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!
Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
(7:30 PM-9:30 PM)
"Open-Handed and Tactical Pen Defense"
Northside Training Acadami
6833 Warner Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Prerequisites: None. This class is geared for everyone 14 years of age and older. Even though we will discuss implications of the drills for those who have CCW permits and we'll use plastic training guns for those that do, all of the skills are applicable for general self-defense. In other other words, we also invite your non-gun carrying friends and teenagers (under 18 must be accompanied by a parent).
Fitness Level: Average. You should have full range of motion in order to participate in all the drills without injury, but you can sit out on anything that may be beyond your physical limits. Strikes are simulated.
Materials Needed: Roomy Levis, shorts, or yoga leggings are fine. Shoes are irrelevant since we'll be barefoot on the mats.
Goals: The majority of the skills needed to be a responsible and effective concealed weapon permit holder don't involve the direct use of your firearm at all. Indisputably, your safety in most of the dangerous situations you may encounter will depend on your ability to foresee warning signs, avoid conflict, and use non-lethal means to escape. Over reliance on your firearm to get you out of trouble may actually place you in greater danger and could result in legal ramifications if you don't have sufficient justification. Or maybe carrying a gun with a CCW permit is not available to you or not something you wish to currently pursue. Having some open-handed defense skills is crucial preparedness for everyone whether you carry a legal firearm or not.
Our class will begin with a discussion on situational awareness, criminal tactics and tricks, pre-attack indicators, the science of distractions, and simplifying your defense plan. After a warm-up, we'll then transition into hands-on practice of breaking restraint holds, creating distance and speeding up your reaction time, effective strikes and blocks, and the use of striking objects. Most drills will be from a standing position. A later class will focus on ground defense. Specifically, we'll practice strikes with tactical pens which are legal to possess and have ready in your hand at the first sign of risk. Finally, we'll put it all together with some scenario training where we'll role play various encounters.
This class will cover a lot of information and drills you should continue practicing at home. The focus of the course is not to win street fights, grapple opponents to submission, or score tournament points. The goal plain and simple is SURVIVAL. Disable the attacker and get out.
Max Class Size: 15
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