Mindset Force Management LLC

About Us

Mindset Force Management LLC was formed in response to requests for advanced instructor development and training in the use of force. Critical thinking, decision making, and stress management are just as important as physical and technical skills. Knowing your abilities before you need them is essential for effective use of force. Mindset Force Management LLC can help you assess and improve your force risk management.


Gerald Takano

Gerald has a BA in Psychology from N.C. State University.  He has over 25 years of law enforcement experience with over 20 years of law enforcement instructing experience.  He is a use of force specialist with law enforcement instructor certifications in firearms, subject control, edged weapons, holds and escapes, weapon retention, and physical fitness for a department of approximately 800 sworn police officers.  He has successfully completed the Force Science Certification as well as the Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths Instructor.  Gerald has Instructor, Technician, and Master Instructor Certifications from TASER International and has conducted extensive research and training with conducted electrical weapons and other use of force areas.  He is 3rd degree black belt instructor level in Kung Fu San Soo with over 30 years of instruction experience in this area.  He is also proud to have served with the 3/504 PIR, 82nd Airborne Division.      

Gerald has designed and implemented user, instructor, and management courses. He is the creator of Branched Force Decision Making and 5-step Clarity/Detail Loop (force narrative writing). He has experience in policy design, risk management, and has served as an expert in law enforcement use of force.

Daniel Nieters 

Daniel is a native of North Carolina and graduated from N.C. State with a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice.  He has over 14 years of law enforcement experience with a single agency of approximately 800 sworn officers.  Daniel holds instructor level certifications in firearms, concealed carry, defensive tactics, weapon retention, Verbal Judo, physical fitness and ground defense.  He specializes in communication skills and use of force articulation for law enforcement professionals.