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Defense Program conducted Saturday mornings at the Trinity Fitness Center,
This is one of my favorite training sites (State College, Pa.) and officer groups, many of whom I have been training & certifying since 2006. Always happy to be training, always masterful. Presenting the graduating PPCT DT Instructor Class of March, 2017. Officers from Columbia County Probation; the Youth Training Institute of Altoona; the Mifflin County Regional PD; the Mifflin County Correctional Institute; the Butler County Probation Dept.; Penn State Criminal Justice Research Center; the Philadelphia Police Dept.; the Patton Twp. Police Dept.; and the Granville Twp. Police Dept. Outstanding Officers like these are why I keep doing this at 74 with a bullet.
The Old Dog (74) still has it. Harry Hammer pictured here at the Chrin Community Center on April 11, 2017with five dynamic local officers who are re-certified as Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT) (GAGE)
Ground Fighting Instructors. Slate Belt Regional PD (Moskella); Palmer Twp. PD (Lear, Smoke & Border) & Colonial Regional PD (Templeton) all excelled at my training. Me, I'm in the middle with my always-present baseball cap. These men keep you and I safe every day & I am proud to be pictured with them.
Harry the Hammer pictured with Lebanon County Probation Services Director Tina Verna.
Tiny looking good. Me? Not so much. This was taken after a week-long DT at the Pike County Correctional Facility earlier in 2016.
Great way to end the 2016 training year at the Ferguson Twp. PD in
State College with this outstanding class of men.
Officers from all
over the state, including:
Front row, l to r: Shawn Slater, Ferguson Twp. PD; Ryan Ziegler & Ryan
Heinrich, LT(s) from Northampton County Correctional Facility; Mike
Morrow, Franklin County Prison.
2nd Row, L to R: Tyler Prisk, Logan Twp. PD; Zach Sayers, Center Co.
Correctional Facility; Douglas Wilburne, Franklin Co. Probation
Services;; Randy Gaugler, Berwick Boro PD; and Charles Zimmerman, Center
County Correctional Facility.
Several, if not all of the officers in this class told me they learned a
lot and had themselves a safe and fun time. I think that is a hallmark
of many of my training(s). Gotta be safe, gotta learns, and, by all
means, gotta have fun!
Several of the Pike County Correctional Officers at the completion of a PPCT DT Instructor Seminar, August, 2016. That is me in the Mickey Mouse shirt.
Demonstrating disarming a long-gun (shotgun) hostage-taker at a PPCT DT Instructor Seminar at the Ferguson Twp. PD.
An awesome group of officers earn their DT Certification in State College, Pa.
Six graduates of my December, 2015 (I recovered this from my “lost” files) at the Moshannon Federal Correctional Center in Philipsburg, Pa.
Tina Marinari and me. Tina is a veteran Chester County P.O.. Something like 22-years. I rank her right near the top is skill and mental toughness. Mind you, I am not saying right at the top of "female officer." She is right at the top irrespective of gender. Plus, she is beautiful and a wonderful mother too!
Pictures from a DT Instructor Course in Coatesville with one of my favorite training teams in Pa., the beautiful guys and gals from Chester County Probation Services. I am 73 and people keep asking me why I keep on training and training. Just look at these beautiful, smiling faces. This is why.
2015, the outstanding and committed use of force instructors of the Lehigh
Valley Health Network who are now also PPCT DT Instructors.
L to R: Anthony DeMilio; Jeffrey Engleman; Randall Achey and Jose “The
Vargas Effect” Vargas.
Graduates of my first training of 2015, a DT and GAGE Re-Cert:
Another great group of officers.
R to L: Christopher Meehan and Bud Shull of the Wilson Boro PD; Chris
Templeton, Colonial Regional PD (to the rear); Ken Brown, Lebanon County
Prison; Eric Slovinsky, Indiana Borough PD; Todd Sherle, Johnstown Regional
Police Academy and Josh JD Fraker, Southern University P.D., Chatanooga,
Fighting graduates of my November, 2014 class in Bethlehem,Pa.
Kevin Lillis, Bangor PD; Beau Johnson, Williamsburg, Va,; Jonny Edelblute,
NewtownPD; Kevin Brammeier, Williamsburg and William Marques, BethlehemPD.
from left to right are graduates of the May GAGE Instructor seminar at
the Montgomery County Fire Academy:
Matt and Beth Bryner, Lancaster County Probation; Brian Dayoc; Harry Burke;
Ed Walker; Ryan Volk and Joe Holman, all of the Montgomery County Sheriffs
Dept., and Joe Bullick, Montgomery County Security.
of our April Ground Avoidance and Ground Escapes Instructor Seminar held
at the Chrin Community Center in Easton.
Stephan Wiltshire, Brett Lear, Palmer Twp PD; Chris Templeton, Colonial
Regional PD; and Shawn Moskella, Pen Argyl PD
Following three pictures are action shots from our GAGE Seminar at the
Chrin Center in Easton.
fine officers earned their DT Certification on March 21, 2014.
L to R, rear: Jay "Crazy Mother" Lazur, Northampton County Probation;
Deputy Perry Taglienti, Berks Co. Sheriffs; Bernie "Big Burn"
Milulski, Northamton Co. Probation; and Injury Prone Travis Souders, YTI
L to R, front: John P. "SuperJack" Bogan, Upland PD; Ken Gill,
Philadelphia PD and Pedro "Pete" Ruiz, F and M College, campus
Another outstanding class. Lots of fun and even I learned a lot by listening
to some of my students.
6, 2014, the end of another terrific instructor (SKD & GAGE) seminar.
This was a blast, despite the fact that my front tooth fell out at the
hotel bar the night before while I was making a toast to the guys. Left
To Right in the rear are Laban Betz, Franklin County Probation; Toothless
Me; Bob Landis, Somerset County Probation; and Corporal Tim Stringer,
Ferguson Township P.D. Kneeling on the left is Matthew Peters, Somerset
County Probation and Doug "That's A Trick Question" Wilburne,
Franklin County Probation, is kneeling in the right-center."
"Laban Betz deftly blocks a 2-Line Edged Weapon Attack by Matt Peters
as co-instructor Stringer looks on during the second day of my SKD Instructor
Seminar in State College, Pa."
I am (in baseball cap/shocker) posing with the new trainers from ODS Security
Solutions, Raleighj, North Carolina (February, 2014).
New DT and VPM Instructors - as of February 14, 2014 - of ODS Security
Soultions, Raleigh, N.C.
David Reese, former running back for Temple U; Chris Belden; James W.
Hill; Lisa Terry, Director, and Julie Schenck, front row, to the right
R: Phillip Kemp; Scott Biff; Sam Esposito; Christopher Komf; Russell Richardson
and Dennis Shana Hamrick of Carolinas Health Care System's Training Unit
in Charlotte, North Carolina, February, 2014.
various action shots from the training...
I am, pictured with my new protogee, Stephan Wiltshire, a young and promising
martial arts and self-defense instructor. "Wilt" was a great
asset at my first Kid Escape - Counter-Child Abduction -Training
in almost a decade. This seminar was presented at the Chrin Community
Center in Easton on January 25, 2014. A blustery and icy blizzard almost
crippled the community that day (Saturday) resulting in a poor turnout.
