03/12/2012 // Richardson, Texas, USA // bmartin1739 // MDT
Bruce Martin and Professor Gary Dill got in touch after many years, in order to develop a Lethal defense-tactics system for the active Law Enforcement and Military Special Forces Community.This system is based on the original form of JKD (Jeet-Kune-DO). The way Bruce Lee intended for it to be perpetuated before it became, watered down and commercialized. Professor Dill is one of the original Oakland, CA. students taught personally by Bruce and James Lee (James is Bruce’s Cousin). He has over 40 years experience in martial arts as a Grandmaster. He was the Chief of Police for two cities and a Federal Law Enforcement Officer. Martin also is a former Law Enforcement officer. Professor Dill’s resume is truly too extensive to include in its entirety in this short cover story. So, we suggest that you visit his site (www.jkd-garydill.com) or google him and Martin for their extensive and specialized backgrounds.
Martin is a former student of Professor Dill’s many years ago in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since their time apart, both have been very active in their own careers. Martin, as a law enforcement offier and “serial entrepeneur” and Dill, continued his efforts in building the Jeet Kune Do Foundation, which he founded and continues to operate all across the world and has trained and developed many defense tactics systems for Homeland Security, Military Special Forces ( Navy SEALs, Green Beret’s, Air Force Spec Op’s), as well as, local and federal law enforcement agencies. This training has been geared towards anti-terrorism tactics.
Martin explains that this NEW system is so incredibly intense and lethal that, it is currently only being offered to active police officers and special forces operators and even then, They too must pass a written test and oral interview before being either accepted or denied as a student. Dill explains that, it is very important that we weed-out the “Cowboys” and “Hot-heads.” This is NOT something we wish to teach individuals that are already prone to taking the violent route in problem solving when on duty or deployed overseas where there is very little oversight. These folks are pretty much on their own when in these environments and must rely upon instant good decision making abilities. Sometimes, these decisions end in termination of life and is necessary and warranted. Other times, it calls for just the right amount of force applied to capture control of the situation and, individuals who know how to do this effectively are the profile of individuals we seek.
Martin says, we could very easily begin to market, advertise, and accept anyone that is willing to pay to learn this new combat system but, as corny as it may sound, we are NOT trying to get rich…we are trying to save lives!
This system is part of a program Martin has created under the company name URBAN WARRIOR, LLC and the program is called, A-TAC (Advanced Tactical Achievement Certification).
It comes in three levels and then Instructor. Every aspect of the program becomes more intense and more educational as you progress through the levels. For example; LEVEL 1 (20 hours) is: 50% defense tactics, 25% PT (physical training), and 25% book work which, covers many aspects that patrol officers face on a daily basis. Active LEO’s will gain recognition through credits added to their respective States certification program. Martin explains that he is currently in the process of developing a relationship with a local police academy in the East Texas area which will allow this academy to send its students through the A-TAC program.
Martin has chosen both the city of Canton, Texas and their local police department as the “Beta” site and class for the A-TAC program at his Urban Warrior Tactical Training Compound located within the city limits of Canton, Texas. When asked…why Canton, Texas? Martin replied, Canton is the biggest smallest town Ive ever seen!
The people are progressive in thinking, aggressive towards business development and growth, and the police department is headed by a Chief that truly believes in his officers being as well trained as possible. The officers I have met and spoken with are intelligent, highly trained, professional and eager to learn.
Location wise, it is approxiamately 40 minutes east of Dallas and has a major interstate running straight through it which, allows easy access in any direction for over 150 miles for officers wanting to attend the program. Currently, there is very little by way of additional training facilities available to officers in this area so, we get the sense we will be well received by the folks in Canton. It is currently famous for its 1st MONDAY event (vendors from all over come to sell their specialty foods, products, etc..). Hopefully, it will also be known for its one of a kind Tactical Training Complex. In addition to the A-TAC program, URBAN WARRIOR’S has many acres available for tactical driving, K-9, search/tracking training, and a soon to be world famous obstacle course. Its 6,000 square foot covered area also offers an on-site supply store for members, weight training area, regulation boxing ring, a gallery area for working on defense tactics techniques, cuffing, ground fighting, etc. in additon to being a SpeedTech Lighting Reseller-Installer. Officers or departments have the option to have their personal or city/county vehicles wrapped and fully kitted with lights and radio. URBAN WARRIOR has two full time installers which happen to be Master Mechanics and have both worked for large cities in the D/FW area for many years. Martin says, these are the same guys that build and mantain their cities police cars, city trucks, etc. So, they are more than capable to execute these type of installs as, they have been doing them for years already. Martin added, we also will have at least 3 URBAN WARRIOR LE kitted vehicles members can rent by the hour to practice their driving tactics, traffic stops, and felony traffic stops. Seminars will be scheduled with well known and respected guest speakers twice a year and will be available for members to attend at no additional costs. Access to all of the above mentioned (A-TAC PROGRAM not INCLUDED) is included in their annual membership dues which are $399.00 per year (option to pay monthly). Martin stated that, until May 1st of this year, he has reduced the membership dues to $249.00 per officer.
He is also offering department packages where an entire department can join and if they add additional officers throughout the year, they too are welcomed at no additional charge.
Mark Tormoehlen, the Virtual Reality Training Module Instructor, says that the VirTRA system that is going to be shipped will be one of five in the entire USA. It is a five screen 360 degree view of the most realistic simulator anyone has ever seen. The officers have the option of using their own weapons and can go through scenarios alone or with their partner. It has a special “surprise” option that he refuses to tell us about but, will tell us that when it was cutom built, we made sure to add as many distractions as possible. It can go as far as adding a helicopter, chain link fences opening and closing, babies crying, people screaming, shots being fired, etc. The instructor has the option to determine the outcome of the session. Within seconds he can direct the session to either compliant behavior to deadly force. He states, the officer MUST be aware of activities on all screens at all times. If he must fire and seek cover… after his 15th shot he will hear a ‘click!” Now what?! He must either reload or access additional weapons from the trunk area or possibly the shotgun located in the front seat. VERY realistic training. Many large departments want this particular model badly but, Mark says, they cannot seem to budget in a VR training machine that costs their city in excess of $100,000.
So, their officers are welcome to join URBAN WARRIOR and rent time on the machine by the hour.
URBAN WARRIOR TACTICAL TRAINING COMPOUND is for active LEO and Military personnel ONLY. It is open 24X7. Officers who work deep nights that wish to work out on their nights off at 3am, they are free to do so or, if they would like to spend time in our R&R area (small corner area with several comfortable chairs and couches, flat screen TV, snack bar, and small library). If they need a piece of equipment during their late night shift, say a holster for example, they are welcome to either come by and pick one up or if their department is within a 25 mile radius, we will deliver it to them at no additional charge. We believe that officers should have operational equipment in the field and many do not have the option to shop between the hours of 9-5 so, if they are working…so are we!
Martin stated that a small portion of the compound WILL be made available on certain days and times of the week (TBA) to financially challeged women and their minor children living in a battered environment. Martin says this has always been a sensitive spot for him for many years and is pleased to make a portion of the facility available to them as they are taught by URBAN WARRIOR instructors how to protect themselves and their small children. If the children are old enough and capable of retaining the information (usually around the age of eight or nine) they are welcom to learn as well. It’s our way of contributing to the community. Canton is a GREAT city and we do not want to cover our eyes to such a huge and serious problem when we can actually do something to help.
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