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Tactical First Aid and “System Collapse” Medicine


Teaching “System Collapse” wound closure techniques


This hands-on class will develop proficiency in basic battlefield medical techniques utilizing the military’s latest “Tactical Combat Casualty Care” protocols.

Students will learn to stop traumatic bleeding from gunshot and knife wounds using the latest pressure bandages, tourniquets, and hemostatic agents.  Self care and care under fire will also be addressed.

Students will also learn simple patient assessment techniques, how to treat a sucking chest wound and tension pneumothorax as well as field fracture immobilization and expedient c-spine immobilization.  Options for assuring clear airways (including improvised surgical airways) will be practiced.

In addition, students will learn how to treat themselves and families in the event of a long-term breakdown in our current medical system.  Wound cleaning and disinfection under field conditions, injection of local anesthesia and wound closure (including minor suturing) will be practiced in our “trauma lab”.  If time permits, students will integrate all of these skills in several practical scenarios.

Information about what types of drugs to stockpile for natural disasters or a collapse in the health care system will be discussed, along with methods for legally acquiring those pharmaceuticals.  The instructor will also discuss what items should be included in a comprehensive medical kit and how to improvise those items in an austere environment.

Class Length: 1-2 Days



Tactical Handgun Level 1

This is the next logical step for those who have taken a basic concealed carry class (or the equivalent) and are looking to refine your skills and practice in a more realistic context. The course will cover:
– Advanced trigger control concepts
– Drawing the weapon from concealment
– Tactical Marksmanship
– Malfunction clearances
– Shooting while moving
– Proper use of cover
Equipment requirements:
– Reliable firearm and 2 extra magazines/speedloaders
– Quality belt holster that is sturdy enough to allow one-handed reholstering
– Eye and ear protection
– 300 rounds of ammunition
Prerequisites- Basic handgun training class (CCW, NRA, or the equivalent). You must know how to operate your gun!


Class length: 1 day




Greg in the padded suit working a full contact groundfighting scenario with a student


Combat experience shows that the majority of both civilian and law enforcement defensive encounters end up with one or both parties fighting from the ground.  Acknowledging this fact, Active Response Training offers an innovative ground defense class.  This ground combative system will allow you to learn the skills necessary to defend yourself in the worst case scenario when a violent criminal forces you to the ground.  This is not a sport Jiu Jitsu or wrestling class.  Students will learn simple, effective combat techniques that will allow them to overwhelm their adversaries and facilitate a rapid escape.

Topics covered include: ground defense positions, kicking and striking from the ground, empty hand lethal force techniques, escaping from the mount and guard positions, and choke defenses.  Students will also learn how to deploy edged weapons from a grounded position and how to defend against both firearms and edged weapons on the ground.

Class Length: From 4 hours to 3 days depending on material covered.




“The Explosive Threat: Recognizing, Detecting, and Neutralizing the Terrorist Bomber”

ANFO/Sheet Explosive Bomb Constructed in one of Greg’s training classes


Do some research on terrorist and active shooter events both domestically and worldwide.  There is a growing trend.  Terrorists and Active Shooters use bombs to increase their body count.

Did you know that majority of terrorist events that have occurred in the United States have been bombings?  Did you know that many of the more famous active shooter events also involved bombs?  This trend is only likely to increase as terrorists implement the expertise and tactics they have learned on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.  In today’s ever-hostile environment, knowledge about explosive devices has become critical for both police officers and aware citizens.

In this 4-hour class you will learn about:

–          Basic explosive characteristics

–          Terrorist Bomb Designs

–          Improvised Explosive Devices

–          How to search a building or vehicle for bombs

–          Response tactics for dealing with a suicide bomber

–          A de-brief of recent terrorist bombing incidents

–          Safe standoff and evacuation distances

–          How active shooters add to their body count with bombs

–          How to recognize precursor chemicals used to make homemade bombs

–          How to avoid secondary devices

–          Tactics of the Terrorist Bomber

The class will be a combination of lecture, video analysis, and group practical exercises.  You will see video of numerous actual bombing incidents for debriefing.  Additionally, video of individual detonations of each type of commonly-used explosive will be shown.  After the lecture/video de-brief we will conduct some group practical scenario training exercises (bomb searches and dealing with suicide bombers) to further reinforce the knowledge you’ve obtained.

