4th Annual International Police Judo Conference – Apr 28 & 29, 2021

This year due to COVID the Int’l Police Judo Conference will be an online 2-day conference from the Odd Squad Studios in Burnaby, BC

Dates: Wed, April 28 and Thu, 29, 2021
Time: 0800-1600 PT (both days)
Price options:
$200 (individual registrations)
$999 group rate (5-10 people)
Contact us for groups larger than 10.

Joining instructions and the Zoom link will be emailed to all participants on April 27th.

Special Thanks to Police Judo Supporters


This Year’s Topics

  • The History of Police Judo
  • The Police Judo H-CUFF (Hands-On Control Using Functional Force) Method of Handcuffing
  • Why and How Vascular Neck Restraint Training Needs to Change
  • Coaching Adults for Physical Skills: Police Judo Training Basics
  • Police Judo Techniques for Confined Spaces
  • Police Judo Foot Sweeps
  • Integrating Police Judo: The VPD Experience
  • Coaching Adults for Firearms Training
  • Performance Goal Setting from Sport to Physical Skills Training
  • Video Driven Investigations of Police use of Force
  • Fail to Train for Use of Force – Accountability
  • Research Trends for Use of Force
  • How to Integrate Police Judo Training into Use of Force Training
  • Common Use of Force Fails
  • Eliminating the National Use of Force Framework (NUFF)?
  • Bridging the Gap: Why Physical Skills in Use of Force Police Training
  • Resiliency – A Personal Journey
  • Performance Goals for Use of Force Training
  • Investigative Failures in Policing

Who is this for? 

This Conference is for all Law Enforcement Officers including: Police, Force Options Trainers, Police Managers, Corrections, CBSA, Security, Special Municipal Constables, and Security Professionals

What to expect from this conference? 

  • Subject Matter Expert Presentations in Use of Force 
  • Video Footage on Police Judo Techniques for Law Enforcement
  • Theory and Learning on Police Judo Training
  • Physical Skills Training and Techniques
  • Current Research on Use of Force
  • Breakout Rooms with Moderators
  • Membership and Affiliation with the Law Enforcement Training Association (LETA)
  • International Connectivity for Advancing Physical Skills Training for Law Enforcement

Presenter Biographies and Topics

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Grant Fredericks, Forensic Video Expert/FBI Instructor

Grant Fredericks is a Certified Forensic Video Analyst and contract instructor at the FBI National Academy in Quantico. Grant specializes in the video examinations of Officer-Involved Shooting Incidents. As a consultant for Major Crime and Joint Forces Operations, Grant provides technical consulting for the nation’s most high-profile video-related cases. His work won the International Association of Chiefs of Police top award for Technical Advances in a Criminal Investigation. He has testified over 300 times in courts throughout the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, and other parts of the world. He has consulted for the US Department of Justice, the IACP, and the National Institute of Justice. He is a co-author of Digital Video Systems Minimum Performance Specifications for Digital In-Car Video Recording Systems for US law enforcement. Grant is a former police officer and coordinator of the Vancouver Police Forensic Video Unit in Canada.

Unmasking the Truth Behind Video Driven Investigations of Police Use of Force
The most prolific source of evidence used against police comes from video images. But digital video is not always what it appears to be. This visually dynamic presentation demonstrates that video evidence is often misinterpreted, especially in force investigations. With body-worn cameras, in-car video, and social media technologies, most police Use of Force events are recorded, but are the images accurate? Attendees will discover that video is not the “silent witness that speaks for itself”. Rather, video is more often weaponized against police. This presentation explores visual investigation techniques to protect officers from falling victim to video misinterpretation.