Wilt and I presented the seminar after the 6th child abduction attempt
in the area over the past several months.
wonderful and brave souls weathered the blizzard and showed up for my
Kid Escape Seminar at the Chrin Community Center with their children.
last training of 2013, this one outside the Pike County Correctional Facility
in Lord's Valley, Pa. DT Instructor Recertification:
Left-to-Right: Lt. Robert Serrano, Lt Todd Schweyer; Officers Maureen
"Mo" Caplette, and Thomas Schwartz.
These outstanding correctional officers and trainers wish all of you a
healthy and safe 2014. As do I.
Caplette and Bob Serrano square off to deliver Fluid Shockwave Strikes
to the big blue strike pad at the Pike County DT.
Big Todd Schweyer, a veteran correction officer and stalwart DT Instructor
for nearly 17-years, prepares to drive Lt Serrano and his big, blue strike
pad backj nearly 8 feet with a powerful Forward Fluid Shockwave Strike.
Guys All staring menacingly at me and my camera, these DT Instructors
are finishing up their recertification at the LCESTC in Manheim, August,
2013. Left-to-Right, Officers Josh "Killer" Kilgore; Andrew
Bedsole; David Covey; Chris "Braveheart" Walker, Options Eight,
Sydney, Australia; and Charles Zimmerman, Centre County Prison. Some trainings,
matter of fact, most, I learn as much as I teach. This training was such
an experience. I learned a lot from these wiley and commited officers.
Lots of fun, too, which is why I am still doing this at 70. Love it.
Hope to see you at one of my outstanding and professional trainings in
PPCT Instructor Seminar of 2013, this one ending on October 9. A DT Recertification.
Lots of great fun and lots of serious learning, too.
Left-To-Right: All Chester County Probation & Parole Officers. Big
Bruce McClure; Tina Shock Marinari; Jennifer Chadwick; Mark Gonsalves,
Me (Is It Me, or am I looking chubby, old, and tired?) and John Morton,
who snapped this photograph. I know I say this a lot, maybe too much,
but, man-oh-man, what a wonderful group of officers and why I love what
last big training of 2013, this one at the awesome Chrin Community Center
in Palmer Township, just outside of Easton, Pa. New PPCT DT Instructors,
who graduated on September 27, 2013, include:
Front row, L to R: Shawn Mokella, Pen Argyl PD; Phil Bentz, Berks County
Deputy Sheriff; Drew Devery, Lehigh University Police Dept.; Marc Weir,
Northumberland County P.O.; and, me, Your Friendly Neighborhood IT.
Second Row, L To R: Craig "Chief" Bousman, Chief-Of-Police,
Orestes Police Dept., Orestes, Indiana; Officer David Kokinda, Lehigh
University Police Dept.; P.O. Matthew Narcavage, Northumberland County
Probation Services; Officer Matthew Richardson, Cedar Crest Collge Police
Dept. and Lehigh County Deputy Sheriff; Officer Brent Lear, Palmer Township
PD; and Officer John "JT" Smoke, Palmer Twp. PD & Co-Instructor
of this program.
fun and outstanding DT Instructor Seminar, this one in Lewistown, Pa.
These guys were awesome (August 23, 2013)."
Front Row, L-R: "Perfect December" Adams and "Bulldozer
Ben" Adams, Moshannon Valley Correctional Center; "Amazing Amber"
Snedecker and Hard-Hitting Michelle Snare, Huntingdon County Probation;
Rochester New York & Blackhawk, Inc's Pamela Hasen and "Rough
Ryan" Smeltzer, Mifflin County Probation.
Back Row, L-R: "Quick-Doug" Wilburne, Franklin County Probation;
Nick "The Wolf" Wolfkiel, Host Officer; Lebanon County Deputy
Sheriff Barry Stephens, the awesome 74-year-old never-give-up legend;
and Zachary Albright, Mifflin County Probation.
are a few action shots from the outstanding August, 2013 Threat Pattern
Recognition (TPR) and DT Seminar."
Wilburne or Franklin County Probation and me after graduation from the
Lewistown DT, August, 2013.
I am (I'm the Sweatbag in the hat) pictured with Dangerous Dan Solla,
on the left, the head of Red Scorpion Training Systems in Pa., and Perry
Harris, the author of several books, the latest of which is Rabbit
Hunting, Uncle Junior and Life, what the first two taught
me about the third. All three of us are at PPCT Headquarters, Millstadt,
Illinois being certified in the new TPR (Threat Pattern Recognition) Instructor
the famed Little Joe, longtime PPCT Staff Instructor, at the TPR/DT Certification
and Monico:" Me, on your left and Sgt Mike Monico, Berwick PD, pose
next to Black Bob, our vaunted training dummy, after our July 19, 2013
PPCT GAGE Instructor Training.
Class Photo, Left-To-Right: Dave Stowell, Norristown PD; Mike Monico,
Berwick Boro PD; Nick Wolfkiel, Mifflin Co. Probation; Eric "Slow"
Slovinsky (holding the all-purpose kick bag), Indiana Boro PD; Kevin Solomon,
Snyder County P.O. and Me (in camoflauge baseball cap). Stowell proved
to be a ground grappling encylcopedia of moves, escapes, etc."
"Evil-E" Slovinsky defends against a hard Low-5 Knife Attack
on his way to earning his SKD Instructor Certification. Quick Hands and
constant willingness to take care of business.
Balon takes care of Evil-E's Low-5-High-Trap-and High-5 Attack. Nice."
and fast Gary Purfield, Chester County, and Bloomsburg officer Balon take
a much-needeed break.
stops a mid-level tackle attempt with a double-suprascapular strike and
an Inside Takedown (GAGE)."
Whizzes Stowell (scissor-kick) and Monico demonstrate an escape from a
Guard Choke (GAGE).
County's Pride, Kevin Solomon, seconds before he dumps Evil-E Slovinsky
on a Top Mount Escape.
a powerful choke from teh Top Mount, Solomon is about to be dumped (GAGE).
& GAGE back-to-back can be tough, maybe even painful. But this Berwick
(July 15 to 19, 2013) class was among The Best.
photo of our June 13, 2013 PPCFT Disruptive Student Management/Active
Shooter training compliment. Fantastic Class!
Your Friendly Neighborhood
IT (okay, the old guy) pictured with three outstanding Palmer Twp Officers,
including Dave Daiello (on my left), Big Tyson Unangst (hovering above
me), and JT Smoke.
Piazza about to disarm "Active Shooter" Kaitlin Lutz's Shotgun
in this Long Gun Disarming Stress Drill.
Teacher Scott Kupec
prepares to disarm a hostage taker (PTPD Officer Tyson Unangst).
Officer Tyson Unangst
prepares a Rear walking Hostage Disarm.
