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International Close Combat Instructors Association 2008 Convention & Training

International Close Combat Instructors Association

The International Close Combat Instructors Association convention and training workshops, December 17th – 20th 2008. Conducted at the Todd Group headquarters and camp, established 1927, the world capital of military close combat.

The International Close Combat Instructors Association is the allied, elite organization of military qualified close combat expert instructors. Membership to the association is restricted and on an invitational basis.

The convention conducted every several years incorporates practical training workshops in armed and unarmed combat, defensive tactics, and a wide range of tactical training for law enforcement. This is a rare and unique opportunity for military and police personnel as well as civilians to experience training directly from leading military master instructors of close combat.

International Close Combat Instructors Association group photo 1997
International Close Combat Instructors Association group photo
Las Vegas 1997.

Links to previous courses conducted by the Todd Group and the International Close Combat Instructors Association conventions:

The 2008 convention will be conducted in New Zealand for the first time and will provide restricted training for qualified military combatants, law enforcement personnel, close personal protection specialists, and civilian self defence and combative practitioners.

Close Combat Instructors Association Group Photo Thailand
International Close Combat Instructors Association

Programme of Instruction for Workshops

Instructed by the International Close Combat Instructors Association member instructors who are all military qualified, armed and unarmed combat instructors. Note, the workshops below have restrictions and classifications in relation to attendance. Please read carefully.

December 16th ICCIA members only meet and greet and time to train and prepare for the convention workshops. Cross fertilization. Casual dinner and social get together with ICCIA members and others.

0800 December 17th Workshop Firearms training. Police, Military and Phase 3 CQB only. Cost for training $100.00 plus related costs. 4 Hours duration.
Instructors Larry Jordan, Tank Todd, and Association member instructors.

1300 December 17th Unarmed combat and self defence, cost per exponent $50.00
Instructors all attending ICCIA members. 4 hours duration.
Instructors Association member instructors.

0900 December 18th Mike Janich workshop on his armed and unarmed system, including Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) system of edged-weapon tactics, as well as the related systems of Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC), Damithurt Silat, and Sobadiwan Eskrima., 3 hours. $50.00

1300 Workshop by Major John Whipp on grappling and judo based unarmed combat.
3 hours duration. $50.00

0900 December 19th control and restraint and close protection related close combat training as well as tactics and skills for law enforcement. 4 hours.
ICCIA Association member instructors. $50.00

1400 Armed and unarmed lethal close combat Military and Phase 3 CQB only.
ICCIA Association member instructors. 2 hours $50.00

1930 ICCIA Dinner and social function for ICCIA members, Todd Group members, and workshop attendees and partners.

1000 December 20th Workshop attendees’ opportunity to be trained in specific individual skills from individual ICCIA instructors on skills taught during the workshops. 5 hours $100.00

1500 official ICCIA general meeting.

Military & Phase 3 CQB – Special deal to attend all workshops $350.00 plus related costs.
Police – Special deal to attend all workshops $300.00.
Civilian - Special deal to attend all workshops $250.00.

Reservations and full payment as early as possible to avoid missing out, limited positions only available. Due to the specialist nature of these workshops and the limited positions applications will not be accepted after September 30th 2008.

Accommodation can be arranged at the Todd Group camp, with transport to and from workshops etc at a minimal rate. If hotel or motel accommodation is required we have a local motel close to the Todd Group facility that instructor members will be staying at. For this accommodation early reservations are essential as this is at peak time.

Any other enquiries please contact [email protected], phone 03-477 8902.

Applications should be made to [email protected]. Please include your full name, residential and postal address, date of birth, phone contact details, email. Please provide a brief profile of your rank, qualifications, service and experience and request for specific training. We will forward you application and declaration forms and questionnaires on receipt of the above information and the training, transport, and accommodation costs.

The Todd Group is the oldest and most extensive military combative training provider and the Association is the elite organization of military qualified expert instructors and this rare opportunity should not be missed.

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The following instructors will be instructing on the seminars. See their profiles below.

