Our top floor training area is 1,200 sq. feet. Shown here without classroom tables or presentation equipment. This room will comfortably accomodate 30 students.
Our main floor training area is 2,000 sq. fteet. The floor is covered with wall to wall Swain Tatami mats, the gold standard in flooring systems for this type of training. Very comfortable and spaceous for all phases of physical tactical instruction and practice.

Rod Sanford: Law Enforcement Training and Experience

After graduating in Police Science Mr. Sanford became a patrol deputy with Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office in 1968. While with the department he worked as a patrol deputy, field training officer, detention sergeant and patrol sergeant. He had a number of specialized assignments which included: Search and Rescue Team, Dive (SCUBA) Team, Tactical (riot) Team, Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team leader, Bomb Team leader, Mounted Posse, Patrol Dog (K-9) program, Defensive Tactics instructor, Firearms instructor and Officer Safety instructor. Throughout most of his career with the Sheriff’s Office he was an operations sergeant (patrol supervisor). Mr. Sanford left the Department to establish the Pacific Institute of Defensive Tactics and to teach law enforcement tactics full time.

Mr. Sanford began teaching defensive tactics for the Sheriff's Office in 1969 and continued to do so up until 1998. In 1973 he met and trained with Robert Koga. He continued an extensive study of the Koga Method in Arrest Control Techniques, Baton Tactics, High Risk Contact Response, Crowd Control, Emergency Response Team and Car Stops until 1994. In 1978 he completed the Federal Bureau of Investigation's first Law Enforcement Self Defense Instructor's course. As the sheriff’s department’s defensive tactics instructor he had the opportunity to study in-depth many systems of defensive tactics. He has continued to study varied techniques, systems and philosophies up to the present time.

In 1983 Mr. Sanford founded the Pacific Institute of Defensive Tactics (P.I.D.T.). Although he initially taught primarily the Koga Method by the early ‘90’s the P.I.D.T. Method had become recognized as a system within itself. Today he teaches the P.I.D.T. Method which includes integrated use of force training, arrest and control, self defense, tactical communications, altercation patterns, baton tactics (straight, expandable straight, side-handle and riot batons), officer safety, crimes-in-progress, car stops, firearms, crowd control and civil disobedience, passive demonstrator tactics, emergency response team, defeat the grappler, defensive tactics for corrections and other related tactical training. He teaches these courses on a basic, in-service and instructor level through his institute, police academies, colleges and to local, State and federal law enforcement agencies. Most courses are taught through the Perishable Skills Program.

Mr. Sanford studied with the F.B.I. in their SWAT program, both on a team and command level. He has completed firearms instructor and advanced firearms instructor training and training in the tactical use of chemical agents. He has completed bomb and terrorist activities training with the F.B.I., U.S. Army, Attorney General’s Office, Department of Justice and the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators. He received dignitary protection and security unit training with the Department of Justice. He has also studied adult education through the University of California and holds a California Community College Instructor’s credential. In 1986 he published his first book, Arrest Control Techniques And Baton Tactics, and in 1999 his book Law EnFORCEment, Reasonable Force Options was released. He has developed a number of specialized training manuals and videos for law enforcement.

Mr. Sanford has regularly worked as a subject-matter-expert with the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards And Training (P.O.S.T.) in the areas of use of force, arrest and control, baton tactics, car stops and civil disobedience. He has assisted P.O.S.T. in developing curriculum, training manuals, tests and video training tapes. For example, in 1996 he was a consultant and tactics expert for California and Arizona P.O.S.T. and helped develop "Controlling Violent Subjects" Part I and II. Part I covered hands on control of violent subjects. Part II covered non-lethal weaponry including the use of chemical agents, baton, electronic controlling devices and the use of the carotid control hold. In 1997 he worked with P.O.S.T. to develop their Car Stops tele-course. And in 1997/98 he worked with P.O.S.T. to develop guidelines and a tele-course on Managing Civil Disobedience. He has also participated as a subject-matter-expert in the P.O.S.T. Firearms and Tactics program. In 1994 Mr. Sanford was nominated for the California Governor's Award for his contributions to law enforcement training.


