Tank Todd

Special Operations CQB Master Chief Instructor. Over 30 years experience. The only instructor qualified descendent of Baldock, Nelson, and Applegate. Former instructors include Harry Baldock (unarmed combat instructor NZ Army WWII), Colonel Rex Applegate OSS WWII and Charles Nelson, US Marine Corps. Tank has passed his Special Forces combative instructor qualification course in Southeast Asia and is certified to instruct the Applegate, Baldock and Nelson systems. His school has been operating for over eighty years and he is currently an Army Special Operations Group CQB Master Chief Instructor. His lineage and qualifications from the evolutionary pioneers are equalled by no other military close combat instructor. His operation includes his New Zealand headquarters, and 30 depots worldwide as well as contracts to train the military elite, security forces, and close protection specialists. Annually he trains thousands of exponents and serious operators that travel down-under to learn from the direct descendant of the experts and pioneers of military close combat. Following in the footsteps of his former seniors, he has developed weapons, and training equipment exclusive to close combat and tactical applications. He has published military manuals and several civilian manuals and produced DVDs on urban self protection, tactical control and restraint, and close combat. He has racked up an impressive 100,000+ hours in close combat.

Todd Group CQC Courses

The Todd Group are offering the following national and international close quarters combat training courses: Clubs, businesses, corporate group self-defence, D-WAR (Declare War Against Rape anti and counter rape short courses), defensive tactics, tactical control and restraint, crowd control company courses. Enquiries:[email protected] For more information, visit the Todd Group website. The Todd Group provide military […]

Final CQC Course Report for 2016

Tethered unarmed combat practice   Thailand December 3 ended the last Todd Group exported CQC course for 2016. I had a quick turnaround on my return to NZ after the CPP course in Thailand before returning to Thailand to conduct this final CQC course for 2016. The course was a full muster made up of […]

Bastardisation and Hard Verbiage in CQC Training

Bastardisation is an effective tool for the military CQC/MSD instructor to use to get the point across to an exponent of CQC/MSD that is not getting it and needs some immediate character and or skills adjustment. Military CQC is about as downright blatantly brutal as it gets and is not about the niceties of life […]

CQC/MSD South Africa October 2016

Military CQC (Close Quarters Combat) MSD (Military Self-Defence) DT (Defensive Tactics) South Africa 2016. The Todd Group have established regular training provision in Africa for CQC proponents and Rangers and Law-enforcement over recent years. Having a military CQC connection with the late Captain Ben Mangels a former instructor to the South African military and police […]

Specialist Close Personal Protection Course Thailand 2016

Ending my latest circuit of courses of instruction internationally was the 2016 October 17 to November 29 Specialist Close Personal Protection Basic Course of Instruction in Thailand. These small group specialist courses are designed to provide attendees training and practical experience in all the required tactics and skills to work on a close protection detail. […]

Combating a Kick with a Stamp Kick

Neutralising kicks in CQC by the primary means of evasive counter engagement threat neutralisation is the primary method of such threat neutralisation and the safest option. In emergency or specific situations where evasion is not possible or practical, kicks are combated by attacking the attacker combating the enemy’s stationary or kicking leg, whichever is closest or […]

Side-handle baton with Todd safety retention lanyard

Side-handle baton with Todd safety retention lanyard

With over 40 years’ experience as a proponent and instructor of military CQC as well as instructing law enforcement, I have instructed my fair share of riot stick and baton training. I have never been a fan of the tonfa type PR 24 side-handle baton for high-risk defensive tactics applications. The unfortunate reality was the […]