Friday, May 30, 2014

Handgun Retention Self-Defense in Warsaw, Indiana - June 28, 2014

You have learned to effectively use your handgun in self-defense. Now make sure you can keep an assailant from taking it away and using it against you or someone else. This course covers simple but effective skills that will assist you in maintaining control of your handgun in and out of the holster.

●The importance of Mind-Set and how to develop it
●Choosing appropriate holsters for increased retention
●Retention skills for inside the holster
●Retention skills for outside the holster
●Applying retention skills to other weapons (knife, pepper spray, etc)
●Experience FAST Defense adrenal response drills and technology

DATE: Saturday June 28, 2014

TIME: 10am -1pm

Eagle Creek Firearms
306 Argonne Rd
Warsaw, IN 46580

COST: $40.00

Space is limited! Pre-registration Required!

Call Eagle Creek Firearms (574) 267-2372 or stop by the store to reserve your spot!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

FAST Defense Against Armed Assailants- weapon self-defense in Warsaw, Indiana June 21

This Course Could Save Your Life!!!

In this FAST Weapons Defense Course you will take the next step in learning that fear is an incredible source of power! Although there is never a guarantee, the fact is that people who are trained correctly and determined to fight for their lives usually prevail against armed attackers. Much of this training involves overcoming many of our beliefs and fears concerning weapons as depicted by movies, press, and horror stories of assaults from victims who simply didn’t know better. Students will then practice simple proven techniques and apply them FULL-FORCE against a padded attacker!

Learn simple but effective defenses against:

-Knife to the throat
-Gun to the head
-Rear threats with both knives and guns
-Rear choke attack with a knife

WHEN: Saturday June 21, 2014 - 10am to 1pm
WHERE: Kosciusko Community YMCA
COST: $50

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

Pre-registration required. Space is limited to only 12 participants.

Charlatan "Self-Defense" Instructors (a RANT)

I have been involved in the field of personal safety, self-defense, crime prevention and martial arts for approximately 24 years. I have trained with numerous instructors in various styles, systems, and training methodologies. I have earned numerous black belts and have attained well over a dozen instructor certifications. I have had the privilege of training men, women, teens, and children from all walks of life to include airline personnel and law enforcement officers from around the world. I don't post this to brag as I will be the first to admit that I don’t know it all. I want people to know that I am a perpetual student, always learning and trying to improve the knowledge and skills that I possess, not only for myself but for those I may someday have the privilege of teaching…those that may someday be forced to rely on this knowledge to protect themselves or their loved ones.

As I surf the net I am often angered and agitated by some of the nonsense that I see being passed off under the guise of “self-defense”. Why should I care? What does it matter to me if the charlatans of the world want to take advantage of unsuspecting people that want to learn how to protect themselves? I will tell you why it matters to me...because I was once one of those unsuspecting people. I was taken advantage of by instructors claiming to teach "self-defense". I invested many years in training, travel, as well as hard-earned money into the belief that I was learning to protect myself. Unfortunately, that just wasn't the case. While I was learning to improve myself physically and mentally, it had little to do with my personal safety or the safety of my loved-ones. In fact, most of what I had learned was essentially useless in that respect. Eventually I realized I been brainwashed into believing something that just wasn't true. Fortunately this realization came BEFORE I was forced to find out that what I had been taught most likely wouldn't work in real life and in fact may have even made things worse.

I have spent every moment since learning as much as I can about crime and violence and what people can do to protect themselves. I do this because I despise those that think they can take whatever they want by means of force or the threat of force. I also do this because I despise those that take advantage of people's fears by telling them what they want to hear or by trying to sell them something that likely won't work in order to make a few bucks. I am often blunt about my opinions in this matter. Sometimes I offend people and most often it's those instructors in question. It's not my goal to offend people but I can't stand to watch others be taken advantage of as I once was. I refuse to apologize for that. I am a student and instructor of personal safety because I believe that good people have the right to feel safe and secure in the world they live in. I do this because I feel it's important to provide people with the knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe, so they don't have to rely on others...those that unfortunately can sometimes be unreliable. I do this because there is no better feeling than knowing that someday the information I passed along could ultimately save a life or at the least prevent someone from becoming a victim. I do this because there are already too many people out there passing along misinformation or just downright dangerous material. 