Class Length: 4 hours


Extreme Close Quarters Gunfighting


A student practicing shooting from a retention position in an extreme close quarters shooting class



The skills you learned on the target shooting range or in your CCW class may not work for you when the fight happens within arms’ reach.  Extreme close range gun fighting is a completely different skill set, one that relies far more on FIGHTING than on mere shooting.

With up to 50% of gunfights occurring at ranges closer than five feet, you need this skill set!  Join Greg Ellifritz as he teaches a dynamic close quarters gun fighting class that will cover the following topics:

– Retention Shooting Positions

– Body positioning and shooting stances for the close quarters fight

– In-fight weapons access and drawing skills

– Stopping and opponent’s draw

– Making contact shots without creating malfunctions

– Close quarters gun disarms

– One handed close quarters malfunction drills

– Using the pistol as an impact weapon

– Drawing and shooting from unconventional positions

– Weapons access and gun fighting from the ground

– Rescuing a partner or family member who is in an opponent’s clinch

– Weapons retention, both in holster and in hand

– and numerous other techniques!

This is not the class for a beginning shooter!  Proper gun handling skills and evidence of prior training is a prerequisite for the course.  Prior training in a combative martial art or police defensive tactics class will be useful, but not required.  The class will be somewhat physically demanding, so please show up expecting to work hard.

Length- 4 hours- 2 days depending on material covered



 Law Enforcement Defensive Knife Course


Student draws knife, opens it, and slashes the balloon while being timed with a shot timer


This class will present officers with the skills they need to effectively utilize a folding or fixed blade knife as a defensive tool in a lethal force assault.  Contrary to most knife defense programs, this class is designed  by active police officers to address the realistic situations that law enforcement professionals are likely to face.  The class will introduce simple, effective movements that are easy to learn, court defensible, and work well under stress.  Topics covered will include knife selection, carry locations, policy concerns, legal issues, deploying the knife, responses to life threatening physical assaults, and techniques for weapon retention.  The class will utilize a fast-paced combination of live cutting drills and force on force scenarios using training knives to ensure that students rapidly gain a high level of proficiency.

Length: 2 hours – 2 days


Knife Skills for Concealed Carry


The Basic Knife Skills for Concealed Carry class is an introductory course designed to give people who normally carry a concealed pistol an alternate defense option if they venture into areas where carrying their pistols is illegal or impractical.

Topics covered will include:

• Choosing a defensive knife
• Carry locations
• Drawing and opening the folding knife under stress
• Basic cutting angles and targets
• The three ways to use a knife to stop an attack
• Escaping life-threatening physical attacks with a knife
• Transitioning between knife and pistol
• Weapon retention using the knife
The class will not be knife specific. Both fixed and folding blade training knives will be provided by the instructor. All ages and fitness levels will be accommodated.


Length- 2 hours to one day


 Mini-Baton and Pepper Spray Class


Students practicing in one of Greg’s Baton Courses


This one-day class teaches students the skills they need to bridge the gap between empty hand and lethal force responses.  Topics covered will be :

–          Selection of chemical irritants

–          Formulations and delivery systems

–          Acquisition and deployment of chemical sprays

–          Decontamination procedures

–          Striking with the mini baton

–          Pressure point baton controls

–          Escaping common grabs and holds using the baton


This class is suitable for anyone, regardless of age or physical conditioning.  It will be a combination of lecture, practical exercises, and optional force-on-force simulations.  Students will not be sprayed with chemical irritants!

This is an ideal class for citizens who are unable to carry a firearm in some locations or for law enforcement officers looking to improve their less-lethal skills.  All students will be provided with their own mini batons and inert chemical irritant spray containers.