First up I wanted to thank you for the training in Marshalltown. It was excellent and I found many things that I learned can be and are directly transferable to the patrol level officer. While I enjoyed the hands on training portion, I did not enjoy making my classmates perform the slow count push up! It was however an excellent reminder to keep my safety equipment on until told otherwise by the instructor.
Second, I think it’s important to let you know that your professionalism during the training is a direct reflection on the material presented, its value and the inherent dangers in real life situations as well as the training itself. There was no doubt that I was learning from someone who has “been there done that” but presents that knowledge and skill in a manner that is not condescending in format. Many times I have felt otherwise from the instructor.
Ken, I just wanted to drop you a line and thank you and the rest of the staff for the thoroughly enjoyable not to mention excellent training you provided last week.
I served in the British Army for almost 12 years, have been in the firearms industry for over a decade in the US and a cop for about 6 years and this was the single best training class I have ever attended. I wanted to give you that background so you fully understood I have an extensive training history on which to base my praise for the class. I’ve been an instructor in various disciplines for 25 years and you and the guys made learning fun which I know isn’t always easy to do. I don’t say these things to blow smoke up your ass but to let you know just how valuable I found your insights, your training points and instruction to be.
I’m still distilling and thinking about the vast amount of information I gained during the class as it was a lot to digest in a short space of time. I’ve read a few of the ‘Articles of Interest’ you posted on your website and got a lot more good information from those which was incredibly helpful too.
Your short class on combatives made so much sense to me and gave me a lot more confidence in dealing with non compliant folks, much more so than any other DT class has done to date. I really look forward to training with you again at some point in the future, either with the department or on my own dime.
Again, thanks much for the phenomenal training experience and look forward to meeting you again, sincerely, George
Detective George Joy R745
Farmington Police Department
While I was a member of the NYPD Emergency Service Unit I had the opportunity to train with Mr. Ken Good on several occasions. His 5 day team tactics course had some serious value. Certain components of the training stuck with me thru my entire 9 years in our tactical unit.
First and foremost was Ken’s keen ability to think outside the box. His lowlight training doctrine developed years ago while at Surefire is the basis for all low light combat engagements.
In addition to being the Godfather of lowlight, Ken showed us how to operate with ballistic shields during search warrant applications. Ken showed how the shield could be used to defend ourselves from an unarmed attacker. Truth be told he turned us into Gladiators with the shield.
Another technique Ken showed that I used on countless occasions was the head tip. Using this technique inside a confined hallway has proven to be very effective for putting a non compliant person down.
The final technique which I took from Ken and applied to my own training was the use of cover and using angles while engaged in a lethal confrontation. All of these examples barely scratch the surface of the knowledge Ken has acquired over his years of training.
I would recommend that given the opportunity, any person that wears a badge or puts on a uniform seek out Ken’s training. Final thought, even after the training ends Ken is always available to his students no matter where they may be.
NYPD Bomb Squad
I am writing to whomever is considering Progressive Combat Solutions as a training option, for themselves or their agency.
I know that training dollars are hard to come by, and for that reason I choose my words carefully.
I had the good fortune to train under Mr. Ken Good in 2001, when he developed and ran the Surefire ™ “Officer Survival in Low Light Conditions Instructor” course. Even then I recognized the material presented to us as coming from a “thinking man’s warrior,” and perhaps some of the most lifesaving training I had ever undergone.
I went back and took the same course when Mr. Good founded and ran Strategos International, in 2007. If anything, the material was even better, and professionally and thoroughly presented.
In short, having experienced a number of top quality, highly professional instruction from Special Mission veterans from all the services, I found Mr. Good to be one of the most intelligent, critical thinking, and thorough trainers in the industry. I hold him in very high esteem. Without equivocation I offer him my highest recommendation.
If you have any questions I can be reached via LinkedIn.
Ronald “Ron” Flowers
LT; Allentown (PA) Police (ret)
Former DoD Law Enforcement Professional; OEF 2010-2013
I had been an officer on the street for nine years and was originally trained in more “traditional” police methods such as Pressure Point Control Technique. I also had a background in Filipino and Indonesian Martial Arts. There were some conflicts between the compartmentalized method of training officers and traditional martial arts. I found that Physical Combat Resolution was easily taught to people of all skill levels and the knowledge could be immediately applied. All of the principles taught were constructive guidelines to assist in self-learning or exploration. I have found that the most effective learning is from guided exploration because the student (of any skill level) starts to develop their own techniques versus trying to follow the directions of someone else’s techniques (creating your own solution is easier than remembering someone else’s solution, even if they are inevitably/essentially the same).
