What is Personal Protective Measures?
Personal Protective Measures is a comprehensive form of modern combatives for defense and offense. Based primarily on Bujinkan Martial Arts, this program focuses on the most essential fundamentals to effectively deal with modern weapons and dangerous situations that you may face in today’s modern context, all the while staying within our legal framework.
History & Development of Personal Protective Measures
In 1995, Phil Legare started teaching a combatives system, called Protective Measures, to military and government personnel who had to work in high threat areas. The core of the combatives program that he put together came from his actual real world combat experiences with the United States Marine Corps and other government work as well as his extensive training within the Bujinkan, USMC “LINE” close combat system, and Marine Corp Martial Arts Program. Also included were Officer Safety and Survival tactics from his experience as a Department Of Defense Special Agent and training at the FLETC, ITI, BSR, InSight, HRP, and other government sponsored training. As of 2007, more than 3,000 people had been through this program and we have received numerous testimonials from students that this training saved lives.
In 1996, Legare asked Hatsumi-sensei (head of the Bujinkan martial arts organization) how he could certify instructors in this program so they could teach it in the future. Hatsumi-sensei stated that what Legare was really teaching was the Shinken Gata (real fighting method) of the Bujinkan, plus the Shinken Gata of military and law enforcement training. Hatsumi-sensei awarded Legare a Menkyo Kaiden (Japanese martial arts equivalent of a Ph.D.) in Shinken Gata and authorized him to teach this art however he wished, but only to people with good hearts. To honor Hatsumi-sensei and to recognize the Bujinkan as the core of this program, Legare named it Personal Protective Measures (shinken taijutsu).
Currently there are 2 levels of Personal Protective Measures and another level in development.
Personal Protective Measures Level I
Level I is all defensive tactics. It is divided into 8 modules plus a practical exam. The modules include:
- Introduction: What is Personal Protective Measures? Survival mindset. Awareness. Assessing your situation. Breathe, think, act. Getting off the X. Basic defensive and offensive stances, movement, and striking.
- Module 1: Ground & Wall Defense – how to survive getting knocked down, protect yourself while on the ground or up against a wall and fight you way to a safe location.
- Module 2: Defense Against Grabs and Chokes – escaping common scenarios of being grabbed or choked and moving to a safe location.
- Module 3: Defense Against Blunt Weapons – surviving being attacked with a blunt weapon, such as a ball bat, crow bar, truncheon and the like. Disarm and incapacitate opponent and moving to a safe location.
- Module 4: Defense Against Edged Weapons, Pre-Contact – surviving being attacked by edged weapons, such as a machete, fixed blade knife and folding knife, disarm and incapacitate opponent and moving to a safe location. Builds on the previous module.
- Module 5: Defense Against Edged Weapons, On-Contact – surviving being held at knife point, disarm and incapacitate opponent and moving to a safe location. Builds on Module 2.
- Module 6: Defense Against Firearms – surviving being held at gun point, disarm and incapacitate opponent and moving to a safe location. Builds on Modules 3 and 4.
- Module 7: Defense Against Multiple Attackers and Improvised Weapons/Tactical Pen – Builds on all modules.
- Review and Practical Exam: Test what you have learned! Students must satisfactorily complete the PE in order to be considered for the Personal Protective Measures Instructor Program.
The curriculum is constantly being updated and improved as new information becomes available. This is a dynamic course that adjusts to new threats, new scenarios, and new weapons as they present themselves (the 9-11 attacks were an example of how threats, scenarios, and weapons change in modern times).
Michael Tucker is authorized to teach Personal Protective Measures Level 1. For course dates in Birmingham or to schedule a Level 1 course out of town or in your own facility, please contact us! Mention Personal Protective Measures Level 1.
Personal Protective Measures Level II
Personal Protective Measures Level II is advanced defensive and offensive combatives. There are currently 5 modules in Level II with a number more under development and/or under contract.
- Module 1: Tactical flashlight. Use of flashlight in both defense and offense.
- Module 2: Defensive and offensive use of collapsible baton. Approximately 8 hours to instruct.
- Module 3: Advanced edged weapons. Defensive and offensive use of folding knives. Approximately 16-20 hours to instruct.
- Module 4: Advanced defense from multiple, armed attackers. Approximately 4 hours to instruct.
- Module 5: Transitioning between weapons systems in both defense and offense. Approximately 16-20 hours to instruct.
- Module 6: Progressive Firearms. Under development. Majority of this module will be outsourced to Phil Legare’s specifications.
- Module 7: Precision and tactical driving. Under development. Entire course will be outsourced to Phil Legare’s specifications. Currently BSR (Bill Scott Raceway) has a course that meets my specifications called the EST (Executive Security Training) course. ITI (International Traning Institute) has a similar course also called the Operational Security Course.
For info on Personal Protective Measures Level 2 training, please visit Taka-Seigi.com