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Physical Conflict Resolution (PCR)

NCJ Number
Law and Order Volume: 52 Issue: 11 Dated: November 2004 Pages: 40,42,44
Jim Weiss; Mickey Davis
Date Published
November 2004
3 pages
This article describes physical conflict resolution (PCR), which is based on Aikijujitsu and Russian Martial Arts Systema, as a means of addressing situations in which police officers are armed and confronting multiple adversaries who may be armed.
PCR defensive countermeasures use the takedown principles of Aikijujitsu, which uses triangulation and points of balance to upset an adversary's balance, such that he/she becomes inherently weak and unable to function efficiently. Takedown techniques are combined with weapon retention, when the officer's weapon is drawn or pointing. PCR's distinction is a use-of-force continuum built into all the movements. In PCR, movements are flexible and can be regulated according to the magnitude of the force used by the adversary. The techniques can be gentle and harmless or can be applied to finish a lethal-force confrontation. After describing the general features of the PCR techniques, this article describes the "head tip," which can be used by an officer to quickly take down a person who is not immediately threatening but may be obstructing entrance into a building to execute a search warrant. Techniques and drills are then described for gun retention against an adversary's efforts to grab an officer's gun. Next, descriptions are provided for takedown drills that involve contacting adversaries at the head and joints such as the elbows and knees. The article concludes with a description of PCR training procedures.