Even though I had 10 years of quality martial arts training, police training, and experience in using force, I had natural doubts in handling larger and stronger people due my smaller stature.
One week of PCR completely removed that doubt and filled in all of the areas I needed work in. Everything I learned complemented my prior knowledge or showed me a better way of doing things. This material is the most effect and most relevant training that can be provided for law enforcement. This material can also be applied to multiple areas of law enforcement training (firearms, driving, etc.). Quite simply, the principles are holistic and permeate beyond the time card.
Detective F. Do #2179
Wichita, Police Department
The Physical Combat Resolution training was excellent and challenged everything I thought I knew about defensive tactics. The concepts and mechanics were presented at an appropriate pace by knowledgeable instructors that took a genuine interest in your learning and development.
The material can be applied to many of the defensive techniques already taught on our department, with an emphasis on teamwork and increasing situational awareness.
I am a small framed officer (5’4” 110 pounds) with limited martial arts background. I was continually impressed with how effective the techniques were and how adaptable they are to subjects of various size and skill sets. PCR training also made me rethink how I train and exercise.
The training provided me with a better understanding of the importance of breathing, posture, “opening up the battlefield” and being “comfortable with chaos”. I left this training with increased confidence in my own abilities. It is a definite game changer for me!
If I can help with anything, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I look forward to seeing all the video!
Thank you again, and stay safe!
Detective Michelle Tennyson #2173
Investigations – Homicide
Wichita Police Department
I had been a defensive tactics instructor for many years before taking my first instructors course in PCR from Ken in 2006. After a week of practical theory and movement I came to understand the weakness of cookie cutter programs that was being taught in law enforcement and many of those filtered their way in to the military.
Those programs didn’t allow for the individual to think or move and respond to the what ifs in combat. PCR continues to answer all of those questions it allows for free thought and free movement based on sound and practical real world application.
PCR allows for self preservation its not just a series of techniques. PCR will open your mind to many possibilities of armed and unarmed combat. We introduced PCR to our training staff just after 2006 and continue to teach all of our officers in PCR.
Ken J. Good and the staff of Progressive Combat Solutions are some of the most professional and exceptional people that I have ever meet in 33 years of Law Enforcement.
Danny L. Farlow
Detective Wichita Police Department (Ret)
I spent 20 years with the NYPD, 17 of them with the Emergency Service Unit as a Team Member and Tactical Instructor.
Ken came to us with his band of professionals post 9/11, when the NYPD in general and the Emergency Service Unit in particular needed to hone new skills that were going to be needed in this new era of conflict that has no borders.
Ken’s integrated approach to Combatives, Illumination Techniques and Teamwork were instrumental in bringing the NYPD/Emergency Service Unit to the level needed to operate in today’s tactical environment.
Those lessons are still taught today in NYPD / ESU Tactical Training.
It also forged a lifelong friendship.
Joseph F. Zogbi Detective NYPD / ESU (ret.)
I have been a police officer for several decades and teaching law enforcement officers and police recruits in the area of defensive tactics for nearly 13 years. I have held the qualifications of “National Trainer”, “Instructor-Trainer”, “Staff Instructor”, and “Master Instructor” in several disciplines of law enforcement training and have assisted instructing at international conferences such as the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers and military personnel prior their deployment overseas.
I have found that these techniques are at the forefront of police training. Every officer that I have taught your system to has walked away with confidence of being able to do the techniques and remain calm. I continue to look forward to being associated with you and your staff and growing to a more competent level in this system.
