In 2013 we saw a substantial increase in the need for our self defense seminars. This was not from random clients, it was much more specific. Churches were now reaching out to us and a lot of them! This was not just one denomination either, but several. Now at first this may seem a somewhat unlikely market for a self defense organization to serve, but actually it makes perfect sense. They came to us for solutions to a real world problems they were facing, so in fact its a perfect fit. Take for example:
- Youth & teen groups going on mission trips overseas (think kidnappings, Americans can be targets for this)
- Men and women of the church working to help those in at risk neighborhoods
- Church security who want to keep their congregations and pastors safe from random violence
- Anti kidnapping, anti-bully and bully prevention tactics
- Because good people doesn’t have to also mean good targets!
The feedback from these groups as been nothing less than phenomenal. There is just no one filling this void, well that is until we stepped in. Just look at the testimonial from Patricia, she participated in one of these church seminar groups:
For me the class was a totally different set of moves and actions than had ever been shown to me before. Exercising a commitment to safety and staying keenly aware of one’s surroundings is critical, of course, but what the two of you taught last night was very beneficial. Being the oldest one in the class, it was important to have things that are really doable for me – and what you taught was exactly that. When I perfect these into an automatic response series by practicing over the next month, I will be much more able to believe in my abilities to protect myself until help arrives. Life is very complicated today, and having a simple set of actions to call into play at a second’s notice is invaluable.
To take this one step further, some of our instructors have been exclusively serving this market as well in 2013. Take Daniel Brown for instance (shown here on right with A.C.W.A. Founder & CEO Justin J. Everman). He’s been working with and running programs for churches since he completed his first level of Instructor Training with our organization. He’s not only been working with the larger groups, but also a few with disabilities as well. It’s a testament to how A.C.W.A. Combatives can be adapted effortlessly to one’s ability and level of movement. There is something for everyone to gain and learn.
Early in 2014, another academy instructor, Nick Rico, will be integrating A.C.W.A. into part of a new church forming in Grand Prairie, TX. Here A.C.W.A. will be offered to the congregation and the local community and the funds rolled back into the church for up keep, renovations, etc… So many doors start to open, so many lives can be impacted in a positive way. We are VERY excited about these new opportunities!
Would your Church be interested in simple, yet life saving information that anyone could learn in a very short period of time? If so, give us a call and we’d be happy to work with your organization to make it happen.
Train hard, stay safe,
Justin J. Everman