Home Invasion Training – Lessons Learned


Untitled-1Scenario: This last Sunday we held a small class and ran though a situation where your home is broken into at night and due to kids, loved ones etc..your forced to help and leave your bedroom vs. wait in ambush. You have a firearm at your disposal and eventually a light as well and begin to clear your home trying to get to your loved one.  On the way you face a threat and must ID it and neutralize it accordingly.  The following is a quick summary of what the students learned in this session.

Setup: We setup a make shift room, with mats and tarps for walls and a bed. A box was used for a night stand, just something to keep the air-soft handgun in. We did not factor in unlocking the gun from a vault box or any safety devices this time around.  BB stops were made from boxes that we could move around in the rooms so they never knew what they would find or if there was 1 or 2 intruders or where they were. On the boxes we made shapes, colors numbers etc…they had to recall what I yelled out at the start of the run before the entered the hall and shoot only that item.

- First we ran though the drill in the light, no stress and people performed pretty good.

- Then we added some pressure.

Variables we tossed at the situation:
1) Darkness
2) Noise from music
3) Yelling
4) Increased heart rate (They had to hammer a pad, then do bur-pees)
5) Air-soft was loaded in a box this time, simulating one in the chamber
6) Pads in the way to make for barriers (kids toys, or things the invaders knocked over)
7) Added a flashlight to the mix

Lessons Learned:
1) It’s hard to see in the dark - We had the students extract the firearm from a box with little or no light. We even had a Negligent Discharge event with the air-soft when a finger slipped into the trigger guard (which is why I require safety glasses in these events).  It’s safe, but proves a point that complacency in simple actions is a killer even for those who are trained around firearms.

2) Stress increases failure points – Movements and timing were off when we added just a bit more stress, shots were much wider as well.

3) Memory – I called out a color, number, shape etc….to start the drills.  In the light it was no big deal they all got off the “bed” and went though the drill. When we added stress, many did not remember what I had said by the time they got to the target. There was to much going on, to fast and the information got lost in the brains chaos.

4) Repetition – As expected the students got better at the drill the more they ran it. It’s all about flight time and training.  Have you trained situations in your own life, home, etc….so that if/when stuff hits the fan,  you have a plan and you’re not doing things for the first time…..when it counts the most?

5) Light it up – We used big pads to block the path down the hall and hide some of the targets from the students, in the dark it was hard to see things, with a light you could at least identify the target much easier. This is key as in reality are you looking at a coat you forgot was on the couch, someone who broke in sitting there or your kid there all balled up, you wont know which without a light.  Get a light if you have a firearm, learn to use it, ID your targets, recall your gun safety rules….KNOW YOUR TARGET (and what’s behind it).

Summary: Time and time again, we see that if you don’t train with more realistic events then you won’t know how you are going to function under stress.  Everyone says “yea if it were real I would……” we’ll the likelihood is that you would probably just freeze as your brain searched for answers.  This is why we train, to gain a measure of experience BEFORE we ever need it. To hash out our responses BEFORE hand so that if a situation arises in life we know that we can cope with it. Our mental “GOOGLE SEARCH” does not come up empty that way and we are able to continue to press on and solve the problem.


Train Hard, Stay safe,
Justin J. Everman


Founder, A.C.W.A.

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Aug 2013 A.C.W.A. Instructor Training…Next Beginners Class Dec 6th & 7th


We held another Green Level A.C.W.A. Instructor Training this month.  The image shown here has some new instructors shown as well as some who just came back for a refresher.  There was some great energy in this group, lots of sweat and hard work!  With this we expand our A.C.W.A. Family of Instructors even farther across the USA.  We’ve updated our website now with the new Instructors locations and contact info: http://www.combativewarriorarts.com/instructors.html so please go check them out and if their in your area give them a call, they would be more than happy to help you with your training needs.


If you’re interested in the next Instructor Training then we are holding a Green Level Beginners Class again in December. Dec 6th and 7th to be exact and we are already booking spots!  For more information on this, fill out the form on the Instr website and we will contact you with additional information and would be happy to answer any questions you might have.  Click Here for More Info


Train hard, stay safe,

Justin J. Everman


Founder, A.C.W.A.


WTFSHTF – A buddy of mine’s blog on prepping


shfanNo sense reinventing the wheel on blog posts so I wanted to connect you all to a buddy of mine who’s starting his blog off with prepping in mind.  His angle is to inform his prospects about what to do when things go bad, real bad….so without further delay,  I present to you http://wtfshtf.com, which stands for, well, you know, crap hitting a rotary cooling device.

His first post is about fire starting, so read up and enjoy.

Stay safe,
Justin J. Everman


Founder, A.C.W.A.


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