“Even I would not mess with these guys…” – Chuck Norris
“I am really good while operating at night, but this crew is better” – Batman
“I am considered Brave, but these boyz scare me” – William Wallace (of Braveheart fame)
“My tactics are Child’s Play compared to what Progressive Combat has Developed” – George S. Patton
“Wouldn’t want to be in the ring with any of them” – Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko
“Edged Weapon Work is remarkable” – Miyamoto Mushashi
“Fast and Efficient with Firearms…almost beyond belief” – Doc Holiday
“Can’t touch this…” MC Hammer
….All of this happened in a couple of seconds and I feared that the man had a loose hand with a cuff as a weapon. At this point, I quickly grabbed the man’s palm, slid my left knee off of his back and rotated my knees and had the man in an armbar that immobilized him in a matter of a second. The man at this point was forced to comply and he was secured and placed in the patrol car. He had no injuries. After an event is over you often replay it in your mind as all of us in law enforcement know…It was due to the last defensive tactics training I had received…I was able to act in such a quick manner and realize the effectiveness of the training you provided.
For the last (20) years, from the time I started in martial arts, to my career in the Marine Corps, to the personal security details that I have done as a civilian contractor and in training of law enforcement officers, the training techniques that your staff has shown me have totally opened a new door and provided me with a new sense of capabilities and confidence. Taking the aggressive nature of personal protection and law enforcement training, and turning it into a system that magnifies “a total sense of awareness and confidence to take, and maintain, control of a violent situation with as little exertion of personal energy as possible”, has basically redesigned my personal training system.
….These techniques are principle based, easy to learn and easy to apply. All my officers have been shown the drills and have utilized them on numerous occasions.
I whole heatedly support the information that Ken has been putting out regarding suspect contact and control issues. I highly recommend that any officer interested in improving their defensive tactics skills attend the upcoming courses offered.
My background, personally and professionally, includes training and actual experience in boxing, wrestling, american and muay thai kickboxing, vale tudo fights, brazilian jiu jitsu and certifications as a PPCT Instructor, Side Handle Baton and Impact Weapon Instructor and Tactical Ground Fighting Instructor.
Thank you, for enhancing my base of knowledge and giving me another set of tools for my toolbox. My deeply entrenched beliefs have been shaken, but it ultimately will help me be nothing but better in my instruction. I look forward to attending any additional classes that Strategos might present in my area as I undoubtedly will be attending, and I again recommend it to all DT Instructors and Officers as well.
I am Rafael Sapena and I am a local Police Inspector in Valencia – Spain. the reason I’m contacting you is to request permission to use your article Cycle (OODA) published in the website progressive combat, because I believe it is a wonderful explanation and I would like to reference it in a chapter of a book of police training that I’m doing, of course I will indicate all your information and the article where it was taken from.
Your explanation could not be better to describe in detail and precision the OODA procedure.
I am deeply grateful and I hope I get to meet in person and also receive your training.
Your work is truly magnificent.
Thank you and best regards,
My name is Nic Stevens and I’m with the Sioux Falls PD. Not sure if you remember me, but I attended the course in March. First of all thanks again for coming and spending the week with us. Our entire cadre agreed that this was the most fascinating, engaging and most applicable D.T. system for law enforcement. There has not been one negative thing said about the entire course and we are all thoroughly impressed and excited to start teaching and learning more about the system. We spoke with Sgt. Van’t Hul who is the head of our training department. He agreed that he had no problem with and agreed that our cadre should continue on going training every year, which would include asking you to come back and put on the class again as a refresher and building off of the ideals/techniques shown. This is a huge step for us as I know you’re both aware the struggles of being allowed to continue training with budgets and schedules to compete with. Hopefully, Brian Erickson won’t have to work so hard this next time to get everything put into place.
I know you’ve been busy, but we have started our in-service training and while speaking with some of the other instructors none of us have received the PDF manual. I was wondering if you could forward one to me that I could then pass on to our Cadre. It is unbelievable how much you can lose in a short period of time! The manual would be a great resource to go back to. On a side note Ryan, if the invite is still open and you have the time please give me a call as I know several of us our interested in coming down to work with you at your gym.
I (we) look forward to working with you again and hope that it isn’t in the too distant future that we can train with you both again. Thanks and stay safe!
I’m not in the force-of-arms business, but I stumbled across your publication while researching the origins of the axiom, “In stressful situations we do not rise to the occasion, we fall to our level of training.”
I found your writing really useful for my purpose. I make it a practice to reach out to anyone whose thinking stimulates me to look at things differently and usefully, or who causes me to remember a principal that I’d forgotten or gotten too sloppy to use consistently. Hence this note to you.
