Personal Protective Measures

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

While the source might be form over the pond, the typical types of attacks hold true here as well. GREAT info.

Habitual Acts of Violence: Part One

Male on Male, Close Quarters.

These are listed in frequency order.

1. One person pushes, hands to chest, which is normally followed by the pushee striking

first, to the head.

2. A swinging punch to the head.

3. A front clothing grab, one handed, followed by punch to the head.

4. A front clothing grab, two hands, followed by a head butt.

5. A front clothing grab, two hands, followed by a knee to the groin.

6. A bottle, glass, or ashtray to the head.

7. A lashing kick to groin/lower legs.

8.A broken bottle/glass jabbed to face.

9. A slash with knife, most commonly a 3 to 4"lockblade knife or kitchen utility knife.

(Apart from muggings, sexual assaults and gang violence, the hunting/combat type knife is

seldom used)

10.A grappling style head lock.

Offences against the person, male on female

These are listed in frequency order.

This data was gathered from interviews with victims and offenders and from statements.

Data only covers robbery/sexual methodology and changes relative to first contact with

victim ie., venue/ night/day etc.

Domestic violence is not covered as this is a specific subject of its' own.

1. The victim was approached from the rear/side/front, a threat was made with a weapon,

and then the weapon was hidden.

Then the victim's right upper arm was held by the attacker's left hand and the victim was led


2. A silent or rushing approach was made from the victim's rear, and then a rear neck/head

lock applied and the victim dragged away.

3. The same approach as in #2, with a rear waist grab. The victim was carried/dragged away,

normally into bushes/alley etc.

4. The victim was pinned to a wall with a throat grab with the attacker's left hand. A

weapon-shown threat was made, and then the weapon hidden, and the victim led away.

5. The victim was approached from rear/ front/side. The attacker grabbed the victim's hair

with his left hand, and then she was dragged away.

The Most Common Wrist Grips, Male On Female.

1. The attacker's left hand, thumb uppermost, gripping the victim's raised right wrist. The

attacker threatens/ gesticulates with his right hand.

2. With the victim's right arm down, the attacker grips the victim's right upper arm with his

left hand and her right wrist with his right hand.

3. The victim raises both arms, with both of her wrists gripped. The attacker's hands are

vertical with the attacker's thumbs uppermost.

4. With the victim's arms down, the attacker grabs both upper arms.

5. With the victim's right arm down, the attacker's left hand grabs just below the right elbow,

and his right hand grabs her wrist.

A fact worth mentioning at this point is that research shows that women who violently resist

,whether the attack is successful or not, cope with the aftershock and trauma (Post

Traumatic Stress Syndrome) better than those who go quietly and hope they won't be hurt.

Very few who do resist get badly battered or cut.

Research/profiling seems to indicate that if an attacker is likely to batter or stab, it will

happen whether resistance is given or not.

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