Advanced Defensive Pistol
Next Level Training for CCW/Home Defense This course is specifically designed to gain more familiarity and confidence when it comes to defending yourself or loved ones in the most dire of circumstances. Already have your CCW? Are you looking for something more? Chances are, your basic CCW course did not prepare you adequately for real life physical scenarios. This is exactly what this course does. We go over in depth multiple fighting positions, weak handed, and one armed shooting, moving while shooting, malfunction drills, wounded fighting drills, de-escalation techniques, medical trauma basics, and much more!
Advanced Defensive Rifle
The primary goal of this course is to develop the tactical knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to surviving a lethal threat or confrontation utilizing your defensive rifle or carbine. This is an 8 hour course that is limited in size to ensure adequate instructor/student ratio and plenty of trigger time.
Children's Firearm Safety Awareness Course
This course is designed as an educational approach only, and we will NOT be firing live firearms! "Does your child know what to do if they found a gun in your home, or at their friend’s house? 1 in 3 homes with guns also have children in the home. We will help begin taking away the mystery of guns by presenting them with visuals on gun safety, the uses of guns, interactive periods, as well as role-playing to help them understand what to do if they encounter a gun. This is a no touch/hands off class. Your child will see real handguns though they won’t be handling any firearms, real or otherwise, in this awareness class. A parent or guardian MUST attend this important class with their child.
Children's Handgun Fundamentals
Do you want to teach your child gun safety but don’t know where to start? There’s not a better place to than our Kid’s Handgun Fundamentals Class! They will learn proper and safe gun handling, and experience “hands on” instruction in the safe loading and firing of a .22 caliber firearm. We will provide the firearm, ammunition, and the PPE (personal protective equipment). This is for ages 10 to 17 years. No FOID card is needed to attend. This 3-hour course consists of classroom, range simulator and a live shooting range. Class is limited to 6 students, and they must be supervised by a parent/guardian. Each student will receive a completion certificate for the course. Students must demonstrate an acceptable level of safety and positive attitude as determined by the instructor in order to pass.
Concealed Carry Renewal
The Good Shepherd Defense Illinois Concealed Carry Training Renewal class is designed for anyone who has an Illinois concealed carry permit that is due to expire within the next year.
The live fire qualification consists of a review of handgun fundamentals, concealment techniques, and a live fire shooting exercise which includes a minimum of 30 rounds being fired in the following manner:10 rounds from a distance of 5 yards; 10 rounds from a distance of 7 yards; and 10 rounds from a distance of 10 yards at a B-27 silhouette target approved by the IL State Police. The rest of the course will be a classroom setting and will include training on the all applicable State and Federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of a firearm. In these two hours we will discuss what laws have changed since you last attended a training and we will also review important laws you need to know. Missing the range portion means you will not qualify for the renewal. Students will receive all necessary paperwork and certificates at the class.
Countering the Mass Shooter
This course is derived from FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and National Law Enforcement data of over 165 mass shootings since Columbine. It will better equip you with the knowledge of what exactly the signs of a violent incident are, creating an Emergency Operations Plan, special considerations for schools and churches, RUN-HIDE-FIGHT, and creating a medical plan involving triage and wounded care.
Concealed Carry Skill Development
Are you relying on your 16 hours of state mandated training to keep you safe during a critical incident? How often do you get to train with reality based scenarios under stress? This class may be the closest you get to the real thing while still getting realistic feedback in real time. We’re going to test your skills and help you discover what you need to be better prepared when it really counts.
Knives are a deadly threat and in a few National Law Enforcement studies, they have proven to be deadlier than firearms! So we need to train and prepare ourselves for every potential scenario. Many people carry a knife for functional purposes, work related issues, and defensive properties...but how effective are they truly? Are you honestly prepared to use your knife as an effective defensive weapon? Would you be willing to bet your life on the skills you currently possess? If you're uncertain...then you need to get trained, period. This course presents students with skills they need to effectively utilize a folding or fixed blade knife as a defensive tool enabling them to repel a lethal force attack. Contrary to most knife programs, this class is designed to address the realistic situations students are likely to face. The course introduces simple and effective movements that are easy to learn, retain, and adapt.
Home Invasion & Defense
Do you have a plan in place for your Home Defense if something were to happen? Does everyone know the plan? Is your household honestly ready for a defensive scenario? If you're unwary...then you need to get trained, period. THIS IS A LIVE FIRE COURSE! You will be placed in scenarios to enable critical thinking and emergency planning! Home Invasion and Protection is the Number One fear of firearm owners across America. According to the Department of Justice, reviewing data from 2003 – 2007, there were an average of 3.7 million burglaries every year!
