Great stuff Tot.
Incidentally I am a big Joe Rogan fan, not agreeing with all of what he says but I like him. His maxim of "being the nicest motherfucker you can possibly be" is great, I include it in my morning and evening prayers ( minus the Mofo-I substitute guy).
Its interesting that so much LEO training is still based on boxing and the use of long distance running. Boxing is great, certainly not knocking it never ever would. Long distance running is great if you like it.
Both are not ideal for the average LEO. I love boxing, beautiful sport. Yet for most of us the skill set and training demands required to have it be of use in self defense is just too much time for the average LEO to invest. And I have yet to meet a cop who had to run 4 miles in under 30 minutes to capture a perp.
More realistic training would be this: have trainee suit up in uniform (vest, dummy gunbelt) make sure he has had no more than 5 hours of sleep night before. Have him sit down eat a burger. Then his wife or gf texts or calls yelling that he left mess in bathroom when he left and than he better not be staying late again for overtime. Just as the burger is done radio run goes out of cop needing assistance of 5th floor stairway landing (its a walk up building no elevator) trainee sprints to scene sprints up stairs and engages in the physical act of helping subdue the bad guy.
I also love a lot of the stuff Joe Rogan says. He is a pretty legit martial artist. Some of his stuff is pretty far out there though.
I agree completely with you in regards to boxing training. I teach my guys the four basic punches with the caveat that depending on where you punch someone, there is a decent chance you will break your hand if you dont train to punch things often. We work some muay thai stuff, and mix a lot of takedowns and controlling from the ground. Short of guillotines and kimuras from the bottom, I teach a couple of easy sweeps from the bottom to get them out of trouble if they find themselves there.
I get on the guys who don't train combatives all the time. Most are gung ho on training with firearms. Most of the guys train monthly on firearms, which is great. I tell them all the time, there is a good chance most of them will never fire their weapons at a bad guy, but there is no doubt they will have to fight a bad guy at some point in time. I tell them to NOT train in combatives is doing a diservice to everyone.
I love what you say about the sprints too. I think the PT standards for LEO's need to be changed greatly. We have to run 1.5 miles as a standard. There is no time when I can ever dream about chasing someone for 1.5 miles.
I have my guys and girl working anaerobically all the time during training. They are sick of burpees and jumping squats, but love the results.