Hock Hochheim Bio

 W. Hock Hochheim is a former military police patrolman and investigator, a former Texas patrol officer and detective, and former private investigator. During his career, spanning three decades he worked in "line operations" only, and he's investigated more than 1,000 crimes and arrested nearly as many suspects. He has graduated from numerous, national Assault and Violent Death police schools and street survival courses. He also organized protection and security for famous authors, politicians, musicians, TV and movie stars. Over the last 40 years Hock has studied martial arts and hand, stick, knife and gun combatives, earning numerous black belts in multiple systems.

In 1996, Hock founded Force Necessary, a training company that teaches situational, event-based, scenario-based fighting tactics to military, police and citizens. Hock has written prolifically about martial arts, psychology, sports and history in countless magazines and books. He is quoted frequently by experts worldwide. He currently teaches some 30 seminars a year in 13 allied countries.

For more than 15 years, Hock has also authored a very popular blog read by tens of thousands. He is known as an educator, entertaining skeptic, and pioneer, martial, myth-buster by citizens, military, police, and martial arts experts worldwide. You cannot find all these special studies, articles and essays on his blog page as they are collected in book. "Fightin'" Words is a collection of essays and articles by Hock about his life-long, worldwide quest to uncover the best, base-line, fighting tactics, strategies and skill-developing methods. These essays are based on his travel, study and research of the psychology and physicality required to successfully fight criminals and enemy soldiers. The book is about fighting, or "fightin'" since Hock is a Texan and speaks like one. He dissects elements of survival, self-defense, war, crime, martial arts and combat sports. He explores the changing terrain of these systems and how they evolved. And meanwhile, reveals a little martial, history and gossip here too!


The following bio information is organized in three parts:

   1: The Law Enforcement Years

   2: The Martial Arts Years

   3: The Writing Years: Non Fiction and Fiction


 1: The Law Enforcement Years

Hock Hochheim teaches hand to hand combatives to military, police and citizens in high risk professions. 








Hock Hochheim served as an MP in the U.S. military both stateside and in Korea.  He also worked as a police officer and detective for 23 years in Texas working violent crimes and narcotics.  Also during his career he worked as a security guard, doorman, private investigator, body guard and security consultant.

Hock Hochheim organized personal protection for Rudy Giuliani at a Chicago based event.

1973 to 2004. In 1973, W. Hock Hochheim first worked in various security positions, then served in the US Army Military Police as a patrolman and investigator in both General Investigations and M.D.D.S. – The Marijuana and Dangerous Drug Section, in the USA and overseas. Next, he was a Texas patrol officer and a detective for decades.

Then he became a private investigator in the late 1990s, as well as a bodyguard and security consultant for various celebrities and politicians on their tours and business, most notably “America’s Mayor,” Rudy Giuliani. Hock has assisted on various cold case murders. For several years, publicity agents contacted Hock to organize security for celebrities like singers, models, authors, even politicians like former President Jimmy Carter while they promoted new books and music, or made speeches. Hock still advises and helps staff some security projects within the United States.

  – Hock’s Military DD214 Click here

 – Hock’s US Army Basic Training “1 out of 1,1000 Men” award Click here

 – Well over 1,500 felony and misdemeanor arrests.

 – Multiple police commendations.

 Police Schooling Overview

– U. S. Army Military Police Academy 1974 and the Military Police Investigations School 1975
– Texas Police Academy, 1977
– Homicide, Assault and Violent Death schools (almost annually for 16 years)
– Street Survival and Tactical schools and courses
– Theft, Burglary, Fraud/Forgery Investigation school
– Police Patrol Tactics courses
– Rape/Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Investigation courses
– Field Training Officer course (FTO)
– Blood Spatter Expert and other forensics schools
– Multiple Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics courses
– Multiple High Speed Driving/Chase schools
– Pressure Point courses
– Riot and Crowd Control schools
– Gang and Juvenile Crime seminars
– Crime Scene courses Use of Force and Civil Liabilities
– Weapons, Raids and Related Police Combat courses
– Criminal Law schools
– Crime Prevention schools
– Criminal Profiling school

