CQC Tips

Specialist Close Personal Protection Life Skills

Many people know the term bodyguard and think a bodyguard is some big lump protecting a popstar on stage. The trained close personal protection specialist tradecraft is considerably less common knowledge. The Todd Group have a 90-year history of instructing military close quarters combat (CQC), military self- defence (MSD), and close personal protection (CPP), dating […]

Sharp Shock Impact Contact

Forward outside impact compression Side impact compression Enemy decentralisation manipulation and extraction and the employment of tactical control and restraint is enhanced by tactical edges and advantages. Knowing how to interfere with an aggressor’s visual and mental focus enhances the employment of CQC actions by slowing down the enemies expedient action and even causing stalling. The […]

The dangers of suicidal static blocking against sharp edged weapons

Why would any instructor or student with practical knowledge of knife attacks teach or practice techniques that are nothing short of suicidal in regards to disarming sharp edged weapons for self-defence. Blocking an enemy armed with an edged weapon forearm to forearm does not take into account that any formidable adversary will retract the thrusting […]

Skill Plus Strategy

In the perfect world, single skill would be all that would be needed to neutralise a formidable foe. But this is far from reality. The reality is when up against a formidable foe in a violent actions on encounter, you will require every tactic to set up and support your skills employment to deal with Murphy’s […]

Loyalty Without Honour

Recently, at the 90th Anniversary Reunion of the Todd Group, my close friend and VIP guest Larry Jordan, a retired US S/F SMG and chief hand-to-hand combat instructor discussed how loyalty must come hand-in-hand with honour. Loyalty without honour clearly shows a lack of integrity. It cannot be that individuals do not understand that military CQC […]

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 […]

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 […]

Military CQC recruiting and marketing

Recruiting for responsible mentally and combatively tough individuals with the smarts is very different to marketing martial arts and combat sports to the masses. The Todd group formally the Baldock Institute will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2017 and is the oldest specialist training provider of its kind. The CQC operational training provision model for […]

Senior citizens security and self-protection

Senior citizens security and self-protection

My dear friend, the late Bill Hall, was an inspiration to me and all those that knew him. He always fought for the underdog and believed in responsible citizens’ right and need to be trained in the very best of self-defence. Bill was a grey-power member and assisted many other senior citizens with difficulties in their […]