Austin - Sheepdog Level 1 (August 4-6th, 2020)


Austin - Sheepdog Level 1 (August 4-6th, 2020)

Regular price $899.99

August 4th – 6th, 2020

Tuesday 6pm-8:30pm
Wednesday 7am-6pm
Thursday 7am-5pm

Sheepdog Level One 

How many times in the last month have you looked down at your phone or checked the news only to see another robbery, kidnapping, or shooting?

We face threats of violence every day, ranging from large-scale terrorism to one-on-one assaults. Most people are unprepared, unequipped, and untrained to respond effectively.

Most people sign up for martial arts or weapons training expecting to learn realistic self-defense, and few get it.

That’s why we’ve developed the Civilian Sheepdog Level One curriculum to addresses the skills you need to successfully respond to these threats.

Are you prepared to save your life … and the lives of others?


Gracie Humaitá Austin
1701 W. Ben White Blvd. 
Suite 163 (Entrance Front of Shopping Center)
Austin, TX 78704

Onion Creek Gun Club
7802 Dee Gabriel Collins Rd. 
Austin, TX 78744
(There is a white sign on gate that says OCGC)

About Sheepdog Level One

Learn from some of the best instructors in the world, with decades of experience in shooting, fighting, and tactical trauma care.

You will spend the first night learning about situation awareness and having some one-on-one time with our instructors who will go through your gear setup.  The next two days will be split between the mats and the range, learning defensive tactics, weapons retention, and firearms.

What You’ll Learn

Part 1: Situational Awareness

  • Situational awareness strategies that will help you prevent, avoid, or respond to threats to yourself and those around you. The quicker you can anticipate an attack, the better your chances are for success. You will learn how to spot threats quicker, and maintain a state of awareness, assessment, action, or analysis at all times.
  • The best place to learn is out in the field. We’ll apply the skills we’ve taught you in real-world environments and put you to the test. You will never see the world the same after taking this portion of our course.

Part 2: Fighting Back

  • Self-defense techniques that will give you a quick and decisive edge when close to the enemy, and teach you to retain your weapons and defend against theirs. Our techniques are based on real-world experience, developed by our instructors from their experiences fighting from wars overseas to the UFC Octagon. You will learn a combination of the best martial arts and fighting strategies from around the world.

Part 3: Firearm Safety and Training

  • Do you have the skills and mindset necessary to defend yourself and others with a pistol? We will teach you our preferred shooting methods, and explain why we do things the way we do.
  • Threat situations don’t happen under perfect conditions. You will shoot in daylight and in the dark as well as in simulated stress situations. You will learn to properly draw, shoot, and reload your gun, and how to deal with malfunctions.

Don’t own a firearm? Please let us know as soon as possible so we can provide one for you or help make arrangements to rent from the local range.

Our Sheepdog Level One course is open to anyone. No prior experience is necessary. Seats are limited for this event and available as first come, first served.

Course Features

  • Self Defense
  • Striking Skills
  • Weapons Retention
  • Rapid Re-loads
  • Correcting weapons malfunctions
  • Daylight Marksmanship
  • Low-light Marksmanship
  • First Aid Training
  • Situational Awareness

Read more about our Sheepdog Level 1 Course in our 3 Part Blog Series:   Part 1,  Part 2,  Part 3

Recommended Packing List:

Packing List


2 pairs of durable pants and 2 comfortable shirts for shooting courses

2 pairs of shorts and 2 shirts/rash guards you can train combatives in

Rain Jacket- the event will go forward regardless of weather

Baseball cap or other hat with brim



(optional) Ear Guards for grappling



Bright flashlight

(Optional) Knife that you typically carry

Food / Water

Our lunch breaks will be short, so you might want to bring “sack lunches” or something

That you can carry with you for Saturday and Sunday that does not require any preparation

Bring any other snacks you desire

Bring some bottles of water or a refillable container to stay hydrated during the training days

Firearm and accessories

Pistol (You must have your own pistol for this course if you cannot rent one directly from the range)

Outside the waist or Concealed Carry Holster with Retention* Battle belts are also acceptable.

There are 2 types of holster retention; passive retention and active retention. Passive retention is a retention force that's inherent to a holster by virtue of its design and construction.  A simple form-fitting Kydex holster is passive retention, which is all you need for this course.  Active retention is user-actuated in that an active retention device has to be engaged, and that is NOT required for this course.

Light for your pistol if you have one

3-4 magazines

Mag Pouches**

Sturdy Belt***

500 rounds Pistol Ammunition

Eye Protection  (must be rated for shooting)

Ear Protection  *Please bring extra batteries for your ear pro

**Magazine Pouches: Recommended but not necessary.  Pockets work but are very slow.

***Sturdy Belt: This needs to be sturdy leather or reinforced nylon. Flimsy belts will not properly secure a holster. If you come with a belt that does not secure the weapon you will have to work off the table as well.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email and we will get right back to you.  See you soon!