Daiello and Superintendent Bill Haberle work on how to disarm a gun-toting
(potential) Active Killer!
help it, folks. I gotta show you my grandchildren and daughters every
now and then! This is a picture of my daughter Rachel and my grandaughter
Some more of my grandchildren... Andy, Riley, Hannah, Austin and Jonathon.
Friendly Neighborhood IT (red and black shirt) gets to pose up with Krische,
Luise, and McGuigan. "These officers are first-class warriors, you
ask me," says The Hammer. Krische, Luise, and McGuigan also particfipated
in a PPCT GAGE & SKD Seminar(s).
to R: PPCT DT Instructor Certification Training Seminar, Easton, Pa. Sgt.
Kevin Krische, City of Easton PD; Pa. Constable Eric Ramirez; Officer
Jamie Luise, EPD; and Officer Phil McGuigan, EPD.
classy and tough graduates of probably my last instructor seminar in 2012,
hosted by Colonel Corey Britcher of the Pa.Fish and Boat Commission in
Newville, Pa. ending on October 18.
Kneeling, front row, left to right are: Don Fowler, Smooth Ray Armstead,
Gernois "The G" Gaston, all police officers of the Colonial
Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Va., and, on the far right, Colonel
Britcher, he of the brutal and impressive Angle Kick.
Standing in the rear, from left-to-right are Officer Charley Balon of
the Bloomsburg PD, Ranger Richard Todd Martin (RTM), and me, your friendly
neighborhood IT, on the right.
Once again, I had tons of fun training some great, brave, and honorable
officers - men and women - in 2012 and I must say how priileged and honored
I am to have maybe played a miniscule part in their training, their safety
Thank you all and I sincerely hope that I shall see you all again.
Instructor Certification Seminar in the Meadowlands of Pa., October 5,
(Front, L to R: Erik Parks, Heather Testa, Anson Zacour, Joel Walsh, all
of Washington County Probation, and Me.. Back Row, L to R is Jason Brunetti
of the Peters Township PD; Jordan Sweany and Joe Brownlee, both of the
Washington County Probation Dept.).
PPCT DT Instructor Class? Yep. Big Warrior Heart? Yep Again.
Left to right: Stands The Hammer, Your friendly neighborhood PPCT IT;
Sgt. Mike Monico, Berwick Boro PD; Shiny Black Tactical Ted; Eric Barnett,
Mansfield U. PD.; and Chester County Juvenile P.O. Jill Adams.
DT Recert Class in St Clair, May, 2012. Lots of fun for everyone. Jim
Myers took this shot, which includes your friendly neighborhood IT. The
same dudes as in the below picture, except for me.
in St. Clair, Pa. on May 23, 2012 are:
Front Row, L to R: Ken Brown, Lebanon County Prison and Eldon Miller,
Bedford County Probation.
Second Row: Host Officer, Sgt Bill Dempsey, St. Clair PD; Ranger Brian
Price, Forestry; Jim Myer, YTI, Altoona; and Josh Fraker, Souther Adventist
University Police, Collegedale, Tennessee; and in his own row, Big Dave
Salzlein, Director of Security Scotland Health Care System, Laurenburg
"Evil Ed" Slovinsky and State Police Instructor at Johnstown
Regional Police Academy during Tactical handcuffing drills.
Ron Szymborski and Chris O'neill pose unashamedly. "We're here to
learn," Szymborksi kept saying.
to hard wire the handgun disarm.
of my first High Risk Training System DT, this one hosted by the City
of Bethlehem PD:
First Row, L to R: Officers Ryan Devlin, Lansdale PD; JRPA Instructor
Todd Sherle; Officer Eric Slovinsky, Indiana Borough PD; Patrick Maczko,
and Tim Cooper, Bethlehem PD.
Second Row, L to R: Officers Daniel Schmidt, Upper Southampton Twp. PD;
Ron Szymborski and Anthony Marsaglia, Upper Southampton Twp. PD; Eric
Schwab, DeSales University PD; and Christopher O'Neill, Warminster Township
handsome and physically gifted DT Instructor Seminar graduates, August
5, 2011, photographed at the Richland Township PD by co-host Lt. Michael
McDonald, Springfield Twp PD:
Kneeling in front, Your Friendly Neighborhood Hammer (Instructor Trainer).
Co-Host Matthew Mergen, RTPD; Mark Klug, Body Guard & Security Specialist;
Curtis Bunch, Phila. PD; Mark Compas, Tinicum Twp. PD; Stephen Dangerfield
(JC Shirt) and Ed Lang, Philadelphia PD; Officer Jules Sepulveda, Springfield
Twp PD; and Kristopher Baccari, Quakertown Police Dept.
DT Instructor Recertification Training Seminar at the Lancaster County
Public Safety Training Center, Manheim, Pa., June 21, 2011.
First Row, L-to-R: Joe Schauren and Andrew Hinkel, Lancaster County Probation,
and David Bolton, Lancaster County Deputy Sheriff.
Second Row, L-to-R: Jarrad Berkihizer; Kevin Fry and Steve Owens, Lancaster
Bureau of Police, and Ed Bruder, Director, York County College, Public
Third Row, L-To-R: James Carpenter and Michael Bradley, Lancaster Bureau
of Police and Scott Siegfried, Delaware Valley School District Police
hard-fighting, ass-kicking DT Instructor Class on Friday, June 10, 2011
at the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife, Law Enforcement Training Division
Training Center, Jackson, NJ.
(L to R) This class was rife with knowledge and experience in MMA, the
Martial Arts, and law enforcement training.
Sgt. Robert Robido and Lt. James Laler, Montclair, NJ PD; Quentin "Big
Bear" Fuller, Warrington, Pa. PD; Sgt. Robert F. Reichanek, Ocean
City, and a current contender for an MMA title in NJ; Charlie "The
Real Deal" Magill, Cape May (NJ) Police Academy; and Lt. Mark Leonard,
the host and coordinating officer, New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement
Officers learn to master the Quick Peek; Slice the Pie; Dynamic and Deliberate
Building Entry at my Dynamic Building Clearance and Suspect Retrieval
Training Program in Washington, May 12 and 13, 2011.
minded officers all, pictured here on May 11, 2O11 outside the FOP Lodge
in Meadow Land, Pa. after completing their DT and GAGE Recertification
(left to right) Jon JT Ridge and Dan Clements, Washington County Probation,
Gerald Maloni and James B. Stevick, Peters Township Police Dept."
was a terrific DT Recertification training, May 4, 2011 at the Ferguson
Twp PD in State College, Pa. left to right Tim Stringer, FTPD, the Host
of the training; Bo Trawitz, Mifflin County; Josh Garver, Mifflin County
Prison; Eric Norman, Mifflin County Regional PD; Tim Klamer and Robert
Snyder, Butler County Probation. Front Row, L to R: Marty Bubb, Granville
PD; Chris Kaniecki, Mifflin County Regional PD; and, of course, Yours
friendly neighborhood IT takes a short break from a tedious, back-breaking
and violent "Bouncers, Bounty Hunters and Beyond" Training in
late April, 2011 to pose for a pic. "Thought I'd give these two women
a break. They probably never get any attention from older guys like me,"
the Hammer speculated to this photographer just before I snapped the picture.
of the Carolinas Health Care System Security and Training Unit, following
their DT and VPM Instructor Training: L to R: Scott Buff; Mike Rubino;
Me; Sam Esposito and Matt "Woody" Underwood. Thanks to these
guys my week in Charlotte was splendid. Great bunch of guys."
