|Here are a few comments from Law Enforcement agents from various countries and what they say about the Program.|
|New York – USA|
|Lieutenant Gary Gione (Ret.) Elite Defensive Tactics 2023 Crompond Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 (914) 962-3267 www.elitedefensivetactics.com
For twenty years and twenty days, I served in the largest Police Department in the world, the N.Y.P.D. I have effected and or supervised over 5,000 arrests in my career.
|Stockholm – Sweden|
|Detective Inspector Henrik Engelkes Stockholm Regional CID, Narcotics Division.
The first time I used (Kyusho) pressure points to control a suspect I was surprised that it worked so well. Some people had told me that the points won’t work when the suspect is under the influence of drugs, so I couldn’t be sure of the effect. But the pressure points have never failed. The officers I regularly teach in self defense and pressure points are also very satisfied with the techniques in their everyday work.
I use Kyusho) basically every time I touch, grab or throw someone. Usually the suspect doesn’t really understand that I am well prepared if he chooses to resist the arrest. Many of the points I use in my work do not hurt when accessed, only when applied with some force. But at that stage it is already too late for the suspect to do anything about it. He is already on the ground or in a controlled position. Furthermore the pain from the point will be reduced shortly after the pressure is gone and it will seldom leave any marks on the body. And those factors are good for many reasons. One is that you know that you haven’t hurt anyone for real and another is that the suspect also can accept the short but painful technique since the pain actually did diminish or disappear very shortly after.
Some people argue that people under the influence of drugs doesn’t feel pain. And thus should the pressure points be useless. That, in my experience, is not true. It doesn’t really matter if they feel the pain. The nervous system will still react as predicted most of the times. It isn’t the pain that is the key; it is the physical reaction to the stimuli. Pain can be good in training, because it tells us that we are on the nerves.
From a legal security aspect the pressure points are of great value. The knowledge of (Kyusho) pressure points in a law enforcement agency makes the need of violent and heavy force techniques less. That is of course good for the citizen that is being subjected to the force. A suspect that is being detained or arrested shouldn’t be hurt by the officers, if possible. When the officer goes to home after work he or she will feel a lot better if no one has been hurt or unnecessary rough treated due to the lack of good techniques.
Pressure points are the knowledge that will make law enforcement agencies a lot safer for both parties. They are easy to learn and to integrate into already existing systems. The officer doesn’t need to learn new techniques; they just need to understand the mechanisms of the body and the techniques a little bit more. The nerves are under the skin, and the reactions when pressure is applied to them are mostly predictable since many of the points activate reflex reactions that can be studied. There is nothing strange about pressure points; it is plain knowledge of body functions and especially about the nervous system.
I can recommend the use of (Kyusho) pressure points for all law enforcement personnel. I will also recommend that you always use a certified instructor when implementing the knowledge into an official system.
|Iowa – USA|
|Christopher M. Smaby, Training Officer Linn County Sheriff’s Office Cedar Rapids, Iowa
As an unarmed tactical law enforcement instructor for the past 24 years, I have found the skills taught by Mr. Pantazi and Kyusho International to be the most useful and effective in real life situations. Mr. Pantazi’s organized approach is both practical and realistic and is far superior than any other system I have ever trained in. Kyusho has been a part of my curriculum for years and will continue to be so.
|Palermo – Italy|
|Marcello GiannolaPolizia di Stato in Palermo (Italy)
“During the service control of the territory have stopped a stranger who was without the proper permit us were preparing to accompany him at the Forensic science to make a photograph, and subsequently transported to the nearest reception center to subsequent deportation. We make a personal control but when we said him that he must come with us in the car, it opposed resistance , with their hands on the roof of the car service and left foot on the platform. My colleague who was trying to enter it by pushing, explaining him that if he had opposed further we could use the handcuffs as an alternative. The opponent has to continuous oppose using their hands and left foot, so I helped my colleague, pressing with the knuckles on the point GB23 situated on the right side, debilitating the support leg and taken on removing the left arm and help him enter in the car.”
Name and Picture witheld for security reasons.
