KY public schools to stop use of Aikido Control Training

KY public schools to stop use of Aikido Control Training
Published: Aug. 5, 2016 at 2:11 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2016 at 3:47 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - When students in Kentucky go back to school there will be a change. No longer are public schools in the state allowed to use the physical restraints known as Aikido Control Training, or ACT.
Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt sent an email to every superintendent in the state. It instructs all 173 districts, effective immediately, to stop the use of Aikido Control Training.

That's because state regulations do not allow physical restraints to put a student in a prone position (with the face down) or supine position (with the face up.)

"I think (Pruitt) was misinformed or maybe didn't understand," ACT master instructor Ron Boyd said.
Boyd said ACT puts the attacker off balance. While some moves lead to prone or supine positions, he knows that's against state policy and that wasn't trained in Kentucky school districts.

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Boyd said ACT is not related to the martial arts of Aikido.

"No hits, kicks, throws, nothing like that," Boyd said.
Boyd said since 1981 ACT has been taught in 23 states and as far as he knows it has not lead to any injuries.

Jefferson County Public School officials said as of last year Breckinridge Metro was the only school still using ACT. That's a school for students needing behavioral support or who have been in the juvenile justice system. JCPS said the district is now using the restraint program Safe Crisis Management.

Prior to that, ACT was used at Buechel Metro before it merged with Kennedy Metro and became Minor Daniels.

Also in the e-mail, Pruitt asks that all districts inform the state of the restraint program that is used and its current policy pertaining to restraints and seclusions by Tuesday, Aug. 9.
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