Critical Threat Management
Comprehensive Force-on-Force training to overcome a violent attack
GSL Defense Training’s Critical Threat Management course integrates multiple layers of practical, defensive tactics to help keep you and your loved ones safer.
If you have the misfortune of being involved in a life threatening encounter with a criminal predator, you will need a different set of skills and experiences than are available from even the best concealed carry class, or any day at the range.
Criminal attacks can take the form of attempted armed robbery, battery, home invasion, mugging, or even just a fine, upstanding young gang member given a promotional opportunity and you’re the lucky victim that represents prestige and a promotion for him (or her).
Acting competently, lawfully and responsibly in dangerous and stressful situations is uncomfortable, emotional, challenging – and at times just plain scary. Force-on-Force training is not something that most people will want to do, but the skills we’ll teach you will help you avoid a bad situation. If it comes to you despite your efforts to avoid it, this training will help you prevail and keep your loved ones safe as well.
This is just one of a tiny handful of training schools across the nation offering this training to civilians like you.
Remember, you don’t chose to be a victim. You wouldn’t knowingly invite bad people into your life. Criminal attack is forced upon the innocent by lawless individuals or groups and you are the first responder that can help yourself or those you love.
This class is designed to help you understand and recognize the behaviors of potential bad guys, both overt and subconscious cues. We will help you decipher the signals you may be sending out to the predators – and teach you the signals you should be sending out. We tell you the areas in your life where you will be more likely to be attacked and how to avoid victimization there. We teach you how to look after your safety and those around you, as well as how to treat some of the injuries that can occur in these events.
GSL Defense Training’s Force-on-Force class offers you exactly our name – defensive training – in context and in a way that everyone involved can be safe in class and safer in life.
What does Force-on-Force training offer?
It allows safe moving and shooting in dealing with bad guy aggressors, scattered among innocents. These are not stationary paper targets, but living, breathing, thinking targets that can “hurt” you, inflicting a pain penalty for failure in the form of airsoft pellet strikes. This pain penalty helps students learn the value of situational awareness, good tactics, and good decision making to make the best of a bad situation.
This cutting-edge, state of the art advanced training offers many benefits, which is why it is so popular with law-enforcement and the military.
- Familiarizes you with your body’s reaction to the experience to a degree as you experience fear
- Experience with the physiological and psychological changes: diminished coordination, tunnel vision, auditory exclusion, tachypsychia (altered perception of time), cognitive dissonance (remembering things out of order), selective memory loss, and other effects of stress
- Creates mental “note cards” or experiences to draw on
- How to handle stressful situations, witnesses, injured victims, law enforcement, media, and more
- Never give up!
- Fight through the pain.
- Use of sound tactics in the form of concealment, cover, and movement
- The importance of movement
- De-escalation and disengagement
- Effective carry techniques
- Importance of maintaining reactionary gap / Tueller Drill
- Communication skills
- Basic, intermediate and advanced situational awareness strategies
- Positive threat identification
- Pre-incident indicators
- Pre-assault cues
Interactions with perpetrators,witnesses, responding police officers, and the media
Gun Handling and Concealed Carry
You will see what works and what doesn’t in gear and clothing, carry techniques and positioning of gear. Students will be encouraged to “carry” in this course as they plan to carry in everyday life.
One-handed, instinctive shooting and shooting on the move
Unarmed self-defense tactics and Krav Maga combatives
Dynamic critical thinking
Much, much more
The bottom line
This dynamic course will test your critical decision-making and personal defense skills early on in over a dozen stress-filled scenarios against real-life adversaries. We will use airsoft guns to provide adrenaline-charged stress similar to what one might encounter in a real-life experience. Students will learn proven tactics and problem-solving skills.
Also included among the lesson plan:
- Live-fire segment (~150 rounds) to implement & refine new skills using live fire
- De-escalation & disengagement techniques
- Mindset considerations
- Situational awareness strategies
- BONUS: Unarmed Krav Maga combatives
- Much more…
Students will have a second try at scenarios similar to those initially faced, along with others, giving them an opportunity to integrate new skills and tactics to live and win.
High quality training at a value price
Training days with GSL Defense Training includes:
- No range fees
- Live fire of about 150 rounds to implement and practice new skills
- Safety equipment
- Loaner firearms & gear if needed
- Loaner airsoft guns & safety gear
- Drinks both days
- And much more
Limited quantities of ammunition in 9mm and .38 Special will be available for purchase during the class for an additional cost.
