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Security Specials - escort techniques or police locks

One of my students is a bouncer, so for his benefit I began putting together a list of escort techniques, or what some call come-alongs or police locks.

In putting together this list I drew from my Hapkido background and also from my training in Kokodo Jujitsu. I also adapted a few techniques from Silat. I spoke to several martial arts instructors, and augmented this by researching videos. I also innovated a few techniques of my own.

So far I have 24 techniques on the list. I call them my "Security Specials". They have proven to be very popular with other students as well. One used to work at a homeless shelter, and another is an EMT. It seems that many people have a need for these types of control techniques.

So during every class session we take a few and practice them. Some begin from a standard escort grab, holding a person's wrist and triceps and walking him along. We then assume some resistance on the part of the patron/client/suspect, and proceed to an arm bar, then from there to any one of several possibilities: standard gooseneck, inverted gooseneck, elevated wrist lock (corkscrew lock), etc.

I like going to an arm bar first, because it allows me to gain quick control of the suspect. From there I can proceed to take him down and handcuff him, or I can stand him back up and escort him out the door. I use what Marc Tedeschi calls an "elbow arm bar", where you grip the suspect's hand and wrist, and apply the arm bar by dropping your elbow onto his.

Other techniques on the list assume a resisting client, where they have their hands up - either to ward us off or in challenge - and we must enter and secure the person, without striking. To that end we have techniques like the two-hand arm bar, rapid-entry gooseneck, and head pull to an arm grab.

I'm quite happy with the list and I think it should be required learning for every law enforcement officer, security guard and bouncer. I'll see if I can post a series of videos demonstrating these techniques.


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Comment by Wael on November 14, 2011 at 10:11pm

Thanks for the list. I like the division into restrain and remove, and restrain and detain. I might use that.

Comment by Daniel McCullar on November 14, 2011 at 7:03pm

We also focus on other more important things.

Never respond to a conflict alone. It doesn't matter how tough you are, that is irrelevant. it is about show of force, control and witnesses.

It is important that guards should not be rough or aggressive. When men, especially intoxicated men are confronted and barked at, they become challenged. Never goes well. 

We never punch until we have no other choice. 

I have had patrons throwing punches at me that where nothing more than irritating. But, I also had 2 other guards for back up and the patron was not a real threat. But, if I would have chosen to throw punches with the guy it would have riled his friends up and made them want to jump in. Just cause someone throws a punch, even if it connects that doesn't mean we punch back. Only when we feel truly threatened. 

Comment by Daniel McCullar on November 14, 2011 at 4:04pm

I focus with these techniques with the guys I work with, many from a relaxed police hold (one hand on the perps elbow and the dominant hand on their wrist).


This is my standard Bouncer/Security training curriculum.


Restrain and Remove:

  • Standard Gooseneck
  • Headlock (proper applications)
    • Headlock
  • Walking Headlock
  • Choke Holds (proper applications)
    • Choke Holds
  • Reverse Walking Choke Hold
  • Finger Lock (wrist bent up and twisted into opponent)
  • Behind the Back Arm/Wrist Lock
  • Green #7 (outside wrist grab application)
  • Handshake Thumb Lock


Restrain and Detain:

  • Bent Wing Hold Down from Blue #6 (inside wrist grab application)
  • Neck Twist w/ Knee Hold Down (or Knife Edge)
  • Standard Finish- Elbow Braced Against Knee
  • Standard Finish- Knee on Arm, Palm to Floor
  • Bent Wrist Compliance (Palm Up & Palm Down)
  • Simple Sweeps & Takedowns



  • Pressure Points
  • Pain Points



Comment by Wael on November 13, 2011 at 10:14am

I've been thinking the same thing, that I need to narrow the list. Maybe after we've worked it for a few more months, I can start to see which techniques the students like best and find easiest to apply.

Comment by Daniel McCullar on November 13, 2011 at 2:18am
Im at work right now, but this is what I do. I work with maybe over a dozen techniques with the guys at the club. I find that to many options can confuse people who are not training constantly.
When I get up tomorrow I will get more into this.



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