Ground Defense / Control Tactics


Ground Defense / Control Tactics

The Ground Defense / Control Tactics course teaches officers to control subjects from standing to kneeling to resisting while on the ground, and to defend themselves on the ground when necessary.

Many of the standing tactics taught to officers conclude with the officer descending into a control/handcuffing position. Many times, however, officers are forced to the ground without complete control of a subject and must survive the encounter by using superior ground defense/control tactics. These tactics include officer defense against gun grabs and holds, standing kneeling and lying.

This course was developed by Deputy Brad Inman of the Kent County, Rhode Island, Sheriff's Department, and it is recognized as one of the pre-eminent ground defense and control systems now offered to law enforcement officers. Brad's personal experience as a full-contact fighter is reflected in the instruction. Learn to survive attacks through knowledge and dynamic ground defense/control tactics.

Consider taking the LVNR® in conjunction with this course. The LVNR® is easy to apply and concludes subject resistance in a few seconds. The Ground Defense / Control Tactics System is an essential course for all officers.

Equipment needed: Casual or athletic clothing, footwear.
Materials provided: Text and trainer shirt.

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8-Hour Instructors Course
Prerequisite: Core Essentials (CDT and Power Handcuffing)

Inman, Brad - Profile

Brad Inman

This program was developed by Brad Inman.


Brad Inman began studying the martial arts at the age of six in the sport of Judo. When he was sixteen, Brad met Professor Milton A. Gowdey, a police officer and martial artist. Professor Gowdey was impressed by Brad’s drive and willingness to learn.
He decided to take Brad “under his wing” and taught him Yang Ki Jiu Jitsu. This training led to achieving the level of “Soke Dai,” which means “Next to Carry on the System.”  Professor Gowdey had a strong commitment to training law enforcement. Brad felt compelled to continue this commitment to officer training and survival upon Professor Gowdey’s death.

Brad began his career in law enforcement in 1979. It was natural for Brad to adapt his martial arts training to a law enforcement application and soon he was training not only his own agency’s officers, but many others in the region.  Brad has known for years that much more than half of officer/subject physical confrontations go to the ground. As a result, he felt that all law enforcement officers need training in Ground Defense and Control Tactics.  This lifelong experience in learning and teaching led to Brad’s research in how to apply these techniques more effectively during police confrontations with aggressors. Brad expressed a strong appreciation to the fellow trainers he has met and always attempts to learn and improve various techniques. Brad has taught as a staff instructor at American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET) seminars. He has taught police officers and instructors from around the world, including a presentation of his Ground Defense and Control Tactics program in the Virgin Islands.  

Brad Inman