surviving violent encounters & threats



This 16-hour seminar prepares law enforcement officers for threatening and violent encounters when time-compressed decision-making is required.

The instructors will discuss techniques that control stress responses so de-escalation strategies can be effectively applied.

The seminar will not only deal with the latest research on how threats and violent encounters impact physiological and psychological reactions but will explore ancient survival traditions and why these traditions are relevant today. Case histories with audio and video recordings will be used to illustrate principles.

At the end of this program, students will:

  • Understand and recognize the physiological and psychological changes that occur when a person is thrust into a sudden stressful situation.
  • Understand how these psychological and physiological changes can affect the ability to perform and survive during sudden stressful situations.
  • Understand how experiencing a sudden stressful situation can lead to a “high”, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Post Traumatic Growth.
  • Understand how physical training, mental imagery, tactical self-talk, breathing and centering improve stress inoculation, startle recovery and the ability to apply de-escalation techniques.
  • Understand that many officer survival tactics are rooted in ancient survival traditions.

A warrior takes responsibility for his acts, for the most trivial of acts, an average man acts out his thoughts and never takes responsibility for what he does. -Carlos Castaneda

The warrior is always alert. He is never sleeping through life. He knows how to focus his mind and body. He is what the Samurai call mindful. -F.E. Morgan

The society that draws a line between it fighting men and its thinking men, will find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards. -Sir William Francis

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. -Ernest Hemingway

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that…he does not become a monster. And when you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks at you. -Friedrich Nietzsche

The hero sacrifices himself for something – that’s the morality of it. -Joseph Campbell

Be Prepared

A prepared mind is forged in discipline, skilled in self-understanding, nurtured to be serene, rooted in a code and primed to counter violence.

Upcoming Seminars

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, NC, Aug. 13 & 14, 2024*

*To be held at Cabrrus Co. Sheriff's Office, 30 Corban Ave., Concord, NC. Paste this link to register:

Indiana Township, PA, Police Department, Oct. 29 & 30, 2024.*

*3710 Saxonburg Blvd., Indiana Township, PA.

Trussville Police Dept., Nov 7 & 8, 2024*

*Trussville Civic Center, 5381 Trussville Clay Rd., Trussville, Al.

Lehi, Utah, Police Dept., Aug. 12 & 13, 2025*

*128 N 100 E, Lehi, Utah.