August 16, 2016 | No Comments »Posted in Radio Show
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No Soft Targets Radio: Episode 06 with Massad Ayoob & Gail Peppin

Episode 06 with Massad Ayoob & Gail Peppin

July 18, 2016 | No Comments »Posted in Radio Show
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No Soft Targets Radio now on YouTube!!

July 12, 2016 | No Comments »Posted in Radio Show
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No Soft Targets Radio: Episode 05

June 14, 2016 | 1 Comment »Posted in 2016 Training Schedule
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Threat Awareness Workshop (July 16-17, 2016)

Threat Awareness Workshop

EVENT CLOSED FOR REGISTRATION!

The term “situational awareness” has been misused and misapplied by Instructors in the firearms and martial arts industry for decades now. It is typically followed with catchy phrases like, “Keep your head on a swivel” but those courses never really spend time breaking down what you should be doing. We sure spend a lot of time on the philosophy behind it but not a lot of time on the application of it.

This course is intended to change that by looking beyond the ambush and developing our skills to observe and recognize, Pre-Attack Indicators, identify Overt & Covert threat displays, and recognize violent crime as it is developing in front of you, etc. These are real skills we need that could help us to avoid conflict altogether.

The Threat Awareness Workshop is a two-day in-depth training class based on my experiences in the professional bodyguard world (Executive Protection and Dignitary Protection). The course is designed to help civilian’s evaluate their personal day-to-day risk levels and learn how to use that information to have a balanced response plan to threats. Students will learn to identify hostile surveillance and violent threats intent on harming them or their family.

In addition to classroom time, students will participate in a Field Training Exercise (FTX), which will send you through local towns in a real environment with a list of every day tasks they will need to accomplish. During the FTX you will be using your newly developed skills to interact with both real people as well as volunteer actors and instructors doing passive and hostile surveillance on you. Students will be evaluated based on their ability to spot threats, surveillance activities, and their measured plans for risk mitigation.

You’ll learn:

  • Contextual Training 

  • Identifying & Analyzing Risk 

  • Identifying & Mitigating Threats 

  • Stages of Violent Attacks 

  • Nature of Conflict 

  • How we look to bad guys 

  • Hunters Vs. Howlers 

  • Threat Profiling 

  • Awareness & Threat Recognition 

  • Beyond Pre-Attack Indicators
  • Recognizing Hostile Surveillance Activities
  • …and much more!

Who Should Attend?

This class is for EVERYONE. Armed, Unarmed, Professional, or beginner. This class is for anyone that has been threatened or could be threatened by criminals.

Prerequisites

It is recommended that you have successfully completed a counter ambush based defensive firearms course prior to taking this class. This is not a requirement, but rather a recommendation to ensure you get the most out of the class. 

What do you need to bring?

  • Clothing you would normally wear on a day-to-day basis.
  • Concealed carry items (EDC)
  • A vehicle will be needed for the field training exercise (students may carpool during the FTX in groups of up to 4 people). Note: If you would like to make your vehicle available, please let us know at registration.
  • Beverages & Snacks (water, juice, sports drinks; at least (1) quart/liter per day, more in hot weather)
  • Note-taking items (notebook and pens/pencils)
  • A computer or smart-phone is suggested.

What is the Cost?

Registration $250

Fall Creek Valley Conservation Club Members will receive a $10 discount on registration. Contact me at jgideon@nosofttargets.com for the discount code.

Agenda?

Saturday, July 16th, Registration/Check-In from 7:30am to 8:00am

Saturday, July 16th, Classroom/Workshop from 8:00am to 6:00pm

Sunday, July 17th, Field Training Exercise from 8:00am to 5:00pm

Sunday, July 17th, Debriefing & Dinner (Provided) from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

June 14, 2016 | No Comments »Posted in Radio Show
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May 27, 2016 | No Comments »Posted in 2016 Training Schedule
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Summer-Fall 2016 Training Schedule

CLICK HERE FOR THE CURRENT CALENDAR!

Counter Ambush for the Aging & Disabled* (MSRP: $149)

This is a (one) day course that is NOT a high speed/low drag tactical course where you roll around on the floor or shoot police qualifications to test your skills. If you are above the age of 50 or have a physical disability, this class is for you! We will cover the common types of disabilities among our aging population and discuss ways to deal with obstacles you encounter while still responding efficiently in an ambush situation.

Dates:

Signup Coming Soon! E-mail me here to get on the waiting list!

Coming to an ADA compliant range near you soon!!  If you own an ADA compliant range and would like to host this class, contact me at jgideon@nosofttargets.com!

Threat Awareness* Workshop -2 Day (MSRP: $249)

This is a (two) day course open to anyone who wants to make him or herself a harder target. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE A FIREARM TO TAKE THIS CLASS. This class will teach you the detection methods needed to avoid problems before they occur. You will learn how to do a protective security risk assessment, how to detect and avoid threats, cover and evacuate drills, and much more. The final day will include a Field Training Exercise (FTX) where you will be sent on a scavenger hunt through places you would normally go, while being interacted with by hired actors giving off threat queues. A debriefing will follow the FTX to identify areas of improvement.

Dates:

Signup Coming Soon! E-mail me here to get on the waiting list!

If you have access to a classroom area and would like to host this class, contact me at jgideon@nosofttargets.com!

Threat Awareness* Workshop & Range -3 Day (MSRP: $299)

This is the (three) day course that includes everything in the two-day course and adds one day of range time. This class will teach you the detection methods needed to avoid problems before they occur. The range time will cover drills associated with protecting your loved ones while being attacked. In the classroom portion, you will learn how to do a protective security risk assessment, how to detect and avoid threats, cover and evacuate drills, and much more. The final day will include a Field Training Exercise (FTX) where you will be sent on a scavenger hunt through places you would normally go, while being interacted with by hired actors giving off threat queues. A debriefing will follow the FTX to identify areas of improvement.

Dates:

Signup Coming Soon! E-mail me here to get on the waiting list!

If you have access to a classroom with range and would like to host this class, contact me at jgideon@nosofttargets.com!

*Trademark ™ and Registered Copyright © Pending 2016

May 10, 2016 | No Comments »Posted in Radio Show
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No Soft Targets Radio: Episode 03

“In this episode of No Soft Targets Radio, we will speak to a Joe Autera of Vehicle Dynamics Institute about vehicle safety. We talk about what to do if you get stopped by protestors on the Interstate. Then we will end the show by answering a couple listener questions.”

May 4, 2016 | No Comments »Posted in Blog
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Carjacking Awareness & Response Selection (CARS)

This is an excellent article that has been graciously shared to the No Soft Targets audience by Joseph Autera, the President & CEO of Tony Scotti’s Vehicle Dynamics Institute. The information Joe provides can save your life!

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April 12, 2016 | No Comments »Posted in Radio Show
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No Soft Targets Radio: Episode 02

“In this episode of No Soft Targets Radio, we will speak to a Veteran of the Executive Protection industry Elijah Shaw about Packing Tips and Travel Tips. We will talk about the terror attacks in Belgium as it relates to travel, and in our gear review we will discuss REI Trail 40 Backpack. Then we will end the show by answering a couple listener questions.”

April 11, 2016 | No Comments »Posted in Blog
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Guest on Safety Solutions Academy Podcast

I was asked to be a guest on the Safety Solutions Academy Podcast. You can listen to the Interview here: