. All of the techniques within the system have been tactically, legally, and medically researched.

Course Goals:
  • To examine survival learning research and design methods for subject control systems.
  • To identify the primary and secondary striking targets.
  • To identify the medical implications of targets.
  • To identify the PPCT Fluid Shock Wave Principle, a system of striking which enhances subject control.
  • To teach the PPCT Collapsible Baton/Impact Weapon striking system.
  • To teach the recommended PPCT methods of de-escalation.
Course Topics:
  • Survival Learning Research
  • PPCT Control Principles
  • Defensive Counterstrikes
Survival Learning Research:

This unit examines research from educational psychology, motor learning science and neurobiology, and applies the research to the design of use of force systems. The unit explains why simple gross motor skills and systems with few techniques, are more compatible to use of force training.

PPCT Control Principles:

The foundation of the PPCT training systems is based upon a series of training principles. This unit examines the PPCT Force Continuum, principles of control, survival reaction time and tactical positioning. Pressure Point Control Tactics: The core of this program effectively teaches corrections officer/police officers how to control subjects by applying as little as 2 pounds of finger touch pressure to selected pressure points on the head and neck. The application of these pressure points is to control low-level resistance.

Defensive Counterstrikes:

The defensive counterstrikes unit teaches reflexive reaction (blocks, hand strikes and kicks) to a physical attack when impact weapons or firearms are not appropriate.
The PPCT Impact Weapon System: The training from this unit can be deployed with a traditional straight baton, riot baton or a collapsible/telescoping baton. This effective system employs the use of nerve motor points as targets instead of joints and bones which decreases the potential of creating connective tissue damage and bone fractures.