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10 tips for winning hand-to-hand combat

Hand-to-hand fighting is occasionally a part of police work and something to plan for. If you think a few street scraps are sufficient training, think again. There can be a deadly difference, both in terms of mind-set and tactics, in a fight between two people who disagree and one between a criminal who has chosen to engage a sworn law enforcement officer in an effort to escape, seriously injure him/her or even kill.

Yes, there are a myriad of force options available today that do not involve hand-to-hand combat. But there are bad days - days when officers DO end up in knock-down, drag-out battle royales where those advanced force options are available ONLY if you can fight your way to them. Here are 10 things to keep in mind that can help you win:

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