Firearms Instruction Research and Education

Contact Distance Defense

March 21 - 22, 2009
Saturday and Sunday
Pittsburgh, PA

There is no defensive firearm technique that will effectively protect an individual from a lunging or charging attack, at conversational distance, by one armed with an contact weapon (knife, tire-iron, broken bottle, screwdriver, baseball bat, etc.). Even skilled gun handlers are unable to draw and fire in the second it takes for an attacker to close from six or eight feet, and in any case even a mortally wounded assailant will still be able to close with his victim and inflict serious injury before he falls Therefore, to effectively cope with such an attack, one must have the ability to exert at least temporary control over the attacker in order to avoid him, subdue him or preparatory to bringing a firearm to bear. There are practical and effective means to achieve such control in the opening seconds of a sudden, contact weapon altercation.

This course is a two-day, first-level course covering the basic concepts, movement and tactics that go into any successful defense in the opening moments of a violent, contact-distance assault. The course will provide training in weaponless defense against sudden assaults with contact weapons, in order to buy the timeto deploy a firearm or escape, and is intended as an adjunct to firearms training for both law enforcement and private citizens. This is not martial arts training. Rather, it is a "blueprint" of a strategy of avoiding crippling injury long enough to gain control of a situation.

This program is based upon the system developed by Steve Tarani and the Operational Skills Group, combining familiar body movements with specialized principles. Both instructors in this course have been trained by Mr. Tarani personally, and offer this course with his knowledge and approval. Five specific exercises are used to develop an understanding of the system. Those who successfully complete the course will be able to:

Instructors: There will be two instructors present, Peter Georgiades and Brian Agostino. Both are graduates of the Operational Skills Group (formerly Contact Defense LLC) Contact Weapons Defense Instructor course, and have been personally approved by Steve Tarani to instruct in this course .

Mr. Georgiades is has been a firearms instructor since 1996. He is certified to instruct by the NRA (rifle, pistol, shotgun and personal protection) and the State of Arizona (certificate No. 8769268), and is a long-time member of the International Ass'n. of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI). Mr. Georgiades graduated the Gunsite Training Academy L.E. Carbine Instructor Certification Course, Marksman's Enterprise (Jim Crews) 3 day instructor courses for both carbine and pistol, and numerous instructor clinics with Giles Stock and through IALEFI. As a judo practitioner and national competitor (Ni-Dan, or a 2nd degree black belt), he has long emphasized the need for shooters to acquire basic knowledge
necessary to avoid an attack long enough to bring their firearm into play.

Mr. Agostino is a police officer and certified defensive tactics instructor with the International Police Defensive Tactics Institute (Certificate #17049). A second dan in the World Tang Soo Do Association, Mr. Agostino and has trained in the Filipino martial arts of Kali, Giron Escrima/Arnis and Maphilindo Silat, created by Guro Dan Inosanto. He is a graduate of the Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Instructors course (Certificate #2794-2), the Survival F.O.R.C.E. Instructors course (Certificate #656-2). An experienced instructor, he is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET).

Equipment and Attire: Comfortable, loose-fitting, non-restrictive clothing that you can move around in. Bring your duty holster or carry holster, and an inert firearm ("red gun" or "blue gun"). Loose-fitting street clothes or BDU's are fine; but wear a belt that will support your holster.

Physical Demands:This course is tailored to the aggregate physical capacity of the participants. All training exercises are designed so students can proceed at their own pace. The techniques taught have been designed to be practical, which means they must be useable by those in average physical condition and useful to people who have not studied
martial arts. If a participant has a physical condition which makes an exercise or technique difficult for him, he is expected to advise the staff and refrain from attempting that exercise.

Time Commitment: The course is two full days, from 10:00 A.M. to about 6:00 P.M., with a lunch and periodic breaks. Total instruction time is a minimum of 16 hours. A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who satisfactorily complete the training.

Class size: The course will have not less than 8 nor more than 12 participants.

Cost: $180.00. Payment in full is required at the time of enrollment. Tuition is non-refundable within 30 days of the start date of the course. However, if the course is cancelled tuition will be refunded in full.

Location: The course will be at the Day's Inn of Pittsburgh, 1150 Banksville Rd., Pittsburgh, just South of the Fort Pitt Tunnel. (412) 531-8900. Specific directions and hotel information will be provided to those who enroll. There are restaurants and fast food nearby for lunch.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course. You must be 18 years or older to enroll. Proof of no criminal history is required at the time of enrollment.

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"Having a gun and thinking you are armed is like having a piano and thinking you are a musician"
------ Col. Jeff Cooper (U.S.M.C. Ret.)

This course is sponsored by the Firearms Instruction Research & Education (FIRE) Institute,
a Penna. nonprofit corporation.
Training is provided as a public service.
All students must be 18 years or older. Proof of no criminal history is required.

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