Defensive Counter Strike Techniques for the Patrol Officer

Date(s): October 17-18, 2017
Start/End Time(s): 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily

Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy
3025 Lebanon Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

Instructor(s): Eric Enck

In the ever-changing world we live and work in, Law Enforcement Officers are being assaulted with an increased frequency and then scrutinized by the public and media on what degree of force they use to respond to these assaults.  Many times officers choose the option of wrestling with a suspect and then become injured or forced to escalate to a higher level of force due to the suspect's skill level, physical size or their physical condition.  For this reason, there is a need for training to teach the officer to stay on their feet when these assaults occur, allowing them not only greater mobility, but also the ability to disengage or to transition to the appropriate weapon if necessary.  This sixteen (16) hour course will not only focus on teaching the officer to stay on their feet during a physical assault but also teach them to transition to the appropriate weapon to meet and overcome the level of resistance they are confronted with.  In addition, the officer will learn follow-up control techniques to place the suspect in custody.  Curriculum will include but will not be limited to:

Maintaining a reactionary gap
When defensive counter strikes should be used
Basic defensive stances
Basic footwork used to maintain or penetrate the reactionary gap
Striking techniques used at the edge of the reactionary gap
Striking techniques use inside the reactionary gap.
Follow-up control techniques
Recovery techniques should the officer get knocked off their feet
Appropriate levels of force




Length: 16 hours
Prerequisites: n/a
Materials: n/a
To Register:

Registration for the class is through

For room and board at TLETA, please contact Kim Moss at or (615) 741-8344.

Other Notes: Maximum of 20 students.