Join us for a Women-Only Home Defense Class!
NEWLY UPDATED FOR 2022!
You may have seen more reports of armed home invasions in the news headlines where an armed woman shoots an escaped inmate after he breaks into her home. Or a mom shoots home intruder after he kicks in the door.
But that isn’t anywhere close by, right? How about the elderly Renton man killed to steal his house? Or even closer? Remember the Maple Valley man defending his family in his home from armed attackers?
So why not just call the police? Of course you call them. However, in Seattle, their target response time is 7 minutes; their average is 9 minutes and is often > 14 minutes. And in the case of the Maple Valley man, police were more than 30 minutes away. Others report having to wait up to two hours. That is an eternity when someone is breaking in your door. And even when they do show up, they aren’t actually required by law to intervene and protect you.
And recently, it is even worse with police departments being decimated due to budget cuts and staff exoduses. And unfortunate legislation passed by the ruling part in recent years has emboldened criminals so much that the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs said that murder was up 47%, and manslaughter is up 100%. Vehicle thefts are up 88%. Robbery is up 18% in Seattle, with violent crime reaching a 14-year high in 2021.
So what do you do while you’re waiting for the police to arrive?
How do you protect yourself and your loved ones in your home?
You begin by recognizing that you and you alone are responsible for your own safety. And then you attend this training class to help you learn how to keep yourselves safe until the police can arrive. And then you train, train, train to help ensure you can keep you and your loved ones safe in your home.
What You’ll Gain
When you join us for this course you’ll enjoy:
- Increased self-confidence and situational awareness
- Greater ability to defend yourself and your family inside your home
- Knowledge of when to legally use lethal force-and the steps you can take before this last resort
- Understanding of and a plan for the legal aftermath of a home defense shooting
Students have said this class was hugely valuable because they found out that every scenario they had in their head was wrong-they wouldn’t actually work! The course challenged their assumptions and made them rethink a lot of their strategy.
In the end, they walked away with the confidence they had all the right answers to defend their home and stay on the right side of the law.
This course is small and intimate-and for women-only. It is only open to graduates of our Women-Only Basic Protection Course as it adds many new skills to those learned in the previous course.
What You’ll Learn
This course is designed from the ground up to give you the tools and tips you need to defend your home from an attacker, stay on the right side of the law, give you drills you can practice upon graduation, and give you tools to harden your home against intruders, all so you can better defend yourself or your loved ones.
Our kick-ass criminal defense attorney talks in detail about the laws pertaining to self-defense inside/outside the home, and how to ensure you stay as far away as possible from anything that might sabotage your “self-defense” defense in court.
We’re delighted to welcome Attorney Andrea Kim, a practicing defense attorney with Ark Law. She will help us understand the laws regarding the use of deadly force in Washington State, your rights, and how to navigate the criminal and civil actions that may follow a defensive encounter. Andrea will share cases and anecdotes where self-defense was 100% justified and where the gray areas are.
We give you a great big bunch of ideas on how to harden your home to make it significantly harder for the bad guys to get in–and how to prepare to handle the worst-case scenario.
UPDATED FOR 2022: We’ve removed the live fire component of this class. But why? Glad you asked. We’ve had literally hundreds of women who’ve attended the Basic Protection class and been desperate to immediately sign up for this Home Defense Course. They’ve been a victim of a home invasion, or they’ve found someone prowling their back yard. Or they’ve been fearful when home alone with small children.
Previously we’ve had to turn them away because they’ve not yet had enough time to practice with their brand new firearm in preparation for live fire in this course. And it has been heartbreaking. They’ve absolutely needed the content to get started in hardening their home and preparing to defend themselves and their family and yet they’ve missed the only one or two classes offered each year.
So starting in 2022, we’ve separated home defense strategies from shooting fundamentals. We’ve replaced the live fire shooting fundamentals section with dry-fire and laser device practice so we can share the legal insights and the home defense strategies with more women.
Using dry-fire and laser devices actually allows us to safely demonstrate and practice more realistic scenarios. When you hear a bump in the night, how do you safely get to your children in the upstairs bedroom? How do you reach a significant other in the back of the house? How do you safely retreat to your safe room? We’ll give you a number of drills and exercises you can use to practice in your own home, and with live fire on the range.
