THE NATURE OF Gulla Amdur Associates Training
Thank you very much for visiting this website. We welcome an opportunity to work with your staff to increase not only their sense of safety, but their ability to manifest grace under fire: ready for the worst while presenting your best. Participants find our training adamantly focused on safety for all concerned, yet entertaining at the same time.
Arrestling is a creation of Ret. Sgt Don Gulla. It combines a full spectrum of force option trainings, from escape and evade training for businesses as well as general worksite safety & self-defense for those in a variety of settings, as well as combative tactics suitable for corrections, law enforcement and security personnel. It is a true ‘mixed martial art,’ not geared for a sportive ring environment, but for safety and survival in real world situations, specific to one’s professional and personal responsibilities.
Edgework is an overarching methodology developed by Ellis Amdur. Edgework provides training and consultation concerning potentially dangerous or otherwise troubling individuals, who may be struggling with mental illness, substance abuse or other factors.
Gulla Amdur Associates training could be termed a ‘dynamic interactive training.’ We alternate between classroom presentation, where we present a tremendous amount of useable information in a very short period of time. We do this by presenting the information in as energetic and colorful way as we can. The imagery we use is memorable, and our role playing, when implemented, is physically quite dramatic and true to life.
We recount episodes from our own careers, in particular our mistakes, so that people can laugh and learn at the same time. We’ve met people ten years after a training who remember a story we told that transformed the way they did their own work. (Please see this page for attendees’ perspective on this method). The core issue is this: people manifest many types of aggression, and many more types of emotionally disturbed behaviors (irrespective of cause, by the way – crisis intervention is based on behavior not diagnosis or a root cause). Each type of behavior that people exhibit must be associated with a best-practice tactic that offered the optimum chance of ensuring safety for everyone involved.
In crisis intervention, however, you only have a brief moment to Assess, Decide and Act. This is only possible is you are able to instantaneously recognize a mode of aggression or type of behavior, so that you can apply the best tactical intervention. Therefore, the second part of the training is skill building: depending on whether we are working with law enforcement and corrections or business or social services, we will be working in a mat room or open area. We provide training equipment (for example, SIRT pistols, mock TASERS, mock knives, as appropriate to your professional responsibilities) so that participants can experience engage/escape, physical intervention/verbal de-escalation, even shoot/no shoot decision making in a realistic way.
Particularly for non law enforcement personnel, the possibility of being a victim of aggression or even violence is frightening–as it should be. Any safety training is thus, inherently ‘unsafe,’ due to its subject matter (of course, on ethical grounds, we never make it dangerously so). If we do not achieve the ability to a) clearly differentiate the nature of aggressive behavior, which may range from the quite amusement of a sociopathic criminal, the thuggish brutality of the bully, to the berserk chaos of an individual in excited delirium, b) learn best tactics to deal with these types of individuals commensurate with our professional responsibilities, we will not be safe when it really matters.
Please also read the page on Edgework Books, to understand how vital we believe our books to be as a component for training. Through the use of these books, members of your agency are empowered to continuously increase their skills. We cannot emphasize strongly enough how they enhance your employees’ skills years after the training has occurred.