Dr. Kim Rossmo, University of Texas, School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Kim Rossmo is the University Endowed Chair in Criminology and the Director of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Texas State University. He was formerly a management consultant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Director of Research for the Police Foundation national think tank in Washington, DC, and the Detective Inspector in charge of the Vancouver Police Department’s Geographic Profiling Section, which provided investigative support for the international law enforcement community. Dr. Rossmo is a member of the IACP Advisory Committee for Police Investigative Operations, an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University, and a former chair and commissioner of the Austin Public Safety Commission. He has researched and published in the areas of environmental criminology, the geography of crime, and criminal investigations, and has authored over 120 publications, including three books. He sits on several editorial boards and is a Full Fellow of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship. Dr. Rossmo has been awarded the Governor General of Canada Police Exemplary Service Medal.

• Rush to Judgment, Slow to Truth: Investigative Failures
• Academic Partnerships

D. Kim Rossmo
School of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Texas State University

Criminal investigative failures have serious consequences, ranging from wrongful convictions to unsolved crimes to loss of police legitimacy. Personal, organizational, and situational factors are contributors, but a major underlying problem is faulty investigative thinking. There are several traps even the best detectives may fall into; for example, a rush to judgment often leads to tunnel vision and confirmation bias, which then produces problems of poor thinking, illogic, misjudgments of witness reliability, and flawed evidence assessments. Investigators need to be aware of these risks, and the attendant dangers of probability errors (coincidence) and organizational pitfalls (groupthink). Like cascading troubles in airplane crashes, an investigative failure often has more than one contributing cause. Awareness of these “subtle hazards” can help improve the police investigative process. Various case studies are used to illustrate key points and suggest ideas for minimizing the risk of error. The talk will conclude with a discussion of the benefits and challenges of police-academic partnerships.

Dr. Garth Davies, SFU School of Criminology

Dr. Garth Davies is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and is the Associate Director of the Institute of Violence, Terrorism, and Security at SFU. Dr. Davies has been involved with numerous policing-based research projects and is the author or co-author of dozens of reports and articles related to policing and public safety. His previous work has focused on policing disorderly crowds and riots. At present, he is working on a multi-year analysis of police use of force. He has also presented at briefings for the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (“E” Division), the Canadian Security Intelligence Services, and Public Safety Canada, and has testified on national security issues in front of both the Canadian Parliament, as well as the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defense.

De-Escalation is not a panacea: On the shortcomings of proposed alternatives to the NUFF
In June 2016, Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé published a report titled “A Matter of Life and Death: Investigation into the direction provided by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) to Ontario’s police services for de-escalation of conflict situations.” The report, prompted by the July 2013 killing of Sammy Yatim by a member of the Toronto Police Service, focused on a) the need to better utilize de-escalation techniques; and b) the development of a new use of force model that “is easy to understand and centrally identifies de-escalation techniques as a first option response whenever possible.” Subsequently, the call to replace the National Use of Force Framework (NUFF) has gained momentum. Unfortunately, much of the narrative surrounding use of force and the NUFF has been biased and has failed to properly frame the issue. Drawing on interviews with recognized use of force experts, this presentation argues that we should not be so quick to discard the NUFF.

Dr. Rick Parent, SFU School of Criminology

Dr. Rick Parent is a 30 year veteran of the Delta Police Department. While serving as a police officer he examined the issue of police use of deadly force and the phenomenon of Victim Precipitated Homicide, also known as Suicide by Cop. His dissertation, entitled “Aspects of Police Use of Deadly Force in North America: The Phenomenon of Victim Precipitated Homicide” was for a Doctoral degree in Criminology at Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Parent has been qualified in US and Canadian courts as an expert in police shootings and in matters related to police use of deadly force. Dr. Parent served as an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University, School of Criminology – Police Studies from September 2008 until retiring in December 2019.

Dr. Parent is also a subject-matter expert in the area of police ethics and accountability. He is the author of the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN) course entitled: “Police Ethics and Accountability” and the co-author of the textbook “Ethics and Canadian Law Enforcement” (2018). He is also the co-author of the textbook “Community-Based Strategic Policing in Canada” (2019), as well as numerous publications.