I can never make any guarantees about what I have to offer. I can't tell people that they will be given the be-all-end-all to personal safety. I can't tell people that they will never be forced to face a dangerous or scary situation. I can't tell them that they will be prepared for every conceivable scenario. I can't tell people that I have all of the answers. However, I can make some promises. I can promise that I will to everything I can to make sure that what I pass along to them has been shown to work more often than not. I can promise that if I don't know the answer to a question or a scenario I will do everything I can to acquire that answer from someone that knows better than I. I can promise that I care more about their safety than making a few bucks. I can also promise that I will continue to study, research, and train in order to make sure that what I am passing along will provide those that apply it the best options under the given circumstances that they may be forced to face. The question many of the charlatans of the world can say the same thing?
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Self-Defense Blunders #8 - Pepper Spray Gadgets

I have discussed the pros and cons of various safety-related gadgets and gimmicks before. However, I feel the need to discuss a specific type of gadget that is being shamelessly promoted to women as an effective means of self-defense.
Pepper spray, technically known as Oleoresin Capsicum or OC for short can be an effective tool for self-defense under certain circumstances and IF it’s properly used. Like any defensive tool, there are numerous factors that will determine whether or not pepper spray is effective which is why training is essential. That said, it is still a good tool for those seeking non-lethal options for keeping themselves safe from assault. The problem isn’t the tool itself but the deviant manufacturers and sales people that have turned a decent tool into just another novelty personal safety gadget in order to make a profit.
Over the years manufacturers have offered numerous canister designs for pepper spray ranging from large fire extinguisher style models to compact keychain designs. This essentially provides more options and encourages more people to purchase pepper spray. However, manufacturers are now going to great lengths to create designs that are not only more convenient but more attractive to consumers. This includes the Pepper Spray Ring which has been available for many years and now the more commonly available Pepper Spray Bracelet. These items are worn just like any other form of jewelry but actually conceal small canisters of pepper spray. The keyword there is “small”. The idea is that the convenience of these items will encourage women to wear them regularly thus having a means of self-defense with them at all times. Of course this all makes perfect sense in theory but unfortunately, reality is another story.
As I mentioned before pepper spray has its place and can be an effective defensive tool. However, like other self-defense tools it requires a solid understanding of the strengths and weaknesses. First off, to be effective the tool must be easily accessible. I readily agree that having the spray attached to the finger or wrist would make the tool easily accessible, at least under normal conditions. However, that is the only pro for these novelty gadgets. Where the real issues come into play is the design and size of the containers. In order to make them low profile and convenient to wear the size of the containers must be greatly reduced. Obviously the smaller the container, the less pepper spray the container will hold. The smaller the container, the smaller the nozzle is going to be. The smaller the nozzle, the more difficult it will be to hit the target area of a violently-moving attacker. Starting to see the big picture? The reality is that under the stress of a violent attack it will be difficult to effectively hit the face of the attacker with the spray. Even if you are lucky enough to hit the target on the first shot there is no guarantee that it will immediately incapacitate the attacker. The truth is that you may completely miss the first shot or two until you are able to successfully hone in on the target through visual referencing. Even then it may require several bursts of spray to completely engulf the eyes, not to mention the nose and mouth. While several direct shots MAY slow or incapacitate an attacker, I wouldn’t bet my life on it. That being the case, it only seems logical that the container be large enough to hold the minimum amount of pepper spray needed to effectively hit the desired target and that the nozzle be the appropriate diameter to disperse an accurate and effective dose. It would also only be logical to assume that the pepper spray may not slow or stop the threat and that you may be required to rely on a back-up tool or empty-hand skills to protect yourself.
One other thing that must be considered that is generally overlooked by unaware customers…these devices require the use of BOTH hands to be used effectively against an attacker. While the ring or bracelet is worn on one hand, the other hand must be used to engage the device in order to spray the attacker. What happens when one hand is grabbed or even injured? The sad reality is that this would make these novelty devices completely inoperable.
Obviously the creators of such gadgets have never found themselves facing a violent attack. If they had they would know how chaotic, scary, and messy such attacks can be. There is often little opportunity or the ability to employ fine motor skills such as pulling small pins or pushing small buttons and rarely would a person be able to devote two hands to such an act since they would be too busy fending off or striking the attacker.
If you should choose to carry pepper spray as a defensive option please don’t risk your safety or life with these novelty gadgets. Be sure to seek out proper training first and foremost. Next, take time to choose a container of appropriate size. Basically it should fit your hand and be large enough to hold multiple (at least 4 or 5) large bursts of pepper spray. The button or plunger should be large enough to accommodate your thumb and allow easy deployment with only one hand. Forgo the novelty designs if safety is a true concern. When in doubt stick to the classic container designs that have been in use for nearly 30 years and have been shown to be effective even under duress. 