Pictured here following an Impact Weapon "Gasser" Red Man Drill
on April 27, 2011 are graduates of the PPCT DT Instructor Certification
Class: (L-R Rear Row) Big Greg Thomas, Washington County; Kevin Riker,
Pike County Prison; Nick "The Stick" Wolfkiel, Mifflin County
Probation; and Mike Farrington. (Front Row, L-R) Maureen "Red Man"
Caplette, Pike County Prison; Jay Williams and Bob Goodrich, Bridgeport,
West Virginia Police Dept. The site might not have been ideal, but these
officers proved to be warriors. And Maureen Caplette really rocked!
DT at the Dauphin County Work Release Center. Mike "Moose" Sedun
to my right (as you it) and Charlie "Pain" Painter to my left.
photo was taken at the Ferguson Township Police Department following an
SKD and GAGE Recertification Training Seminar, which ended March 7, 2011.
This seminar was probably too much fun to be characterized as professional,
although I have been assured and reassured by the three graduates that
it was " super-professional" and certainly not "slipshod,"
as I had jokingly characterized it. Pictured here are, from left-to-right,
David "Brake-Rider" Meyers, Somerset County Probation; Yours
Truly; Big Joe MacLaughlin, Franklin County Probation; and Tim Stringer,
Ferguson Twp. P.D. Stringer is a real-life police hero and gunfight survivor,
having prevailed against a demented assailant dead-set on killing him
(Stringer), a new officer, and another vetreran FTPD officer only last
year. Stringer performed a deft ground roll as the psycho's pickup truck
barely missed him, took cover and fired multiple shots from both shotgun
and sidearm, bringing the seemingly endless attack as well as the mad
man's life before the latter could harm the police officers as well as
untold innocent citizens.
DT Instructors from my initial class of 2011 at Franklin & Marshall
College in Lancaster, Pa.
L to R, first row: Randy Jackson, Washington County Probation; Officer
Jeff DePolo, Montgomery Twp PD; Officer Pedro Ruiz, Franklin & Marshall
PD; Travis Souders and Ross Deck; YTI Career Training Institute, Lancaster;
Brian Penderville and Stephren Joseph, Washington County Probation.
L to R, Back Row: Sean Burgoyne, Franklin and Marshall Police Dept.; Officer
Jed Custer, New Holland Police Dept.; Officers Kirk Bedsole and Dave Cover,
West Lampeter Twp. PD; and Jeremy Crow, Washington County Adult Probation
Another great class with a high spirited and action-oriented group of
last training for 2010, November 12 to November 14, 2010, Hosted by Jonathan
Nicholas, Director of the Easton Emergency Squad, Easton, Pa. Pictured
here are the graduates of the PPCT Violent Patient Management Instructor
Seminar. Left to Right:
Rachel "The Stick" Shick and Stephanie "What's Happening,
Harry?" D'Andrea of the Upper Bucks Regional Emergency Squad; Bud
Shull of the Easton Emergency Squad; Robert "Big Bob" Norder
of the Bethlehem Township Emergency Squad; Jack Scalice, Training Director,
Calvary Hospital, Bronx, N.Y.; Harry The Hammer, your friendly neighborhood
IT, in the red hat; GuyKuklentz, Easton Emergency Squad; David Work, Security
Officer, Ephrata General Hospital, Ephrata, Pa.; Peter Rivera, Easton
Emergency Squad; and Keith Snyder, Ephrata General Hospital.
These new instructors were involved in 2 1/2 days of iuntense scenarios,
drills and lessons in managing disruptive, aggressive and violent patients
in the hospital, clinic and other medical settings, including self defense
and patient control techniques.
friendly neighborhood IT is pictured here between Chris "Braveheart:
Walker, of Sydney, Australia. Walkerf is one of our most traveled Warrior
Instructors (on my left), and Eldon Miller, a Bedford County Probation
Officer who packs a helluva whallop. Both men, along with 6 City of Bethlehem
police officers (not pictured here, but several can be seen on the previous
photo) just completed a rugged "Warrior Week" combination of
SKD and GAGE Instructor Training Seminars, September 24, 2010.
Officers from my September, 2010 PPCT DT Instructor Training Seminar hosted
by the City of Bethlehem Police Department, including:
Left-to-right, Rear Row: Officers Brett Cole and Mark Finley, Chester
County Adult Probation; Greg Shober, Shillington PD; Bob Urban and Mike
Ogrodnick, BPD Training Officers; Michael Strauch, Hellertown PD and Roman
Granados, Chula Vista, California PD.
Kneeling in Front, L -to-R are Chris Walker, Rail Corporation of Australia,
and Shawn Rowe, Dauphin County Adult Probation Officer.
Recertification, Practical Test, June, 2010: Fran The Man Presley "cleans
up the mess" after a deft Iron Wristlock Takedown."
Chris McKim is plu-perfect as always. Here he demonstrates combat cuffing."
"Officer Josh Kilgore after a clean takedown, just seconds before
Seated Pressure Point Control Drill. Standing L-to-R: Presley; Mark "Deuce"
Rettew; Elizabeth Fasnacht, Lancaster Adult Probation; and Charles Zimmerman,
Center County Correctional Facility. Seated, L-to-R: Don Acker; Rodney
Brown and Matt Bryner of Adult Probation, Lancaster County; Lt. Chris
Laser, Lancaster Police Dept.; and Lt. Chris McKim, Ephrata Police Dept.
The Hammer demonstrates standing cooperative handcuffing.
of their June, 2010 DT Recertification Training in Altoona, Pa., from
left to right:
Trooper Ted Goins, Somerset Barracks; Cambria County P.O. Toni Mognet;
former Manchester New Hampshire Police Officer & current Plymouth
College I(N.H.) instructor Tom Gallagher; and Ron Johns, Cambria County
Adult P.O., Johnstown Vocational Technical College DT Instructor and former
International Judo champion.
One of my fave classes of all time. Only 4 out of the original 8 students
"survived" my April/May, 2010 "Fighting Arts For Women
Self Defense Class at Northampton Community College. All four are panning
for the camera, but, believe me, when it counted, all four were able to
"Mad-Dog IT!" when it counted.
for the camera here are the graduates of the April, 2010 Somerset, Pa.
PPCT DT Instructor Training Seminar. Another great and fun training for
everyone, especially this Old Dog IT; Standing Rear, Left to Right: Host
Officer, Big Bob Landis. Somerset County Probation; Ed Walker, Montgomery
County Deputy Sheriff; Matt Peters, Somerset Co. Probation; Aaron Thompson,
Juvenile P.O., Sugar Creek Detention, Lodoga, Indiana; Joe Holman, Montgomery
County Deputy Sheriff and Benjamin Mauro, U. of Pa. Police Dept.