Vascular Neck Restraint: Time for a Change?

Kwesi Millington, Former RCMP Officer, Resilience Coach

Kwesi Millington is a former RCMP police officer, who has overcome struggles professionally as well as personally dealing with PTSD and Depression. He now teaches first responders and high-stress organizations how to avoid burnout, build mental health and cultivate resilience in their lives.

Rules From the Road: The Reality and the Need for Resilience

Ret. Sgt. Joel Johnston, Joel Johnston Consulting Inc.

Joel is a retired 28-year veteran of the Vancouver Police Department with a background in Patrol, Foot Patrol, Crowd Control and Traffic Enforcement. He spent 20 years specializing in Force-related training & program development, and Emergency Response (ERT). He served 9 years as Use of Force Coordinator, 5 years as operational Squad Leader of one of four full time ERT (SWAT) squads and 2 years as the Training Coordinator for ERT. He was seconded to the BC Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General as Provincial Use of Force and Municipal Emergency Response Teams (SWAT) Coordinator from 2005 – 2011. He has been retained in 74 use of force cases, and given testimony across Canada to all levels of Courts, Hearings, Inquests and Inquiries.

NUFF – Not Understanding Fuels Failure! – Understanding the National Use of Force Framework
Ret. Sgt. Joel Johnston will breakdown how the National Use of Force Framework works and provide some suggestions on enhancing the model that has been relied on coast-to-coast in Canada for explaining and educating the public and courts on use of force by law enforcement.

Ret. Insp. Chris Butler, Calgary Police Service

Chris Butler retired as an Inspector after 34 years in law enforcement.

Prior to joining the Calgary Police Service, Chris was a Search and Rescue Technician for six years responsible for conducting high angle mountain rescue, swift water rescue and avalanche rescue. During this time Chris was involved in developing and delivering training for Search and Rescue Technicians which began his interest in human factors, human error, decision making and motor learning principles. After joining the Calgary Police Service, Chris became a full-time instructor in the academy teaching both recruits and in-service police officers the ‘professional use of violence’ through instruction in a variety of physical use of force techniques as well as combat firearms instruction. For the last several years of his career, Chris developed and instructed the updated Incident Command training to sergeants, staff sergeants and Inspectors.

Chris has an extensive background in law enforcement use of force and has been certified as an instructor or instructor trainer in numerous incident command, firearms, combatives, less lethal/chemical agents and emergency vehicle operation disciplines. In addition, Chris has training in special event risk management and close personal protection. Chris is currently a National Trainer for NLETC. Having worked with law enforcement trainers municipally, provincially and federally, Chris’s ambition is to ensure training methods are based upon the most current science and research in human factors. Chris has made presentations at National and International law enforcement conferences and has been qualified at Provincial and Federal court as an expert in firearms safety, police firearms training, law enforcement use-of-force training and evaluation. Chris has testified over 30 times as a use of force expert in criminal matters pertaining to officer involved shootings and in-custody deaths in Canada.

Chris is currently the Director of Program Development for the Force Science Institute (FSI) and has been certified as a use of force investigator and advanced force science analyst and has instructed the ‘Biomechanics of Human Force Encounters’ workshop for FSI throughout Canada and the United States for the past ten years. Chris is also certified as a shooting incident reconstructionist through TriTech Forensics and the International Association for Identification.

Chris is the owner of Raptor Protection and Safety Services Inc. a company dedicated to the delivery of science-based, defendable and effective use public safety training.

Chris can be contacted at [email protected]

NUFF – Not Understanding Fuels Failure! – Understanding the National Use of Force Framework
Why alternative proposals on National Use of Force Framework aren’t all they are chalked up to be and the human factor components they missed.

