Thursday, April 29, 2010

Baton Training

http://www.officer.com/web/online/Top-News-Stories/WVa-Officer--I-Almost-Died-in-Training-Beating/1$51978



A trainee officer was injured in baton training and had to go to the hospital. I have done baton training for years and we never gave a trainee an injury that required medical treatment. Training officers should be a positive experience, beating an officer down will not teach them anything they need to know. It will only make them resent training and not want to continue any longer.



When I did active baton training the trainee was instructed for the full day in baton techniques and practiced on bags and with each other. Then at the end of the day the , we put the instructor in a full protective suit. The instructor would have a foam training baton, the trainee would have a regular baton. The trainee and instructor would fight for thirty seconds, on a large mat. All the trainees would watch, one would be the timer, and a senior instructor would be the referee to stop the training if anything dangerous was happening. Just as on the range, any student could call a "cease fire" and stop the training.



The trainee was told to go all out for thirty seconds. The instructor suited up in his suit was to try and parry the blows and only strike with his foam baton if the student failed to block or if he was not aggressive. If anyone went down, we stopped training immediately. Thirty seconds is a very long time in an aggressive fight. We would tire the trainee by making the training at the end of a tough day, and by having them fight hard for thirty seconds. Training can be tough, without hurting the trainees; that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Bob G. said...

Sarge:
I was kind of shocked to read about this "near-death" incident...
I recall in martial arts training...we ALWAYS practiced SAFETY first...learning the art came SECOND.
And learning how to FALL came before EITHER of thsoe...lol.

Once in a great while, the odd inmjury might occur, but that's so few and far between...like twisting an ankle after hopping a fence...
It happens, but you're prepared anyway.

Bunkermeister said...

Yes, there is no learning when you simply beat someone up.