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?
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.
- 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
Question: Where is this course located?
Vortex Jiu Jitsu Academy (Gym)
5132 Minton Rd NW
Palm Bay, FL 32907
Nail Ranch (Range)
Fellsmere, FL 32948
Question: I have never shot a gun or trained, can I still come?
Answer: Yes, we are experts in teaching people who have zero experience in firearms and hand-to-hand. We will provide you with a solid foundation. No experience is needed. We guarantee that regardless of your skill level, you will get value from this course.
Question: My physical fitness is lacking, will I be able to complete the course, or should I get in shape first?
Answer: Our goal is to assess your physical capabilities and work with you on the best ways to improve. Our expert instructors will ensure that as long as you have strong willpower to continue, you will be able to finish the course. Bottom line: We want to make you the most lethal version of yourself that you can be.
Question: I don’t own a firearm, how can I complete the course without a weapon?
Answer: Most of the ranges may be able to rent you a firearm. You must contact the range directly.
Question: How much ammo will I need to bring?
Answer: 500 – 600 rounds is what you’ll need for this course. You may be able to buy ammo in advance from the range.
Question: When will I receive a detailed itinerary for this course.
Answer: Once you sign up for your course, you will be emailed a detailed itinerary.
Question: Do you have a packing list?
Answer: Please see the packing list tab. You will also be emailed a packing list once you sign up.
Question: I’m an executive and own a business, can I hire Sheepdog Response for a team building event?
Answer: Yes, we can specifically create a program for your organization that can last between 1 -3 day, or even longer. It will focus on teamwork, business cohesion, and operating under stress.
Question: How old do I need to be for this course?
Answer: 18 years old is the minimum. Please note that some ranges may require you to be 21. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like information on a specific event.
Question: I can’t afford the course, how can I still come?
Answer: We schedule our courses in advance, and we will occasionally take down payments and create a payment plan, as long as you pay off the total before the start of the course. *Disclaimer: All payments are non-refundable.
Question: I’m a 3-Gun competitor or a professional shooter, can I do the Occupational course instead of Sheepdog Level 1?
Answer: No, unless you carry a firearm occupationally you cannot attend the Occupational Level 1 course. Applications will be review by our board of instructors on a case-by-case basis.
*If you have any further questions, please email us or call 512-993-2999. email@example.com
- 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
- Outside the waist or Concealed Carry Holster with Retention* Battle belts are also acceptable.
- Light for your pistol if you have one
- 3-4 magazines
- Mag Pouches**
- Sturdy Belt***
- 500 – 600 rounds Pistol Ammunition
- Eye Protection
- Ear Protection *Please bring extra batteries for your ear pro
- **Holsters: Your holster preferably will be made of Kydex which is form fitted to your pistol. If you use nylon or leather holsters you will need to have a thumb break or some form of retention. If you show up without a proper holster you will have to do all drills off the table. No Blackhawk Serpa holsters allowed.
- 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.
- **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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get right back to you. See you soon!