Prerequisites: None. We recommend prior training in the safe handling of firearms.
This class will involve physical contact with others and some physical exertion including jogging or walking briskly for short distances (30-50 yards at most). As always, participate as your abilities allow.
Class Location: Timber Pointe Outdoor Center in Hudson, IL, just north of Bloomington, IL. A map and directions, along with hotel recommendations will be sent with class welcome materials after registration has been received.
Overnight accommodations available. We will have overnight accommodations available, dormitory-style bunking (with modern restroom facilities and a kitchenette) Saturday evenings for $25/person. Bring your pillow and a sleeping bag and bunk in an air-conditioned (or heated, depending on conditions) cabin. Contact us ahead of time about this option.
- May 6 – 7, 2017
- September 23 – 24, 2017
Mail in your completed registration form, along with payment to guarantee your slot, to
GSL Defense Training
21 Brookshire Green
Bloomington, IL 61704
More photos & Course evaluations
Above, our ATM scenario is tough.
“Loved how you set up up with all of us ‘clueless wonders’ going through scenarios screwing up so much made us learn and ingrained it in our brains (hopefully). Excellent instructors all the way around. Saw a lot of improvement of situational awareness on second day. …Perfect place for this class! Beautiful scenery, very well maintained facilities. Krav Maga was an awesome addition to class.” – 38 year old female
“Here comes trouble…” Our ladies take control when three thugs try to get even for a perceived slight the night before. Well played, ladies.
“Unbelievably well done. I learned so much this weekend. How to train your brain to think during stressful situations. Most importantly was learning how to avoid escalation. Krav Maga was awesome. I will be pursuing more training for both hand combatives and defense training.” – 45 year old male.
You’re way too close, April!
“Excellent scenarios. Really appreciated the Easter Seals Camp location, a great facility. I think the mall scenarios presented som real questions / concerns about concealed carry peoples’ role in this. …Maybe assign an instructor to two students for the live fire to give suggesions; its a bit much getting input from too many people.” – 63 year old male.
— A first for us. A complaint that we have too many instructors coaching students.
Distance equals time. Time gives you options. Options mean safety. No distance = an unsatisfactory ending, especially while flat-footed.
“Scenarios were well-played. I learned from my mistakes. Instructors questioned our actions and made suggestions that may have have helped with more successful outcome. Love the life-fire because I felt comfortable there, but learned more from scenarios. Oh yes, and the lectures – great! I was nervous (make that scared) coming in but had fun while learning. By Sunday, I was looking forward to more scenarios. The location was perfect!! Lots of opportunities to space out the scenarios, using cabins, etc. Enjoy the self-defense but would need lots more training in order to use it confidently.” – 62-year-old female.
A better way to engage a domestic violence incident if you must get involved. Yes, Virginia, there are times it’s perfectly legal to shoot someone in the back.
Tell us something we did well: “The scenarios, empty-hand tactics, presentations and live-fire drills. The location was great. Really enjoyed the empty-hand tactics, especially when the instructors helped one-on-one.” 56-year-old female.
Sometimes it’s best just to use the Nike defense.
“Good scenarios. Location good, plenty of instructors, kept people involved.” … “Thoroughly enjoy the GSL Defense Training classes and life-like information that helps everyone realize what can happen.” – 59-year-old female.
A tough spot. Sometimes the best advice is to not resist. Especially when the darn photographer is sitting on your shotgun, inadvertently. In this case, it worked out for the better.
Something we did well: “Keeping students motivated. Self-defense Krav was very interesting. And supplying loaner gear. Thanks to Easter Seals for use of the grounds. It’s a very nice facility.” –49-year-old male.
Can you see anything wrong here? Hint: If you draw down on a drawn gun, it’s not going to end well, especially when the person across from you isn’t holding said gun sideways or one-handed.
“Very well organized and well-balanced material. The scenario-based training is definitely your core curriculum – live-fire was also core. The staff instructors and role-players were plentiful and excellent. The setting at Timber Pointe is perfect. Keep up the good work. I will gladly recommend this course & consider future offerings.” – 61-year-old male.
In the “OH SHUCKS!” moments, stress-induced failures sometimes peek out.
“Location beautiful. Food good. Excellent location for drills. Learned a lot from drills. The live fire was very good. Overall it was an exceptional class. Will highly recommend to others. A lot of information to think about and digest. Look forward to attending as an aggressor at a future class. Great training, nicely done!”
Ladies helping ladies in the Krav segments.
