Thursday, October 05, 2017
Does your Active Shooter Response Training provide realistic and practical solutions for real-life??

Since the Vegas attack the thought of Active Shooter Response Training has been on everyone’s mind. I have seen a variety of advertisements for such training. In and of itself that isn’t a bad thing and it doesn’t automatically mean that those that are offering Active Shooting Response Training are trying to take advantage of a bad situation. The unfortunate reality is that this type of training has become a necessity in today’s world and there are quality instructors out there that can provide such a service. The better trained and prepared people are to avoid or deal with these types of worst-case scenarios the better their chances of surviving.
That being said, it’s important to understand that training of this nature is like everything else in life. There is good, there is bad, and there is the outright dangerous. If you choose to seek out Active Shooter Response Training, whether for yourself or your organization, it’s in your best interest to make sure that the training you receive will provide you with practical solutions and realistic options within the confines of a worst-case scenario. 

So, what should one look for to ensure that the course or class provides realistic and practical options? Good question! 

Here are some questions to help you come to a conclusion-
-Is the course  based solely on talking / lecture or does it emphasize “hands-on” training? Powerpoint presentations combined with informative lectures are great BUT they DO NOT provide realistic and practical TRAINING! The term training means that you must mentally and physically practice the skills and apply the knowledge during the class. This is usually done through physical drills and realistic scenarios. If the course or class neglects the “hands-on” portion it will not adequately prepare anyone to save themselves or anyone else during an active shooter event.
-Is the course being taught only by law enforcement or military personnel? While this alone isn’t a bad thing it’s very important to note that what law enforcement officers and soldiers are trained to do during scenarios like this is dramatically different than what us civilians should be doing. Often times the instructors forget that they are presenting to civilians and tend to wander into areas that simply don’t apply to civilians. Sometimes they even present techniques and tactics that might work well for armed police and soldiers but may fail miserably for an unarmed civilian. The best instructors will have an equal mix of specialized training from various fields to include law enforcement, military, and the civilian world OR they will co-teach with qualified civilian instructors.
-Does the course include “hands-on” practice of physical survival skills? If so are these self-defense skills very simple and universal for most or are they heavily based on complex martial arts or defensive tactics training? Remember this will likely be a single training course so the skills covered MUST BE simple to learn, easy to remember, and applicable under the extreme stress of a life-threatening situation. They must be high percentage skills, meaning those skills most likely to work for the majority of the people, the majority of the time, and under the majority of similar circumstances. The course should also include methods for getting bystanders to assist and engage the threat when possible as opposed to just teaching individuals to engage the shooter by themselves.
-Does the course cover the physiological aspects of dealing with extreme violence? When faced with a worst-case scenario of this nature we all experience the dreaded adrenal rush. If you aren’t familiar with it or you have no idea how it’s going to affect your ability to function under stress then you are not fully prepared to deal with a worst-case scenario.
-Does the course cover mental preparation (Mind-Set) and it’s relation to surviving extreme violence? The reality is that the Mind-set is often the determining factor for one’s ability to survive worst-case scenarios like an active shooter event. You can learn the best strategies and physical tactics in the world but if you lack the appropriate Mind-Set those skills will be next to useless when violence erupts. If this component is not addressed during the course then sadly the course is not providing realistic solutions for these types of scenarios.
So, if you plan to seek out a course on how to deal with this worst-case scenarios and specifically an active shooter event you can use these questions to guide you in the right direction. Don't be mislead based on who is presenting the course, their background, or the terminology they choose to use.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

FAST Defense Ground Fighting Self-Defense - Kendallville, Indiana June 2016

Assaults can end up on the ground! What would you do if you found yourself on the ground with an armed attacker on top of you? In this FAST Defense Ground Fighting course you will take the next step in learning that fear is an incredible source of power. Using simple techniques combined with the adrenaline rush, students learn how to effectively escape armed assaults that end up on the ground. Learn to escape gun, knife, and stick assaults from the ground using FULL-FORCE strikes to vital areas on the attacker.

What You Will Learn…
Dealing with worst case scenarios such as:
-Fighting off a mounted attacker with a gun to the head
-Fighting off a mounted attacker with a knife to the throat
-Fighting off a mounted attacker thrusting a knife
-Fighting off a mounted attacker swinging a stick
-Fighting from the guard position against an armed attacker

DATE: Saturday June 4, 2016
TIME: 3pm to 6pm
WHERE: ATA Excellence Martial Arts
Kendallville, IN
COST: $50 per person

NRA Refuse To Be A Victim crime prevention & personal safety - Warsaw, Indiana - July 2016

Safety experts agree the single most important step toward ensuring your personal safety is making the conscious decision to…

You stand a much better chance of preventing criminal attack if you develop a safety plan before you need it. That is why the National Rifle Association is offering the Refuse To Be A Victim® crime prevention seminar.