Steve Zorn, ICPS
Wednesday, January 01, 2014

FAST Defense - Stop Assault FAST Course - Plymouth, Indiana Feb 2014

Stop Assault FAST (FAST Defense Basics)

Award Winning personal safety and empowerment program for women, men, and teens

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

-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
-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)
-To find and utilize the power of your fear, not be paralyzed by it.
-And when all else fails, to protect yourself and your loved ones with simple & effective FULL FORCE techniques to the attacker's vulnerable areas

WHEN: Saturday February 22nd
WHERE: Jana's Gymnastics - Plymouth, IN
COST: $50 per person

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

Pre-registration required. Space is limited.

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Steve Zorn, ICPS
Personal Safety Unlimited

FAST Defense Ground Fighting with Bill Kipp - Warsaw, IN March 2014

FAST Defense Ground Fighting Self-Defense with Bill Kipp

Empowering personal safety program teaches how to fight off an attacker from the ground, with FAST Defense founder Bill Kipp.

Assaults can easily and quickly end up on the ground with the attacker on top of you. Whether you are knocked or pushed down, tripped, or pulled can be a pulse-pounding experience. Turn that fear into power. Learn to harness the power of adrenaline and effectively turn it against the attacker using FULL-FORCE strikes to vital areas along with simple ground escape maneuvers. NOTE: this is NOT wrestling or MMA-style ground fighting. It provides simple skills that anyone can use to escape a ground assault.

The course will address worst case scenarios such as:

-Fighting off a mounted attacker from various positions
-Fighting from the guard position
-5 simple strikes that work in almost any situation
-Power Grappling to use adrenaline to fight for your life

Location- Warsaw, Indiana
Date- Sunday March 30th, 2014
Time- 1pm to 4pm
Cost- $60 per person

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

Pre-registration required. Space is limited.

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See some FAST ground fights in action-

Space is limited. Pre-registration required!
Don't miss out on Bill Kipp's second visit to Warsaw, Indiana!

FAST Defense Stress Shooting Firearm Course- Warsaw, IN March 2014

STRESS SHOOTING Defensive Handgun Level 1 with Bill Kipp

This unique course will hone your defensive shooting skills through realistic interactive scenario-based training. In other words, you will engage other living, moving, and fighting 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 will be the second time this empowering course has been offered in Indiana. It's 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 life-saving course. No firearm experience necessary to attend.

Location- Warsaw, Indiana
Date- Saturday March 29, 2014
Time- 1pm-5pm
Cost- $80

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

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Space is limited. Pre-registration required!

Last time this class sold out. Don't miss out on this one, reserve your spot ASAP.

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