Churches Love Us, Here’s Why…

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church-2In 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.

- Patricia OACWA_Founder&DanielB

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,

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Justin J. Everman

Founder, A.C.W.A.

 

Gear Review: Surefire Flashlight Clip From Raven Concealment

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IMG_20131108_114318 ACWA_Tactical_lightThe ability to retain your flashlight while using your hands is very important.  You may need the light at a moments notice and fishing for it in pocket or trying to get it seated properly in your hand under stress is problematic at best.  Because of this, anything that allows for retention of the light while doing magazine changes, opening doors, or manipulating others in your environment is something I personally want to know more about.  So when I happened across this product I figured let’s test it out and see if it solves the problems I’ve had in the past,  it did, so this is the subject of today’s blog.

Review:  Without further delay, I present to you a GearReview on the Raven Concealment Surefire-p-g-pocket clip.  You can see the clip and ring assembly here in the two images to the right. I have this shown mounted to a 500 lumen Surefire P2ZX Fury CombatLight,  which ends up being great setup if your only wanting to use the finger ring for retention, but not so good if your looking to use the belt clip.  The clip tends to hold solid (as it should) and the lights built in rubber syringe grip ring tends to slide out of position if you use the clip. I mounted this on this particular light as I wanted to really utilize the rubber finger ring for mag changes and yet still have immediate retention with my reaction hand ( and for this the setup is ideal).  The finger ring is a rubber material that easily bends around the finger and does not create any discomfort.  The ring allows for positive retention and instant use of the light, which was exactly what I was looking for.

If you were going to really want to EDC (Every Day Carry) this tool using the pocket clip, I’d recommend getting a Surefire P2X Fury Tactical instead. That version is also 500 lumens but has a wider body.  The lights rubber syringe grip ring is not present on that model and cannot therefore slide around. The clip is very strong and springy and would not let go easily (in pocket tests both on jeans and in a coat  had excellent retention).  No functions of the light were altered by installation of the ring, press button and tail cap constant on functions work as normal.

Questions: I was concerned at first about the split ring design of the light so I emailed Raven Concealment regarding this. They promptly answered my questions which impressed me both in terms of customer service and in terms of quality of reply, see below:

We considered welding the ring in the development process, but we found that it would not work.  If the ring is welded shut and sized for a proper fit on the light, it cannot be installed over the threads for the tail cap.  If it was welded shut and over sized to clear the threads, it would spin around and rattle when installed and not clip properly on the pocket.  The split in the ring allows it to slide over the threads and seat with a nice friction fit.

I understand your concerns, I had them myself about the split ring.  We tested the product prior to launching it and found that in day to day use and abuse the ring never separated enough to fail.  We did induce failures, like hooking a seat belt under the clip and then jumping out of a car, but most any small metal clips would fail under the same conditions.  And the intentional failures showed us that the clip would fail before the light was damaged.  Another consideration in both the clip and the rubber ring is intentional failure of one or both before the bone in your finger fails should the light be grabbed in a violent encounter or other wise entangled in something during use.

To date, we have several thousand of these out in the wild and so far we have not had a single return or warranty claim.  However, the clips are covered by our lifetime warranty so if you should ever have the clip bend or fail, you can return if for a replacement. I hope I’ve addressed your concerns.  If you have any other questions let me know or contact customer service at gearinfo@ravenconcealment.com

Summary: This is a simple product, but it solves a multitude of retention problems that a lanyard will not.  The company was prompt on shipping and had good communication (which I greatly appreciated).  If you carry a Surefire light in P or G series,  get one of these clips from Raven Concealment, you’ll thank me for it.

 

Train hard, stay safe,

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Justin J. Everman

Founder, A.C.W.A.

 

 

Dec 21st – Corporate Holiday Party & Wounded Warrior Project Fundraiser

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Each year we have a Christmas Party & a WWP Fundraiser here at the A.C.W.A.

There’s a prize drawing, videos, food and just a great time for us all to get together as a local team.  WWP LogoWe also use this time to say thanks to all those who have paved the way for use in this life and take donations for the Wounded Warrior Project (it’s our chosen academy charity). We raised over $700 in 2012 at just this one event.  The A.C.W.A. will match the first $200 in donations this year and donate the pizza for the party.  This is a worthy cause and the A.C.W.A. is a proud supporter of the WWP.  We not only do this fund raiser each year, but also donate a portion of your dues monthly to this cause as well….. to give back to those who have given so much to us.

That said…..

I like to start to plan events 1-2 months out so if any of you blog readers have ideas for “give away items”  or have something you’d like to donate to help us generate traffic for the cash donations to the WWP then please email me at: info@CombativeWarriorArts.com and let me know.  We will do a $10 per ticket drawing, the more tickets you buy the more chances you have to win the drawing.  We are looking to have some cool prizes this year, but only with your help.

 

UPDATE: Will be night of Dec 21st….more info to follow soon.

 

Train hard, stay safe,

Justin J. Everman

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Founder, A.C.W.A.

In Car Combatives & Self Defense Class – Debrief

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In Car Combatives – Debrief

Today we held a 1 hour special class on “In Car Combatives” and discussed the finer points of dealing with and escaping from various attack and carjacking situations. Everyone did a great job and we had a pretty decent turn out at the event. In summary, we covered:

- How to deal with a bag that is thrown over your head and why the head rest on your seat is your new best friend.

- How psychology bridges the timing gap for you if you know how to use it properly.

- What options you have when a gun is involved and how to use mechanical advantage and pattern interrupts to gain control of the gun.

- Ways to escape the vehicle in the fastest manner possible and hit the ground running

- What to do when a blade is presented from the front, sides and rear positions

- How to use the vehicles “hard points” to your advantage to hook the blade on to strip it

- When to give someone the car and when to stay and fight (yes there is a time for both)

- What to do when someone tries to pull you though a window

 

Train hard, stay safe,

Justin J. Everman

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Founder, A.C.W.A.

 

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