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H-CUFF® (Hands-On Control Using Functional Force)
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Initial Control

a) Concepts
PRO TIP: The aim in making a physical arrest is to quickly and decisively control an arrestee (by “owning” him) in order reduce the time available he has to mentally formulate a plan of resistance and to lessen his physical ability to resist, attack, or flee from you.

The most readily accessible limb (the arm) can sometimes be immediately and directly controlled through a joint lock.

PRO TIP: If such immediate joint-locking is not possible then the best place to grab him with one hand is just above his near-side elbow with your near-side hand (note that this constitutes holding, not controlling).

If light resistance is met, use this elbow grip to steer him around, thwart attacks, and unbalance him for takedowns by thrusting his elbow against the direction of incoming threats.

For added control, move quickly to a modified escort grip position by seizing his wrist with your far-side hand.

This two-handed escort grip hold is also recommended if clothing is unavailable for grip acquisition.

PRO TIP: Apply a single twistlock (initially).

Then move to double twistlock and even to a shoulder bridge (and Fawcett Wrench takedown) if need be.

The type of resistance offered will lead you to execute an appropriate takedown, so that you do not use force on force.

Knowing the 8 types of resistance that can be offered and knowing but one response to each of them, allows you to maintain a seamless continuum of control (ownership) over an arrestee (see Step Four).