Martial Arts Techniques for Law Enforcement, the author, Mike Young,
looks like decently trained martial artist, his advice needs to be taken with
First: On almost all demonstration pictures he’s promptly displaying
his police belt with holstered handgun and attached police baton/tongfa when
using his bare hands to block punches and even knife attacks. Well, it’s
impressive pictures, but police officer carrying arms for a reason. To use
baton against any kind of unarmed attack or attack with a knife is absolutely justified
use of force.
Second: Author’s bragging about his ability to kick knife
out of assailant’s hand contrasting with his own account on observations of
police officer’s training under his instructions: all of them had “cut” marks
(from soft marker tips used in training knifes during his instructions) after
training fights that in a real fight would be disabling (at best) of fatal. You
never know who is your “chancy knifer”, how skilled he is, if he’s left-handy (or
can use both hands equally), and what are his attack patterns. Miscalculation
of any of those factors can cost you your life. He even recalling his concerns
about gravel under his foot, but never mind – he’s going to kick the knife out!
(Well, his partner shot the assailant, leaving Mr. Young without a chance to
proof his macho “self”).
Third: Strangulation. He’s correctly approximate the duration
of oxygen deprivation to induce passing-out from about 4 to no longer the 12
seconds for different individuals (sport Judo recommendations limiting it to 3
seconds). He’s warning about very grave health risks associated with this been “longer
than 4 or 12 seconds”. However, he does recommend using it to subdue violent
suspects for unobstructed handcuffing! Well, 4 and 12 seconds is a big
difference – difference between life and death! How police officer would know
how long it will take for suspect (he’s most likely seeing first time in his
life) to pass-out? How he’ll measure “4 or 12 seconds” in adrenalin rush of arresting
scuffle? Also, in sport Judo strangulation risk is mitigated by preparedness and
readiness to apply recuperation procedures. Would arresting officer will be
able to do it on handcuffed suspect (handcuffing will be very significant barrier
to applying proper techniques; Mr. Young not even mention the issue of recuperation
in his book at all)? If “suspect” will die, how police officer will justify his
actions? By quoting from Mr. Young’s book? And what if “suspect” will fake
passing-out or wasn’t passing “deep” enough (let say, he was strangled only for
4 seconds and he “needed” 12) and will attack arresting officer when he release
his grip and try to handcuff him? Would Mr. Young pay college tuition for this
officer’s kids? Strangulation are deadly technique. Outside of training tatami
and properly supervised competitions you should use it ONLY if you’re ready to
go to the end and to deal with its lethal consequences.
One thing that entertained me in this book is “one-hand
techniques” that applied by police officer with drown handgun or by SWAT member
with aim-ready machinegun in one hand who deflecting knife strike with another.
Well, Mr. Young saying that it’s real life situation that facing US law enforcement
officers. Who am I to dispute it! However, it looks for me strange that anyone
will assault an officer with drown-n’-ready gun this way (not to mention that
officer is in a position to use his gun). But… lets it go.
Conclusion: Martial Arts Techniques for Law Enforcement by Mike Young
is entertaining book, however I would hesitate to recommend it for using as your guide in
learning police hand-to-hand and self-defense skills.