Ed’s Manifesto Courses

Counter Custody Entry Level & Weaponology

Cartel Culture & Operations

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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 into the indigenous Méxican criminal culture, from occult practices to endemic modus operandi has lead to him being recognized as one of the world’s preeminent researchers and trainers in the field of personal security that has 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.

Counter Custody Entry Level

Developed by security specialists operating south of the U.S. border where kidnapping and ransom are common.  The Counter Custody Entry Module is a direct and aggressive class designed to help you survive in locations that offer an uncertain degree of safety and little support from official channels.  The intensive curriculum will force you to understand the perspective of the abductor and the experience of the 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.  Students will leave the Counter Custody Entry Module more likely to avoid and survive a criminal assault.  The intensive course will provide high-pressure situation-based training.


The Weaponology Module is an improvised edge & point curriculum adapted from methodologies found in criminal cultures from all over the world. Specifically designed for security professionals, military personnel, and civilians operating in areas and conditions not conducive to the carrying of weapons, this course covers the procurement, manufacturing, concealment, and use of improvised weapons in non-permissive environments. In addition, the Weaponology Module covers movement in urban landscapes and circumventing complex security issues found in many inhospitable areas.

Cartel Culture and Operations (LEO Only)

This is a closed lecture lasting 2 – 3 hours. Providing an informational overview targeted at law enforcement, military, and government personnel. It is intended to provide insight into current trends in criminal cartel culture with tailored insight into criminal methodologies. Participants will walk away with a foundational understanding of criminal cartel motives and operations that can be directly applied to the strategies, tactics, and resources required of law enforcement personnel when moving and or operating in areas of cartel activity. It will also help in identifying, confronting and countering current and developing cartel threats.


July 25th and 26th – Counter Custody Entry Level & Weaponology, July 27th – LEO Only-Cartel Culture & Operations

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