– All police years in Line Operations (“Line Ops” as street patrol officer and case agent, detective). Though served many times as “acting” patrol and detective Sergeant and “acting” lieutenant in patrol duties, Hock never sought promotional tests for management positions because he preferred working the streets as a detective or patrolman. “The higher up you go in police work, the more you get away from the things I really wanted to do. So, I passed on all promotion opportunities. ” – Hock

– Police Academy Instructor While working as a police detective, Hock was also an instructor who taught several days of every rookie class session from 1986 to 1995 on the two subjects of Mechanics of Arrest and Criminal Investigation. Plus, he appeared to teach on variety of other special subjects such as “Finding Missing Persons” and Defensive Tactics. Hock eventually has taught in police academies are far away as South Africa, Germany and Australia.

Hock Hochheim in South West Asia conducting military training for the U.S. armed forces.

  •  Paid consultant for the development of the United Airlines flight attendant defensive tactics  program, implemented October, 2002.
  •  Paid trainer United States Marines
  •  Paid trainer United States Navy
  •  Paid trainer United States Army
  •  Paid trainer United States Air Force
  •  Taught military personnel in several allied countries as a contractor. (For example – photo on right of “Southwest Asia/Middle east” tour of military bases in 2011. )

 Hock Hochheim training our marines in hand to hand combat at Camp Pendleton.– Hock teaching hundreds of Force Recon Marines at Camp Pendleton (he is on the platform to the left). Prior to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Hock was a regular fixture at Pendleton and has also taught in 29 Palms, CA. and Quantico, VA. Marine bases. The wars came along and the troops were shipped off, dramatically reducing training time.


Hock Hochheim teaching hand to hand combat at the U.S. Naval Academy at Anapolis Maryland. – The US Naval Academy. Prior to security and manpower measures before 9-11, Hock use to teach hand, stick, knife and gun combatives twice a year at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. A variety of staff, active duty of all types and cadets attended.


 2: The Martial Years: 1972 to current

Hock Hochheim demonstrating knife grappling on the cover of Black Belt Magazine.


1973 to Present. In 1973, Hock started his study in Ed Parker Kenpo Karate. Since that time he has amassed black belts in Filipino Martial Arts, Kempo, Kajukenbo and Aiki-Jutsu. He was voted (by readers) into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame in 2001. He currently teaches hand, stick, knife and gun combatives in some 40 seminars a year in 12 allied countries.


In 1990s, Hock was a modern pioneer in the integration of hand, stick, knife and gun training, and the use of the term “combatives” which was used by so few back then, but now an over-popular, widespread title today.

  •  3rd Dan Black Belt in GM Ernesto Presas in Filipino Arnis De Mano, directly from the Grandmaster. Awarded the title of Guro, 1st Dan Black “Lakan Isa” in Manila, the Philippines in 1993
  • 2nd Dan Black Belt in Prof. Remy Presas Modern Arnis, directly from the Professor
  • 5th Dan Black Belt in Kajukenbo from Prof. Dean Goldade in the Professor Gaylord Method.
  • 3rd Dan Black Aiki-Jitsu from Dr. Carl Farenalli
  • 7th Dan Black Kempo under Sensei RJ Oak
  • Honorary Krav Maga Instructor, United Krav Maga World Organization
  • Various, lessor rankings and instructorships in other systems of Jujitsu, JKD, Ground fighting, Silat, Inosanto Systems instructors, Apache Knife Fighting, Thai.
Hock Hochheim teaching arnis in the Negroes islands in the Philippines.
Hock Hochheim teaching Arnis in the Negros Islands.


  3: The Writing Years (1978 – present)

Hock Hochheim teaches knife counter knife combatives, impact weapon combatives and combat footwork and maneuvering.

 Hock Hochheim's three action adventue novels, Blood Rust - Death of the China Doll, My Gun is My Passport and Be Bad Now.

