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  1. #1
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    Default no classes this year

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  2. #2
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    Mar 2011
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    Western WA
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    And most ranges are completely shut down.

    The lack of classes this year is not by choice I assure you.
    Brent Yamamoto
    Suarez International Tier 1 Staff Instructor

    Ready, willing, able. Bring it.

    Instagram: karate_at_1200fps

    Upcoming classes:

    Pistol Groundfighting, Texas

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2000
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    Beyond The Wall
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    Yeah...I plan to retire because I have been doing this since 1995. Moreover, the majority of students care more about meeting the new Mickey Mouse or being entertained than in learning to kill better. I am not interested in being an entertainer. As well, there is no honor in this industry. I am tired of "other instructors" suddenly rediscovering what I have taught for years, rebrand it and teach it as their own with no attribution given.

    This was supposed to be my last year. Now it may be next year...who knows. My plan has always been this and it is never been a secret. I do not plan to be 80 years old on the range arguing why our stuff makes more sense than what the spandex crowd is doing (like your friend Smith).

    At that time, the senior staff - the "yudansha" will take over the curriculum and teaching, and I will train with them and selected individuals only, and only for furtherance of the art. All things come to an end...as they say.

    I have taught my lessons, as the book says, "let those with ears hear".

    The rest do not matter.
    Gabriel Suarez

    Turning Lambs into Lions Since 1995

    Suarez International USA Headquarters

  4. #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel Suarez View Post
    Yeah...I plan to retire because I have been doing this since 1995. Moreover, the majority of students care more about meeting the new Mickey Mouse or being entertained than in learning to kill better. I am not interested in being an entertainer. As well, there is no honor in this industry. I am tired of "other instructors" suddenly rediscovering what I have taught for years, rebrand it and teach it as their own with no attribution given.
    +1000 this is exactly the reason I've been hesitant to jump hard into the training game.
    Cheers
    T.

    "VICTORIOUS WARRIORS WIN FIRST...
    AND THEN GO TO WAR,
    WHILE DEFEATED WARRIORS GO TO WAR FIRST...
    AND THEN SEEK TO WIN." Sun tzu


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
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    Gabe I hope you accept the advise of an OLDER "compatriota". What you are feeling happens in EVERY PROFESSION, don't leave teaching. We need these days people that teach what you do and if you leave the only thing that is going to do is, the opposition is going to have one less person to fight. I hope you understand exactly what I am saying!!!
    Keep the good work!!!
    Don't be scared be prepared!

    If guns were outlaw only outlaws will have guns - NRA

    Nothing happens until it happens!

    Si vis pacem para bellum

  6. #6
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    Oct 2010
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    The Rona does make it hard to teach and build a schedule, but then again so does the theft of information and technique, and the same questions with the same answers that we've been talking and writing about for a decade and more. I will teach again, probably at Gabe's range in Prescott and down in PHX but I can't schedule anything until all this virus is BS is over.
    Greg "Hyena" Nichols
    Instagram: tacfit_az
    Facebook: SI Instructor Greg Nichols

    #thinkinginviolence
    #tactisexual

    Always entertaining, mildly offensive
    IANative: Indeed, when you grab Brent (or he grabs you), it feels like liquid unobtanium wrapped in rawhide... whereas Greg is just solid muscle wrapped in hate, seasoned w/ snuff and a little lead.

    http://www.warriortalk.com/showthrea...he-Obscenities

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
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    Southern Oregon
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    The talk about no training classes for the rest of the year is, I believe, people buying into the government propaganda about the ChiCom flu.

    I will say up front that if you are a member of the ďat riskĒ population, advanced age, suppressed immune system, ect., then you should probably take extra precautions to avoid in person contact and reduce your attendance in large crowds; then again you should probably do that every year around flu season as your chances of contracting the seasonal flu are astronomically higher than your chances of contracting the ChiCom flu.

    For the rest of us, we still want to train. We still must pursue those skills that make us more deadly to those who wish us, or our loved ones, harm. So how do we do that with all the craziness going on right now? I can speak about what I am doing for my clients.

    The majority of my clients come to me for basic firearm training. Lots of new-to-guns people wanting to get a concealed license. Slow classes, but itís the opening of my funnel so I keep doing them. I do a gun-fighting class about every two months or so, one to two rifle classes a year, and one or two shotgun classes a year as well.

    What has the ChiCom flu scare done to my business?

    Primarily it has pushed those entering my funnel to opt for private classes. I go to their homes and put on my classes just like I would my public classes I put on at ranges. The difference is I charge more for the private classes. The clients get individualized attention that they would never get in a larger public class. I can breeze over the stuff they are familiar with and drill down deep into the stuff they donít know. I know that private training is not for everyone, but it is better for the student. The drawback is that you spend more time and have less reach. By reach I mean that in a half-day basic firearms safety/intro to firearms class with 10 people in it I have spent 4-5 hours and have escorted 10 people into the opening of my business funnel. With a private class I have spent the same amount of time but have only introduced maybe 2 people to what I can offer. That translates into a lot more time I must dedicate to maintain the flow of new customers into my business. Sow today so you may reap tomorrow.

    For those clients that have come to several of my classes and tell me that they take my classes to keep the knife sharp, I have different advice. While the ranges are closed it makes it difficult to hold any of the advanced classes, so I tell them to go back to the master-keys and practice those. The fundamentals of shooting can be done at home with very little room and expending none of your now somewhat difficult to come by practice ammo. I remind those students about dry-fire practice, and I point them to the Pistol Kata video. When practiced properly, those fundamentals will become ingrained into your muscle memory, and that will accelerate your training once the irrational fear subsides and things open back up.

    What ever you spend lots of time doing, will eventually get to the point that it is automatic; whether that is doing pistol drills or sitting on the couch complaining how you canít do $hit because big brother said so.
    Erik Maddocks
    Certified Firearms Instructor
    http://www.actajefferson.com
    https://www.facebook.com/acta.erikmadd/

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