OMAHA, Neb. –  88 Tactical’s High Threat Close Quarters Battle (CQB) training is being adopted by an increasing number of law enforcement departments, federal teams, state-level basic training academies, tactical training organizations and specialized military units across the country.

88 Tactical’s proprietary Reality Behavior-Based Conditioning works with, instead of against, a person’s survival instincts and intuitions – making the curriculum more easily trainable and retainable.

High Threat CQB isn’t simply a set of tactics, it’s a complete system for searching and building/room entry. The High Threat CQB system was developed by 88 Tactical Senior Instructor & Curriculum Manager, Trevor Thrasher. Thrasher is a U.S. Army Green Beret combat veteran, whose credentials include law enforcement SWAT, high risk protective work in non-permissive environments, and counter terrorism direct action missions—done both unilaterally and with foreign special forces.

“High Threat CQB was developed because, quite simply, I noticed a massive training disconnect between what I was asked to do in training, and what really occurred in the real world,” said Thrasher.

Officers often get a lot of training based on theory – not on reality or human behavior. As a result, when they find themselves in a real threatening situation, they eject what they’ve been taught and have to either improvise, or they fail to execute anything that would keep them or the suspect most safe.  

88 Tactical’s High Threat CQB begins in a classroom, where students study human behavior by watching and evaluating videos of real-world encounters. The rest of the class is hands-on, starting with individual skills – how to maneuver with a weapon safely, how to maneuver safely around teammates in a CQB environment. Then the focus shifts to simple tactics, such as: use of cover, how to take a corner, and how to work with a partner to clear a room or structure in a CQB environment. After the basics, students move on to force-on-force drills, where they work against human opponents.

“We put you under duress, we make you make real-world decisions against human actors – that’s where the methodology is proven,” said Thrasher.

High Threat CQB utilizes a limited-penetration methodology, because the last place you want to be is in close confines with a suspect who may be armed with a knife or gun. This gives officers the chance to address those people from a greater distance, from a greater position of safety. A better position allows them to make better decisions, and if needed, it gives them more precision.

This limited-penetration methodology is very flexible, allowing for an adaptable, situation-based approach. Officers can utilize the same tactics as a single patrol officer or as a team, and at varying speeds (deliberate – dynamic – rescue). The High Threat CQB system is behaviorally compliant, which makes the curriculum easier to train and retain under duress, allowing for a tactical advantage and reduced liability.

88 Tactical’s upcoming High Threat CQB schedule includes classes in Minnesota, Washington, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida. Individuals with valid law enforcement or military credentials can register for open courses on 88 Tactical’s website, or agencies can contact the 88 Tactical Mobile Training Team (MTT) to arrange private training.

The 88 Tactical MTT offers a cost-saving solution for many organizations seeking to stretch their training budgets. Law enforcement and government clients can tailor the training to meet their specific requirements, working with environment or budgetary restrictions.

About 88 Tactical:

88 Tactical is an elite training organization focused on helping individuals, families, emergency services workers, and military members develop the confidence and ability to deal with any situation or crisis. Our instructor cadre is a highly-credentialed and heavily-vetted group of professionals from the special operations military, law enforcement, fire and rescue, and civilian training sectors who have dedicated their lives to serving and preparing others to prevail. 88 Tactical offers an unrivaled broad range of instruction in firearms, self-defense, anti-bullying, self-rescue, field medicine, bushcraft and survival, and other tactical disciplines.

88 Tactical is headquartered at the Range & Readiness Center, located at 15350 Shepard Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68138. The Range & Readiness Center is a state of the art complex where members, their families, and the public can train, exercise and relax. For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit

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By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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