While law enforcement skipping around circles in the Kanab High School wrestling room might make a few perps smile, the humor will abate if they choose to get in a physical confrontation with them! They were learning new skills, and discovering methods of subduing combative assailants.

“The class is Fusion Tactical and Combative Training,” explained Instructor Eddie Edmunds. He, along with fellow instructor and former Kane County Sheriff Max Jackson, were in Kanab on April 3 to provide instruction to local law enforcement.

The session provides professional training in weapons retention, arrest control techniques and ground combatives. FTAC founder Edmunds has studied martial arts for over 20 years. He has worked in executive protection for a former AOL Times Warner chairman, as well as the Steve Case family.

Jackson grew up in the Kanab area. The Jackson family has been important to the local culture for years (think Jackson Flat Reservoir). His children also spent some school years here. Jackson served in law enforcement, and was later elected and served four years as Kane County Sheriff. He is currently the Police Chief in Harrisville, UT.

The approximately 12 participants from sponsoring agency Kanab City Police Department, along with Kane County Sheriff’s Office and Kane County Public Safety Facility were given verbal and physical instruction on how to deal with aggressive assailants while protecting themselves. Certification was received after completion of training.

“The training was very much needed, and most beneficial, especially to the public safety facility officers, who are more likely to deal with conflict situations like that,” commented Kanab City Police Chief Tom Cram.