Ret. Cst. Al Arsenault, Police Judo President

Al Arsenault served 27 years with the Vancouver Police Department with his final year spent walking the Skid Road beat as ‘Police Officer of the Year’. Al also co- created both Odd Squad and Police Judo to wide acclaim. He has lectured and taught seminars on topics related to these organizations (drugs, weapons, tactical communications, police use of force) in Canada, the United States, Switzerland, Taiwan, and China). Al is a life-long martial artist with extensive street policing experience, as well as in undercover and surveillance work. Control tactics has been one of his specialties along with non-firearm prohibited weapons and street weapons. He is the author of the popular martial arts book Chin Na in Ground Fighting (2003) and the soon-to-be-published Comprehensive Joint Locking Techniques for Law Enforcement (the first of a series of books on Police Judo).

Intro to the H-CUFF Method of Handcuffing
Learn the basics of “Hands-on Control Using Functional Force”, a novel system of handcuffing incorporating the Escort (Double-) Twistlock Grip, Fawcett Wrench Takedown, and the Cufflink Lock. This new solid system of handcuffing is full of practical and effective techniques (featuring the twistlock series of joint locks) that can supplement any handcuffing style.

Vascular Neck Restraint: Time for a Change?

Ret. Sgt. Toby Hinton, Police Judo Director

Ret. Sgt. Hinton has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Political Science from Simon Fraser University, and was a member of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) for 30 years, and continues to do contract work with the VPD Force Options Training Unit. Toby is one of the founders of VPD Police Judo and is the Head Instructor for Simon Fraser University Police Judo and teaches at Odd Squad Police Judo. Toby has presented and lectured on use of force training and policing across Canada and in the United States of America, China, Switzerland and Taiwan. Toby has received commendations at the agency level, the provincial level (4 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards), the national level (two Governor General’s Awards / Queen’s Diamond Jubilee) and the international level (International Association of Chiefs of Police). Toby is the Executive Director for Odd Squad Productions, a film production charity focused on documentary film production.

Police Judo History: An Overview
We will learn how Police Judo evolved from traditional judo, and what differentiates it from sport judo. Police Judo evolved from one small club based in a police gym to 7 clubs throughout the Province of British Columbia and has trained thousands of students in physical skills well-suited for law enforcement.
VPD Experience: Integrating Police Judo Into Use of Force Training
Learn how Police Judo training has been integrated into VPD Police Force Options training to create more training opportunities from the ground up including VPD Cadet training, Pre-Recruit training, In-Service training, Firearms Supplemental training and Departmental Training Course credit.

Brian Shipper, VPD Police Judo Instructor

Brian is the Head Instructor for the VPD Police Judo Club. Brian Shipper established the unique VPD Police Judo program over 25 years ago. Brian is now the first contract Judo instructor hired by any police agency in Canada, and he oversees all the evening judo training for the VPD. He also manages VPD Police Judo training sessions for VPD Ethnic Diversity, the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma, International police university students, VPD Cadets, Ray Cam Police Athletic League Judo, Police Judo Food Drives, and more.

He has been a producer for a number of Odd Squad documentaries including Tears for April (2007), The Beat reality series (2008 – 2010), Riding with Madonna (2007), Scathed (2007), Stolen Lives (2007), Understanding Fentanyl (2018), and Gangs and Guns (2010 and 2020).

Coaching Adults for Physical Skills Training
Coaching adults in physical skills is much different than coaching youth for sport or competition. Brian has been coaching adults and running the VPD Police Judo program for over two decades. The basic tenets of how to teach adults as learned through Police Judo will be covered in this presentation.

Dr. John Cleland, Police Judo Black Belt

MD FRCSC, Kamloops Police Judo
Dr Cleland is a NCCP certified level 1 in both Karate and Judo and is certified as a dojo instructor, as well as a Police Judo black belt. Professionally Dr Cleland is a practicing Otolaryngologist in Kamloops and is Board certified in Canada and the US and has acted as medical supervisor for several Judo tournaments including, Junior Nationals Kamloops, 2001, Senior Nationals Richmond and the World Police and Fire Games. Dr Cleland has been and continues to serve as an information resource for medical and physiological information and perspective to Sensei Huntley during provision of dojo assistant and instructor courses. He is also a medical advisor for Police Judo. Since the inception of Kamloops Police Judo he has assisted Sgt. Brad Endean in instruction and serving as practice participant at regular practices, and at several of the additional bylaws officer training workshops.

