Tiger Schulmann’s

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DESIGNED FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
BY LAW ENFORCEMENT

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DESIGNED FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT BY LAW ENFORCEMENT

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Guardian Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics

THE GUARDIAN SOLUTION: Guardian was designed to provide police officers with the technical knowledge, muscle memory, and self-confidence to effectively de-escalate and control suspects with the least amount of force necessary. Every technique complies with the current use of force guidelines and was developed with one goal: officer safety and suspect safety.

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PREPARE

PREVENT

PROTECT

Academy Training is Not Enough

Many excessive use of force incidents are the result of insufficiently trained officers unable to safely de-escalate and effectively take control of a situation.
  • Standard Police Academy training is brief and limited in scope, with only minimal time dedicated to defensive tactics.
  • Inadequately prepared officers end up resorting to higher levels of force and sometimes deadly force because they lack the expertise and confidence to control a suspect.
  • The need for continuing defensive tactical drilling is critical. Guardian offers the solution.

Defensive Tactics & Restraint Techniques

Guardian offers a simple, concentrated and focused curriculum, developed specifically for law enforcement officers in conjunction with Tiger Schulmann’s Martial Arts, the leader in martial arts training in the United States for 35+ years. Tactics trained include:
  • Controlling suspects on the ground from bottom or top positions
  • Firearm retention 
  • Proper use of force
  • Confronting multiple aggressors

Through consistent drilling and practice, participants are fully prepared when confronted with challenging situations in the field, while strictly adhering to all Use of Force Guidelines.

Gain and Maintain Control-Safely

A Guardian-trained officer is effectively armed with the expertise needed to be fully prepared to safely restrain and arrest suspects while incorporating the current rules and regulations around use of force and law enforcement best practices…The Guardian system:
  • Trains using the most common real-world police interactions
  • Reduces excessive force & reliance on Mechanical & Deadly Force.
  • Minimizes injuries to officers and suspects in the field
  • Reduces potential legal and financial liability for agencies and municipalities.
  • Builds the most effective self-defense skill of all…CONFIDENCE

Safe for All Ages
and Fitness Levels

Preventing injury during Guardian training is a top priority. Utilizing leverage, balance, and other martial-arts-based techniques, rather than strength, the Guardian system offers safe and effective training for male and female officers of all ages, body types, and fitness levels.

Meet The Founders

Developed in conjunction with Tiger Schulmann’s Martial Arts, the nation’s largest martial arts school, Guardian fulfills the need for comprehensive hands-on training that is currently lacking in almost every law enforcement agency.
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Ron Schulmann

CO-FOUNDER OF TIGER
SCHULMANN’S MARTIAL ARTS.
Grand Master and
8th degree Black Belt.
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Michael Foligno

CHIEF OF POLICE
ELMWOOD PARK, NJ
32 years of law enforcement experience including eight years as Chief.
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Jimmie Rivera

TOP-RANKED
UFC FIGHTER
23 years of mixed martial arts experience and 4th degree Black Belt.

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“Our goal is to provide officers the tools, training and techniques needed, along with a plan, to prevent a potential tragedy before it occurs. Our philosophy is simple: officers who are adequately and properly trained in defensive tactics will actually need to use less force than officers with little to no training.”

Michael Foligno
CHIEF OF POLICE ELMWOOD PARK, NJ

The Guardian Difference

Unlike other training programs based in complex, sports-oriented martial arts, Guardian was developed specifically for Law Enforcement Officers by Law Enforcement.
Every technique complies with current use of force guidelines and was developed to safely subdue, control, and handcuff suspects.

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Reviews

“The Guardian training program impacted me by making me aware of other options I can use when handling a person who is resisting arrest. Instead of just relying on the tools on your toolbelt. You learn other options to safely apprehend and perform an arrest without harm.”

Officer Pride
Elmwood Park Police Department

“Learning and practicing defensive tactics was something I haven’t done since the academy so I am glad my chief enrolled us in the program.”

Officer Smith
Elmwood Park Police Department

“My confidence has changed by no longer being fearful of being the first person on the scene. Especially as a female officer. Now, I am able to come in with a cooler hear and de-escalate the situation before it gets to a point that neither party really wants it to be involved in.”

Detective Yates
Elmwood Park Police Department

Frequently Asked Questions

Unlike other police training programs based in complex, sports-oriented martial arts techniques, Guardian was developed specifically for law enforcement officers by law enforcement officers. Every technique complies with current use of force guidelines.

Guardian was developed specifically for law enforcement officers by law enforcement officers.  The preferred option of any engagement is de-escalation and deterrence. If officers are required to physically control a suspect, we teach students to use the least amount of force and without ever obstructing the suspect’s airway or utilizing a neck restraint.

Tiger Schulmann’s has successfully taught thousands of students of all shapes and sizes, since 1984.  Utilizing leverage and balance, rather than strength, the Guardian system is safe and effective for officers of all ages, body types, and fitness levels

On your first day of class, you will be issued a Guardian T-Shirt for training. We ask that you wear either black sweatpants or tights with shorts for men or simply tights for women. Barefoot or wrestling shoes only.

Each class is approximately 2 hours long

We offer classes for individual participants. Contact us at [email protected]

Preventing injury during Guardian training is a top priority. All the instructors are fully certified and experienced in training people safely and effectively.

Utilizing leverage, balance, and other martial-arts-based techniques, rather than strength, the Guardian system offers safe and effective training for male and female officers of all ages, body types, and fitness levels.

The full program is 24 hours of training.

The per-participant cost can vary depending on the number of officers enrolled per department.  Contact us [email protected] to learn more.

No. Our techniques and classes are designed for all fitness levels.

Most people can’t stick with the gym. 95% quit after just one month. It’s boring and there are not enough reasons to keep you consistent. With Tiger Schulmann’s, you get our 3 dimensional workout which includes total body results + learning the life skill of self-defense and on top of that, our classes are intriguing and fun! Results, fun and self-defense make it easy to stay consistent and consistency is the key to success!
Our Karate Cubs pre-school program begins at 3yr. Our children’s martial arts program begins at 5 yr. old.
For your private beginner session class, we recommend sweats and a t-shirt.
Adult classes are 45 minutes to one hour. Children, Kids and Cubs classes are 45 minutes.
Yes, we offer a 20% discount for each additional family member. In addition, we offer active law enforcement a 25% discount.
Tiger Schulmann’s Martial Arts differs in many ways. From the dedication and expertise of our head instructors who have a minimum of 10 years experience and are the owners of their schools, to the unique and unparalleled curriculum that we teach, to the professional and beautiful facilities we provide. Nothing else is Tiger Schulmanns.
Tiger Schulmann’s head instructors are highly trained professionals with a minimum of 10 years of experience in the martial arts, teaching authentic and effective Muay Thai Kickboxing techniques that will really work if you ever need them. Many cardio kickboxing instructors have little to no actual martial arts experience and are merely aerobic instructors.
While we estimate you will burn about 800 – 1000 calories in a class, many of our students have measured over 1200 calories burned in just one class using their own fitness bands.
You don’t need any previous experience. Just show up in some comfortable workout clothes and our professional staff and instructors will make sure you have a great workout and learn a skill that will change your life!
No, sparring and contact are not required. We offer separate classes for those who want to participate in sparring.
No, competition is not required. However, for those students interested, we do offer the opportunity to compete in different types of events, and even have a professional fight team that successfully competes at the highest levels of martial arts competition.
Yes, most of our schools offer private lessons. You can contact the individual location for more information.