What’s more, moving off the range enables you to review and critique actual defensive home and landscaping improvements and identify areas for improvement in your own homes and yards.
With the blend of classroom and practical on-the-range instruction you’ll also learn:
- Psychology of situational awareness and self-defense
- Strategies for protecting yourself and your loved ones inside your home
- Considerations for selecting a home defense handgun and ammunition
- Numerous tips for situational awareness, avoiding conflict, and personal protection
- Ideas for products you can use to harden your home against intrusion
- Recommendations for landscaping adjustments to make it harder for intruders to hide and gain entry
You’ll truly walk out of this class with a detailed action plan and tons of newfound confidence in your ability to defend your home and loved ones.
The course runs from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Please join us at 8 am for amazing coffee and pastries to fuel our discussions so you can get to know your soon-to-be-best friends! You’ll begin with instruction in a well-lit and comfortable classroom and after lunch we’ll take an indoor and outdoor guided tour of the facility. We’ll also do active dry-fire exercises within the facility.
We will provide coffee, water, snacks, as well as a hot and hearty home-cooked lunch-this is not to be missed!
Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll receive a certificate of course completion.
What to Bring
Please bring the following:
- Your driver’s license for ID verification
- Your own semi-automatic pistol in .380, 9mm (or greater). Ideally this will be the handgun you intend to use for home defense. (If you don’t yet have a pistol, we can provide you with a 9mm pistol–let us know via email)
- At least two magazines for your pistol (This is for practice only-ammunition is NOT required)
- Shoes/boots suitable for walking outside.
- If you have a MantisX or Mantis Laser Academy, feel free to bring it!
And as the forecast requires:
- Rain protection
- Cold-weather clothing
Tuition for the course is $295 per person. We love it when you bring your friends with you!
Payment is due at time of registration. Our facilities and instructors are pre-paid, so we cannot allow rescheduling or refunds. Upon registration, you will be asked to fill out a waiver and attest that you are eligible to handle firearms (i.e. no felonies).
Course Schedule and Registration
We’re so excited to have you join us in this next step of your self-defense journey!
Below are the upcoming course dates. Don’t delay. We have taught more than 750 women and these courses have filled very rapidly with our Basic Protection course graduates! So many women have delayed only to come back later and find everything is completely full!
If the courses are full or you aren’t able to attend one of the scheduled programs, contact us and we’ll add you to our waiting list to be notified the moment a new course is added.
We look forward to having you join us!
All courses are taught at our extremely comfortable and private classroom in Enumclaw. All the dry-fire, laser exercises, and AP Home Security evaluations will take place in and around the classroom.
Who are your Instructors?
We are passionate about teaching women to protect themselves and their loved ones, enabling them to embark on their next adventure with confidence and security. All four of us are certified NRA instructors. We’ve been teaching classroom and practical programs for nearly two decades.
Curtis is the lead instructor, with nearly 20 years of training experience with people of all ages. He is an NRA-certified instructor for NRA Pistol, Home Defense, Personal Protection Inside the Home, and Black Powder programs. He is also an NRA certified Range Safety Officer.
Becky is the reason we started all of this. She was tired of being dismissed in firearms training courses, and having to prove that she was a better shot than the instructor before she was welcomed into the club. Becky is adamant that women just need the opportunity to learn new skills in order to perform comparably. She has a degree in psychology which she leverages heavily to help women understand how to defend themselves. Becky is an NRA-certified instructor for NRA Pistol and is assisting in this course.
Kelsey has been shattering stereotypes her whole life. She enjoys challenging assumptions of what women are capable of doing. When not in business dress, she does 50-mile hikes and enjoys shooting the largest production revolvers and semi-automatic handguns available in the US (truly ‘big-ass’ handguns!). She is an NRA-certified instructor for NRA Pistol and is assisting in this course.
Katon is our resident armorer and firearms expert. He has been actively shooting for nearly a decade and enjoys defensive and competitive shooting. He is a Master-level USPSA competition shooter, an active mini-3-gun competitor, and actively teaches others how to compete effectively. He is an NRA-certified instructor for NRA Pistol and is assisting in this course.