The Southern California Defense League is our solution for an affordable advanced CCW and tactical defense training program. Often times, the only advanced classes available for those recently obtaining their CCW permits are expensive classes that span several days long. While we also offer such classes, we've found that most people don't have the finances to spend thousands of dollars at once or take that much time off of work. Those who've taken our CCW courses know that we stress the importance of perpetual training. Handgun defense techniques are perishable skills. Should the need ever arise to use your gun in self-defense, you owe it to yourself, your loved ones, and the general public to be the safest, most responsible, and effective as you possibly can. Using the analogy we often cite in class, "As sheepdogs who have taken on the duty to help provide for your own safety and well-being, you don't have the luxury of forewarning to know when the wolf will appear. Preparedness happens yesterday."
How long are the classes?
With Defense League, you're joining in on the exact same quality and variety of drill practice as you would at police academy or civilian courses lasting multiple days. In contrast however, we focus on just two to three skills at a time taught over one to two-hour sessions. This helps facilitate memory retention and keeps the classes extremely affordable.
What's the cost and how often are classes held?
Instead of spending thousands of dollars for a several day course, we aim to keep the rates between $25-$45 per class. League classes take place once (sometimes twice) a month, depending on the level of interest. That’s dirt cheap! Most range fees alone are $15-$20, but we’ll almost always include your range fee in the price because we want to see as many people as possible receive advanced training. Although we call this a “league” or “club”, there are no membership fees. You’re welcome to attend any or all classes you find interesting and useful. Due to range and classroom rental overhead, we only ask that you preregister so we can track minimum and maximum class sizes.
Are there any prerequisites?
Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you’ve been a previous student of Hansen Firearms Training or not. There are prerequisites for some classes however. We’ll be learning highly advanced techniques that will require each league member demonstrate a level of competence through participation in previous classes for certain courses such as live fire drawing from the holster, hip shooting, move and shoot, etc. Some of the classes are also quite physical. We won’t be doing intense circuit training, but you’ll need to know your own physical limitations and ask questions beforehand if you have concerns about a certain class. Please contact us if you have questions about demonstrating levels of proficiency or if you're concerned about the intensity level of any particular class.
Where are the classes held and what skills do we practice?
On some evenings we work out of a martial arts studio in Huntington Beach, practicing such things as weapon disarmament, arrest techniques, and room clearing. On other evenings, we use an indoor range in Orange, an outdoor range in Corona for our live fire courses, and an indoor warehouse for Simunition scenario training.
One of our primary focuses is scenario-based training. We want league members to feel that the skills we practice are directly applicable to realistic scenarios that they're most likely to encounter. As best we can, we simulate stress and some conditions of a real encounter while maintaining a safe training environment. Take a look at some of the topics and scenarios we instruct and contact us with any questions!
Friday, October 16th, 2020
(6:00 PM-7:30 PM)
"STOP THE BLEED ® Life Saving Bleed Control Skills"
Zee Medical Services
16631 Burke Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Fitness Level: We will be doing some practical hands-on skills such as applying tourniquets and wound compresses. We encourage everyone to participate with the hands-on demonstrations as they are able, but there is no specific fitness level required to perform these skills.
Materials Needed: Masks are requested for the skills performed in closer contact to each other. Nitrile or vinyl gloves will be provided for those who do not have their own.
Goals: The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the ACS Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) endorse and have set the standard for the nationwide STOP THE BLEED® campaign. Over 1,000,000 people have been trained through the program which has helped save countless lives. Significant bleeding incidents can occur anywhere and at anytime in everyday life (traffic collisions, industrial accidents, slips and falls, in the aftermath of natural disasters, and as the result of deliberate violence from gunshot, knife, and other wounds). Knowing how to stop critical blood loss is imperative when seconds count. This class will cover the official curriculum set forth by the StoptheBleed.org program. The skills of tourniquet use, wound packing, and direct pressure will be practiced. Discussion of when and where to apply each technique will be covered. Various first aid supplies and recommendations will also be demonstrated. For those who would like an official certificate of completion, those can be emailed to you electronically after the course.
This class is open to the general public. As most of our classes pertain specifically to topics related to firearms training and use, this curriculum will be more general. While we will discuss some tactical considerations when responding to emergencies, the information in this course can be applied by any layperson without any prior experience. The STOP THE BLEED instruction will last approximately 90 minutes or less. The cost of $20 goes to help offset the expense of class supplies. We are able to accommodate about 20 people so don't delay signing up.
For those interested in staying around for another 20 minutes, we have a separate and unrelated segment that will follow where we've invited a representative from the USCCA (U.S. Concealed Carry Association) to come speak to us about the aftermath of a shooting and what can be expected as far as financial incursions, liabilities, and options for self-defense insurance. Our speaker will also be available for Q&A.
Max Class Size: 20 (sign-up below)