Defensive tactics training: Escaping from the “chicken wing” in unarmed ambush

An officer must react quickly to break free from this incapacitating hold


Having been an active street cop for the entire 33 years of my police career, as well as an active police trainer for 45 years, in this year-long series I plan to share some of the defensive tactics techniques that helped me prevail on the street. I will present a variety of defensive tactics in a format that allows you to follow the instructions and practice the technique. Remember practice makes prepared.

Ambush by an unarmed suspect can prove just as deadly for an officer as an ambush by an armed suspect.

This article in the defensive tactics series gives officers an option to practice for the unarmed ambush commonly referred to as the "chicken wing."

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