has achieved the same status as an army CQB chief instructor.
Trained and instructor qualified by Harry Baldock at the Baldock Institute from 1973 until Harry made Tank the Chief Instructor on his retirement in 1986.
is a civilian and holds a unique status having not only been trained and instructor qualified by some of our pioneer and current military combative experts but also has a 20 year record of service as a chief instructor to the Military Elite.
advice in the 70s was right on the button when he
that there was no slot for an unarmed combat instructor in the Armed forces post World War II and that if he
joined up he
would not get to do what he
so dearly desired and was training for.
to train from the best military master instructors around the world and volunteer for every course and test he
could to gain qualifications in military unarmed combat and then make a career as a contractor.
Harry provided information on the instructors Tank should train from and provided letters of introduction.
Being both a permanent military chief instructor and a civilian sector instructor is a unique status and a grey area of operation in many ways but Tank has committed his life to his profession and has been responsible for the reintroduction of European military armed and unarmed combat for some armies and specialist groups.
works in every facet of his
trade from research and development to the writing of the doctrine training packages and manuals as well as being actively involved with weapons design and manufacture.
Like in any private business you have to promote the business and the people behind it and your services to succeed in the private sector and this is a grey area again when you work in both the military and civilian fields but a must and the Todd Group
honours all security and confidentiality agreements.
training and working relationship with Col Applegate included introducing Col Applegate's armed and unarmed systems to the military elite.
Col Applegate assisted Tank
military instructing career by recommending him for military chief instructor positions and instructor certifying him.
Col Applegate was a founder and the patriarch of the International Close Combat Instructors Association
along with Tank
and Larry Jordan to ensure the association was made up of members that were qualified in military armed and unarmed combat and had long military instructing records of service regardless of if they were civilian contractors like Tank or military serving instructors.
In the words of Larry Jordan Tank
is the only individual he
knows of that has achieved such a high status as an instructor in military close combat and who has been trained and qualified by some of our leading combative forefathers and current experts.
Tank is chief instructor of a facility that is very special has a long history in military close combat and over the past eighty four years has achieved a reputation in military close combat of providing excellence in specialist training.
The scope and capabilities of the Todd
group are extensive and the demand for their services is constant testament to the people that make up the rank and file and the teachings.
has committed his
all over the past 35 years to training and qualifying in military close combat.
has volunteered for training and testing and has travelled the world training from some of the very best in military close combat with commitment and at huge personal sacrifice and financial cost to be the very best proponent and instructor he
was committed when very few were even interested in military close combat and unlike most was smart enough to seek out instruction from our allied pioneer experts at his
The military close combat training he
got from past and current master instructors will never be repeated with the passing of such experts and with changes in times and especially for a civilian.
military instructor colleagues were committed as operators as their priority duties Tank has worked full time in instructing military close combat.
has faced detractors in relation to being a civilian chief instructor to the military.
The reality is he
has accepted the challenges achieved the qualifications and has a working life's service record instructing military close combat that exceeds his
is clear on outsiders making judgement or comment first they need to front up with their record of training instructing service and qualifications to be considered seriously.
never took kindly to fools until Col Applegate pulled him up on it and told him to simply not give them the time of day.
is open to comment inquiry and even criticism from anyone that has the rank qualification and an extensive record of military combative instructing service, without this how can anyone be considered confident and competent or qualified to cast unsubstantiated comment.
is contactable and clear that anyone who wants to know the facts from the source can contact him directly and only cowards would avoid the source and opt for public comment without contacting him directly.
Tank has been an army special operations group chief CQB instructor for 20 years and has also been an army regular force chief instructor and instructor to police specialist units and close personal protection providers.