Vascular Neck Restraint Panel: Time for a Change

Deb Laidler, Police Judo Coaching Advisor

Deb worked for the Vancouver Police Department for 6 years at Traffic Authority (2009-2015). She’s currently the owner of the sport coaching company, Creative Coaching (1983-present), specializing in facilitating the National Coaches Certification Program, theory of sport including mental training, periodization, nutrition, ethical behaviour, and physical training sport science. She teaches coaching on contract at the Justice Institute of BC.

Deb has worked her way through, with the Reserve Officer University Training Plan, inaugural year for Female Officer Training (1974-1979) at Univeristy of Alberta. She also has a post degree certificate in Foundations of Business Management for Women at Simon Fraser University.

Coaching Adults for Physical Skills Training

S/Cst. Chin-I Hsiang, Vancouver Police Jail

S/Cst. Hsiang has been a Municipal Special Constable with the Vancouver City Police Department Jail since 2006. The VPD Jail is one of the busiest Remand jails in Canada. She is also a trainer for new Special Constables and an Assistant Force Options Instructor for the VPD Force Options Training Unit. Chin-I is the co-founder and the Head Instructor for the SFU Police Judo Junior program, the Odd Squad Police Judo Juniors, and the Odd Squad Women’s Police Judo program. She has been involved in planning the training agenda for SFU Police Judo, SFU Youth Judo Summer Camps, Police Judo Scotland Tour (2017), Taiwan and Korea (2018), Japan (2019) as well as the annual Police Judo volunteer outreach programs in the northern Baja regions of Mexico since 2016. Chin-I also coaches and manages a small group of competitive judo students from Police Judo Juniors. Chin-I is fluent in Mandarin and has a solid understanding of police training locally, but also in Asian countries. Chin-I has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre from UBC, and is a member of Odd Squad Productions assisting with film production for Odd Squad as an Assistant Director.

Performance Goals: Force Options Training

Sgt. Rom Ranallo, Vancouver Police Department

Rom is a 22 year member of the Vancouver Police Department assigned to the Force Options Training Unit. Sgt. Ranallo is also the rangemaster at the Vancouver Tactical Training Centre (TTC). He has instructor certification in all use of force disciplines and is the Departmental subject matter expert in pistol, shotgun, and carbine. Rom has 17 years of experience training police officers in firearms and related tactics at the municipal, provincial, federal, and international level. He has conceptualized, developed, and facilitated dozens of firearms programs to meet specific law enforcement operational needs. Rom has a Master of Science Degree from the University of British Columbia and is a proud member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (NLEFIA), and the International Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (ILEFIA). Rom’s latest published article can be found in The ILEETA Journal (2020), Volume 10, Edition 4.

Coaching Adults for Firearms: Shooting Down Paradigms
Police use of ballistic force is without question the least used; most difficult to train and certify, but attracts the greatest attention from all the stakeholders. The art and science of shooting is complex and a difficult skill to develop. The reasons for this are many, but does it have to be that way? With limited training time and increased accountability, training police (adults) in firearms must evolve. There are many misconceptions when it comes to police firearms training. This presentation will expose the truth and provide a first-hand account of best-practices for coaching police officers when it comes to developing firearms skills for operational use.
The VPD Experience: Integrating Police Judo Into Use of Force Training
Learn how Police Judo training has been integrated into VPD Police Force Options training to create more training opportunities from the ground up including VPD Cadet training, Pre-Recruit training, In-Service training, Firearms Supplemental training and Departmental Training Course credit.

