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is a training enterprise founded by Harry Wigder, a veteran of 33 years
as a state parole agent and law enforcement instructor. Wigder founded
and managed a professional training operation for the Pennsylvania Board
of Probation and Parole that took responsibility for all lethal (firearms)
and non-lethal use of force trainings for county and state probation,
parole and corrections staff throughout the Commonwealth. Wigder had
long advocated the need for an integrated training system, meaning that
all components of the Use of Force Continuum needed to be taught in
realistic drills, exercises and scenarios, much the same as they could
unfold "on the street." Court decisions regarding use of force
trainings for law enforcement personnel have since proven him correct.
commitment to excellence, his dedication and creative spirit have earned
him dozens of Letters of Commendation and Seats of Honor at Awards Banquets
and other venues.
his awards are:
Pennsylvania Parole Agent of the Year,
presented by the American Legion.
Contribution to Law Enforcement, October, 1987,
presented by the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 92, Philadelphia;
Contribution to Law Enforcement Training, July, 2001,
presented by PPCT Management Systems, Inc., International IT Re-Certification
Conference, St. Louis, Missouri;
For Dedication & Life Saving Contribution To Street Agents Through
Training, September, 2004, presented
by Pittsburgh District Agents, Lodge 92, FOP.
common accolade for Harry Wigder, PPCT IT and lead Use of Force Instructor
for the Parole Board has been his steadfast commitment to reality-based
training. He has long been noted for his tireless commitment to training
that will meet his officers' ever-increasing need for trainings that
not only work under the pressure of combat stress but prime officers
for the most common types of attacks and resistance. Probably the least
important, but still notable, feature of Wigder's trainings are their
notable entertainment value.
AFA will be a holistic and realistic training experience. AFA will teach
all components of a skill that fosters winning in all phases of a conflict:
Skills in preclusion (the ability to articulate that you did whatever
possible to prevent or avoid using the highest level of force); skills
in overcoming aggression through Command Presence and Verbal Direction;
time proven PPCT techniques designed to weaken and overwhelm almost
any type of attack through strikes to Nerve Motor Points and Touch Pressure
to Pressure Points and nerve centers and, of course, Use of Force Report
Writing. AFA also promotes environmental awareness, mental conditioning
and other Soft Skills That Make You Hard To Kill!
Point Control Tactics (PPCT) is central to anything taught in AFA. PPCT
skills are all based on gross motor skills, which, unlike complex martial
arts, are simple strength skills (like doing a push-up, a simple kick
to a shin, pushing against something) that not only do not break down
under survival stress like complex skills do, but actually increase
in effectiveness as survival stress escalates. Martial arts techniques,
in many cases, requires more than 2500 repetitions (Katas) to incorporate
the skills into one's muscle memory. Research has found that in realistic
combat, often complex skills break down, but, because PPCT is based
on the principles of simplicity and employs gross motor skills, all
techniques are easier to master and, once mastered, easily retainable
in 25 repetitions, oftentimes less.