W.I.N. will help you win

Submitted by:
PoliceOne Columnist Gary Klugiewicz


How do you win a fight? By remembering the acronym W.I.N. – “What’s important NOW,” said Brian Willis, a retired trainer with Calgary, Canada PD who instructed at the recent IALEFI Conference.


This means you should apply a sliding scale of priorities depending on the dynamics of the fight and initiate a triage approach to your actions.


What is your top goal at this very moment in time? Is it to debilitate the right arm he’s pummeling you with? Is it to protect yourself from a weapon he’s just revealed? Is it to get him cuffed now that you have him under control…or is it to get away from the offender so you can regroup?


Winning a fight can be a moment-by-moment endeavor and skipping ahead or falling behind can be a mistake. Prioritize your immediate goals — offense? arrest? defense? get help? — and think W.I.N.!  


For more on Brian Willis’ winning mind-set training, visit www.winningmindtraining.com.

Gary is employed by PoliceOne as a Use-of-Force subject matter expert, researcher, program developer, and training specialist. He is also the director of ACMi® Systems, and a member of the Team One Network that, in cooperation with the Northwest Wisconsin Technical College, provides defensive tactics, firearms, and tactical training throughout the United States.

He is retired from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department after 25 years of service where he was promoted to the rank of captain. As former Street Survival® Seminar instructor and internationally known defensive tactics instructor, Gary has impacted hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers.

Even more importantly, as a righteous police officer use-of-force defense expert , Gary has defended scores of officers in legal proceedings.  

Gary Klugiewicz is the director of research & development for the Verbal Judo Institute. He has collaborated with Dr. Thompson to develop a series of specialized training programs for corrections, mental health, and other public service employees, as well as, one for private citizens, including children and young adults. Currently, he is the lead instructor for Verbal Judo's (Tactical Communication for the Correctional Professional) training program.

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