As a follow-up to the AJA Annual convention in Towson, MD on July 18th, 2009; that was a rewarding experience because we had about 8 sensei and 25 upper yudansha participants in that 1 hour overview version of this program for AJA instructors and their assistants, mature AJA purple belts and above. The emphasis was and is on crime prevention and countermeasures from the modern police tools and tactics style of "taihojitsu" taught at the Reston, VA YMCA by Sensei Bruce Jones, B2jones@comcast.net, and www.budoshinjujitsu.org . This is what the police use when they are in trouble managing violence in a less-than-lethal scenario; adapted for responsible citizen use. Most actual reported threats are less-than-lethal statistically. Since the advent of Taser police involved shootings have gone down dramatically in many large cities nationwide. That is a good thing. But, you still need good jujitsu as a backup, even to Taser.
Now AJA and Sensei Jones will be offering the full 4 hour Taser C2 program on Sunday August 9th, 2009, from 10 am until 2 pm, in the main floor conference room of the Reston, VA YMCA at 12196 Sunset Hills Road in Reston, VA 20190. Bring a snack and a bottle of water because we will eat after we are done with the written exam at the end. The goal is to train the trainers within AJA leadership ranks and better understand current advancements in modern weaponry of interest and concern to our students from a crime prevention standpoint. There are, interestingly, also ancient martial arts Taser equivalents in taihojitsu.
This C2 registration process will work in this manner. In response to this communication, each more recently interested prospective attendee should e-mail Sensei Jones quickly reaffirming intention to attend the August 9th seminar. That e-mail must contain the following information: full name, current AJA rank and AJA membership number, current home mailing address, current personal e-mail address, personal cell or home phone number, name of your AJA martial art school and chief instructor with that person's phone number, and the method of payment of the $50.00 pre-registration fee, which is non-refundable.
Payment must be made before a dedicated training slot will be held in that name. Fee payment must be made by Postal money order, or by bank certified check in the name of Bruce Jones, mailed to: 11506 Sunder Court Reston, VA 20190, with a printed copy of this e-mail. Registration must be made in advance and there can only be 20 attendees in this first session. On site registration will be handled by Sensei Jones and staff in the Reston YMCA conference room on the first floor and class will start on time. Please arrange to be there a few minutes early, 9:30 am, for this process, and to make best use of your training time. You will also need to sign a YMCA waiver form provided at this registration desk in the conference room.
No later than Thursday July 30th, 1 week from today, a first sort of the prospective class will be made by criteria such as: AJA school heads, AJA upper belt instructors, AJA dojo geographic representation within the northern and southern regions, and those serious-minded professionals who are motivated enough to pay in advance. This minimal fee only covers part of the cost of equipment and materials incurred already by your instructors. This program is for Safe Effective C2 User Documentation, to better answer all of our students questions.
For the convenience of any attendees commmuting from outside the DC Metro area, no later than close of business on Thursday August 6th, 2009; a confirming e-mail will be sent to each of those AJA instructors and future instructors who have properly registered by that time. That will be the class for this first full session. In the event of overflow, a standby list will be established for follow-up training sessions this summer for: additional AJA leaders, federal, state, and local police offficials, police spouses, intelligence and security professionals, licensed USDOS and USDOD executive protection agents, school teachers concerned about threats from gangs, and corporate executives. For persons traveling to Reston, VA who may want to stay over; search nearby hotels in zip code 20190 or 20191; or, near Reston Town Center and the YMCA.
Pre-registered attendees are encouraged, but not required, to purchase a Taser C2 online at www.taser.com before attending. This will also require an online security registration process that involves a background check by Taser to ensure these are not inadvertently sold to predator felons. Taser C2s can also often legitimately be purchased through local police supply stores, licensed gun shows, or personal protection area businesses, still requiring a registration process and an instant electronic background check on the purchaser.
Having a C2 will make this seminar much more worthwhile for attendees and minimize prematurely burning out the volunteer AJA instructors' Tasers they use in their work. A new C2 purchaser should commit to buying also a laser sight and LED light for improved sighting and threat identification in the dark, holster, spare battery pack and 4 extra C2 cartridges for recommended practice outside during this program. You must do this for your own improved safety before carrying this device in any actual or potential threat situation. Such a purchase may cost as much as $500.00 total and therefore is a serious commitment. Essentially, never carry any weapon you are not well trained with by a qualified and experienced instructor. Full disclosure, these volunteer AJA instructors do not sell or profit from any such Taser sales.
The subject matter content of this seminar will include: Technical aspects of the Taser C2 for civilian use, tactical considerations, range, distance control, angle control, physical techniques, target areas, accountability, legal, ethical, and post-incident reporting, and ample time for closely supervised practice, short written examination for documentation, scenario analyses, critique and questions answered. Late lunch nearby on our own at Chipotle afterwards, within a short walk of this Y.
Attendees should not dress in martial arts attire in this setting and for this purpose. Athletic or sturdy casual wear will be more appropriate when we go outside the YMCA at the rear pavillion briefly for demonstrations, weather permitting. Also, guests are welcome to observe or participate in the regular AJA class afterwards from 3-5 pm, time, travel, and remaining energy permitting.
We look forward to working with you on this to advance the art of jujitsu and civilian self-defense. We appreciate your cooperation and assistance in the management of this registration process and the conduct of a good safe class. Please respond in writing soon so we may help you meet your training needs. Thank you.
Bruce H. Jones, MS, FCIA, ILEETA
Federal Special Agent (Ret.)
AJA Sensei # 1900
Police Taser Instructor
11506 Sunder Court
Reston, VA 20190