Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT)

ASC is proud to offer the internationally recognized Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT) Course. The unique system design approach is the one of the first control systems to adopt tactical, legal and medical research.

The course has been developed by PPCT Management Systems who is an internationally recognized authority on use-of-force training for criminal justice agencies, the military, and the private sector. Through its 27-year history, PPCT Management Systems has created an organization that not only supports clients with training that is both effective and court defensible, but also supports the needs of their agency administrators and their legal counsel as well.

ASC breaks the four-day course into key blocks of instruction: controlling low level resistance, controlling high level resistance through a defensive counter strike and baton use which creates motor dysfunctions and controlled stuns. All the techniques within the system have been tactically, legally, and medically researched making it defendable in court. The application of these techniques to an individual who is demonstrating resistance is highly effective regardless the size or strength level of the student.

PPCT courses at ASC are taught by certified Instructors who boast numerous years of real life experience and exemplary instructional abilities. ASC supports the PPCT System as it addresses the most common types of resistance students may encounter, allowing instructors to maximize training on job-related techniques.


This course is designed to provide a Security Professional with the skills necessary to counter resistance and is presented by a Certified Instructor. This is a MANDATORY COURSE for Security Professionals who will carry a baton.

This is an exceptional groundwork and skill set for both new and veteran Security Professional that can be used alone or in conjunction with other Less Than Lethal and Use of Force protocols. It is also well suited for current or prospective Prison/Detentions staff, private industry professionals, and Law Enforcement Volunteers.


  • Survival Learning Research: This block of instruction examines research from educational psychology, motor learning science and neurobiology, and applies the research to the design of Use of Force systems. This instruction explains why simple gross motor skills and systems with few techniques are more compatible to Use of Force training.
  • PPCT Control Principles: 1. The foundation of the PPCT training systems is based upon a series of training principles. These blocks of instruction examine the PPCT Force Continuum, principles of control, handcuffing, survival reaction time and tactical positioning.
  • Pressure Point Control Tactics: 1. The core of this program effectively teaches Security Professionals how to control subjects by applying as little as two pounds of finger touch pressure to selected pressure points on the head and neck. The application of these pressure points is to control low level resistance.
  • Documentation: The Security Professional must learn to communicate clearly in writing – including note taking, report writing, recording personal observations and crime scene management.
  • Defensive Counterstrikes: This block of instruction teaches reflexive reaction (blocks, hand strikes and kicks) to a physical attack when impact weapons or firearms are not appropriate.
  • PPCT Impact Weapon System: This block of instruction can be deployed with a traditional straight baton, riot baton or a collapsible/telescoping baton. This effective system employs the use of nerve motor points as targets instead of joints and bones which decreases the potential of creating connective tissue damage and bone fractures.