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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007

    Default My Review of My First Suarez Class

    I would like to comment on my first experience with Suarez International.
    The class I am referring to is the Defensive Pistol Class in Chattanooga.
    I have no previous training with firearms. This is mainly due to the expense and travel involved with most other organizations that I am familiar with.

    I am not much of a writer or typer so I will get to the point.

    What I was looking for:
    I wanted to learn the proper techniques of handing and firing my firearm.

    My Instructor: Randy Harris
    Personable, patient, very knowledgeable, and an incredible marksman.
    After saying that, he is a modest fellow also.
    (You can mail me that check now Randy.:D )

    My Instruction:
    I was expecting endless, boring routines of nothing but shooting.
    We did practice a lot of routines of proper shooting techniques.
    But I also learned real world uses of those techniques.
    Like being aware of my environment, profiling, and how to be pro-active
    to responding to possible threats to myself.
    Threats that hopefully can be diffused without the use of violence or the use of my firearm.
    If not, I now have a plan and the confidence to execute it.
    That is about as short and sweet as I can put that.

    Did I get what I was looking for?:
    No, I received more than I expected.
    I received clear, personal, real world training that I could afford.

    Will I consider Suarez International again in the future?
    You bet, Randy has interested me in another upcoming class which I plan to attend, hopefully with my wife.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Central New Mexico
    Very cool! And welcome to the forum.

    I have not met Randy yet, my first class with Gabe last year was excellent also. Im looking forward to my next classes this year with Gabe or with those who have Gabes confidence.

    Isnt it great to have true quality, down to earth instruction available to us commoners!:)

    again, welcome
    AKA - Silk

    Be productive or be gone!
    Who can begin to estimate how many evil deeds die undone when an evil man is killed? - Geezer..RIP

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Not of this world
    Glad you enjoyed your class, and welcome to WT!

    Randy is a great guy and instructor, as are all of the SI group that I have met.
    **Mike Ronin on FaceBook**

    **Spero optimus instruo pro pessimus**

    **Out of destruction rises opportunity. We are only defeated when we give up. Never, ever give up. (Phil 4:13)**

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    202 Metro
    Randy is one of the hardest working guys I know. He keeps his personal edge constantly sharp. He is a good man to learn things from. Many different things.
    “This is a war and we are soldiers. Death can come for us at anytime, and in anyplace.” - Morpheus

    "There are no silver medals on the world's mean streets." - CWS

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Welcome to WarriorTalk Ninjason.

    Glad to hear that you had a good time and learned lots from your very first class.

    "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." Voltaire

    "A mile-long rationalization of one's good intentions will not obscure or excuse an inch of violation." Tom Sotis

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Default Training with SI

    I have the fortune to attend a Gabe`s class the only (yet) time Gabe came to Argentina.
    I`ve been take some classes before this one, with others instructors (none SI) and I must to say that Gabe`s instruction was very, very can I say it?...very "on your face" training.
    Sadly we can`t do some things, like " down good guy figth" and more hard hand on hand figth. Some time restrictions and some phisical fitness problems from some students
    BTW...Welcome to the WTF!!!
    Las armas son necesarias
    Pero naides sabe cuando;
    Ansina, si andas pasiando,
    Y de noche sobre todo,
    Debes llevarlo de modo
    Que al salir, salga cortando.

    Martín Fierro

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Randy is a good dude. Very personable, approachable, and knowledgeable.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Randy is a top notch instructor and a true gentleman!
    Yea, though I walk through the valley, in the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for I graduated from Suarez International's Ultimate Combat Skills Course.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2004

    Default Me too...

    I second everything ninjason said. Other than the blazing March sun , I had a blast! Randy is an excellent instructor IMHO. He is modest and patient and does a very good job of getting his point across. I was impressed by willingness to SHOW me how to do things and answer all of my silly questions. I drove 7 hours one-way to take his class and would (will) gladly do it again. Thanks Randy!:)
    "Beware of the lolipop of mediocracy; one lick and you're a sucker for life."

    -Noble Givens

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Chattanooga TN
    Thanks guys!

    I really appreciate the kind words. I too really enjoyed the class and look forward to having you guys back! And like I said, if you continue to work the material we covered , when you come back you will be unconscously competent with your pistols and able to focus solely on winning the fight not running the gun.

    We saw a huge improvement just from Saturday to Sunday in skill and confidence. Keep building on that and you guys will be way far ahead of the game.

    And there were no "silly " questions. I'm just glad you could follow the long winded answers. I just wanted to make sure everything was answered in context of the fight not context of the square range. "Because that is how we do it" is NOT an acceptable answer from an instructor IMHO.

    Hope to see you soon!
    Last edited by Randy Harris; 03-26-2007 at 12:50 PM.
    Suarez International Tier 1 Staff Instructor
    NRA Certified Instructor
    Tennessee State Handgun Carry Permit Instructor
    Glock Factory Certified Armorer
    IDPA Master Class SSP, ESP,CDP, CCP, BUG, CO
    Gung Ho Chuan Association

    TRAIN with me....

    Fundamentalist Christian Man at Arms


    Joel 3:10 - Beat your plowshares into swords , and your pruning hooks into spears; train even your weaklings to be warriors.

    Through HIS power I can walk on water..IF I just have the faith and courage to get out of the boat.

    A good man who's done a couple of bad things along the way....

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