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I took two officer control and arrest tactics on a Thursday and got to utilize those skills mere days later on a call at work. It was a busy afternoon and a call came out for a physical domestic between mother and son. I was in the area so I responded. I arrived first on scene with another officer. We heard screaming in the home and made entry. The son was being bear hugged by his father and was throwing heavy objects from the kitchen at his mother. My partner circled around behind the son while I stayed in front to distract him. My partner grabbed the newest object out of his hand and yelled “I got feet”. He grabbed the subject's feet and I got a collar tie on the head so we were able to lower him to the ground in a controlled manner. I secured the subject's head with my legs which freed up both hands to scoop up his arms and allow my partner to secure him in handcuffs for his safety and the safety of those around. Once secure, the subject continued to kick and flail so my partner controlled the legs but I eased up the head control to monitor his breathing since he was hysterical. The subject eventually calmed down, was helped up and transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. Two days after the event, the father, who was a retired law enforcement officer, called the department to commend officers on how we handled the situation quickly, efficiently and without injury to anyone. Officer K

The suspect was fighting and got taken down with basically a body lock. I went to his left arm which he was trapping under his body and used my knee to create space and then 2 on 1 to get the arm out handing it to the officer on his back. I moved to the head, turned it straight, moved in with knees and put both underhooks in, bringing his arms behind his back and he literally gave up it seemed, no more fight in him, almost went limp, to the point where I checked to make sure he was okay. Cuffs went on in seconds and we sat him up and walked right to the car. Not sure if this is the usual reaction, if so a game changer my friend. Have to say it truly beats fighting to get arms out by simply pulling on arms. Sgt R.

I wanted to follow-up with you and let you know the day after training, two of our guys used your control and arrest technique. They were called to our Home Depot for a retail theft. The offender fled on foot and was eventually taken down with a single leg take-down. The first Officer immediately went to the legs and put them in a figure four. The second Officer got head control and was able to get the offender’s arms from under his chest when he got his knee’s deep under the offender’s shoulders. The offender was taken into custody without injury to Officer’s or offender. Both Officer’s stated the training they received was very effective and simple. Thanks for the Knowledge!

A few months after receiving your training, two of our Officer’s responded to a neighboring town to assist with a fleeing vehicle. While en route, dispatch advised the offender crashed and ran from the vehicle carrying an AR-15. The Officer’s located the offender without the rifle and chased him into a backyard. The first Officer tackled the offender from behind and immediately went to the legs and put them in a figure four. The second Officer took control of the head and the offender immediately gave up his arms to be cuffed. The Officer’s credited the swift application of the arrest and control techniques for the lack of fight from the offender. An AR-15 and a Glock with a “switch” were recovered a short distance away. I believe that because the Officer’s applied the techniques effectively and quickly, it gave the offender the sense of being defeated and took the fight out him. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge. Sgt B

Officers responded to a domestic at a house with a history of similar incidents. The offender struggles with mental health issues and on this particular night he was more agitated than normal. He had just strangled his 18 year old step son. The offender ignored Officer's verbal commands and took an aggressive fighting stance. When I went to grab his arm, he immediately tensed up. Two other Officers rushed over to grab an arm and it quickly became an unorganized struggle for arm control. I recognized that two Officers had his arms and I remembered your "Two Officer Arrest and Control Tactics" class. I dropped to the ground, secured the offender's legs and said "lower him down". We efficiently took him into custody without incident. Afterwards, an Officer who has not taken your class, said "How did we get on the ground so easily? That worked out well." Your technique, training, and teaching certainly proved valuable for us that night. Officer B.


Rectitude is the primary virtue of the Samurai. “Without rectitude, neither talent nor learning can make of a human frame a samurai.”
– Inazo Nitobe. 
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meet Kerry

“Kato” Murakami

Murakami, the founder of Rectitude Training, LLC, is devoted to training law enforcement and the civilian defender.  Kerry is a recently retired law enforcement officer in the State of Illinois and has spent all twenty eight years in patrol.  He initially became a defensive tactics instructor in 1995, then a field training officer, a firearms instructor in 2003 and finally a scenario based instructor in 2014.  Kerry is also a Force Science Analyst and a Realistic De-Escalation Instructor.




“Being a petite female, I had never thought about doing anything related to Martial Arts. Not only do you get into shape and have fun, but you are learning a skill that may save your life at some point. You drill real life scenarios to pressure test your moves and what you would do. I would recommend Kerry to anyone who is sick of their current fitness routine and wants to learn a new skill while having fun. ”

Terri G.

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