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Taught personally by Massad Ayoob, this one week 40+ hour course of instruction is offered by the Massad Ayoob Group in conjunction with The Firearms Academy of Seattle, Inc. to teach and certify self-defense firearms instructors in the complicated and nuanced discipline of teaching the legalities of use of deadly force in self-defense. Teaching how to shoot is the easy part. Much tougher is teaching people when and when not to use force, including deadly force, in self defense. In addition to learning what to teach and how to present it, students will also learn how to take their expertise to court, to both serve as a material witness for their students, and perhaps an expert witness in other self-defense court cases.

Course content includes:CLE-Class

Justifying use of deadly force in self-defense
Use of non-lethal force in self defense
Understanding the affirmative defense of self-defense
Physiological phenomenon involved in deadly force incidents
Criminal law and self-defense
Dynamics of violent encounters
Mock courtroom exercise
Issues from actual self-defense cases (case studies)
Classroom presentation

Students will be expected to prepare for this class by researching their own state's laws on use of deadly force, along with their own state's case law, and bring this material to class. Additionally, students should be prepared for instruction to go into the early evening if necessary on some days, in order to cover the vast array of material which needs to be covered.

Pre-requisites: Instructor credentials or membership in the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network, Inc.

NOTE: Previous LFI-1, MAG 40 or MAG 20 Classroom students will receive a $200 discount, but must register by phone with the Firearms Academy of Seattle, Inc. (360-978-6100)  to receive the discount. Additionally, members of the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network, Inc. are being offered a $100 discount, and they too must call to receive this discount. (May not combine discounts; we will extend the deepest discount for which student is eligible.)

Class dates: July 27-31, 2015

TUITION: $1,200
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About the instructor: 
Taught in person by Massad Ayoob
A high intensity, four-day, 40-hour immersion course in rules of engagement for armed law-abiding private citizens, emphasizing legal issues, tactical issues, and aftermath management. Classroom topics will include interacting with suspects, witnesses, responding police officers, threat recognition and mind-set, management of social and psychological aftermath after having had to use lethal force in defense of self or others and preparing beforehand for legal repercussions and minimizing exposure to them. Situations in the home, at the place of business, or "on the street" will all be covered.

On the range, livefire instruction is based upon Ayoob's  StressFire handgunning techniques.  After interviewing hundreds of officers who had survived gunfights, Ayoob drew on their experiences, combined with his own extensive research to create a powerful combat handgun system, initially known as the StressFire shooting method. Ayoob's research showed that in life threatening situations, human beings experience profound physical and psychological pressures causing deterioration of fine motor skills, and altering perceptions of time and other sensory inputs. Combining proven shooting techniques with principles from various martial arts styles, StressFire is a system that not only works under the enormous stress of violent encounters but actually feeds off it.

 These techniques are designed to bring out the student's maximum potential for shooting a handgun under stress and to achieve the optimum blend of speed and accuracy.  Students will learn drawing from concealment, two-handed shooting stances, one-handed shooting with either hand, shooting from positions that work from behind cover, speed reloading and more with overall emphasis on fast, accurate shot placement. Training includes completion of a police-style qualification. This instruction is ideal for the shooter who wishes to hone and fine-tune their techniques.  This is not a program for beginners or those new to the handgun; we recommend completion of our Level 2:Defensive Handgun class or equivalent from another reputable firearms training school prior to attending.

Livefire instruction includes--
  • Core Pistol and/or Revolver techniques
  • Emergency reload techniques
  • Several Stances and different grip techniques
  • Shooting with strength and speed
  • Cover positions
  • Shooting at distances from 4 yard to accuracy out to 15 yards
  • Strong hand only as well as weak hand only techniques
  • Alternate sighting techniques for speed and accuracy

Background check must be presented first morning of class.

Prerequisites: Not suitable for beginning shooters; we recommend completion of our Defensive Handgun class or equivalent from reputable instructional resource.

Class Dates: July 23-26, 2015

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About the instructor: 
The DTI Defensive Handgun Course is designed to prepare the responsible, adult gun owner to handle, maintain, safely store, and use their firearm safely, responsibly, correctly, and effectively, so that they are able to successfully handle nearly any personal protection situation.

An increasing number of people are seeking to improve their defensive shooting skills and expand their knowledge about the use of firearms for personal protection.
Here in the United States, many states are currently expanding access to concealed carry permits. DTI classes offer permit holders and those who are considering applying for a permit an opportunity to learn how to properly and safely carry a concealed handgun and to understand the laws regarding the use of lethal force for personal protection.

The course will consist of classroom lecture/demonstration and live-fire exercises on the range.Farnam

Classroom instruction includes:
Situation Awareness
Threat Evaluation
The Force Continuum
Courtroom Savvy
The Physio/Psychological Aspects of Lethal Encounters

Live-fire exercises on the range include:
Threat evaluation
Risk identification and reduction
Lethal threat containment and management
Precision shooting
Discretionary shooting
Low-light shooting (with and without a flashlight)
Cover and movement
Performing under stress
Tactical training is conducted in a realistic manner, stressing correct use of cover, movement, challenges, and other important individual tactics. In addition, students will practice close and extremely close encounters and weapon control.
This two day course is usually offered on a weekend with a low light shooting session at the end of the first day.

Full equipment list under the Read More link.

Class Date: March 21-22, 2015-Sorry! Class Full
About the instructor: 
John S. Farnam, president of Defensive Training International, is one of the top handgun instructors in the world. He has personally trained thousands of federal, state and local law enforcement personnel, as well as non-police, in the serious use of firearms. In addition, he has authored four books on the subject -- The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning, The Farnam Method of Defensive Shotgun and Rifle Shooting, The Street Smart Gun Book, and Guns & Warriors - DTI Quips Volume 1.

In June of 1996, John was selected by his peers to receive the renowned Tactical Advocate of the Year award from the National Tactical Association. In April of 2009, he was inducted into Black Belt Magazine's Living Legends.

Vicki L. Farnam, teaching with her husband, John, has developed a powerful program for helping male instructors to be effective with female students. This controversial subject has brought Vicki into contact with many federal enforcement agencies as well as others on state and local levels. Her success has been phenomenal, and she is changing the thinking of the training industry worldwide. Her books, Teaching Women to Shoot: A Law Enforcement Instructor's Guide, and Women Learning to Shoot: A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers, are widely regarded as authoritative texts on the subject.

Each year John and Vicki travel around the world teaching the latest concepts in defensive marksmanship and tactics.



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