  • Blood Rust (2013) – Death of the China Doll – ISBN 9781932113709
  • My Gun is My Passport (2011) (Winner of the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards for best Military Fiction) – ISBN 9781932113389
  • Be Bad Now (2010) – ISBN 9781932113303

Magazine Articles by W. Hock Hochheim

  • American Cop Magazine 2010 – Invading Knifes by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Black Belt January 2007 pages 104-108 – 3 Deadly Myths of Knife Defense by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Kontrolli (Finland publication) March 2006 page 22-26 – Scientific Fighting Congress Espoossa by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Budo March/April 2005, page 42-43 – Choke up the Ribs by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Black Belt March 2005, pages 82–86 – Invading Hands by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Budo March 2005, pages 42–43 – Knife Groundfighting, When Submission Wrestling Habits Can Get You Killed by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Budo January/February 2005, page 25-28 –Pistol Disarming by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Black Belt January 2005, pages 104-108 – 3 Deadly Myths of Knife Defense by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Black Belt July 2004, pages 74–79 – Street Smarts by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Black Belt April 2003, pages 84–89 – The Myth of Dueling by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Budo December 2002, pages 51–54 – Knife Counter/Knife Combatives by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Black Belt May 2001, pages 72–77 – 7 Hard-Hitting Lessons on Close-Quarters Stick Combat by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Security Oz Feb/March 2001, pages 18–20 – Defence Against a Baton by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Black Belt Realty Fighting 2001, pages 18–19 – Counters to Joint Locks by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Black Belt 2000 Buyers Guide Yearbook, pages 105-107 – The Truth is Out There, but Be Careful Who You Believe by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Masters of Combat, Martial Arts Legends July 2000, pages 58–63 – Force/Counter Force Knife Disarming by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Combat Knives January 2000, pages 95–98 – Military Knife Combat by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Blitz Magazine Vol. 14 No. 10, pages 49–51 – Counters to Joint Cranks and Locks by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Blitz Magazine Vol. 14. No. 7, pages 28–30 – Close Quarter Stick Combat by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Blitz Magazine Vol. 13. No. 11 November, pages 93–95 – Get Real by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Security Oz, Issue Number 4, 2000, pages 38–42 – Maintaining the Edge Weapon Defense by John Bigelow (article about W. Hock Hochheim)
  • Blitz Magazine Vol. 13. No. 2, pages 24–30 – Search and Identify Hand to Hand Combat by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Inside Kung-Fu August 1999, pages 64–67 – Combat Folder Tactics – What You Don’t Know Can Get You Killed! by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Black Belt January 1999, pages 104-108 – In search of Modern Hand-to-Hand Combat Training by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Tactical Knives 1998, pages 42–46 – Knife Fighting’s 10 Deadly Sins! by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Treatment Today, Fall 1997, pages 48–49 – Fighting the National Fear Epidemic by W. Hock Hochheim
  • Arnisador, The Journal of Philippines Arts and Culture, 1996, pages 19–21 – Grand Master Remy Presas, The History of Modern Arnis by W. Hock Hochheim

Online Articles by W. Hock Hochheim

Magazine Appearances

Hock Hochheim has appeared on the cover of countless magazines including Black Belt Magazine and Knives Magazine.

  • Combat Network, October 2012
  • Black Belt Magazine, August 2003
  • Forbes Magazine, 2001
  • W. Hock Hochheim was a regular columnist for ILEETA Digest (International Law Enforcement Educators And Trainers Association) 2008–2012

Articles for which W. Hock Hochheim was interviewed

Videos by W. Hock Hochheim Produced by Others

 W. Hock Hochheim Interviews

  • Hock Hochheim’s (2011) Video – Interview with Gun Magazine in Budapest Hungary
  • Appeared on the G. Gordon Liddy show multiple times
  • Others…really, too numerous to mention

Books that Mention Hock Hochheim

 From 2000-2005 Published Close Quarter Combat Magazine, which sold in 23 countries by subscription as well as in all major bookstores and newstands. 


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