About

The Civilian Tactical Training Association philosophy 

CTTA strives to bring real-world tactical training to the civilian world.

Turn on any TV, watch the news, and you will see how changes in today’s world and our culture are creating the need for information and training that exceeds what a regular martial art school or Karate program has to offer. 

The many benefits of martial arts in our culture have been proven over time and are more than mentioned here. Still, today’s martial arts community does not offer the experience, background, or knowledge needed to effectively meet the needs of industries that need more narrow, specialized applications.  

Today, many “self-defense” instructors received their certification to teach by attending a three-day weekend seminar. Many groups in the martial arts that call themselves “martial arts practitioners” claim to offer solutions for today’s needs. Still, when you peel back the layers of the so-called “realistic programs,” they generally turn out to be just well-marketed nonsense that was pieced together to have something to sell to the unknowing civilian.

C-Tac will give you a well-rounded, effective personal protection plan that will cover intelligent threat assessment and planning, essential firearm use and close-quarter manipulation (Disarms, Weapon Retention), a practical and realistic defensive tactic (Self-Defense) that will work in multiple environments, including hallways, doorways, ground fighting, and in and around motor vehicles – to name a few.

The C-Tac system was developed to mentally and physically prepare you for dangerous situations by teaching you pre-fight conflict-resolution techniques and situational awareness. Both beginners and advanced students can train and become proficient in C-Tac. 

You will study the urban weapons that allow you to take everyday objects and use them as tools in a threatening encounter. Also, as part of the urban weapons program, we show you how to use a bladed weapon or how to defend against the bladed weapon if someone attempts to use one on you.

There are two methods of study through the association. One is the student level which primarily involves studying with a certified instructor or studying virtually through the online video Training Academy on this website. Additionally, the student can also attend one of the many seminars that Coach Baker teaches around the United States annually. The second option is for the Professional Martial Artist that is looking to implement the C-Tac program into their schedule at the Academy. The second option is achieved through the instructor training program.

Turn on any TV, watch the news, and you will see how changes in today’s world and in our culture are creating the need for information and training that exceeds what a regular martial art school or Karate program has to offer. The many benefits of martial arts in our culture have been proven over time and are more than can be mentioned here, but today’s martial arts community simply does not offer the experience, background, or knowledge needed to effectively meet the needs in areas that need more specialized practical applications.  

– Sifu Alan Baker

C-Tac Has Three Phases Of Training Up To The Black Level

 Phase 1 “The Basics”

This phase starts the students’ journey with C-Tac.  They learn the basics of our empty hand defensive tactic method as well as the principle of applying it based on a socially expectable force continuum.  Then begin to learn the principles around gun and knife disarming.  We believe strongly in principle-based education and it is part of our unique educational process.  This process is what sets us apart from others in our field.  In addition, the student starts to develop the mental processes for tactical awareness and tactical environmental placement. 

 Phase 2 “The Car Phase”

The C-Tac vehicle phase is the next exciting step in the training process.  The student will take all the elements learned in phase one and apply them in and around motor vehicles.  From fighting in and around the car to dealing with firearms in the same environment.  The students’ tactical environmental placement is also applied to this as they learn to construct driving routes to and from work and home like a professional perfection agent.  Dealing with choke points, roadblocks, and emergency driving are covered along with counter-surveillance methods.  All firearm training is now trained from concealed carry. 

 Phase 3 “The War Phase”

The third phase of the system is a step up in Senecio training. The study introduces the fundamentals of the dog boxing program. The student will learn to apply previous material under an increased stress level. Along with this, the offensive use of knives and blunt urban weapons are introduced into the mix. We also begin a deeper dive into the Counter grappling and ground fighting program. The student also starts to study the methodology of fighting from an undesired position. 


The C-Tac Combat Blueprint

The C-Tac Combat Blueprint

The Combat Blueprint helps the student to see what he is training in a big pitcher format, it keeps him focused on what the primal human will do in a stressful situation and allows us to organize our training in a more intelligent manner so we may achieve more in less time. The Blueprint also helps keep us focused on the high percentage areas and techniques that will be successful in a violent exchange.

Student Ranking Progression

Each phase is broken down into three levels of rank. These are the reparations that the students follow in the system. This allows for a structured advancement process as well as creates the ability to have organized testing and advancement for your students. 


The C-Tac Acid “Stress” Principle

Start to fill the combat blueprint with the acid of high-stress levels, and the more advanced skills will start to fall apart.  In other words, the more refined motor skills will leave you, so it is essential to choose wisely where you focus your training time to ensure the reactions and skills you need will be there when you need them most.


In Phase three, we begin to take a look at the five different areas of training when you end up on the ground. Currently, the most accepted training method on the ground is grappling. Grappling is an essential skill, but it is absolutely not the only form of combat when someone ends up on the ground. We do take an in-depth look at grappling, but we also take an equal amount of time to study the other available areas. Grappling is not fighting; it is only a small portion of it. We have to consider that we will be placed in hostile environments such as a parking lot, possibly between vehicles. We are not always going to be on a mat. There could be glass on the ground. You may have to apply your skill on a sidewalk while crammed against a wall. You also have to consider protecting your family and the fact that there may be more than one attacker. All of these realities force us to broaden our view of ground fighting. Additionally, this environment changes when you carry a weapon system. When you are armed, it is probably best to avoid grappling if possible and only look at it as a last-ditch option.


C-Tac follows a unique method of instruction when covering the topic of gun disarms. We believe that just learning a list of techniques on this topic does not adequately prepare the individual to deal with this environment. Instead, we strive to approach it from a principal-based study of each of the fundamental requirements for the survival of the disarming process. Approaching this topic with more of a principal-based approach allows the student to get a deeper understanding of what needs to happen. It also allows them to apply the information in various situations. Following this educational process, we believe disarming becomes more of an art than just a few techniques.