As a United States Federal Air Marshal, I have been trained in a variety of different self-defense styles that have given me the proper tools to defend myself as well as my country. While these self-defense styles may vary in execution and method, they all share a similar technique and principal. Kyusho is one of the core foundations that the Federal Air Marshal agency has used to help better equip their agents to be prepared to defend themselves against any style of attack. Kyusho uses simplistic yet highly effective techniques to disarm, restrain, prevent or stop an individual from completing any type of physical assault. With the basic understanding and use of Kyusho I am able to not only apply the methods to potential life-threatening situations, but also incorporate the underlying fundamental movements in any other type of self-defense technique I may use.
I have had many qualified and experienced instructors train me in an assortment of martial art and self-defense styles; however none have been able to communicate, instruct and deliver their knowledge like Evan Pantazi. I have been fortunate enough to work with Evan Pantazi in a personal and individual setting and his understanding and application of Kyusho is as effective and applicable as any instruction I have received. His ability to tailor Kyusho’s methods to suit that of the small and unique environment of an aircraft is only one example of how effective and relative Evan’s principals are to my job description. Evan has given me a new and dynamic way to fight and defend myself in any situation.
|Lisbon – Portugal|
|João Ramalho Officer – Unidade Operacional da Guarda Nacional Republicana (special anti-riot unit) Self Defense Instructor Portugal
Despite my own personal experience in Martial Arts, for many years I have researched and searched for self-defense systems that could be adapted to my professional situation of being a Law Enforcement Agent.
All techniques, theories and strategies I contacted in the many traditional martial arts I experienced during my search were simply not compatible with the limits of intervention imposed by the Portuguese laws.
In the firm belief of finally having found an approach that could be adapted to these strict restraints imposed by my activity, I met Evan Pantazi for the first time in Barcelona at a Law Enforcement Seminar.
After my years of pursuit, I understood then that all the questions I had and were never answered were systematically being addressed in an intuitive and simple way by the program that was being presented.
A program that introduced a level of control that permitted me to maintain complete restraint with little effort, and do so without compromising the physical integrity of the offender.
As I introduced pressure points (Kyusho) in my teaching activity at the Unidade Operacional da Guarda Nacional Republicana (special anti-riot unit) I was formally invited to be involved in the development of an improved and common self defense system for several agencies.
Several sessions presenting Kyusho Tactical Control Program (KTCP) have also been held at The Portuguese Military Police Unit.
Trained officials in the use of KTCP in a riot setting are leading the special anti-riot unit of the Military Police stationed presently in Kosovo.
It is my firm belief that the KTCP from Kyusho International will be in few years the mandatory tool for law enforcement agents across the world.
|Texas – USA|
|Lt. Wayne Moody Pearland Texas Police SWAT commander
I have been using Kyusho on the street for over 10 years, with good results. The Pressure Point Fighting tactics used for combat have been tweaked by Kyusho Instructors and practitioners to be utilized for Law Enforcement. These Kyusho techniques are applied with minimal effort and have a low propensity for injury to your suspect. The Goal of any officer who finds themselves in a violent confrontation is to control the suspect. These techniques give the officer an edge while attempting to accomplish this goal.
The techniques and tactics that will be covered in this book are simple, sound and street tested. They can be integrated into your existing tactics and skills, so you won’t have to learn a whole new fighting system, if you are a boxer, martial artist, wrestler or just a brawler you can quickly pick up the information and put it in your bag of tricks so to speak.
About 8 years ago I began to teach Kyusho for L.E. to cadets (New Officers) while they were attending the Police Academy; over 500 cadets have been exposed to this training. I have had very good feedback from these officers who have gained the desired control of suspects using Kyusho.
I have also instructed several hundreds of veteran officers during in service training, along with Military servicemen preparing to deploy to the middle east, after each class I am consistently approached by students who express their excitement about these techniques, saying that they are simple to apply, easy to understand and will be easy to retain.
