Martial Arts  & The EMS Provider

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EMS providers are routinely dispatched to the same potentially violent situations as police officers. The difference is police officers go through extensive training in self defense and hand to hand combat. They  are supplied with defensive weapons such a mace, tasers, batons and a guns. EMS providers generally get none of this training or weaponry. This program is not a substitute for routine training in a proven defensive system with an experienced and reputable instructor. For some providers this will be their first exposure to defensive and combat theory and tactics and for others  it will be an opportunity to add to their existing knowledge.

Gone forever are the days when EMS providers where safe because they are the “good guys” also gone are the days of “O2 Therapy” or hitting people with things like flash lights in defense of your person. This new litigious society with your every action caught on camera and posted on Youtube for the world to examine and dissect, now more than ever you need to be ready and prepared to defend yourself with a measured defensible response.



About Clay Richmond

Clay Richmond’s self defense philosophy is ” pray for peace, but prepare for war”, meaning always be prepared, a philosophy he has honed over the past 30 years of martial arts training. Beginning his training at the tender age of 8 with Kenpo Karate. In college he was introduced to Aikido and the defensive theories of his Sensie an Ex-NYPD detective who not only taught the traditional art but emphasized the defensive tactics necessary to survive modern day violent encounters.

Returning to Baltimore he continued his Aikido practice, but through a strange twist of fate began studying Seigneury jujitsu under the expert eye of Shihan Butch Veader (6th degree Black Belt). Shihan Veader learned from Shihan Siguards Ogrins (Shihan Ziggy), Vietnam ERA Jujitsu/Judo Instructor for the French Foreign Legion, fencing master, weapons expert, and UKE Deshi to Mikonosuke Kawaishi master of Aiki Jutsu and Judo.

While only having to call on his martial arts training on rare occasions  he credits his year of training with seeing him and his partner safety through their 7 year tour of duty assigned to BCFD Medic 7. Never feeling threatened in dangerous situations because of the confidence he had in his training most situations where defused before they ever turned violent.

Moving into the private sector and specializing in special events medicine,  Clay finds his training as valuable and relevant today as he did all those many years ago.  While its rare that a situation turns physically violent, its important to remember that in less than 8 seconds, according to FBI statistics, a violent confrontation can be over. In that same amount of time a life can be changed forever.

Suggested Reading


Japan’s Ultimate Martial Art: Jujitsu Before 1882 the Classical Japanese Art of Self-Defense   by Darrell Max Craig

Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano

The Principles of Aikido by Mitsusi Saotome(Author)

The Secrets of Police Aikido by Bill Sosa(Author)

Complete Book of Jujitsu by Bruce Tegner(Author)

Defensive Tactics of Law Enforcment by Bruce Tegner(Author)

Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere by A. Westbrook & O. Rotti

The Stick and Cane in Close Combat by Taom Lang

Vital Point Strikes by Sang Kim

Modern Arinis; The Filipino Art of Stick Fighting by Remy Presas

Hapkido: Traditional, Philosophy, Techniques by Marc Tedeschi

Krav Maga: How to Defend Yourself Against Armed Assault by Imi Sde-Or