IMPORTANT: THIS IS NOT A STRIKING/PUNCHING HEAD. IT IS DESIGNED SOLELY FOR PRACTICING EXTREME SELF DEFENCE TACTICS. IT IS NOT DESIGNED TO TRAIN SPORT FIGHTERS OR OTHER MARTIAL ARTS SYSTEMS FOR STRIKING FOR POINTS WHERE COMPETITIVE RULES ARE INVOLVED. THERE ARE MANY GREAT STRIKING PADS AND TARGETS FOR THAT PURPOSE.
In a deadly force encounter ( gun grab, violent assault, weaponed attack, multiple assailants etc.) officers/operators may not have the time or opportunity to use their own weapons systems to protect themselves or others. They may be too close (in combat distances) to use ranged strikes or stuns. The contingencies may be varied: standing/grappling/on the ground/prone/supine/on side. Going after high value cranial targets like the eyes and the ears of the attacker may be the best option. If they’ve never practiced it, it may not come naturally. But if they train effectively, they will be building blueprints for success during an actual event. Targeting the eyes and ears in conjunction with other vital areas (base of skull, throat, neck, groin etc.) may be their best chance of winning the encounter while in the empty hand arena.
Warning: All the following or above mentioned tactics are extremely injurious in the real world which is why all trainees must understand the legal ramifications of using violence to prevent or extricate themselves or others from an attack. All users should consult the governing criminal and civil laws applicable to self defence and use of force in their region (as well as other jurisdictions when visiting) and fully understand other options of social de-escalation and disengagement/escape prior to having to use violence to defend themselves. Consult your agency subject matter experts (SME’s) for your best practice tactics and techniques.
Currently in the world arena of most police, military, corrections, and security training, students learning eye gouges have to practice the technique/tactic on each other. Aside from the obvious potential injury problems, this does not accurately reflect the required penetration of passing the frontal plane of the eye as trainees have to use a “touch drill only” on the closed eye of their partner. Sometimes students place their thumbs/fingers on the forehead of the “suspect/enemy/attacker” to prevent possible injury. The problem with that technique is that it sets incorrect landmarks and does not allow the student to psychologically or physically engage and attack the proper area therefore creating bad “blueprinting habits”. Safety glasses are sometimes worn which “allow” the student a chance to “touch” the “eyes”, but unfortunately this is counterintuitive (and potentially dangerous should the plastic lens or frame fracture). Also in the real world, if the suspect was wearing glasses, the trainee should learn to bypass the glasses (by angles/rips) and follow through with the proper eye gouge attack.
Until the design of the Eye Gouge Head by Blue Training Systems, there was no known realistic training head of similar design in the market. The Eye Gouge Head is made specifically for the trainee to be able to penetrate into the eye socket (orbit). It also allows the student to make contact with a realistic-looking flexible eyeball when it is inserted for reality based training (RBT). The anatomically correct features of the head also give the student a chance to find natural anchor points and practice essential pressure counter-pressure principles. The Eye Gouge Head has an optional handle, which when attached, can be held by a partner to enhance the training experience.
Each Eye Gouge Head is made from extremely durable PVC plastic which lets the user practice causing blunt trauma injuries by impacting the head against the ground, cars, walls or other hard surfaces which one could envision using in their attack zone.