Law Enforcement Testimonial from NYPD’S Finest.
June 9th, 2012
From: Detective Clarence Everett, NYPD
To: Sensei Nardu Debrah and Professor Louis Levine, Budokan M.A.A.
Subject: APPRAISAL OF LAW ENFORCEMENT SEMINAR AND REQUEST FOR THE INSTITUTION OF A QUARTERLY LAW ENFORCEMENT SEMINAR
1. Detective Clarence Everett, assigned investigator, hereby requests that a quarterly Law Enforcement Seminar be instituted by the Budokan Martial Arts Academy based on the following facts.
2. The aforementioned investigator was present at the Budokan Martial Arts Academy on June 9th, 2012 at approximately 1300 hours to observe the Law Enforcement Seminar being offered free of cost to members of the Law Enforcement Community.
3. The seminar was conducted by Sensei Nardu Debrah and Professor Louis Levine of the Budokan Martial Arts Academy in Lynbrook, NY; both men have extensive training in CQB tactics, both armed and empty handed.
4. The seminar began with a general top to bottom warm-up, conducted by Sensei Debrah. He then asked the attendees to demonstrate how they got up from the seated position. They all did so, but unfortunately; none were able to maintain their defensive integrity while returning to their upright posture.
Simply regaining your standing position is a life or death proposition for all Law Enforcement Officials (LEO). Simply put, as LEO’s, we don’t have the option of retreating once engaged; we have an obligation of following through once we’re on the scene. Loss of balance does not equal loss of life when properly trained in a safe and responsible manner.
From the Corrections Officer on a cellblock to the Air Marshal on a Boeing 747, many LEO’s are literally entrapped in their workspace, and knowing how to regain your equilibrium in a safe and defensively sound manner is crucial. Sensei Debrah then taught the Technical Lift, Rocking to Kneeling and Scissor to Knees positions.
Sensei Debrah continued, after drilling and refining the positions and movements to satisfaction, by expertly explaining the meaning and purpose of the Guard Position. After demonstrating its intent and purpose for the grounded LEO as opposed to the Combat Athlete, Sensei Debrah then pedagogically instructed the attendees in the foundational technique known as the Hip Bump Sweep in order to regain the Dominant Position of the Mount and emphasis on Situational Awareness. The aspect of Situational Awareness is often glossed over or totally missed in many arenas, but not here.
Sensei Debrah’s presentation was pregnant with this oft missed concept, this is of paramount importance to every LEO in the field, and without it their training is at best, hollow, because the things that you don’t see can harm or kill you. Sensei Debrah then punctuated his presentation with a Far Arm Control to a Rear Mount to Dismount Cuffing Position.
Overall, the presentation was well conceived, concise and well suited to all levels of training. Sensei Debrah likened the presentation as an introductory lesson in a new language, and that it was his wish to share the vowels of the new language. I can clearly state that Sensei Debrah is quite capable in teaching one to be fluently conversational in the language he teaches.
5. The Edged Weapon segment of the seminar was next and aptly conducted by Professor Louis Levine. Professor Levine began his presentation with basic movement drills without the use of the arms. He constantly reminded the attendees that an unskilled assailant armed with an Edged Weapon can kill you and that non-anticipatory movement and space were the most important key factors when confronted at close quarters.
For Professor Levine, the training of movement and sensitivity took precedence over the highly choreographed, though entertaining knife disarming “demonstrations” oftentimes presented to neophytes as foundational techniques. Not only are such practices unsound, they’re downright dangerous.
Professor Levine’s presentation was realistic and responsible; this is what every LEO needs. For LEO’s, an Edged Weapon presents extreme danger, whether in the hands of a perpetrator or an EDP (Emotionally Disturbed Person) a blade can kill you, incidentally or accidentally!
Extreme caution has to be backed up by extreme precaution, in other words, sound training. Professor Levine then had the attendees drill movements utilizing Fencing Grip stabbing and slashing movements before advancing to the infamous Ice Pick Grip. Professor Levine deftly demonstrated how the grip changed the extension of the blade even though the trajectory and movement pattern remained the same. He also explained the importance of moving off angle and how subtle movements involving shoulder raising can make the difference between a flesh wound and a severed carotid artery.
Professor Levine demonstrated and instructed the key components of moving and adhering with authoritative parrying. He constantly reminded the attendees that the theme was to make space, equalize and train. A point not lost on all who experience Professor Levine’s level of sensitivity and control!
Overall, Professor Levine demonstrated and conveyed the Truth in the Details and how to effectively step Outside the Eye of the Hurricane.
6. As a 22 year veteran of the NYPD, and having received training with various Law Enforcement organizations, I personally attest to the relevance and the absolute necessity of the training offered by the aforementioned Professors, and I repeat, the entire seminar was provided free of cost! Training like this is often very expensive and usually takes days to convey key concepts like those I’ve mentioned above, and I barely touched the surface.
I’d like to thank the Budokan Martial Arts Academy for their invaluable contribution to the Law Enforcement Community; they are obviously committed to saving lives. I hereby request that they consider instituting a quarterly seminar series dedicated to Law Enforcement Officials.
I’m a firm believer that the preservation of life is priceless, and learning how to preserve life in the line of duty is but a small price to pay as opposed to the ultimate price. Be safe, arrive alive.
Detective Clarence Everett, NYPD