Front Row, Left to Right: Ryan Volk, Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff;
Lt. Karen Donmoyer, Centre County Correctional Facility; and Nathan Stohon,
Cambria Twp. Police Dept., Ebensburg, Pa.
Straight Baton. Combat Ready Stance. "Holman, posied to Deliver."
Officer Ben Mauro delivers a nice Palm Heel Stun to Deputy Walker while
Lt. Karen Donmoyer critques during Instructor Testing Drills in Somerset,
Holman critiques Matt Peters' Straight Punch to Nate Stohon during Instructor
Triad Testing Drills in Somerset, Pa.
much younger Harry The Horse Wigder, overreacts - as usual - to receiving
his first of four Gary Palmer Sportsman of the Year (1987) Awards from
the APTT (Alpine Professional Tennis Tour) after a great banquet at the
White House Chinese Restaurant in Easton, Pa.
Pa.'s Very Best pictured here at the Wilson Community Center after completinbg
their PPCT DT Instructor Recertification Training. From left to right:
Officers Dominic Marraccini; John Piperato; Robert Weber; Lt. John Remaley
and Detective Tom Beiser.
The Hammer is pictured at a mid-November (09) law enforcement
golf tournament (outside of Pittsburgh, Pa.) seconds before launching
a soaring and majestic 120-yard drive - with the wind, by the way - toward
the green some 400 yards away (and downhill). Obviously, Hammer didn't
get his name from the way he hits a golf ball. Maybe Hammer will see you
at a training in 2010! If not, have a great year.
bad my camera is whack. A fuzzy photo of 6 of the graduating officers
from my October, 2009 PPCT DT Instructor Training Seminar at the
Pa. game Commission headquarters (Hbg., Pa.). L to R:
Tough as Nails Bloomsburg PD Officer Charles Balon; Sensitive As Sand
(I have no idea what that is supposed to mean) Washington County P.O.
Anson Zacour; Kick-Ass Officers Kacie Gallick and Beth Cecchini (both
of them rocked during the training), also of Washington County, Pa.; DCNR
Ranger Brian Price; and Training Host Travis Pugh, Assistant Training
Director, Pa. Game Commission.
Pa. game Commission DT Instructor Program during the
Practical Test, Mandibular Angle Pressure Point.
More apologies for the fuzz picture. IT Hammer resolves to break down
and buy a new digital camera.
Dog, these two Washington County Probation Officers kicked ass for five
days. Plus, hell, they're the cutest thing this side of a wicked Brachial
Stun we ever saw. Kacie Gallick on the left and Beth Cecchini with an
arm around her shoulder.
Row, L to R: Corey Britcher, Pa. Fish and Boat Commission, and
probably the sweetest Angle Kick in most parts. Jimmy Smith, University
of Pa. Police Dept.; Gernois "That's G" Gernois, Colonial Williamsburg
National Park Police Dept.; Big Ed Hosler, Cluinton County Probation and
Ranger Todd Martin, Pa. Dept. of Forestry. Ranger Martin turned out to
be impervious to pain and damned near unaffectable by intimidation. Believe
me, I tried.
Front Row, L to R: Donia Fowler and Ray Armstead, both
with the Colonial Williamsburg National Park Police Dept., Williamsburg,
Virginia. Finally, far right is the intrepid Travis Pugh, Asst Training
Director, Pa. Game Commission, who must be commended for playing the unenvious
role of my "Training Dummy" for all my assorted strikes, punches,
kicks, gouges, occasional gropes and tedious jokes.
Thought I would add this last picture from the great PPCT DT Instructor
Training I just completed at the Pa Game Commission (October
19 to 23, 2009). The guys insisted that I join in on one photo (I don't
know. Maybe I insisted. Does it really matter?) That's your enthusiastic,
sensitive, legend-in-his-own-mind Instructor Trainer kneeling in the front
row, extreme right. Truly, this was a great week - tiring, sometimes frustrating,
often fun, and, in the end, we celebrate the graduation of 14 PPCT DT
Instructors (8 in this photo and 6 in a previous photo/I know what you're
thinking: Why the helll didn't you just take one good picture with all
14? I don't know. Search me.).
the privelege of training these 4 Taikwando Instructors and teachers in
Disruptive Student Management (PPCT DSM Instructor Program) this July
(2009). (L to R) Sensei/Teacher Anne Douglas, Angela Rineer; Shannon Metsger,
and co-owner/Sensei of ATA American Taikwando Association) Martial Arts
in Manheim, Pa., Lauren Minnich. Instructor Rineer is a National Nunchuck
champion and Metsger a state champ. Douglas is a teacher in the Reading
school district with some remarkable experiences.
Chris Connolly and Brooke Lininger, a Police Officer at Stroudsburg University
attended and graduated my PPCT SHARP Instructor Program this past March/2009
I am pictured recently with my lovely daughter Rachel.
of my June, 2009 PPCT DT Instructor Training Seminar, hosted
by the Saint Clair, Pa. Police Dep;t. Bottom Row, L to R:
Training Officerf Ken Brown, Lebanon County Prison; Eldon Miller, Bedford
County Probation Dept.; Officer Ken Jacoby, Schuylkill Haven PD; Chad
"Zinger" Seitzinger, Saint Clair Police Dept. Back Row,
L to R: Davikd Salzlein, Scotland Memorial Hospital , Lewinsberg,
North Carolina; James Myers, YTI-Altoona; Officer Steven Geurs, Pottsville
Bureau of Police; Host Officer Bill Dempsey, Saint Clair PD; and the dynamic
duo of Officer Larry Gausch, Cumru Twp. PD and Wayne Moreland, Muhlenberg
of the May, 2009 PPCT DT Instructor Academy held at Lehigh University
in Bethlehem, Pa. L to R,Bottom fRow: Moore Twp PD Deputy
Chief James Cavallo; Host Officer Anthony Gallagher, Lehigh U PD; Joseph
Corter and Dominica Nicolosi, Northampton County Adult Probation Dept. Second Row, L to R: Officers Moses Miller and Jason Gerstner,
City of Bethlehem Police Dept.; Bangor School District Police Officer
Nick Timar; Eric Smith, Lehigh UPD and Jason cameron, Pike County Deputy
with the Old Hammer is his daughter and Action Fighting Arts WebMaster,
Shana Lee Albert.
first training of 2009, a PPCT DT Instructor Recert: Pictured from left
to right: Calvin Siegfried (holding training shotgun); Christian Meehand
and EB Bud Shull, all of the Wilson Borough Police Department, and, holding
Training Shotgun - Brian Kirchner of the Bethlehem (Pa) Police Dept. The
program was hosted by Siegfried, the skilled and capable Firearms Officer
and Training Coordinator of the WBPD
11, 2008 at the Lancaster Pubic Safety Training Center in Manheim, Pa.
