Whether abroad or at home, we increasingly find ourselves in environments that favor the adversary. Corrupt and non-permissive environments challenge our security in ways not addressed by traditional defensive training, often leaving the criminals armed and the citizens vulnerable. To address these threats, we must learn to operate from the criminal’s perspective.

Developed by security specialists operating south of the US border where kidnapping and ransom are common, the Counter Custody Entry Module is a direct and aggressive system designed to help you survive in locations that offer an uncertain degree of safety and little support from official channels. The intensive counter custody curriculum will force you to understand the perspective of the abductor and the experience of an abductee through high-pressure, situation-based training.

Students will learn to observe, identify and overcome the tactics of assault and abduction, with limited resources, tools or support. From improvised weapons to the garrote, evading pursuit to confronting multiple opponents, students will leave Counter Custody more likely to avoid and survive criminal assault.

This intensive course will provide high-pressure situation-based training.

  • Pre-Abduction Indicators
  • Anatomy of an Abduction
  • The Abductee Experience
  • Surviving an Abduction
  • Specifics of Movement in a Non-Permissive Environment
  • Escapology Tools and Techniques
  • Concealment of Escape Tools
  • Improvised and Edged Weapons
  • On-Site Tool Procurement
  • Physical Egress and Evasion
  • Evolutions


For over a decade Ed Calderon worked in the fields of counter narcotics, organized crime investigation, and public safety in the northern-border region of Mexico. During this period he also coordinated and worked executive protection details for high-level government officials and visiting dignitaries — often in some of the most dangerous parts of the country.

Ed Calderon’s study in to the indigenous Méxican criminal culture, from occult practices to endemic modus operandi have lead him to be recognized as one of the worlds preeminent researchers and trainers in the field of personal security that have come out of Mexico. Ed has had the privilege of sharing his expertise with members of federal law enforcement agencies, Navy SEALS, Indonesian Kapaska, Mexican GAFE, Mexican and United States intelligence service agents, and members of special forces groups from all over the world.

Currently, Ed travels North America doing security consulting and conducting seminars and private training courses in anti-abduction, escapology, unarmed combat, region specific executive protection work and unconventional edged weapons work. He is also a Chief Curriculum Advisor for Libre Fighting Systems and the Regional Director of Libre Fighting Systems in Mexico and a founding member of the Calidus Collective.


Tempe Arizona – Weaponology

Do you work in a place that prohibits you from carrying a weapon? Do you travel to areas where guns, or even knives, are illegal? Have you ever looked around the room and thought, “what could I use to defend myself?”

Ed from Ed’s Manifesto is coming to Temple Arizona to teach his two day Weaponology class on July 8 – 9, 2017. Ed is a security specialist and combatives instructor with over 10 years’ experience in public safety along the northern border area of Mexico. He runs seminars and private training specific to anti-abduction, escapology, free hand and unconventional edged weapons work.

The cost of this 2-day course is $200. Each day will consist of 6 hours of instruction and hands-on applications of weapons in a Non-Permissive Environment (NPE).


This is a two day immersive mixed skills class that will cover specific skillsets Ed teaches to people moving in Non-Permissive Environments (NPE) where the tools are minimal and the threats are high.

Students will learn how to use and/or make weapons such as:

improvised pointed weapons
improvised edged weapons
and more.


None, but this will be a physical class. Please contact me if you have concerns about pre-existing injuries and consult your doctor before signing up.

What to Bring:

Normal street clothes
Note-taking supplies
Water / beverages
If applicable, training versions of knives or impact weapons
Eye protection (optional)
A more complete list will be sent privately to paid attendees.

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Mexican Criminal Occult Praxis

There is a growing movement within the indigenous criminal cultures of Mexico that is rapidly finding its way into the United States. Members of drug cartels and powerful organized crime syndicates are turning in droves to non-canonized “folk saints” for protection and guidance in their unlawful pursuits. 
Shrouded in mystery, with secrets carefully guarded by its followers, Santa Muerte has become the most recognizable patron saint associated with criminals south of the border. Considered by some to be the fastest growing religion in the world, the history and development of the cult of Santa Muerte has been the subject of much speculation and conjecture.

A complex and multifaceted religious movement, Santa Muerte is steeped in occult ritual and symbolism that stems from a multitude of cultures and sources. Those truly devoted to this practice rarely share what they know with outsiders, and this reality has lead to many so-called “experts” trying to fill in the gaps with misinformation gleaned from unreliable sources. 
Having worked in law enforcement and security operations in Northern Mexico for over a decade, Ed Calderon has painstakingly peeled back the layers of this cult. Not only has he seen the realities of the criminal worship of Santa Muerte and other nefarious “folk saints” first hand in it’s homeland, but he has also spent years conducting independent research into its practice, speaking with devotees first hand and learning about elements of Santa Muerte that are almost always exclusively reserved for its most devoted followers. 
Santa Muerte is quickly gaining traction within the United Staes and finding its way into the hands of criminals in our country. As Santa Muerte becomes more and more prevalent within our criminal culture, understanding its practice and the psychology of its followers is becoming imperative for our law enforcement agencies and security professionals. 
Topics covered will include:
-The correlation between criminal groups and fringe religious/cult beliefs
-The study of criminal-specific saints and “folk saints” such as Santa Muerte, Saint Malverde, and Saint Juan Soldado
-In depth analysis of symbology, body art, and criminal use of religious iconography
-Occult practices and how they manifest in various public acts of violence by criminal groups
-Personal accounts of experiences with these criminal groups and their cult practices