High Threat CQB

Law Enforcement & Military Training Course


The High Threat Close Quarter Battle (CQB) Method provides one basic, principle-based method of searching and building entry suitable for a variety of situations up to and including “High Threat” missions. The system combines initial limited penetration or threshold evaluation with cautious or aggressive entry as needed from a tactically superior position using behavior-based methodology.

The same basic principles and techniques are used at varying speeds to deal with all types of Close Quarter Battle situations: deliberate, dynamic, stealth, and hostage rescue. High Threat CQB is suitable for solo operators and small teams to multi-team operations with foundational techniques that span the capabilities of the entry-level law enforcement up to military personnel or elite-level SWAT and Special Operation Teams. This course focuses on personnel management, less-lethal options and conflict de-escalation techniques. It is currently in use as the primary method of numerous large departments, federal teams, state level basic training academies, tactical training organizations, and military specialized units.

High Threat CQB gives personnel the skill and confidence needed to address the simplest or most serious threats while maintaining superior survivability and operational flexibility leading to decreased liability.  The behavior-based nature of the program means that personnel are not required to abandon their common sense or intuitive survival sense, forcing them to use a close-range “kill or be killed” tactic that is often provably abandoned upon contact with a determined defender, or worse, forcing a shooting situation when none is required.  Users who have been exposed to our methods most often say “It just makes sense,” and often wonder why they were ever taught the traditional immediate entry dynamic method, which too many have seen fail.

High Threat CQB Advantages
  • It’s based on the smallest number of operators and does not require large teams
  • It provides an offensive and defensive advantage at the same time
  • It’s behavior based – tactics and skills are realistic and naturally learned and performed
  • It’s flexible and useful at various speeds (deliberate – dynamic – rescue)
  • It does not break down from live-fire, to sim-fire, to real world use
  • It does not require surprise and limited resistance to be effective
  • It allows tactical flexibility and the ability to withdraw to de-escalate or regroup
  • It deals with emerging threats such as IED’s, suicide bombers, and dedicated resisters
Eligibility Requirements

Current law enforcement or military credentials are required.

Available Courses
  • Basic (End User) | 2-4 days
  • Instructor | 4 days
  • S.W.A.T. Basic | 2-4 days
  • S.W.A.T. Advanced | 2-4 days

*End user courses have 2, 3 and 4-day options (1-day live fire session can be added)

Equipment Requirements

The required equipment varies per class. The equipment list will be sent via email after registration.

HTCQB – S.W.A.T.  | Kansas City, MO – July 11-14, 2022
HTCQB Instructor  | West Des Moines, IA – July 25-28, 2022
HTCQB Instructor + Live Fire  | Watford City, ND – August 1-5, 2022
HTCQB Instructor  | Columbus, NE – October 3-6, 2022
HTCQB Instructor  | Henderson, NV – November 28-December 1, 2022

If your agency is interested in hosting a class, please contact Aaron Guzman at (507) 884-5193 or aguzman@88tactical.com. Ask how your agency could receive a free slot.

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