Ground Control Instructor Course


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Ground Control Instructor Course

This law enforcement-based Ground Control Instructor course focuses on law enforcement grappling holds and techniques that work for police in the field. You cannot be in law enforcement during our current climate and not have skills for the ground encounter. We guarantee that you will be on the ground at some point in your law enforcement career, and you need to have a blueprint to control the suspect when the fight goes into that realm. This course focuses on ground control techniques that will allow police officers to control a suspect until backup arrives, which includes control techniques that allow the officers to exhaust the suspect for handcuffing. The skills learned in this course will utilize body weight and compression learned through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but focuses on what we deal with in law enforcement. This course is not taught by a civilian trainer that has never put on a police uniform but is rather taught by veteran police officers that understand policy and what you deal with in the field. You’ll learn from them our award-winning teaching methods during this course that allows you to become a better instructor.  You don’t need to be a trained martial artist to attend this training, because we’re going to teach you simple yet effective solutions that you can immediately transfer to the other officers at your agency. Becoming an instructor under our systems also allows you to have free phone and email support from the head instructor which is valuable to any defensive tactics program. You’ll leave this course with a newfound skill for controlling individuals on the ground as well as a better understanding of defensive tactics. This is course will have limited space due to mat space and demand for the training.


Two-year certification
Free instructor manual
Free Instructor t-shirt
Free Courtroom testimony
Instructor phone & email support
Proven control holds by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors
Law enforcement instructors teach this course to you
We understand the use of force where others may not

Cancellation Policy

The course cancellation policy requires a minimum of a 15-day prior notice from the course start date when a student will not be attending the course. The notification to not attend will be made by email through our website, and if they identify no replacement student, cancellations with less than a 15-day notice will cause a department credit that can be used towards another future training event within one year from the original course date. We will charge no-shows without email notification the full course fee, even if the payment has not already been made. We offer a one-year future course credit as well for any no show that is charged a full course fee. This policy is in effect as of June 23, 2021, and you as a representative of your agency agree to abide by this policy by registering for any course. Please contact us by email or phone if you have questions about this cancellation policy. This policy is in place because of students that register for courses and take training slots without attending training, which removes the opportunity for another officer to attend. We pay the instructors teaching these programs based on the number of officers scheduled to attend the event, and we base our travel cost including instructor pay on registration fees. This policy is considered a binding contract between BSTS LLC and the student or student agency or company.

36 reviews for Ground Control Instructor Course

  1. Wes O’Connor (verified owner)

    The class was awesome! Both as an instructor course and defensive tactics skills course. I’d recommend it to anyone in law enforcement

  2. P. READE

    Great class and well worth the sore body!! Not only are the techniques learned very applicable to law enforcement but Blue Shield teaches in a way that doesn’t confuse you. Great instruction all around.

  3. Coty Knoblock

    Had a blast and learned so much! This course was wonderful training. The techniques and concepts we learned in this course will make our Officers and our community a safer place!

  4. Damian R. Ourso

    If you are only able to attend one class this year, this is that class. The practical application of the techniques taught is broken down for the lowest level officer to be able to comprehend how to incorporate them in their duties. As the class progresses, you are able to learn how each technique can flow into the next and back. Ray Beshirs does an outstanding job of connecting with students to show them the importance of each hold all while stressing the importance of use of force and tiring out the suspect. I cannot recommend this class enough for your officers to learn true ground defense fighting. I wish this class had been available at the start of my law enforcement career and we know that the vast majority of our hands-on incidents end up on the ground. This class WILL help you and your fellow officers achieve success.

  5. Alan Wilson II (verified owner)

    Great class !! I highly recommend this to all Officers and really want to take level II class the instructors were great they really care and help out so much to make sure you have it down very fun class

  6. Devin Baird

    GREAT class. If you are looking to learn some great techniques to take back to your department, this is the class. Everything you learn flows into the next move, you are never out of options. I highly recommend this training and I look forward attending the II level. The instructors were excellent, keep you learning, engaged and make the class fun.

  7. Dean Kottwitz

    Great class. The techniques are realistic and will be a needed addition to our DT program. Ray Beshirs is an excellent instructor. The course goes beyond the ground fighting techniques and gets into instructional methods and building a Defensive Tactics program. Highly recommended.

  8. Valles

    Excellent class! Mr. Beshirs covered many important topics in a 3 day course that will benefit your agency. I’m appreciative of companies like Blue Shield Tactical for putting the training aspect before the sales pitch. I would highly recommend this course to anyone.

  9. BJ Davenport (verified owner)

    Awesome class with Mr. Beshirs as an excellent instructor(s). I love the simplicity of the course and how every move we learned flowed into the next. I love the reps and the teach by touch and really being able to understand each technique. I love how he explained how to teach and with each move why we do it a certain way but still open to other options as well. I learned techniques that are practical in our line of work that I can now teach with confidence to the cadets that will come through our department. I believe if you are just now starting out or have been doing it for awhile, to take this course. The passion and knowledge he has with teaching is awesome and I will take this everywhere I go. Excellent class that I would recommend to everyone. I would definitely go again!!!

  10. Bryan Nodine

    Excellent class with an excellent instructor. I would highly recommend this class for any law enforcement officer. Very practical in our day to day operations. I’ve been in law Enforcement for 20 years and by far one of if not the best instructor I’ve ever had the pleasure of learning from. Excellent class that every department should be sending their officers to.

