Welcome to our Violence Dynamics Vancouver profile series, where you’ll get to know our instructors and event organizers in the leadup to VioDy Vancouver 2017! This week, we’re introducing Cst. John Irving, who does double duty as a force options trainer with the Vancouver Police Department and Valkyrie’s favourite Adjunct Instructor.
Cst. John Irving has been a police Use of Force instructor for over a decade, and currently teaches with the Vancouver Police Department’s Force Options Unit. He designed the Spontaneous Assault and Edged Weapons Defense system, which is now used in police academies in Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia, and has been an integral part of training local law enforcement officers through the Justice Institute of BC and Vancouver’s Tactical Training Centre. Cst. Irving is a TASER Master Instructor, advanced Pistol instructor, Crisis Intervention and De-escalation Instructor, and Tactical Police Performance Instructor. He has been teaching knife defense and knife fighting workshops at Valkyrie Western Martial Arts Assembly since 2016.
Cst. Irving has a knack for making challenging martial concepts simple and approachable, and has been instrumental in making high-quality tactical training accessible to civilians through realistic scenario work. As a police officer with 25 years of service under his belt, his teaching is informed by extensive field experience, and he is constantly improving his methods. Cst. Irving has a unique gift for marrying serious training with a sense of fun, and his easy manner belies a thoughtful dedication to his craft.
He will be teaching the following courses at Violence Dynamics Vancouver:
- Scenarios (Saturday, 2:00-3:00)
- Scenarios (Saturday, 3:00-4:30)
- Scenarios (Saturday, 4:30-6:00)
- Prohibited Weapons (Sunday, 9:00-10:30)
- Knife Defense (Sunday, 10:30-12:30)