For almost 20 years, I trained senior partners in the largest law firms how to sell to Corporate America. For that, I needed what some call a “command presence,” especially since they generally held the mistaken belief that rainmakers were somehow naturals vs. the product of the 10,000 hours of focused practice, coaching and feedback that the research shows is necessary to achieve expertise in any field. Bottom line, I had to prove to them that I was the professional salesperson and they were amateurs. Obviously, that’s not hard to do; amateurs don’t beat professionals at anything, ever.
Now, I’ve invented a virtual world where they learn the same things via scenario-based simulations, which makes the training affordable, scalable, mobile, measurable, etc. The good news is I’ve done something that’s never been done before, and am creating a new category. The bad news is I’ve done something that’s never been done before, and am creating a new category.
The problem I’m wrestling with now is lawyer complacency. Despite the law industry going through its most wrenching disruption in its history, and the previously unthinkable now showing up in the legal press and the Wall St. Journal, i.e., that law partners were being dumped by their firms for not bringing in enough business, lawyers persist in a form of complacency that’s hard to explain, lawyers are behaving as if sales skills were still optional, gold-star-on-the-forehead endeavors rather than the survival tools they are now. It’s a head-scratcher.
I’ve stolen, I mean, borrowed, much from you, which I’ll attribute in the eye-opening white paper that I’m writing to try to stir up the mud at the bottom of the industry’s stagnant river.
Just a note to let you know that somebody out there in the blogosphere appreciated what you expressed.
I just wanted to take a minute and say thanks for a great class, and to tell you what it has done for me. On December 12, I was in a pretty bad car accident. I was driving to Pierre to do some training for the women’s prison when my truck hit a patch of black ice. I lost control and flipped several times. I don’t remember a whole lot about the accident other than I do have a vague feeling of the back end of the truck slipping and I remember thinking I need to relax or this is going to be bad.
I firmly believe had I not taken your training and listened to what you taught us about relaxing, that I would not have walked away from that accident like I did. The highway patrol officer who responded said it was a miracle that I walked away like I did. I ended up with 6 staples in my head, a wicked bad concussion, a torn shoulder and am currently waiting to get the results about my neck. This is the first week I’ve been able to come back to work and the dr only let me come for 2 hours a day and I had to beg him to let me do that. Seven weeks of sitting around is way too long.
I will admit there is a lot of the technical aspects of the training that I don’t remember. I have some memory issues because of the concussion. But I think the most important lesson I learned and the one that possibly saved me is to relax. I hope that I get the opportunity to train with you again as that week was probably one of the best weeks of training that I’ve experienced. Thanks for all you did.
I attended your Low Light Instructor training through the SureFire Institute in 2001 in Independence, MO.
Long and short, it was by far, the best training that I have attended in my 18 years in law enforcement.
The information from that class has resulted in all of our officers (300) at the Aurora Police Department being trained in low light tactics on numerous in-house training sessions.
During my time on our SRT team, I was able to share these principles with several other teams throughout our area.
I was also fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to Israel and develop a low light course for their National Police.
I have often thought about contacting you and thanking you for your contribution to the law enforcement community.
However, I was not aware of how accessible you were until you responded back to my Commander’s email.
So with that said, “Thank you!”
Lt. Rick Robertson #950
Aurora Police Department
Area 3 – Bureau of Neighborhood Policing
1200 E. Indian Trail Road
Aurora, IL 60505
Professional, Courteous, Police Service
After a conversation with one of my Lieutenants on the barriers that result in the human ego, he forwarded me a copy of your article, “Something so Heavy”.
The article is poignant and relevant and it speaks to the fact that our own limitations are often the result of our disproportionate egos. Imagine how much we could accomplish were it not for this immovable object!
With your permission, I would like to print your article in the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) newsletter. The organization is comprised of female Police Chiefs, Commanders and Lieutenants from all over the world. I am the publications chair for this organization and am responsible for the content and lay-out of the newsletter. I am always looking for good prose to include in the publication and yours certainly qualifies.
Of-course I will give you full credit (and plan to include the bio from your website along with it) if granted permission.
Onward and upward,
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