Sgt. John Roberts, Vancouver Police Department

VPD Force Options Training Unit
Sgt. Roberts started his career in 1993 in Provincial Corrections at the Vancouver Pretrial Jail. He was trained as a Tactical Team Leader then became the Head Instructor of new Recruit staff training. The Justice Institute of BC hired John as a full-time Instructor for the Corrections Academy in 2001. John was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in 2003 and has worked in Patrol, Firearms Interdiction Team, Violence Suppression Team, Public Safety Unit, School Liaison Unit, Recruiting, and Force Options. John has been a part-time force options instructor with the VPD in 2004 and in 2019 he became the Sgt. i/c of the Officer Safety Tactics Training Team for the VPD Force Options Training Unit. John has extensive experience teaching use of force training in the VPD as well as assisting in training with the BC Police Academy. John is also an instructor at the Justice Institute of BC’s Law Enforcement Studies Diploma program.

NUFF – Not Understanding Fuels Failure! – Understanding the National Use of Force Framework
What does the use of force oversight look like, and how do we do a better job of communicating (ad educating) this to the public?
The VPD Experience: Integrating Police Judo into use of Force Training
Learn how Police Judo training has been integrated into VPD Police Force Options training to create more training opportunities from the ground up including VPD Cadet training, Pre-Recruit training, In-Service training, Firearms Supplemental training and Departmental Training Course credit.

Sgt. Brad Fawcett, Vancouver Police Department

Sgt. Fawcett is currently working as the Sgt. i/c of Research for a BC Police Agency. He is a court-recognized use-of-force and non-firearms prohibited weapons expert. He has provided opinion evidence in Coroners Inquests, civil trials, criminal trials up to and including the Supreme Court of British Columbia, labour relations hearings, and a commission of inquiry. Sgt. Fawcett has an extensive resume related to use of force. He has a working relationship with Police Services Division, the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC), and the Independent Investigation Office of BC (IIO BC). He has a working relationship with RCMP and has developed courses from conception through provincial approval.

Why Physical Skills: What the Research Shows
Moderator: Vascular Neck Restraint Panel
Moderator: National Use of Force Framework Panel

Cst. Aaron Olson, Vancouver Police Department

Cst. Aaron Olson has been a member of the Vancouver Police Department since May 2003. The first 8 years of Cst. Olson’s career was spent in patrol. In 2009 Cst. Olson started volunteering as a part time Range Safety Officer for the Firearms Training Team. He eventually turned this dedicated interest into a full-time position within the VPD Force Options Training Unit (FOTU). In 2012 Cst. Olson took over as the Less Lethal Shotgun coordinator, and continues to lead the program today, overseeing training, certification standards, and equipment issues.

In late 2017 Cst. Olson’s primary role shifted to research and review of the Subject Behaviour Officer Response Reporting within the VPD. This new position has evolved into a supporting role for the Force Options Training Unit, within the VPD, to help drive training in the direction that is most beneficial for the members of the VPD and the city of Vancouver. Cst. Olson works closely with Sgt. Fawcett – the VPD FOTU Sgt. i/c of Research and Prof. Garth Davies of the Simon Fraser University School of Criminology to monitor trends in the application of force by VPD and assist with the development of evidence-based use of force training based on this research.

NUFF – Not Understanding Fuels Failure! – Understanding the National Use of Force Framework

Cst. Bryan Nykon, Vancouver Police Department

Force Options Instructor, Force Options Training Unit
Bryan has been with the VPD since 2011. He has worked in Patrol, Neighborhood Policing, Forensic Video, and is now working as a trainer in the VPD Force Options Training Unit. Bryan has been practicing judo for 30 years, 5 of them in Japan and one year with the national team in Montreal. Bryan is responsible for managing the daytime VPD Police Judo Training sessions and has taken a lead role in the further integration of Police Judo training within the VPD and is specializing in empty-hand control training. Bryan recently delivered four days of Police Judo Training for police in Switzerland along with Cst. Dan Pain and other Police Judo instructors. Bryan also teaches Conflict Resolution at Langara College and contributes to various film projects when time allows.

