Protection Response Tactics

Are you a protection agent or a private security team that is looking for a defensive tactics answer that will fit into your environment? 

Does your defensive tactics need to be visually Appropriate?

Does your defensive tactics need to be socially executable?

Does your defensive tactics need to be legally explicable?

Do you need a verbal desculation process that integrates into your empty hand plan for yourself or your team? 

Do you need an answer that will work in and around motor vehicles? 

The Protection Response Tactics program has the answers and training options you are looking for. 

In today’s unpredictable world, security threats are ever-present. As a protector, you are responsible for mitigating risks and responding effectively to potential dangers. However, traditional training programs often fall short in preparing you for the dynamic and evolving nature of threats. That’s where our Protection Response Tactics program comes in. We understand the unique challenges you face and have designed a solution specifically tailored to address them.

Our Protection Response Tactics program is a comprehensive training system that combines cutting-edge defensive techniques, strategic thinking, and situational awareness. Developed by industry experts with extensive experience in high-risk environments, this program is designed to elevate your skills to an elite level. By integrating the best practices from various disciplines, including martial arts, close protection, and tactical operations, we provide you with a holistic approach to personal and professional security.

  • Master essential defensive tactics: Our program equips you with a wide range of practical and proven defensive techniques, enabling you to effectively handle physical confrontations and protect yourself and your clients.

  • Develop critical decision-making skills: We emphasize strategic thinking and situational awareness, empowering you to make split-second decisions in high-pressure situations.

  • Enhance your mental and physical resilience: Our training methodology focuses not only on physical skills but also on mental toughness, allowing you to maintain composure and perform at your best under stress.

  • Learn from industry experts: Our instructors bring years of real-world experience in the field of protection, ensuring that you receive the highest quality training from professionals who have been there.

PRT offers appropriate solutions to all levels of risk.

All countermeasures employed by professional bodyguards should reduce the risk to those they protect. The executive protection agent seeks to reduce the risk to the client by avoiding confrontation. The professional bodyguard would prefer to evacuate the client if faced with conflict.

Sometimes, avoidance does not work, evacuation is not the answer, and sometimes the appropriate countermeasure is applying physical force. This system provides the tools necessary for that reasoned response.

With the increased popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), professional bodyguards face an opponent who has raised awareness and access to effective training. Despite proper preparations to avoid conflict, the professional bodyguard or personal protection specialist may be faced with a threat that requires immediate engagement.

PRT provides the tools and the training to reduce the risk by engaging the threat.

The Protector’s ultimate goal is to reduce the client’s risk by using the appropriate response. Protection Response Tactics provides the tools and the training to give the protectors additional appropriate countermeasures to help keep their clients safe. Personal Protection Specialists will learn the fundamentals of the PRT program – Physical and Verbal Posturing, Soft Control, and Hidden Force methods. You will learn to follow the PRT principles of using applications that are visually appropriate and socially executable. Everything you do in the PRT program will look appropriate to the situation you are dealing with. Learn to avoid overreacting with the incorrect level of force. PRT will teach you ‘soft control’ methods so you can deescalate and control any situation.

learn to deal with higher levels of aggressive action from a single threat or multiple threats.

be introduced to the skills needed to fight off a vertical surface and from the numerous positions of the ‘around the world drill.

learn the multi-tool principle and how to use it to choose more intelligent and usable applications in a high-stress environment.

Learn PRT’s predator mindset and how to connect to the switch to turn it on when it is needed in a high-threat situation.

Baker Tactical can come and train your team in the Protection Response Tactics program. Our Instructors travel all over the United States, working with various law enforcement agencies, security teams, and protection agents. We can also build a specialized training program around your team’s unique needs.

Meet The Founder Alan Baker

Coach Alan Baker has been actively training in defensive tactics & the martial arts industry for 42 years. In 2005 he created the AMAC Tactical Training Group, which designed and taught its programs to multiple SWAT teams and law enforcement agencies around the US. In the same year, he became the Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Executive Protection Institute in VA, the oldest bodyguard school in the US. In 2007 Alan designed the Protection Response Tactics program to be taught to protection agents and students of the Executive Protection Institute and has gone on to teach the program to teams all around the United States. 

Protection Response Tactics Is A 6 Phase Program


Protection Response Tactics Phase 1 teaches you the Protection Response Tactics Program fundamentals. Pre-contact applications of Physical and verbal Posturing, Soft Control methods for low-level resistance, and Hidden Force methods for when you require a bit more force but have to utilize something visually appropriate. 

You will learn to Follow the PRT principles of using visually appropriate, socially executable, and legally explicable applications. Everything you do in the Protection Response Tactics program (PRT) will look approbate to the situation you are dealing with. 

You will learn to avoid overreacting with the incorrect level of force. PRT will teach you ‘soft control’ methods so you can deescalate and control the situation. 

Coach Alain will introduce his Universal Principles in this class. These principles He has learned from his 40 plus year career in the combat arts. Understanding and using them can improve your application of any technique or action learned in the program. 


PRT Phase 2 will teach you the PRT’s Assault Tactics methods. You will learn to Deal with higher levels of aggressive action from a single threat or multiple threats. 

In phase two, you will get introduced to the skills needed to fight off a vertical surface (Wall, a vehicle) and from the numerous positions of the ‘around the world drill.’ 

You will learn the multi-tool principle and how to use it to choose more intelligent and usable applications in a high-stress environment. 

