What is Personal Protective Measures?
In our world today, we are surrounded by those who would do us harm. You see it almost daily in the news, not just in the big cities, but right in our own hometown. The purpose of the Personal Protective Measures Program is to help educate and better prepare you to survive an violent attack.
We will help you learn…
• Fear Management, Breaking the “Freeze”
• Identify Your “Flinch” Response
• Survive Initial Attack, Going to the Ground
• Situational Assessments, Plan and Act
• Defend Against Common Street Attacks
• With and without Weapons and Much More!
This comprehensive program will prepare you for all kinds of situations. The 8 modules each build upon one another as you progress into the program. All training is done in a safe and professional environment. Martial Arts experience is NOT required, as this program was designed and intended for all individuals to learn. There are no complex techniques or terminology to learn, so all your focus will be on effective execution with a goal of getting to a safe place, fast.
Personal Protective Measures is a comprehensive form of modern combatives for defense and offense. 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
Personal Protective Measures is under the international umbrella of the Sentinel International Group. All Instructor Certification comes from this governing body. In 1995, Founder 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. More than 5,000 people have been through this program and we have received numerous testimonials from students that this training saved lives.
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:
- Module “0” – Understanding real world violence. Where and why does it occur? What is Personal Protective Measures? Instilling the Survival mindset. Awareness. Assessing your situation. Breathe, think, act. Getting off the X. Basic defensive and offensive stances, movement, striking and targets. Using the body’s normal flinch response as a conditioned response to keep you safe. How to stop the threat from doing what they are doing and moving towards a safe location. Assess, Plan, Act.
- Module 1: Ground & Wall Defense – how to survive getting knocked down, protect yourself while on the ground or up against a wall and fight your 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 Practical Exam 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).
Brent Earlewine, David Fetterman and Brian Fine are authorized to teach Personal Protective Measures Level 1. Brent Earlewine and David Fetterman are also PPM II Advanced Edged Weapons Certified as well.
For course dates in Pittsburgh PA or Bloomsburg PA (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