Performance Goals: Force Options Training
While sport coaches have a long history of setting seasonal performance goals for physical skills, the same cannot be said of many law enforcement agencies. How can we borrow from sport models for physical skills to set up goals, training time and plans, and what should those performance goals look like for law enforcement?

Sgt. Brad Endean, BC Sheriffs

Brad is an 18-year member of the BC Sheriff Service. Before his career as a Sheriff, he was an RCMP Auxiliary Constable. He has been involved with performing background investigations for new hires, completed the Traffic Safety Enforcement pilot project, and is a Special Provincial Constable for high-security escorts. Brad started the first Police Judo Club (Kamloops) outside the Lower Mainland of British Columbia after being promoted to a Black Belt Instructor. Since that time Brad has incorporated Police Judo into training for Bylaw Officers in Kamloops, First Nations groups, as well as maintaining an ongoing Police Judo training program through the Aberdeen Judo Academy with the support of Head Instructor Sensei John Huntley.

Advanced Police Judo Techniques (by video)
Sgt. Brad Endean will demonstrate advanced Police Judo techniques for law enforcement. This is a video presentation supplement for the conference.

Hiroshi Katanishi, EU Judo Expert

Sensei Katanishi is known for his ability of breaking down Judo techniques – both throwing and grappling – to better learn the principles of action and reaction, and the efficient use of circular motion. After graduating from Tenri University (Japan), Sensei Katanishi became the trainer of France’s National judo team. A current resident of Lausanne, Switzerland, Sensei Katanishi has assumed the technical direction for the last 30 years of the Judo Kwai Lausanne. He is also a Dan Expert and Youth & Sports Expert for the Switzerland Judo Federation. He also acts as the technical advisor for the Switzerland National team. In 2003, Sensei Katanishi became the European Union judo expert. He is the most highly requested instructor in the EJU expert group and he has extensive experience in both Japanese and French judo.

Footsweeps from the Escort Grip
This will be a video presentation from one of the top international coaches in judo, Instructor Hiroshi Katanishi based out of Switzerland, with an emphasis on technique and biomechanics. Foot sweeps – a low risk/high yield technique – is well suited for law enforcement but not normally instructed from an escort position (law enforcement’s go-to grip). Moving from solo practice to partner practice, this will be covered in detail.

Yuki Yokosawa, Police Judo (former Silver Olympic Silver Medallist)

Yuki Yokosawa was the 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist for Japan, the 2005 Silver Medalist for the World Championship, and a 4 times National Champion for Japan. Yuki is the Head Instructor for Women’s Police Judo as well as the instructor for the Police Judo Kids program.

Police Judo Techniques: From Dojo to the Street
Instructor Yuki Yokosawa will be providing a video demonstration of judo techniques that can easily be adapted and modified for use by law enforcement officers. The techniques are designed to keep an officer on their feet and also to safely take an individual into custody. These will be contrasted with applications of the techniques in the field.

Jeremy Le Bris

Jeremy’s coaching career began in France 2000 while he was still a competitive athlete. He coached athletes to more than 20 individual medals and numerous team medals at the French Championships and various European competitions prior to his move to Canada to work as the National Coach of the Women’s Team from 2013 – 2015. In his 2 years with Judo Canada he successfully coached athletes to numerous international medals including 3 medals at the Junior World Championships.

In 2016 Jeremy LeBris took over as Sport Development Director for Judo BC. Jeremy designed the high-performance pathway for BC Judo athletes. In 2019 he was able to have 30% of the U18 Canadian Team for the World Championships from BC, 6 BC members transferred to the National Training Centre in Montreal and at the 2019 Nationals, BC athletes went from a previous 17 medals to secure 43 medals.

