It is important to understand the two basic and significantly different philosophies of training when it comes to "threat-aversion" and "hostage" scenarios. The first type specializes in the more adrenaline inducing Combative Training model, while the second type relies on heightened observation skills, threat detection, and situational awareness. Combative based training focuses on aggressive martial arts techniques, close-quarters offensive and defensive weapons training, and may include high-speed, evasive driving instruction.
Our "detect and avoid" approach has many advantages over hand-to-hand, close quarters, or aggressive response classes; the main one being pre-event awareness.
Experience continually demonstrates it is preferable to identify and avoid a threat before it can escalate into a dangerous face-to-face, reactionary confrontation.