.Graduates of my PPCT SHARP (Sexual Harassment Assault and Rape Prevention)
Instructor Training Seminar, pictured Left to right in back row:are Matt
Brynner, Lancaster County Probation; Vince Jones, Pa. Network of Victim
Assistance, Jamison, Pa.; Andrew Hinkel, LC Adult Probation; and Sam Crawford,
Chief Training Officer, Wesley College, Dover Delaware. Seated in the
front row (L to R) are Joe Schauren and Elizabeth Faschnacht, Lancaster
County Adult Probation Services; Anne Douglas, a Reading Area Marftial
Arts Instructor and secondary school teacher, and Joseph MacLaughlin,
a veteran Franklin County (Chambersburg) Probation Officer
at the conclusion of an arduous week of both PPCT Spontaneous Knife (SKD)
and Ground Avoidance and Ground Escapes (GAGE) Instructor training are
the 23 officers who earned their instructor certifications at the Delaware
Association of Police Lodge Academy site the week of November 17, 2008.
I am kneeling on the extreme left of the first row. Seminar was hosted
by Training Coordinator Albert Hicks of the Wilmington (Delaware) PD and
actively headed by lead trainer Joseph
palm heel strike can stop a high tackle attempt in its tracks as Wilmington
PD Officer Donohue illustrates.
Course, a crisp palm heel strike deserves to be followed up with a crisp
Inside Takedown, don't you think?
the face of a warrior getting set to take care of business, or what?
I am impressed. These
Delaware Men knoweth what they doeth!
DT INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR at the outstanding Lancaster County Emergency Services
Training Center in Manheim, Pa. Pictured here just before instructor certificates
are handed out are (Front Row, L to R) Jim Miller, Springettsbury Twp
PD; Joe Schauren, Lancaster Co/ Probation; Erica Benner, Centre County
Correctional Inst.; Ed Bruder, Director, York College; David Bolton, Lancaster
County Depoty Sheriff and John DiBattista, City of Lancaster Police Officer..
In the back row Kevin Fry, Sgt. Jarrad Berkhizer and Steve Owens, City
of Lancaster PD; Mike Hodge of the NSA, Baltimore, Md.and P.O. Andrew
Hinkel out of Lancaster County.
outside Harry McCann's fabulous Bucks County Emergency Services Training
Center on this beautulf day on September 24, 2008 are the graduates of
my PPCT DT Instructor Re-certification Training Seminar, including:
Back Row (L to R): City of Lancaster Officer James Carpenter; Springfield
Twp Officer Michael McDonald; City of Bethlehem Officers and Bruise Brothers
Jason Fulmer and Christopher Benton. Front Row (L to R): Lancaster Officer
Michael Bradley, who fought through pain from a broken rib to finish the
training;Falls Township Officer Bryan White; Easton Police Detective Tom
Beiser; IT Hammer; and US Supreme Court Officer Slick Ethan Flick, out
of Washington D.C.
Officer Benton, Fulmer and Flick went on to earn their GAGE Recertification
over the next two days. Northampton County Priobation Officer Bernard
"Big Burn" Mikulski - not pictured here because he took this
photo - also earned his GAGE Recertification. All 4 officers earned perfect
inaugural training of 2008 this January (DT Instructor Recertification)
at the Pike County Correctional Institution in beautiful Lord's Valley,
Pa. (L to R) Joe Shappert; Robert Serrano; Tom Schwartz; Lt. Todd Schweyer
and New York Import, Peter Brady. These 5 vofficers are responsible for
all Use Of Force Training at the institution. Yours Truly stands with
Practice Baton in hand at the very end.
County Prison Training Staff in some post-training hyjinks. Makes me wonder
what these guys would do if they had real weapons?
your friendly neighborhood AFA Director and his lovely Executive Assistant
Sandy toasts everone in their wonderful Action Fighting Arts Family from
barside at the Clarion Inn in Ocean City, Maryland. Wish y'all could join
outside of the Ferguson Township PD Training and Conference Center on
a gorfgeous Happy Valley Day in May of 2008 (PPCT DT Instructor Recert)
are Officers Josh Garver; Chris Kaniecki;Eric Norman; Scoot Siegfried
and Michael Charles (Back Row, L to R).
In the front (L to R) are Tim Stringer, Host Officer, FTPD; Bo Trawitz;
Marty Bubb and IT Hammer (me) in the red cap.
What a fun and skilled bunch of guys.
of Nesquehonikng's Finest, Officer Tim Wuttke, pictured here at the end
of his DT Instructor Training in late 2007.
and Parole Officers from the Pittsburgh Area at their DT Recert (4/08).
David Meyers, Somerset; Lisa Elliott, Allegheny County; Bernard Smith,
Mercer; Tim Wolfe, Pittsburgh and Terry Marks, McKeesport.
My Aunt Mimi on her
94th Birthday. Amazing woman.
DT RECERT at the Berks
County Fire Academy in April, 2008, B ernard Big Burn Mikulski, Tina Marinari,Ryan
Hoover, Matt Garner, Nathan Fazenbaker ,Joe MacLaughlin, Mark Gabonay
and Kneeling is Charlie Tombasco. Group pictured with various training
I took this photo right
after the SKD and GAGE Recert Class of March 17-19-2008 at the Lancaster
Co. LETC. Rear Row (L to r) are Rodney Brown and Cumru Twp. Officer Carl
Britt. From Row, L to R, are Fran The Man Presley, Mark "Deuce"
Rettew and Acker (The Attacker).
Even though there were
only 4, what a GAGE Instructor Class. Very physical and a great learning
experience, thanks to Kayla Etheridge and Chad Wood of the US Customs
and Border Protection, Advanced Training Division in Harpers Ferry, Wva
(the two officer on the right). Joe MacLaughlin (far left) and David Meyers
round out this class (DT/SKD, April, 2008, Ferguson Twp PD, State College,
Big Sam Esposito, Director
Bryan Warren, Antoine Anderson and Martial Artist Scott Buff excelled
at this PPCT DT and VPM Instructor Seminar at the Carolina Health Care
Security Division Training Center in Charlotte, North Carolina (March
3 to 8, 2008).
Dr. Brian Krause, Lansing,
Michigan, Jennifer Larsen, Self Defense Trainer from Samford, Connecticut,
and Hospital Security Specialist, David Berger, Cincinnati, Ohio, pictured
here at the conclusion of this February, 2008 Violent P:atient Management
(VPM) Instructor Program at Harry McCann's BCLETC.
Washington County Officers
Dan Clements and JT Ridge prepare for Handgun Retention Training.
certified PPCT DT Instructors from the September, 2007 class of Chester
County (Pa) Probation Officers take a break from one of their trainings
to pose with their Deputy Chief (standing) Joe Carlini this past November
County (Pa.) Probation/Parole Officers and graduates of the September
17 to 21, 2007 PPCT DT Instructor Certification Training Seminar held
in West Chester, Pa. Gotta be tough-minded and committed to manage the
mean-streets of Chester, Pa. and surroundings.