  11. Rob Jobe

    I truly enjoyed the ground control instructor class! I believe this is completely practical and useful in my job. Look forward to more training with Mr. Beshirs!

  12. Eric Adkins

    Great class. Mr. Beshirs is a very excellent instructor. Very knowledgeable and the course was easy to comprehend. Not only are you learning techniques that are practical in our line of work, he is also grooming you to be a great instructor your department would love to have. Highly recommend this course. I look forward to more teaching from Mr. Beshirs!

  13. Bruce Koch (verified owner)

    Without question, the best defensive tactics course I have ever attended. Ray is highly skilled and connects very well with his students. Ray does an excellent job demonstrating the techniques, and in turn, his hands on approach makes for a good learning environment.

  14. Michael Jensen

    A great course. Ray is very knowledgeable and passionate about the topics that he teaches. I recommend this class to everyone.

  15. Brandon Minchew

    Ray is very knowledgeable and passionate about the topics that he teaches. I enjoyed the Ground Instructor course that I attended. Ray has an extensive BJJ background, and shows how those techniques can be applicable to a police officer. Ray taught at a pace that was easy to follow, and worked with each student, so they could learn and duplicate the technique being taught. I highly recommend this class, and Blue Shield Tactical’s other training courses.

  16. Aaron Lopez

    This is the best DT course I’ve been to. Ray is one of the best instructors I’ve had the privilege to learn from and he was able to show different teaching methods for people who may not be catching on. If you are law enforcement I highly recommend this training.

  17. Chris Ray

    I have been a “DT” instructor for 5 years and this is the best class I have attended thus far. Easy to understand, broken down to simple and practical steps and everything that is learned can be used.

  18. Justin Coleman (verified owner)

    Excellent Course, all reviews say what needs to be said, highly recommended.

  19. Conrad Mauer (verified owner)

    Hands down one of the best Defensive Tactics Instructor courses that I have attended. Master Ray bridges the gap between Martial Arts and Law Enforcement having extensive experience in both. The techniques are easy to understand and absolutely applicable for patrol level folks. I highly recommend this course for anyone that teaches Defensive Tactics (new and seasoned)….you will not be disappointed.

  20. Guadalupe Gonzalez

    Definitely one of the most worthwhile training for police officers and anyone who takes this course. Instructor was very good at giving his instructions, to where they were understood and all of the options given during the class were very useful and easy to learn. One of the best classes yet given by one of the best instructors. Thank you

  21. Derek Mack (verified owner)

    Great course. Ray has the pattern of teaching the techniques down to a pattern that allows students to pick them up quickly and teach them back easily. Will definitely be taking more training from them. Money well invested.

  22. Larry Warner

    Really knowledgeable instructor. Taught the techniques in a manner that will be easy to relay to my officers. I highly recommend the course.

  23. K-9 Officer R. Rippetoe (verified owner)

    This is an awesome course that focus on subject control not relying on pain compliance , it is very practical to the job and not trained as a sport type ! I would highly recoment this course to be given to all levels of Law Enforcement that deal with the public

  24. Thomas Cuppett

    Great class with very fluid movements. All the moves work together for control. It provides officers many different techniques to bring their department and works well with other training programs.

  25. Billy Jack Hudson

    Very well structured lesson with much needed tactics and techniques need for our job in Law Enforcement. Instructor Ray is extremely knowledgeable and a great teacher! Thank you for this class, and I look forward to the next one.

  26. Kevin Korinek

    This was a great class! It adds to and works well with the tactics that we are already using.

  27. Ricky Matthews

    Training was great. Easy to follow and understand. System is highly applicable and offers plenty of follow up options.

  28. Travis Moore

    Great course for patrol. Learned a multitude of new techniques for officer safety and suspect apprehension. Ray is a great instructor and takes time to make sure each student grasps the technique before moving on to another. Highly recommend for patrol officers.

  29. Paul Pacheco

    One of the best courses I’ve ever attended! Very practical! Police teaching the police!

  30. T. Nguyen

    This class is very applicable in day to day L.E. functions. Well taught and presented in a positive learning environment. Should be on your bucket list of LEO training!

  31. Logan McFarland

    Very good class. High knowledge level from the instructor and very well taught. Definitely recommended for other law enforcement.

  32. Braden Tackett

    Ray Beshirs has developed a well rounded Instructor level course about Ground Control. This course will not only help you take life-saving ground control skills back to your department, it also takes the emphasizes the importance of developing each instructor in a manner that is conducive to learning. The focus he places on actually teaching others to instruct is just as important as the life-saving skills taught in the course. Highly recommend this course to anyone regardless of skill level.

  33. Damon Taylor

    Fantastic class. A “must have course” for any patrol officer. Techniques taught are immediately applicable to real world scenarios. Instructor is highly knowledgeable and presents the material in a way that is easily understood and quickly comprehended. Would highly recommend for the officer with little to no martial arts training all the way to the officer that is a seasoned martial artist.

  34. Alfred Pena

    The ground control instructor course was an eye opening, very informative yet very effective course.

  35. JD Ravenscroft

    Excellent course. Very practical applications for what we do on a daily basis. Everything is presented in a way that can be understood, applied, then taught. Mr. Breshirs is an outstanding instructor.

  36. Nick Garcia

    Great class. Easy to understand concepts with a real world application. I highly recommend this course

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