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Safety & Range Safety

Posted on: November 7th, 2013 by admin No Comments


This is the second incident of this nature that I have heard of this year. The first was recored by Jeff Gonzalez of Trident Concepts. The latest incident occurred at Ft Drum here in NY. I am sure there are others we have not heard about.


Some considerations:

1) Range safety is not only WHEN we are shooting. Putting on eye-pro whenever handling firearms and/or ammunition is a good idea, especially when on a range around others.


2) Keep your eyes open, head up and maintain awareness of those around you. I don’t know every member at my range nor do I know their skill level or safety practices and standards. Pay attention to the people around you to make sure you are safe from poor muzzle discipline or worse, remember Chris Kyle.


3) Have medical supplies in your range bag and know how to treat traumatic injury.


4) Have comms close at hand. Most people have a cell phone, however, some go to the range to escape the hustle and bustle of every day life. That is fine, just have comms at hand in case you need some help.


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Practical Awareness & Defense Seminar

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by admin No Comments

Practical Awareness & Defense Options

This 3 hour interactive seminar focuses on recognizing threats in your environment and defining what practical defensive options are available. Not everyone has the time to dedicate to self defense training or a martial art. However, with good awareness combined with verbal and physical distance control skills many situations can be avoided or prevented. Other options such as effective physical defense skills, pepper spray and even small handheld flashlights will also be discussed. These options can be extremely effective at deterring and or stopping an attack. This course is suitable for anyone regardless of age, gender or physical capabilities.

Topics include but are not limited to:

-Violence, Crime & Criminal Analysis
-Personal Defense Mindset
-Environmental, Situation and Personal Awareness
-Your Threat Analysis
-Recognizing Threats & How To Manage Them
-Legalities of Use of Force Overview
-Practical Physical Defense Skills for Anyone
-Alternative Defensive Options
-Skill Demonstration & Drilling

Required Equipment:

-Stable footwear
-Note taking materials


3 hours

*** Contact MDTS today if you would like to host a class at your range or facility. You can come to us in the Mohawk Valley region of N.Y. for one of our Practical Awareness & Defense Options seminars. We have range and classroom facilities available that can accommodate large groups (12+), semi-private (2-4) or private training (1 on 1).

Check the MDTS Course Schedule for a class near you.

I am often critical…

Posted on: October 15th, 2013 by admin 1 Comment
Hey Chris,


My name is Robert I was at the course this past weekend.


I have been involved in self defense for many years, I have trained in many disciplines since I was a kid, about 10 years ago I became involved with RBSD, I have trained in Senshido, Blauer Tactical, Attackproof and many other’s.


So now that you know my experience you can appreciate my comments. This was my first live fire pistol course and I thought it was perfect, it was exactly the introduction a person should have into using a handgun. Your analysis of pre-contact psychology, while brief was right on, I can see you have plenty of experience in adrenaline stress conditioning and response and have done plenty of research on the realities of violence.


I am often very critical of people who claim to be experts in self protection especially when they neglect to address the myriad of things that occurs prior to a confrontation (Preparation, Avoidance, Awareness, Escape, De-escalation). Individuals who only focus on the physicality of violence and the Technic’s are missing out on the strategies and tactics that setup conflict resolutions before they even start.


The fact that you could summarize these things quickly and succinctly showed that you had a high level of understanding in this area. I did catch a few references to NLP/NAC which I thought was pretty cool too, I’m a big fan of communication, I think listening and understand what others are saying is a lost art.


One thing I found especially important was when you briefly discussed associating with the attacker and speaking their language, creating a rapport with them. Most RBSD training looks down on demonstrative behavior during the de-escalation stage (except Geoff Thompson), which may work in many places but I think in New York it’s a little different, I feel like you can always backpedal from being assertive by apologizing but responding to confrontation from timidly sets the tone for the engagement, it creates the predator/prey paradigm where you are on the prey end of things.


Honestly I could go on and on about RBSD but I’m sure I’ve already killed a lot of your time. I could easily point out 100’s of things I enjoyed about your training. However I will finalize with this, in terms of shooting skill, when I first shot the SDR HI, I hit 2 center mass effectively and 2 left of the eye box (temple and check area). After going over sighting, grip and trigger control and the training you provided I witnessed immediate improvement’s. During the draw stroke live fire exercise I was shooting 45 cal bullets through their own holes in the center of the eye box, even the guy Rob and Jeff to my right were complimenting me on how nice the hole was in the paper. A big difference from the first set of exercises where there were many magic marker circles on my paper. So I can point to a direct result of your training and for that I thank you and I’m glad you came down to LI for the day.


Similarly your staff was great, Rob was very helpful and knowledgeable as well, I would also like to mention Tom, he was amazing, he displayed a tough exterior but I noticed him constantly showing high levels of generosity, he offered anything he had from advise to drinks to help out a group of strangers (well half were strangers).


Overall I really associated with your training, it falls in line with a lot of the research I have done myself and I found it to be very accurate. Well I feel like I’ve blown a lot of smoke up your ass, but the truth is most people haven’t done the research and don’t truly understand violence and at a glance I can tell that you have put in the time and I appreciate that.


Thank you,
Robert M., Farmingville NY