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

Most police takedowns use a descending spiral (except with horizontal twistlocks and the palm lock) so that the arrestee must move in a tight circle while you merely pivot making the takedowns easier to achieve.

All takedowns necessitate the retention of his arm both to protect his head from contacting the ground and to facilitate the adoption of the standing armlock.

Takedowns are more gentler versions of throws, which could cause injury (throws are not covered in this course).

A rollover may be required quickly if he lands in the supine position, otherwise have him assume the prone handcuffing position.

When controlling him with the double twistlock, he can be taken down into the prone position at any stage of the handcuffing process using the Fawcett Wrench.

PRO TIP: for this technique to work effectively, the torque vectors of double twistlock must be reoriented in this Fawcett Wrench takedown from an upwards twisting motion to that of a descending spiral by simultaneously raising his wrist while pulling his shoulder down.

The use of a Taser is a self-applying takedown, but care must be taken to keep the free-falling arrestee’s head from hitting the ground, if possible, given his inability to break his own fall (you will not be shocked if you lay hands on him because the neural pathway taken by the electricity is already optimized.

Handcuff a tasered person immediately (there is no danger in being shocked because the neural-muscular pathway is already optimized).

A rollover may be required quickly if he lands in the supine position, otherwise assume prone handcuffing position.