(Something we did well:) “Provide valuable feedback from highly knowledgeable instructors.” – 58-year-old male.
“This course was wonderful! The location was amazingly beautiful. I learned so much from this that will give me more confidence and make me think differently and approach situations differently.” – 53-year-old female.
Weapon retention, Krav-style. This instance it was marginally executed (finger on trigger). But, that’s why we do it more than once to help students learn.
The choice of the place the class was held was excellent. Classroom teaching was excellent with the instructors speaking at a level I could understand. The content of the whole class “Critical Threat Management” is an excellent idea for any person. Excellent. The hand-to-hand combatives was excellent. I can’t pronounce the name of the self-defense technique, however it was excellent for the situations one could encounter. It is an excellent idea. -57-year-old male.
Learning to strike faster than someone can react from the “fence”.
“Very well organized and well-balanced material. The scenario-based training is definitely your core curriculum – live fire was also core. The staff instructors and role players were plentiful and excellent. The setting at Timber Pointe is perfect. Keep up the good work. I will gladly recommend this course and consider future offerings.” – 61-year-old male.
Female staff on the Krav to help female students excel.
“Good scenarios, location good, plenty of instructors. You keep people involved. Thoroughly enjoy the GSL classes and life-like information that helps everyone realize what can happen.” – 59-year-old female
We wouldn’t recommend choking our students after taking this course. It’ll be a really bad day, even before the good girl’s gun comes out.
“The attention to detail by the staff was great. The spacing of lectures with hands-on and breaks was very well-timed. I’ve not had training quite like this and the knowledge and experience that was passed on was much appreciated. The facility was outstanding and so accommodating. The Krav Maga / combatives were a major draw for me. I feel what Mr. Martin covered helped me understand the effectiveness of simplicity and gave me things to work on. Thank you for all your efforts in putting together a great class.” – 65-year-old female.
Disarms, Krav-style. It happens pretty quickly. Blink and you miss it.
“Well thought-out scenarios. Great location. Lots of help/instructors. Great class. Very well organized for a first class.” – 59-years-young male.
If you have no gun, it might be better to employ the Nike defense away from the bad guy.
“Overall, a great program. A few flaws, but fixable when looked at. As a while, great time, lots of fun and I like my many welts. Ha ha.” – 58-year-old male.
Our role players, aggressors and instructors have fun in this class. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. The students enjoy it, too.
The scenarios were true to life. The class size was right on. The ratio of students to instructors was perfect. I thought the instruction was precise and to the point. I feel I learned a lot – both my faults and things I did correctly. There’s always room for improvement on my part.” – 60-year-old male.
This is one reason of many why you should practice one-handed shooting.
“Force on Force training was real-world problem solving. Keep up the good work.” -unknown aged male.
Looking after a loved one.
Something we did well: “EVERYTHING! Great class. Picked up many skills, corrected poor habits.” – 66-year-old male.
Learning some fundamental tactics.
“I thought the class went well. It moved along and there were a lot of scenarios that really made you think.” – 54-year-old male.
Live fire! Move off the “X”. We offer 1:1 help or better from experienced, top-notch instructors on the firing line in this class.
“Student to instructor ration was good. Smaller class size made learning easier. Good choice of locatoin and good assortment of scenarios. This class was very well done. I learned a lot of new things and got to hone skills gained in previous classes.” – 51-year-old male.
Demonstrating good techniques.
“Good job on the scenarios. Role-play was very realistic. Overall, great job. Good break up in lectures and activities. Love the Krav Maga portion. That was bonus!” – 44-year-old female.
Teaching instinct shooting.
Learning valuable lessons in how you can get tunnel vision in critical incidents. It’s worth noting that bad guy #2 had tunnel vision on the student. The Bad Guy #2 didn’t see the merchant draw down. It’s an example of how dynamic these situations can quickly become. Hint: Just let ’em take the money if nobody’s getting hurt.
Ordinarily you would surrender anything in a car, unless it’s your infant child in a car seat…
“Help! My baby’s not breathing!” How would you handle this?
Smart girl (upper left). She walked away from the car to make a call to 911 to report car prowlers instead of confronting them. What would you do?
Two mistakes: Here’s what happens when you confront the car prowlers and don’t keep them both in front of you.
Making the best of a bad situation. He surrenders his wallet and the keys and retreats.
One of our several restaurant scenarios. You’ll never be the same eating at a restaurant after this class.
Students, a few of our role players, and instructors at our September 2015 course. A lot of big smiles there.