Row, Left to Right: John "Johnny Be Goode" Morton; Big Bruce
McClure; Mark Gonsalves; Kristen "KB" Brown and Jim Bean (turned
Front Row, Left to Right: Mark Dinger; Yours Truly; and Leslie Manriquez.
mighty women of my latest Self Defense For Women class at Northampton
Community College, pictured here on August 1, 2007. Mere minutes before
this picture, we took part in Red Man (protective gear - picture below)
Combat Drills and several hit me so hard with piercing knee strikes, Hammer
Strikes and Palm Heel Strikes that I ended up on the ground, and in at
least two counterattacks I was stunned into near submission.
Here I am just moments before getting pummeled unmercifully and relentlessly
by my August 1, 2007 Self Defense For Women class. My last thought after
five consecutive "Marching Knee Strikes" to my Solar Plexus
and stomach was: "I gotta get me some better protective gear!"
is my second COMET-KIDS (COMbat, Escape & Evasion Techniques for KIDS)
class at NCC. This class ran from 6/18 to 6/21/07. This
class was filled with beautiful, energetic and promising youngsters who
learned basic self defense techniques against attacks from bullies, gang-bangers
and adult predators. The skills included fundamentals such as: Tactical
Breathing; Controlling Your Space; Verbal De-Escalation; Tactical Movement;
the Basic Thai Kickboxing Blocking System; Basic Balance Displacement
Moves; Hand, Arm and Leg Strikes; Handgun Disarming and more.
pictured above 3rd from the left, assisted with the training of this class.
L to R, Front Row: Tyler, Anna and Mariah.
L-R, Back Row: Anna, "Hurrican Katrina," Jonny "Planet
Z" Zito (Co-Instructor); Ondria; "Strong-Puncher Steven;"
Joseph ( "Don't Ever Call Me Joey") and his brother William.
Jonny "Planet" Zito poses with "Hurricane" Katrina,
undoubtably one of the most powerful strikers in any of my classes so
far. As you can easily see, we taught "Handgun Disarming" that
day, along with so much more.
Officers from the June, 2007 PPCT DT Instructor Seminar at the Lancaster
County Public Safety Training Center directed by Craig Elmer. I enjoy
every training experience, which is why I keep doing this in my mid-60's,
so I probably will never say a class is my "favorite class."
yet, this class featured awesome technique mastery by Jace Parmer, Christopher
Laser, Gary Purfield, Ken Eberle and Brian Guarnieri. Diminutive Sherry
Struble displayed good "Instructor Speed Form" and most of the
others won my admiration by struggling early and then coming through with
a passing score at the end. Purfield earned a free PPCT Instructor Shirt
with one of only 5 perfect Written and Practical Test Scores since I retired
in May of 2004.
(L to R, Front Row) Sensei Ken Eberle, Family Martial Arts; Off. Brian
Guanieri, Lower Paxton Township PD; Chester Co. Juvenile P.O. Gary Purfield;
Me, your friendly neighborhood IT(in red cap); Sherry Struble, Centre
County C.O. and Scott Rood, Franklin and Marshal U. Public Safety Officer.
(Middle Row, L to R) Lancaster County Adult P.O.'s Elizabeth Fasnecht
and Rosie Feliciano with City of Lancaster Police Officer Christopher
Laser on their left flank.
(Rear Row, L to R)
Big Matthew Bryner, Lancaster County Adult Probation Officer; Power-Striker
Jason Parmer, Manheim Township Police Officer; Dale Dommel, Hospital Security
and Charles Zimmerman, Centre County Correction Officer.
May, 2007 "Comet-Kids" (Self defense For Teens) class at NCC.
My first-ever such class and a lot of great fun and self-defense training.
I am posing shamelessly with my first-ever "COMET-KIDS (Combat, Escape
& Evasion Techniques for Kids)" class conducted at Northampton
Community College, May of 2007. This might be one of the cutest gathering
of tough-kids ever. I had so much fun teaching this.
me, in my favorite baseball cap, proudly pictured between two Wilson Boro
Police Officers (Easton, Pa.) - E.B. "Bud" Shull, a DT, GAGE
and now DSM Instructor, on my right and John Mazzeo, S.W.A.T., Firearms
and now DSM Instructor on my left. Both officers pictured after receiving
their DSM Instructor Certificates (4/5/07). Shull, along with Bernie Mikulski,
an outstanding DT, GAGE and DSM Instructor from Northampton County Probation,
won a PPCT Instructor Shirt for scoring a rare "perfect 100%"
score on both the Written and Practical Tests.
above are the 8 graduates of my PPCT Disruptive Student Management(DSM)
Instructor Training Seminar held in March, 2007 at the Northampton County
Community College Southside (Bethlehem) Campus. This team of 8 instructors
will be delivering DSM certification trainings for teachers, police, Resource
Officers, et al. in one of the first programs of its kind in the U.S.A.
designed to manage and overcome student violence. Front Row, Left To Right: E.B. "Bud"
Shull, Wilson Boro PD; David Strawn, City of Bethlehem P.D.; John Mazzeo,
Wilson Boro P.D.; Thomas Barnowski, Director of Emergency Services Training,
Northampton County Community College. Back Row, Left To Right: Bernard "Big Burn"
Mikulski, Northampton County Probation Dept.; Christopher Benton; Joseph
G. Gross and Jason Fulmer, City of Bethlehem P.D.
Warrior Graduates of the October, 2006 PPCT GAGE Instructor Seminar held
at the Wilson Borough Community Center in Easton, Pa. Back Row, Left-To-Right
are: Bud Shull, Wilson Borough PD; David Lembach, Palmer Twp. PD; Todd
Lehman, Palmer Twp PD; Kelly "KC" Chapman, Schuylkill County
Adult Probation; David Wright, a DT Instructor Trainer, Pittsburgh PD;
Co-Instructor Bernie "Big Burn" Mikulski, Northampton County
Probation Dept.; Dean Benner, Colonial Regional PD and David Marino, Bushkill
Front Row, Left To Right: CJ Begansky, Schuylkill County Probation; Host
and Coordinating Officer Calvin "Cal" Siegfried; Bo Trawitz,
Mifflin County Probation and Michael Charles, also of Mifflin County Probation
Formidable graduates of the PPCT DT Instructor Seminar, held at HACC in
Harrisburg, Pa. in March, 2006. At the very top is Marlene "Marty"
Jarbeck, PSU Police, and maybe the toughest of the officers,
pound for pound. Top Row, left to right: Scott Kerstetter,
Union County Probation; Jeff "Blaze" Blaisdell,
Colonial Williamsburg (Va.) PD; Tom Moser, Manor Twp
PD; Craig Bousman, Orestes, Indiana PD; Brett
Brown, Centre County Correctional Facility.
2nd Row, L to R: Steven Russell, Union County Probation;
Stephan Resser, HACC Instructor; Dennis Pletz,
Pa. Constable; Ryan Valentine, Elizabethtown College
Security; Thomas Bloom, Centre County Correctional facility;
James "Jamie" Miller, Springettsbury Twp. PD
and Chad Gieser, Nuclear Security, Monticello, Minnesota.
Bottom Row, L to R: Michael Ott, Lebanon County Prison;
Yours Truly and Chester County Juvenile Probation Officer Scott
Dan Solla, an outstanding and highly reputed Instructor Trainer and a
veteran peace officer, co-instructed this seminar and took this photo.
