New Haven, CT - Protector 1 (August 23-25, 2024)

  • August 23 - August 25, 2024

About this Course

Protector 1 

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 Protector 1 curriculum to address the skills you need to successfully respond to these threats.

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

Learn from some of the best instructors in the world, with decades of experience in shooting and fighting.You will spend the first night learning 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 handling.

Everyone at Sheepdog Response is very excited to see you there! If you have any questions, please feel free to email info@sheepdogresponse.com and we will get right back to you. Thanks, and have a great week!

Topics Covered
Day 1

Classroom: 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.

Day 2

Gym: You will learn a combination of handpicked defensive tactics and fighting strategies from around the world. Our techniques were developed by our instructors based on real-world experiences in fighting both overseas and in the highest levels of the UFC. 

Range: 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. You will learn to properly draw, shoot, and reload your gun. 

Day 3

Gym: We increase the pressure by adding weapons and arm you with self-defense tactics that will give you a quick and decisive edge when close to the threat, and teach you to retain your weapons and defend against theirs. 

Range: A gunfight is never a static environment, and now that you have learned the fundamentals we will have you shooting, moving and utilizing cover along with non standard shooting positions.

Our Protector 1 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 Tactics
  • Striking Skills
  • Weapons Retention
  • Proper Loading/Unloading and Reloading
  • Correcting Weapons Malfunctions
  • Pistol Fundamentals of Marksmanship
  • Situational Awareness
Class Itinerary

When & Where:  August 23rd -25th 2024 Friday (August 23rd) 5pm-7:30pm (Blue Trail Range) Saturday (August 24th) 7am-12pm (Blue Trail Range) 1pm-5pm (Tom Smith's Forge Martial Arts Academy) Sunday (August 25th) 7am-12pm (Tom Smith's Forge Martial Arts Academy) 1pm-5pm (Blue Trail Range) Location: Range and Classroom:

Blue Trail Range 316 North Branford Road Wallingford, CT 06492 Gym:

Tom Smith's Forge Martial Arts Academy1060 Middletown Ave.Northford, CT 06472 Travel RecommendationsClosest Airport: New Haven, CT (HVN)Recommended Hotels:

Course Specific Notes: Customers must comply with CT magazine capacity and firearms laws.

Packing List

Clothing and Gear Required:

  • 3 pairs of durable pants and 3 comfortable/durable shirts (avoid tank tops or low cut collars)
  • Sturdy belt/pistol belt
  • Rain Jacket- the event will go forward regardless of weather
  • Electronic Hearing Protection (to receive instruction while on the firing line)
  • Extra batteries for hearing protection and optic
  • Weapons cleaning and maintenance equipment
  • 400 Rounds of ammunition
  • Tourniquet
  • Food (Our lunch breaks will be short, so bring something that does not require any preparation)
  • Water (you will need to be drinking water throughout the day to stay hydrated)
  • Dummy Rounds X 5
  • Pistol
  • Retention 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.)
  • 3-4 Magazines
  • Magazine pouch (recommended two)

Recommended Items:

  • Individual First Aid Kit (we highly recommend getting one and learning how to use it)
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Snacks
  • Multi tool

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