Jeremy has a Master’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Science from France and is a NCCP Level 4 coach.

Performance Goals: Sport Training
Taking high performance athletes who are training in physical combat martial arts skills and preparing them for the national and international level requires methodical planning for developing skills. This presentation will walk through what a season goal planning system looks like and how we can apply this learning to training police officers will be covered by Cst. Nykon and Cst. Hsiang.


John Daly, Odd Squad President

John Daly spent 40 years as a reporter, assignment editor, newscast producer, and talk show host. He was on general assignment specializing in crime & investigations of scams, cover-ups, government & agency incompetence, and official malfeasance. John likes breaking stories, like the sudden plea bargain of one of the Surrey Six murderers, and the simultaneous (caught on camera!) takedown of notorious gangster Jamie Bacon. Daly has attended CUNY, York, and UBC, and is an active member of IRE (Investigative Reporters & Editors). He’s taught interviewing techniques and investigative reporting at BCIT and UBC Continuing Education, and is frequently an invited speaker for professional organizations and conferences on the demands of the news media, and where news is headed. John is the President of the Board of Directors for Odd Squad Productions.

Ret. Sgt. Mark Steinkampf, Police Judo

Ret. Sgt. Steinkampf started his law enforcement career as a guard in a maximum-security prison in Burnaby, British Columbia. He joined the Vancouver Police Department in 1991 and recently retired after 29 years. Mark had a varied career developing different skills. He walked a foot beat as a Constable and then as a Sergeant in Vancouver’s in Downtown Eastside. Mark was a member of the Emergency Response Team (SWAT) as a Breacher and then as a member of the entry team. Mark was the commanding officer of the Vancouver Police Department’s Mounted Unit. Mark finished his career as a Use of Force instructor where his focus was the safe control of subjects using Crisis Intervention and De-escalation communication, cutting edge physical control techniques, team tactics, and intermediate tools such as a conducted energy weapon (Taser), baton, and the Vascular Neck Restraint. He was one of the founding members of Odd Squad Productions, VPD Police Judo. Mark also teaches at the Justice Institute of British Columbia in the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma Program. Mark was the recipient of two Lieutenant Governor’s Awards and at the National level, he received one Governor General’s Awards (MSM) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Ret. Sgt. Toby Hinton

Sgt. Brad Fawcett
Ret. Sgt. Toby Hinton
Ret. Cst. Al Arsenault

Tech Support/ Presentation Prep:
Cst. Brendon Frick
Cst. Fred Oldendorf
Max Wiesenger
Venoth Govinthasamy
Ret. Cst. Al Arsenault – presentation format

Jane Denizmen

Social Media Campaign:
S/Cst. Chin-I Hsiang
Cst. Brendon Frick

Video Components:
Brendon Frick
Ret. Cst. Al Arsenault
Sgt. Brad Endean

Covid Protocols:
Deb Laidler
S/Cst. Chin-I Hsiang

Moderators/Break Out Rooms:
Ret. Sgt. Mark Steinkampf
John Daly

International Presenters Liaison:
Ret. Cst. Al Arsenault
Sgt. Brad Fawcett

VPD Liaison:
Sgt. John Roberts
Sgt. Rom Ranallo
Cst. Bryan Nykon

VPD Admin/Increment Records / VPD Registration:
Tara Dewingaerde

LETA Volunteer Coordinator:
Brian Shipper

OSP Facility and Studios / Craft Services:
Brian Shipper

Corporate Sponsorship:
Ret. Sgt. Mark Steinkampf
Ray Bergen

Budget / Finances:
Ray Bergen

Registration Booklet/Schedule:
Andrea Gee

Research Documents:
Sgt. Brad Fawcett

Tara Dewingaerde


Police Judo
Coaching use of force skills
Forensic Video and Use of Force
Hands-on Training
Understanding Police Use of Force
Understanding NUFF
Physical Skills Training
Police Judo Training
Police Use of Force