Rod Sanford: Martial Arts Training and Experience

Mr. Sanford's introduction to Traditional Martial Arts began in the later part of 1959 when he began training in Judo. In 1964 he began his study of Traditional Karate and Ju-Jitsu. Throughout the years his emphasis has been on the study of Shorinji-Ryu Karate, Kobudo (ancient weaponry) and Aikijujutsu. He has also studied Shotokan, Shito-Ryu , Gojo-Ryu and Chito-Ryu Karate, T’ai Chi Chuan, P’a Kua and H’Sing Yi.

Mr. Sanford is the chief instructor and owner of one of the oldest and largest martial arts schools on the Monterey Bay. Here he and his staff of professional instructors teach Shorinji-Ryu Karate-Do, Aikijujutsu, Kobudo, T’ai Chi Chuan and other traditional martial arts. Mr. Sanford is the president and founder of the Butoku Kenkyu Kai (Martial Virtue Research Society) and president of the Zen Bei Butok-Kai. He regularly teaches martial arts seminars throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

For almost four decades Mr. Sanford studied with Master Richard Kim, 10th dan, Shorinji-Ryu Karate-Do, President: Butoku-Kai International. Throughout the years, with O'Sensei Kim's introduction, Mr. Sanford was fortunate to study Traditional Martial Arts under some of the great instructors of our time. The following is a list of many of the instructors he has studied with. Master Hidetaka Nishiyama, 10th dan, Shotokan Karate, Chairman: International Traditional Karate Federation and President: American Amateur Karate Federation. Master Tomoharu Kisaki, 10th dan, Goju-Ryu Karate. President: Japan Karate-Do Gojiu-ryu Yuishinkan. Master Kenei Mabuni, 10th dan, Sohke (Head House) Shito-ryu Karate. Master Mario Higonna, 10th dan, Chief Instructor: International Okinawa Gojyu-Ryu Karate Federation. Master M. Nakayama, 9th dan, Shotokan Karate, of the Japan Karate Association. Master Hiroshi Shoji, past Executive Director: Japan Karate Association. Master Taiji Kase, 8th dan, Shotokan Karate, Chief Instructor: Japan Karate Association, Europe. Master Toru Yamaguchi, Member: Japan Karate Association Board of Directors and Technical Committee, Japan. Master Hiroshi Shirai, Chief Instructor: Federazione Italiana Karate E Discipline Associate. Master Masaka Ueki, Head of Instructor's Training Program, Japan Karate Association Headquarters, Japan. Master Hideki Okamoto, Chief Instructor: African Amateur Karate Confederation. Master Keinosuke Enoeda, Chief Instructor: Karate Union of Great Britain. Master Hideo Yamamoto, instructor: Japan Karate Association, Japan. Sensei Yasuo Sakurai, Instructor: Japan Karate Association, Canada. He has studied Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu under Master Richard Kim and Soshi Siego Okamoto, Head of Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu Roppokai, Japan. And has had the opportunity to study with Soke Don Angier, Head of Yanagi-Ryu Aiki Bugei. He studied Aikido under Sensei Robert Koga. He studied Kodenkan Ju-Jitsu under Master John Chow-Hoon, of the Butoku-Kai and had the opportunity to train with Master Wally Jay. He has also trained with Ralph Gracie and Ceasar Gracie in Gracie Ju-Jutsu. Throughout the years Mr. Sanford also studied the Chen version of the Yang Style T'ai Chi Chuan as well as P'a Kua, H'Sing Yi and Chi Gong with Master Richard Kim. In Kobudo (ancient weaponry) Mr. Sanford has studied and teaches the use of the tanbo (short stick), jo (short staff), bo (staff), eaku (oar), sai, tonfa, kama (sickles), nunchaku, tanto (knife), double knives, yari (spear) and tesshu.

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