Introducing Shinaido and
Subject Control and Combative Systems
Subject Control and Combative Systems is the training system
developed by me for our consulting company which delivers
training across the full Use of Force Continuum for professionals and civilians alike.
I, Philip (Plib) Bradley, developed both when I saw the need for
a training company and a training system that would provide
effective use of force applications for professionals or
I came to Canada from Londonderry (Derry) Northern Ireland
at the height of what Ireland called "the troubles" in December
of 1972. At that time Derry was seeing a bomb a day and three
riots every two weeks. Sixteen years old at the time, I had
already spent most of my life in harm's way and was a trained
Master Instructor in Celtic Combative Systems with a wealth of applied experience on the streets of Derry
city and elsewhere.
I was trained in a traditional family combat system that
included hand to hand, stick, and knife combatives. I was also adept with small arms and explosives, primarily homemade and
specializing in anti-handling devices. I have since taught
bomb courses in Canada which were well received by law
enforcement, emergency services, and municipal authorities
I was also introduced to Judo while in Ireland by a
neighbour and friend. Since coming to Canada, I have
studied a number of systems, gaining advanced black belt
standing in a variety of arts. Today I limit myself to
teaching professional use of force, defensive tactics,
Ju Jutsu, and Celtic Combatives.
Following a career in Correctional Services I was painfully
aware of the limitations and failures of both martial arts
and departmental training methods for those professionals
whose work placed them in harm's way. I was determined to
provide people with the tools they needed to do the job
legally, effectively, and with the greatest likelihood of
safety for all parties.
So, together with my wife, Charlene,
we formed a training and consulting company.
In our Ju Jutsu the name "Shinaido" came from one of my 8th Degree Black Belt
instructors in Ju Jutsu who's pet name for me was "Shinai".
Like most Japanese words, this one has a multitude of meanings.
The explanation he offered me was that I exemplified belief
and love both for people and for the arts I practiced. Also,
a "shinai" is a bamboo cane, one of the uses of which was to
assist with discipline within the dojo setting and he often used
me as his "enforcer"/disciplinarian.
He encouraged me to give a different name to the Ju Jutsu I did as
it differed over time from what he originally taught me. Owing to
my exposure to so many other arts and to my tendency to make what
I did "street relevant".
We have called our Ju Jutsu, Shinaido...or the "way of belief and love", as a way of remembering him and honouring our time together.
Different Training for Different Purposes
The training system we developed and now call Subject Control
and Combative Systems was done in an effort to address the
realities that different people in different circumstances
do indeed require different training.
Thus, self defense basically is for anybody to protect
themselves in an assaultive incident. Defensive Tactics and
Subject Control are primarily intended for professional use
of force applications where subject control or containment are
the issues and where normally a variety of tools of the trade
can be employed that may or may not be available in a purely
self defense situation.
Combatives are designed for high end use of force applications
where professional or otherwise, the practitioner is concerned,
even fears, for their life or well being. Thus the levels of
force and the mind set for each training modality is very
Understanding this basic reality is the first requirement in
establishing which type of training you require in your
Now, what qualifies me as a trainer, let alone a system
originator? Well, the answer to that is lengthy enough
to require it's own page and probably best answered by
viewing my complete
Curriculum Vita and Biography
Meanwhile, our Subject Control and Combative Systems
provides legal and effective training that ranges from
disengagement tactics through the Use of Force Continuum
to include Subject Control techniques, handcuffing/restraint
applications, impact tool applications, police style
Ju Jutsu training, and training in the traditional Celtic
Combatives for hand, stick, and knife systems.
As we develop pages on each of these areas within this website,
we will mark them as contextual links and you can pursue your
specific area of interest without having to wade through
materials that may or may not interest you.
Of course you're always welcome, even encouraged to browse. :)
Use of Force
Celtic Combative Systems
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