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.

The dangers of single-leg wide-stance evasion

Evading an aggressor with a single-boot evasion will leave one leg on the confrontation line. It will also reduce follow up post-evasion expedient movement by leaving you in a wide stance and as such provide expanded target mass for your enemy. Using a single, long-leg evasion against an aggressor armed with a medium to long […]

Weapon redirecting for military self-defence CQC battlefield dagger disarming

In an evasive dagger disarming skill employment if the weapon holding hand has been seized and secured the following increases disarming chances and increases safety. Employing an opposing-forces grip of the weapon holding wrist joint and hand. The first grip should be an over hand grip to reduce the likelihood of your enemy breaking your […]

Close Protection Operators specialist course Thailand 15-28 October 2017

The Todd Group has just completed another annual close personal protection course in Thailand, our international hub country of over two decades. This report will follow Pete and Gaz through their two weeks of training and training exercises. The Todd Group have the oldest history as private specialist training providers of European military self-defence MSD […]

Military Battlefield Dagger Disarming Primary Tradecraft Practice

The above is but one military self-defence battlefield dagger disarming tradecraft primary practice The late Col Rex Applegate, a leading instructor to the OSS in WWII, gave me a set of tradecraft primary practices for battlefield dagger disarming that went like this: Option 1: If he has brought a knife to a gun battle, shoot […]

Self-Minder

In response to many requests, the Todd Group will be providing self-minder specialist short courses starting 2018. Avoiding dangers, such as unattended baggage and reporting it, as well as tactics and skills to prevent being a victim of wide ranging criminal threats, including how to identify you are being targeted, will be included in these […]

Overkill CQC mentality for the battlefield

Continuous enemy eye gouging to interfere with enemy combative capability In any situation under threat or assault up against a formidable aggressor when offensive combat actions or counteroffensive actions are the best means of threat neutralisation the following military CQC/MSD principles apply. Make range, ruthless controlled aggressive continuous target destruction, and high level mental toughness […]

The dangers of those both sane and insane with bad intentions

Those that know how to be brutally effective in street fighting or on the battlefield in do-or-die situations do so by being mentally committed and driven in the objective of using ruthlessly controlled simple gross motor skills violence to neutralise their adversary in the quickest and most brutal manner possible. They choose such methods because […]

Wrestling for children’s self-protection and self-confidence

Often, parents look for training for their young, primary school age children to make them safer or grow in confidence as a result of being bullied. While the physical threats may not be life-threatening to children of primary school age from other primary school children, the effects of being bullied can cause distress, anxiety, and […]

Todd Group Close Quarters Combat Courses

The Todd Group offer close quarters combat courses in New Zealand and internationally: Other Todd Systems training options The Todd Group provide combative and defensive tactics training for clubs, businesses, security firms, and corporate groups, including: close quarters combat (CQC) self-defence tactical control and restraint crowd control close personal protection (bodyguard) Enquiries: [email protected] For more information, visit […]