NAPPI training started in America in 1977. It was developed in a health care setting as a result of litigation directed against a hospital in Maine that cared for patients with severe Learning Disabilities.
Kurk Lalemand, a qualified martial arts instructor, was asked to design a programme for the management of aggressive patients in a wholly non abusive way.
He quickly came to realise that a martial arts "sport" was an "I win, so you lose" situation, therefore totally inappropriate in the care of vulnerable service users with whom you are trying to develop a therapeutic relationship. From this simple, yet unique, concept the original NAPPI programme was designed and NAPPI Inc. was formed. Over the past thirty years NAPPI has continued to develop into the programme which is currently taught in America, Canada the UK. NAPPI uk Ltd. was formed in 1995 and has the sole franchise to deliver NAPPI training within the UK and has already trained 60,000 people in the unique NAPPI skills.