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Lawrence Jordan

Lawrence JordanFormer US Elite Forces Master Chief Instructor. Former service of over twenty years with Rangers and US Special Forces. Jordan has held duty positions such as company sniper, counter terrorist squad and team leader, senior weapons specialist, intelligence and operations sergeant and primary hand to hand combat instructor. He has trained entire commando companies in hand to hand combat for foreign countries, been a covert operator involved in highly classified special operations and has been an instructor to over one hundred law enforcement agencies, including SWAT teams and drug enforcement administration.

Lawrence Jordan is the author of the book Dirty Dozen: 12 Nasty Fighting Techniques For Any Self-Defense Situation.

Michael Janich

Michael JanichMichael Janich has been a student and teacher of the martial arts and practical self-defense for more than 30 years. The author of 10 books and 14 instructional videos on personal defense, combat shooting, and other topics, Janich has also been published in more than a dozen magazines, including Black Belt, Inside Kung Fu, Tactical Knives, Fighting Knives, Combat Knives, American Handgunner, Guns Combat Annual, S.W.A.T., and many others. He has also been featured numerous times on radio and national television, including appearances on Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (demonstrating the use of the blowgun) and the Outdoor Channel’s popular Shooting Gallery series.

A decorated U.S. Army veteran and former DoD intelligence officer, Janich served with the National Security Agency (NSA) and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He was also a team leader for the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting (JTF-FA), investigating the fates of U.S. POW-MIA in Vietnam and Laos.

In 1994, Janich joined Paladin Press of Boulder, Colorado, and established their video production department. During his 10 years of service with Paladin, Janich recruited some of the tactical industry’s most talented instructors and personally shot, directed, edited, and produced more than 100 best-selling instructional videos. Among the authors with whom Janich worked were the late Colonel Rex Applegate, the late Jim Cirillo, Kelly McCann, Louis Awerbuck, John Plaster, James Keating, Mark Hatmaker, Joseph Simonet, Kelly Worden, and Cardo Urso.

Janich is the founder of the Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) system of edged-weapon tactics, as well as the related systems of Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC), Damithurt Silat, and Sobadiwan Eskrima. Janich was one of 12 subject-matter experts selected for TSA’s air crew self-defense program and continues to teach seminars and training courses around the world. A noted knife designer and expert on edged-weapon tactics, he is currently the Category Manager for BLACKHAWK Products Group®, overseeing their BLACKHAWK and Masters of Defense® (MOD®) brands of tactical knives.

Geoff "Tank" Todd

Geoff "Tank" ToddSpecial Operations CQB Master Chief Instructor. Over 30 years experience. The only instructor qualified descendent of Baldock, Nelson, and Applegate. Former instructors include Harry Baldock (unarmed combat instructor NZ Army WWII), Colonel Rex Applegate OSS WWII and Charles Nelson, US Marine Corps. Tank has passed his Special Forces combative instructor qualification course in Southeast Asia and is certified to instruct both the Applegate, Baldock and Nelson systems. His school has been operating for over eighty years and he is currently an Army Special Operations Group CQB Master Chief Instructor. His lineage and qualifications from the evolutionary pioneers are equalled by no other military close combat instructor. His operation includes his New Zealand headquarters, and 30 depots worldwide as well as contracts to train the military elite, security forces, and close protection specialists. Annually he trains thousands of exponents and serious operators that travel down-under to learn from the direct descendant of the experts and pioneers of military close combat. Following in the footsteps of his former seniors, he has developed weapons, and training equipment exclusive to close combat and tactical applications. He has published military manuals and several civilian manuals and produced DVDs on urban self protection, tactical control and restraint, and close combat. He has racked up an impressive 100,000+ hours in close combat.

Major John Whipp

John WhippChief Instructor Unarmed Combat (Australia). Major Whipp is the officer commanding military unarmed combat training. He is a Vietnam veteran and in 1985 was the recipient in the Queens honors list of the order of Australia for his service to the Army, community and sport. In the 1995 Queens honors list he was awarded with the Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM), for his service to the Australian Defence Force as Commanding Officer of military unarmed combat. Major Whipp has been part of Australian unarmed combat for over 30 years and has developed the doctrine, testing and ranking system to encompass a complete training package to cover the needs of the entire Australian Military.


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