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Old December 5, 2012, 06:52 PM   #1
Tom Givens
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Trainers/Presenters/Topics, Tactical Conference 2013

Tactical Conference 2013, 1-3 March 2013, Memphis, TN

Registration forms can be downloaded at .

Presenters and Topics

Dr. Gary K. Roberts (Doc GKR on the forums)- Basic Wound Ballistics Overview, classroom

Dr. Troy Miller (M.D.) – Immediate Trauma Care for Fight Injuries (gunshot, stab wounds and similar trauma) classroom

Craig Douglas, “Southnarc”- two blocks
Managing Unknown Contacts (MUC), interactive session, open training area. Deals with the criminal paradigm, pre-fight indicators, positioning, and verbal skills when dealing with unknown contacts on the street.

ShivWorks Experiential Learning Lab: An individual problem solving exercise involving role players and an oppositional component that will test decision making and appropriate application of force. Marking cartridges will be supplied to each attendee. This exercise has a maximum of 12 enrollees and no more, so that each participant may receive maximum training value. The exercise will be videotaped for debriefing.

Steve Moses- Bluff Dale Academy- Setting Up a Church Security Detail, lecture, classroom

Todd Louis Green- LEARN FAST: Goals, Practice Structure, and Performance Tracking, lecture, classroom. Learn how to structure and track your training and practice to maximize your skill building efforts.

Chuck Haggard, Topeka Police Dept.- two topics
Face Eaters, Zombies, and Excited Delirium, lecture, classroom
Response to Active Shooters, lecture, classroom

Spencer Keepers- Refining the Drawstroke, demonstration, explanation and practical exercise with red guns, hands on training area.

William Aprill- TBA, classroom

John Hearne- TBA, classroom

Leslie Buck, Jr.- Edged Weapon Awareness, interactive, open training area

John Farnam- "Modifications in Current Training Methods and curricula, in View of World Events?"

Massad Ayoob- "Lessons learned from recent cases", lecture, classroom

Karl Rehn and Caleb Causey- Force on Force Exercises Utilizing AirSoft Munitions, interactive, open training area

Paul Pawela- Disarming/Retention Techniques for Handguns in CQB

Tom Givens- Defining the Threat, lecture, classroom- How to determine what our students need, given the differences in mission and environment among military, law enforcement and private citizen students.

Greg Ellifritz- “Responding to the Close Range Handgun Threat...Empty Hand Skills for Gunfighters”

Description: In a close range gunfight, a seamless transition between handgun skills and empty hand tactics is necessary. Unfortunately, many accomplished pistol shooters don’t have a background in unarmed fighting and for whatever reason (time, health, fitness, lack of desire) won’t seek additional empty hand training.

This class is designed to bridge the gap between unarmed fighting and pistol shooting for the person with limited empty hand combative skills. We will cover simple, easy to retain movements that work well under stress. In the two-hour block we will discuss and practice how to stop an opponent’s draw, how to draw your own weapon while fighting, how to deflect or disarm your opponent’s weapon, and the mechanics of making a successful contact shot from retention. Simple lethal force hand strikes will also be practiced.

Students should bring a training weapon (blue or red gun) and a quality holster. If no training weapon is available, bring your carry pistol. We will temporarily render the weapon safe so that it cannot chamber live ammunition and use it in the training class. No live ammo/loaded magazines will be allowed in the training area.

Claude Werner- Protecting Your Family, lecture, classroom

“Doc K”- Combat Trauma Care for First Responders, by a serving US Special Forces medic

Rob Pincus-I.C.E. Training, Instructor Training/Program Development, lecture, classroom

Jon Hodoway- Nighthawk Custom Training- Using Modern Technology to Enhance Personal Security, lecture, classroom

Skip Gochenour- American Tactical Shooting Association- TBA, classroom

Shane Gosa- Inpection and Maintenance, Weapons and Support Gear, lecture and demo, classroom

Marty Hayes- Marty Hayes, (Director of the Firearms Academy of Seattle, Inc. and President of the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network) along with Kathy Jackson, (Cornered Cat Training Company) will lead a discussion session on "Establishing Protocols for Safe Range Training." As more and more people get into the business of conducting defensive firearms training, the need to establish some industry standards on how to conduct safe range training is becoming increasingly important. Here is why. In any lawsuit for negligence (or worse) the plaintiffs will first get the opportunity to proffer their experts on range safety protocols, and educate the jury as to what they believe is the industry standard on operating safe range training. In essence, THEY get to establish the industry standard, and then explain to the jury how the respondant (instructor or shooting school director) violated those standards. The instructor will of course have his or her own experts to counter the plaintiff’s assertion, but it will be difficult to accomplish, given the injury to the plaintiff. Consequently, we professional instructors need to establish an industry standard which we can operate under, and then if an incident occurs, we will then have much more power with which to argue our non culpability. Give it some thought, jot down some notes and let’s have a serious discussion and see where this leads to.
In addition, there is a low light match with realistic scenarios and life-like mannequin targets that only fall to solid center chest hits. All training segments, the match, and a prize drawing are included in one entry fee, $289. This event fills well in advance. Go to to download registration forms.
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