A unique training opportunity encompassing all the aspects of personal protection: strength training, basic pistol shooting, and self defense. This training camp is open to everyone and no experience with lifting, firearms, or self defense is required.
Saturday will be held at WFAC with the first part of the day consisting of a training session on the squat, press, deadlift, and bench press, and finishing up with basic firearms handling using laser training pistols.
Sunday will consist of a range session where you’ll learn and refine fundamental shooting skills and a session on self defense and integrating firearms during a fight. The weekend will wrap up with a discussion on programming and training, and a Q&A with Rip, Nick, and John.
Proper weightlifting shoes are highly recommended. They increase stability, control, and consistency in all of the lifts and should be considered essential equipment if barbell training is a priority. If participants use weightlifting belts, they are encouraged to bring them. Participants are also encouraged to wear a 100% cotton shirt, if possible, and knee-high socks or sweatpants to allow the barbell to contact the shins without causing abrasions.
Range Session (3-4 hours):
- Pistol with 2 magazines.
- Quality IWB or OWB holster. No Serpa holsters or nylon holsters.
- 250 rounds of ammo
- Ear and eye protection
- Anything you need to be comfortable outdoors – sunscreen, bug spray, extra water, etc.
Concealed carry holster for Glock 17. The laser trainers are Glock 17s. We will have plenty of loaner IWB holsters, so this is only necessary if you have your own setup for a G17 that you like.
Mark Rippetoe is the developer of the Starting Strength Method, the Starting Strength Seminar, and the Starting Strength Coach certification.
Nick Delgadillo is the fixer for The Aasgaard Company and Starting Strength Gyms. He has been training instructors and coaches in fighting systems for over 15 years, is a graduate of the Rangemaster Advanced Instructor Development Program, and has served on the Starting Strength Seminar Staff since 2013.
John Valentine is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Modern Army Combatives under the “Father of Modern Combatives,” Matt Larsen. He served as an assistant instructor to Matt Larsen for several years. John taught for various organizations and units, providing training for service members, law enforcement, and everyday Americans. He began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2007 and has attended ~600 hours of formal training in firearms and combatives to go along with over a decade of active military service. As a competitor, John is an international submission grappling medalist with experience in Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, and competitive shooting. John has been a concealed carry license holder since 2013 and has experience with various carry methods, equipment, and applications.
John’s instructor certifications are:
- Red Zone Empty Hand Knife Defense Instructor.
- Rangemaster Pistol instructor development graduate.
- RDS Instructor certified by the Modern Samurai Project.
- Ultimate Training Munitions LE Instructor.
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