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Old 10-19-2005, 07:12 AM   #2
Camille Lore
Dojo: Lehigh Fukasakai
Location: Northeast Pennsylvania
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 39
Re: Control and Restraint

Interesting question... since I am in local government and have some input into the operation of a small police department... I've been asked for the funds to buy a taser recently, and my first strategy was to see if our officers could get half price memberships to our dojo in order to learn effective, safe hand to hand techniques. I know they are taught in the police academy, but as we see practicing aikido, it takes repetitive training to be comfortable with this. I am confident that my sensei (who does instruct the state police in these areas) could effectively restrain a person.... and I think that if he taught officers and they had the opportunity to practice regularly (along with a sense of the aikido philosophy), that they would be much less likely to be in a situation where someone could accuse them of using excessive force.
Just my thoughts....
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