Phase 2 also introduces the PRT’s predator mindset and how to connect to the switch to turn it on when needed in a high threat situation. The PRT’s Assault Tactics methods follow the same visually appropriate, socially executable, and legally explicable applications introduced in Phase 1 of the program. 


Phase 3 of the PRT program will train you to Deal with Halls, Walls, and doors. 

(Vertical surfaces), You will learn the Vehicle Centric Defensive Tactics Program, which teaches you to handle threats in and around a vehicle. In protection work, you spend a lot of time around automobiles. 

The vehicle is also one of the most common points of attack on the protector and his principle. The PRT Phase 3 will give you the tools you need to be comfortable in this environment regardless of what level of force you are dealing with. 

Phase 3 also introduces the student to the concepts of fighting a threat that is behind them. If you are escorting a principal, you don’t always get a chance to turn around and address a threat; you need to know how to do it while you are evacuating your client. 


Phase 4 will teach you Counter Grappling and Ground Fighting – The protection agent does not want to get tied up in a grappling match on the ground when he is supposed to be protecting his client. 

The PRT counter grappling and ground fighting program will give you the skills to not only avoid getting pulled into a grappling match but you will also learn to dish out enough destructive force to make the threat regret the attempt. 

There are five different areas of combat of study on the ground. Grappling is just one of them, but grappling is not necessarily fighting. The phase 4 student will get introduced to all of these measures and how to utilize them intelligently and effectively in an exchange.  

Phase 4 also introduces the ‘primal environment principle and how you can apply it to avoid wasting training time on things that are not effective for the environment you work in. 


In Phase 5, you begin training PRT’s Firearm and edged weapon Disarming. At this level, PRT introduces weapons into the training to prepare you for the possibility of a threat implementing a weapon system. 

The PRT Phase 5 will teach you the principles of success needed to survive a weapon-based attack. 

The program will give you what is necessary to apply the principles to multiple situations. This program DOES NOT just teach you techniques and send you on your way. It will change the way you think and act when faced with a weapon-based attack. 

This program will approach the predicament of disarming on a principal-based study. This approach will enable you to learn information so that you can apply it to multiple different situations. Just learning techniques themselves will do you a disservice unless you know how to use them intelligently. 


Phase 6 will teach you the fundamentals of armed Pummeling.
Loosely defined, Pummeling is standing grappling. Any weapon retention or disarming that goes in the wrong direction tends to end up in a standing grappling encounter. Due to this fact, understanding Hand fighting, Pummeling, And giraffe wrestling (control methods using the head and shoulders) are essential in the survival of this type of encounter. Learning gun disarm “Techniques” and gun retention “techniques” is an excellent place to start your training, Just like any child learning the beginning basics in kindergarten. But, if your program is not allowing you to graduate and grow past the basic “techniques” and start learning a more principle-based method, then your program is doing you an injustice.

Doing a few disarming techniques is one of the lowest forms of education in this study area. Unfortunately, this has become the standard in the industry. To become truly proficient in this encounter, the practitioner must learn to train to survive actively. Surviving in this arena depends on your ability to develop attributes, sensitivity, timing, and other elements. The practitioner also needs to have the ability to gain experience and more “time in” training. If you do not have these educational elements front, and center, after you have gone through any gun retention or disarming program, you are being done a disservice.

Phase 6 Introduces all of the fundamentals necessary to become proficient in this combat range. To be eligible for this phase, a practitioner must have gone through the previous phase 5.

What People Are Saying!

Your thoughtful approach to the need for protectors and their unique need for a system of protecting their clients developed into the absolute best defensive tactics system for the EP profession, bar none. Several years ago, when we first approached you to develop a specific defensive tactics system for protectors, as most we using borrowed tactics from the police and the military, I remember that before you recommended anything, you questioned experienced practitioners and those who had to protect others and what their specific needs were. Then you began to develop a system that is “client-based” and not “self-defense”. This is extremely important in our profession, where we must be focused on keeping a third party safe from harm’s way.
The different levels of PRT that you developed are new and innovative and are a welcomed addition for EPI to offer our students. Once again, thank you for your contribution to the EP profession and for your personal involvement in our exciting and growing profession!

Jerry Heying, CPP, PPS, CST – Executive Director, Executive Protection Institute

Several years ago, while evaluating the capabilities of the protective detail for the Governor and the first family of California, I realized that our defensive tactics needed to be redesigned. My Department had years of experience with different law enforcement DT programs, from Aikido-based systems to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and most recently, one that is derived from Krav Maga. All the systems were designed for the typical LE officer environment. But, protective operations, either government or corporate, is far from the typical LE duty. After an exhaustive search, I was fortunate to find Alan Baker of Baker Tactical Training & Design. Alan’s Protection Response Tactics (PRT) is specifically designed from the ground up for executive protection. Moreover, Alan has designed many unique programs that are unprecedented (i.e., systems for fighting in and around vehicles while stationary and on the move). This type of innovative system design comes from a lifetime of martial arts and combative study. Alan doesn’t try to force his style into your environment. He designs a style that matches your needs. This is exactly why I had Alan Baker and his team come to teach his PRT course at the CHP Academy, not only for the Governor’s Protective Detail but also for our Dignitary Protection Section, Threat Assessment Unit, and the Advanced Officer Safety Training instructors.

Lt. Jerry Jacobs (ret.) California Highway Patrol, Governor’s Protective Detail

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