I recommend everyone using physical techniques of any kind be trained on the risks of positional asphyxiation. Whenever, I physically restrict a person’s movement there is a risk of injury, and no physical holds are 100% safe. In this book, I cover body positioning for physical interventions, standing holds, and seated holds. I do not authorize or encourage a prone restraint without the proper training; and this type of restraint is not covered in this book. However, the SafeClinch Training System does allow for “prone containment” for those organizations allowed to use it; once SafeClinch instructor certification has been achieved. Here is an example of what the prone position looks like. Notice, since the person is in the prone position…show more content… The holds in this chapter are interchangeable and it does not matter what side of the body I decide to apply the hold too. My goal is to remain “flexible” and as I transition to the back of the person I take what the person is giving me. One thing to keep in mind with these standing holds is if the person is similar in size to me or extremely combative, I am not necessarily trying to keep them in one place. If the person is able to move around some that is fine; I just move my feet with them and keep my body tight to theirs. When I make the person carry my body weight around it can be exhausting for them. I often make my opponent carry my weight around in Grappling or Mixed Martial Arts. In my experience most people do not train properly for this and they get tired much quicker than they anticipated from me constantly “clinching” with them.
In the SafeClinch Program we go over in detail several methods for gaining position to apply the physical intervention techniques taught. In this chapter I cover just a few of those “entries” as I call them. I just cannot walk up to a person being combative and “slap” on a hold. The combative person is not necessarily going to allow me to gain the positions I need for all my physical intervention options. Because, of this I have to be able to physically position myself and the other person if needed, to use the Seat Belt Holds demonstrated…show more content… The techniques are easy for staff to learn and retain without the need for extensive training. The physical intervention techniques are taught using body positioning and leverage, opposed to pain compliance to immobilize a combative person. SafeClinch emphasizes dealing with human emotions and the importance of proper training. Instructors partake in teamwork exercises, verbal de-escalation and physical intervention scenarios. Instructors also learn how to remain professional in confrontational