Active Response Training was founded by Greg Ellifritz in 2001 as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC). Our primary mission at that time was to provide the most realistic, innovative and effective women’s self defense training available.
Demand for our classes increased and we expanded our course offerings. While we still provide numerous women’s self defense classes, our primary current focus of instruction is in the fields of advanced firearms tactics, the use of edged weapons, and Tactical First Aid.
What differentiates Active Response Training from most training companies is the experience and professionalism of our instructors. All instructors in our organization have the highest level law enforcement and civilian teaching certifications combined with extensive practical experience both operationally and in the classroom.
We have worked with everyone from 85-year old grandmothers to Tier One Special Operations personnel. A partial list of past clients includes:
Columbus Speech and Hearing Center
Ashland KY Gun Club
The Professional Domestic Institute
Alexandria KY Police Department SWAT Team
Columbus Power Equipment
Pickerington, OH Police Department
The Ohio State University
International Security Associates
Edgerton, OH Police Department
Battelle Memorial Institute
When you schedule a class with us, you can rest assured that our instructors will provide the best available instruction regardless of your current abilities or physical limitations.
Active Response Training is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. We do lots of training in Central Ohio , but regularly travel to other locations to teach classes. If the classes currently listed on the website don’t meet your needs, we would be happy to create a training class customized for you or your organization. We currently offer classes in the following subject areas:
Active Shooter Response for Law Enforcement, Citizens or School Staff
Edged Weapon Use and Defense
School and Church Emergency Response Planning
Explosives Awareness and Suicide Bombing Response
Physical Self Defense
Chemical Spray Deterrents
Impact Weapons (Baton, Kubaton, Cane)
Physical Fitness for Combat Athletes and Police Officers
Workplace Violence Response
Force-on-Force Tactical Scenarios
Building Search and Team Tactics
Basic Crime Prevention and Awareness Skills
All Firearms (Handgun, Shotgun, Semiautomatic Rifle, Submachine gun, and Precision Rifle)
Extreme Close Range Shooting/Fighting
Tactical First Aid/Austere Medical Skills
Knife Tactics for Police Officers
Wilderness Survival/Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants
Third-World Travel Safety and Preparations
Glock Handgun and AR-15- Style Rifle Maintenance
We also offer private firearms instruction and classes for families when our schedule allows.
If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a class from Active Response Training, please send us a message by following the “Contact” link from the home page.