This seminar teaches easy-to-understand methods you can use to increase awareness and prevent criminal confrontation. In just three hours, you will get the tools you need to develop your own personal safety strategy,
including information about:

● The Psychology of the Criminal Mind
● Home & Phone Security
● Automobile & Travel Security
● Personal & Technological Security
● Self-Defense Devices and Training Options
● And more!

DATE: Saturday July 23rd
TIME: 11:00am - 2:00pm
LOCATION: Parkview Warsaw YMCA  Warsaw, Indiana

COST: $30.00 per person

*Pre-registration is required, spaces are limited!

FAST Defense / Stop Assault FAST Self-Defense Course - Warsaw, Indiana June 2016

Stop Assault FAST (FAST Defense Basics)

Award Winning personal safety, self-defense, and empowerment program offered in Indiana for women, men, and teens. Featuring the ABC’s of self-defense including: Awareness, Boundary-Setting, and Core Confidence

The full toolkit of the ABC's of FAST Defense:

-How to recognize the warning signs of attack and avoid threatening situations before they become dangerous
-How to avoid attackers by not looking like a victim
-How to use the power of your voice and body language (most confrontations and assaults can be stopped by a strong voice, good eye contact and body carriage)
-How to find and utilize the power of fear, not be paralyzed by it
-And when all else fails, to protect yourself and your loved ones with simple and effective FULL FORCE techniques to the attacker's vulnerable areas

WHEN: Sunday June 6th- 2016 - 2pm-5pm
WHERE: Warsaw Parkview YMCA- Warsaw, Indiana
COST: $59 per person

Suitable for women, men, and teens ages 13 and older. No previous training or experience necessary.

Pre-registration required. Space is limited.

Group discount for groups of 4 or more.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Stress Shooting Firearm Course - Warsaw, IN - May 28, 2016

STRESS SHOOTING Defensive Handgun

This unique course will hone your defensive shooting skills through realistic interactive scenario-based training. In other words, you will engage other living, moving, aggressive human beings. These interactive scenarios and exercises will prepare you to successfully use your firearm against real threats, not just paper targets. If you carry a gun for personal protection, scenario-based training is a requirement to make sure your skills don't deteriorate under stress.

This empowering course is suitable for men, women, experienced shooters, and even those who have never held a firearm in their life. If you currently carry a firearm for self-defense or have plans to in the future, don't miss this potential life-saving course.

Topics include-
-When to draw your firearm
-Sighted fire vs adrenal stress point shooting
-Verbal deterrence
-Basic movement patterns
-Scenarios against live aggressors
-and more...

Location- Warsaw, Indiana
Date- Saturday May 28, 2016
Time- 11am-3pm
Cost- $125

Clips from the first Stress Shooting course that was held in Indiana-

View some testimonials from participants just like you-

Space is limited. Pre-registration required!

Previous Stress Shooting courses sold out. Don't miss out on this one, reserve you spot ASAP.

FREE Women's Self-Defense / Rape Prevention - Warsaw, IN - Apr 30, 2016

FREE Women's Self-Defense / Rape Prevention

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

In support of this I am offering a FREE 3-hour Women's Self-Defense / Rape Prevention workshop as a service to the community.

Learn simple but effective self-defense skills to help protect yourself from potential assault!

In this 3-hour “hands-on” course, participants will learn:

-The 4 Steps of Personal Safety
-Mentally preparing for violence
-How and when to escape
-Verbal self-defense
-Effective attack-stopping targets
-Simple strikes
-Escaping grabs and holds
-Escaping ground attacks
-and more...

DATE: Saturday April 30
TIME: 11am-2pm
Parkview Warsaw YMCA
Warsaw, Indiana

Suitable for ages 13 and older.
Space is limited! Pre-registration required!

Self-Defense for Knife Attacks - Warsaw, IN - Mar 26, 2016

Self-Defense for Knife Attacks

This simple course is designed to teach participants how to successfully deal with edged weapons assaults... Defend against knives, shanks, broken bottles, and similar weapon attacks! Through the concept of "transference" learn how to use the very same movements to successfully
deal with gun and club attacks as well as unarmed attackers. This unique program is based on simple gross-motor skills that are easy to learn, easy to retain, and easy to use under the stress of a real assault. No fancy or complex martial arts techniques, only effective life-saving skills! This course covers the same material that is taught to law enforcement and security personnel. Suitable for Women, Men, and Teens ages 15 and older.

Topics include:
-Mental preparation
-Body positioning
-Creating distance
-Weapon interception
-Effective strikes
-Finishing tactics
-and more…
*We will also briefly discuss how to effectively deploy a firearm (for those that carry a handgun for personal protection).
When- Saturday March 26
Time- 11am-2pm
Parkview Warsaw YMCA
Warsaw, Indiana
Cost- $50 (group discounts available)
Space is limited! Pre-registration required!

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