My personal experience is one of surprise and excitement about Kyusho and the techniques taught by Expert instructors of Kyusho. I remember attending a Law Enforcement Class 15 or so years ago that advertised Pressure Point Control, I had a martial arts background and when I left the class I was less than impressed. I had a soured impression that pressure points were not very valuable to L.E., boy was I proven wrong, a few years later when I met Expert instructors Pantazi and, Corn, during a Kyusho Seminar. I walked out of this class surprised and excited about pressure point combat. I was on a mission; I was going to work on and test these tactics on the street. So here we are several years later and they have been put to the test. Like I said earlier I have had good results. One of the myths in L.E. is that hand to hand tactics or fighting is always effective, and just like the TV Cops we always are able to toss bad guys around like rag dolls, apply handcuffs with little effort and always get our man.
Well I’m here to tell you that no tactic or technique works 100% of the time and fighting a drug crazed suspect that is covered in sweat and blood is not a walk in the park. We don’t always get our man and some really good officers are injured and sometimes killed. That’s the reality of the world we live in, however if officers can utilize Kyusho to give them an edge, a few extra seconds or create some distance then maybe we have accomplished what we intended. Do the job, and go home at the end of the day to our loved ones.
Lt. Wayne Moody has been with the Pearland Texas Police Department for 20 years, 18 of those serving as a SWAT operator and currently as SWAT commander.
|Tennessee – USA|
|Dan King Corrections OfficerBrice Detention Center in Centerview, MO (USA) McMinn County Jail in Tennessee
When police officers arrest someone they transport them to an intake area of a jail. The individuals who are being put in custody of the corrections officers at that point often become violent because they have been arrested and may be high on drugs and drunk. The booking area is not a happy place for arrestees. They have lost their freedom, the “cops” are now taking their property and clothing, and the reality of the situation is starting to sink in. This is the point when I have had the most fights in my career as a working corrections officer.
|Massachusetts – USA|
|Deputy Sheriff Joseph Lamb (Ret.) Middlesex Sheriff’s Office- Enforcement Unit
When your job consists of arresting people on a daily basis, you quickly learn that standard control techniques and defensive tactics are just not adequate. I discovered years ago, that learning Kyusho techniques was the perfect addition to the skills that I already had. There is no magic to Kyusho, it is just using knowledge of basic human physiology and applying some fairly simple concepts. I am by no stretch of the imagination, an advanced Kyusho practitioner. I’ve learned some pressure points and Kyusho concepts along the way and I have consistently used them in the course of my duties. The beauty of Kyusho is that you don’t necessarily have to change what you are already doing, but just gain some knowledge of how to make what you already do, work better.
Kyusho has a number of advantages that can be capitalized on in many different situations. From highly resistant, combative subjects to passively resistant people. In law enforcement, we all have to keep in mind the use of force continuum that is dictated to us by our individual departments and the law. The last thing an officer wants to do is go higher on the use of force continuum than the situation warrants. This opens up the individual officer and the department to an excessive force lawsuit. Remember, use of force may be justified in a particular situation, but leaving visible injuries on an individual rarely works in an officer’s favor. In many cases, Kyusho techniques can be applied to momentarily disable an individual long enough to gain control of the subject. Best of all, you are far less likely to cause visible injuries, thereby helping to avoid excessive force complaints. Subduing a passively resistant person can often have the appearance of excessive force because the subject is not actively fighting back or resisting. This is perhaps the most common situation I’ve encountered over the years. By applying some basic Kyusho techniques, an officer can get a passively resistant person handcuffed without escalating the level of force above what is needed.
Learning any martial art in addition to your present skill set is certainly beneficial, however, I’ve found Kyusho to be the most practical to apply in a law enforcement setting. It doesn’t take years to master and ultimately, you use what works best for you. I have also found Kyusho useful while engaged in private executive protection assignments. Typically, the techniques used are quite different since your main goal is protecting your principal and not apprehending an individual, however the concepts are still applicable. By learning Kyusho, you are educating yourself and becoming a better, safer, more humane law enforcement officer, and you just might avoid a few lawsuits along the way.
|Arizona – USA|
|Fred Mastison President – Force Options Tactical Training Solutions Actively teaching law enforcement and military for almost 20 years and holds 13 law enforcement POST instructor certifications. He travels worldwide providing instruction in combatives and firearms.
” The KTCP is one of the best pressure point programs available to the LE community. It is simple to learn, easy to retain, and is proven to be effective. ”