Improvised Defensive Weapons
Due to various factors ranging from personal beliefs to state law may prohibit some from carrying a firearm or weapon for personal defense, but that doesn't mean you don't have options! This workshop introduces simple and effective movements that are easy to learn, retain, and adapt. We also focus on tools that are readily available and legal to carry anywhere. From pens to frying pans, we can show you what to use and how to use it. Come see why we're the Number One rated defensive training company in Central Illinois!
Low Light Defensive Pistol
You are three times more likely to be involved in a violent encounter when you are alone and after the sun has set. Knowing these statistics, what can you do before hand to prevent this? If the event does arrive, what have you done before-hand to mitigate any dangers to yourself or others? Our Low Light Course begins to prepare you for these events and allow you to hone and adapt to new skillsets and defensive capabilites.
Real Estate Agent Safety
No one wants to think or believe that they are more at risk for a violent encounter, but the truth of the matter is that real estate agents are a targeted and at risk occupation. There are various factors indicating why this is, and its not surprising to see that 33% of real estate agents have reported feeling uneasy and unsafe at least once during an in-person meeting with clientele. Using a nationally accredited curriculum, Good Shepherd Defense and Training uses civilian, law enforcement, and military principles to bring together a course that can be applied in the most dire of circumstances. What topics are covered? Why are real estate agents at risk, Situational Awareness, How Stress Affects the Body Mindset and Defensive Strategies Defensive Options
STUDENTS ONLY ages 13-18 Great for high school and college preparation! Due to various factors ranging from personal beliefs to state law may prohibit some from carrying a firearm or weapon for personal defense, but that doesn't mean you don't have options!
Traumatic Emergency First Aid
What if the impossible happened to you, a loved one, or an innocent passerby? Do you have the knowledge and skillsets needed to keep them alive until Emergency Medical Services arrive on scene? With an average 911 response of 9 minutes, a normal adult can die from blood loss in as little as 4 minutes! Using a nationaly accredited curriculum, Good Shepherd Defense and Training uses civilian, law enforcement, and military principles to bring together a course that can be applied in the most dire of circumstances!
Women Only Concealed Carry
Our curriculum is much more in-depth than what the state requires. We go over the following, and more: Personal and Home Protection Planning Situational Awareness Home Security and Home Defense Use of Force Options (Lethal/Non-Lethal) Defensive Shooting vs Marksmanship Fundamentals What Happens "After Bang" - The physical, psychological, emotional, and legal aftermath Gun Storage and Equipment - Holster Selection - Etc. Handgun Fundamentals Handgun Selection Malfunctions and Maintenance Handgun Concealment Live fire qualification instruction with a concealable firearm consisting of minimum of 30 rounds which must include 10 rounds from a distance of 5 yards; 10 rounds from a distance of 7 yards; and 10 rounds from a distance of 10 yards at a B-27 silhouette target approved by the Illinois State Police.
Women's Handgun and Self Defense Fundamentals
This course is designed to reach female students who are brand new to firearms and ready to take the next step with their firearms skills, tools, and mindset. The fundamentals of shooting will be introduced, reviewed, and built upon, while also exploring universal safety rules, situational awareness, common types of handguns, ammunition types, marksmanship skills, advanced firearms handling, defensive pistol fundamentals, and the use of deadly force. Specifically, Women’s Handgun and Self-Defense Fundamentals is all about sharing the basics along with the fun, the seriousness, and the importance of being a responsibly armed female. This is a great first step or introduction into a few advanced principles and dynamics. For those who are looking for a class to better equip them for a concealed carry course...here you go! This course is instructed in a welcoming environment for all skill levels, and will be hosted by two of our best female instructors!
Women Only Hands-On Self Defense
Every day on social media it seems, we are hearing about women being victimized. When you think about self-defense, you rarely if ever think of a woman defending herself and for some, they have never thought about. After all, you may have a husband that will defend you if need be, right? What about the everyday situations, where you're alone and potentially vulnerable? Gassing up at the gas station, getting money out of an ATM, walking to your car with grocery sacks in each hand, herding the kids in a public playground, or even if you're home alone?The truth is we don’t think about attacks enough, because we want to believe that people are inherently good and wouldn’t hurt us. According to the Criminal Victimization Bulletin in 2014, statistical analysis by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that “U.S. residents ages 12 and over experienced an estimated 5.4 million violent victimizations.” statistics tell us something very important; that women are not being properly equipped to defend themselves but we can and should do something about it. So we need to train and prepare ourselves for every potential scenario.
Women Only Advanced Defensive Pistol
Getting out of the "marksmanship mindset" is crucial to a defensive shooter. This course introduces the key concepts needed to transition from a marksman to a defensive minded shooter. This is a fantastic opportunity for all students regardless if you carry or not. These attributes and skills can (and will) be able to be utilized inside and outside the home!