Dan was very impressed, as was I, with "the solid work ethic and
the furious commitment to excellence this class displayed---"
was easily the largest and most diverse of all my PPCT Instructor Seminars,
but the Host Officer, Calvin Siegfried of the Wilson Borough PD did such
an outstanding job, this course went very smoother than most. Of the 16
graduates of this PPCT DT Instructor Seminar, these officers
hung around long enough after passing the exams to join in a class photo
and to go out to lunch together at Shruty's Pub, a Wilson Boro Sports
Rear Row, Left to right: Officer Ethan Flick, Supreme Court of the United
States, Washington, DC; John Kempter, Fernwood Public Safety Dept., Bushkill,
Pa.; Officers Christian Meehan and E.B. "Bud" Shull, Wilson
Borough PD; Christopher Walker, Resistance Control NZ, New Zealand and
Officer David Marino, Bushkill Twp. PD., Nazareth, Pa. Front Row, right
to left: Officer Gregory Outten, Colonial Williamsburg PD., Virginia;
Host Officer Calvin Siegfried, Wilson Borough PD; Officer Jamison Gilbert,
Kwajalzin PD, somewhere far out in the Pacific and Jennifer Larsen, Lighthouse
International Law Enforcement and Martial Arts Training, Stamfort, Connecticut.
Many others not pictured here graduated from the program, including Officer
Joseph Kizer, Nazareth PD; Officer Brian Kirchner, Bethlehem Township
PD; Officers Jason Fulmer and Christopher Benton of the Bethlehem PD;
Falls Township officer Bryan White and Charles Meek of ISP Security.
may be a little out of focus, but these outstanding officers and Health
Care Professionals just graduated with honors from the PPCT Violent
Patient Management Instructor Seminar, which ended on February
9, 2006 at Harry McCann's Bucks County Law Enforcement Training Academy.
They are (left to right, rear row) Nathan Boudreau, Manchester (New Hampshire)
PD; Michael McDonald, Springfield (Bucks Co., Pa.) Township P.D. and Instructor
Trainer Wigder. (Front Row, Right to left) James Sizemore and HCP Darlene
Sizemore of Anchorage, Alaska; Thomas Gallagher and Brandon Murphy of
the Manchester (N.H.) P.D. This was my (IT Wigder) first PPCT VPM Instructor
Seminar and it was highly successful mainly because of the skills and
patience of the fine Manchester and Springfield Twp. officers who assisted
some of the students who were experiencing some problems with a technique
Fighting Arts proudly presents its last instructor seminar class photo
of 2005, a PPCT SHARP course (12/12 to 12/14/05), hosted by the Ephrata
Boro PD. Many officers in this class performed some of the techniques
better than the Instructor Trainer. Warrior graduates included: Back Row,
Left to Right: Air Marshal Raymond Lucas; Springfield Twp Officer Michael
McDonald; Ephrata Boro Officer Tim "Cutter" Ebersole; Lancaster
County Adult Probation Officers Rodney Brown; Mark "Deuce" Rettew
and Fran "The Man" Presley. Front Row, Left to Right: Ehrata
Boro Officers Patricia Bright and Michelle Krizan, followed by Lancaster
County Probation Officer Jennifer Walker. IT Harry "The Hammer"
Wigder (holding red hat) is bracketed on his right by Hard-Hitting Jennifer
Larsen, an instructor from Stamford, Connecticut, and Host Officer, Sgt.
Chris McKim, Ephrata Boro PD. In an awesome display of commitment to excellence,
all four Lancaster County Probation Officers scored perfect scores on
both the written and practical exams. Joining them with perfect scores
were McKim and Lucas. I am not resorting to hyperbole when I state that
Patricia Bright crushed me off my feet with a perfect and vicious Angle
Kick from Level 2 1/2 and Law Enforcement Instructor Jennifer Larsen pounded
me into submission with a series of brutal and relentless Front Kicks.
of the November, 2005 SKD Instructor Seminar
Back Row, left to right - Michael Gerace, Lancaster Police Department;
IT Harry Wigder; Phillip Groff, Manheim Borough Police Dept.; Jason Zahm,
Lancaster Police Dept. and Fran Presley, Lancaster County Probation.
This class of standout law enforcement officers distinguished themselves
by picking up the close quarter survival techniques faster than any previous
who completed my Self Defense For Women course at the
Northampton County Area Community College on October 27, 2005.
who completed my Self Defense For Women course at the
Northampton County Area Community College on October 27, 2005.
PPCT IT and Action Fighting Arts founder Harry Wigder (in middle in red
baseball cap) is proud to have worked with and certified this small; but
formidable Ground Avoidance and Ground Escapes (GAGE) class of new PPCT
Instructors at Pete Valentino's famed 84 Fitness Center in Eighty Four
(Washington County), Pa.
Front Row, from left to right: Officer Gerald Maloni, Peters Township
PD; IT Wigder (red hat); Jon T Ridge, Washington County Probation and
Parole Supervisor (and Director of Security- Star Lake Ampitheater) and
Officer James Hanna, Canonsburg PD.
Back Row, left to right: Tim Wolfe, Parole Agent, Pittsburgh District,
Pa. Board of Probation and Parole and Officer James Stevick, Peters Township
Maloni, Ridge, Hanna, Wolfe and Stevick also re-certified as PPCT DT Instructors
during this 4-day dual seminar.
here I am with the proud graduates from the PPCT
Defensive Tactics Instructor Seminar, held from September 13 to
17, 2004 in Ephrata, Pa. Graduates include,
from left to right, front row:
Graeme Quinn, Ephrata Boro PD; Kevin Stoltzfus, Asst. Director, Office
of Public Safety, F & M University; Officer Martin Greg Yarbrough,
East Earl Twp. PD; Harry Wigder, PPCT IT; Probation Officer Michael Hayes,
Scranton Dept. of Probation & Parole; Officer Josh Kilgore, Warwick
Twp. PD.Second Row (left to right): Probation Officer Craig Cook, Lebanon
County Adult Probation & Parole; Probation Officer Dawn Redensky,
Lebanon Co. Probation & Parole; Officer Dale Ebersole, West Earl Twp.
PD; P.O. Erika McNany, Butler County Probation & Parole; Officer Timothy
Ebersole, Ephrata Boro PD; Officer Richard Rhinier, Warwick Twp PD and
Officer Chris McKim, Ephrata Boro PD.
proud graduates of the March 16, 2004 Spontaneous Knife
Defense Certification Class, each one valued Skill Bank Staff of
the Pa. Board of Probation & Parole,
including, from left to right:
Ernie Criscitello, Altoona; Fast Tom Janocko, SCI-Coal Township; Bill
Haslego, Norristown/Retired; Matthew Garner, Staff Safety Training Unit;
Bobby Kemper, Special Projects; Michael Skiba, Mercer; Robert Martinez,
Norristown and Mark Carey, Philadelphia. I am kneeling in the center of
this skilled and committed graduate class.