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Little Harbor Resort 
536 Bahia Beach Blvd
Ruskin, FL 33570

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George Gaines 


Active Shooters - The Israeli Experience 

- A Rare Training Opportunity -


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You know the reputation of the Israeli's in threat detection and prevention - Legendary, to say the least!  This is your opportunity to learn how the Israeli's do it and earn a graduation certificate from Israel's IMI Academy.

The Israeli approach differs in many respects from what we commonly practice in the US. It is important that you keep an open mind and do your best to learn and practice these methods throughout the seminar.  

If you are not willing to practice these methods throughout the seminar, then we suggest you not register.  We are not trying to convert you from the way you normally shoot and defend against a threat, only exposing you to methods that are new and different.

This  seminar is limited to 18 students.  

Active Shooters - The Israeli Experience

IMI Academy for Advanced Security & Anti-Terror Training, Chameleon Associates, and Gaines Concealed Carry are collaborating to offer professional firearms instructors, security, law enforcement, and concerned citizens a one-of-a-kind seminar, Active Shooter - The Israeli Experience.  IMI Academy is a subsidiary of IMI Systems, an Israeli Government-owned company known for products such as Uzi, Desert Eagle, Galil, Tavor, and other types of munitions.

Haim Geri, Senior Instructor & Operational Advisor for IMI Academy, will conduct the seminar.  Previously, he served in the Israel Defense Forces as Company Commander and Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations in charge of the northern border.  Upon discharge at the rank of Captain, Mr. Geri joined the General Security Services (GSS) of Israel where he served as Chief of Security for Israeli embassies in Latin America and Switzerland.  He also served as an Air Marshall for El Al Airlines.  Later, he joined the GSS Counter-Terror Academy to train students in aviation, maritime, critical infrastructure, and executive protection tactics.  Mr. Geri brings decades of experience in counter-terrorism, SWAT, and firearms training to a new generation of professionals.

Trainees will learn tactical methods developed and tested in Israel to counter active shooters scenarios. They will receive unique training in Krav Maga, shooting, and fighting techniques that security units must undergo in Israel.  Those who successfully complete the two-day seminar will be certified in tactical response and fighting techniques at Israeli Government-mandated standards.  

The Israeli Security Concept.  Includes key concepts and methodologies that influence security system design, procedures, and training of individuals and security personnel in both public and private sectors. Concepts include offense as a defensive approach, use of predictive profiling and security questioning, localized response capabilities, and threat orientation as opposed to risk orientation.

Active Shooter Threat.  Analyzing of active shooter cases will help us to understand the threat and the way to prevent and respond.

Prevention Methods.  Learn how Israeli organizations developed prevention methods to counter active shooter threats. These methods include use of visual profiling, questioning, "Detection and Analysis of People by Action" (DAPA), and the use of security rings as a security system.

Introduction to Krav Maga.  Learn about the history of krav maga and the development of this important defense tool. We will do basic training in class to experience the use of the system.

Dry practice and Live Fire:  Israeli Shooting and Fighting Method.  You will practice fighting and shooting techniques and understand why Israel adopted these approaches and their effectiveness in stopping the active shooter threat.

Day One Classroom - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Little Harbor Resort

The first day will be spent in a classroom setting at the Little Harbor Resort in Ruskin, Florida.  During morning hours, there will be lectures on the above content. Afternoon hours will include light physical activities, such as krav maga and dry practice.

 What You Will Need on Day One

  • Semiautomatic pistol (9mm preferred), iron sights, with 3 magazines, unloaded.  No live ammo in the classroom!
  • Magazine pouch that holds at least two magazines
  • Outside the waistband holster suitable for drawing
  • Ability to load & unload, disassemble & reassemble, your pistol without assistance.  You should practice this before you arrive.
  • Comfortable clothing and proper shoes for light exercise
  • Note-taking necessities

Day Two Classroom -  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Little Harbor Resort

The structure of the second day will be similar to day one. During morning hours, there will be lectures on the above content. Afternoon hours will include light physical activities, such as krav maga and dry practice. Some quick burst movement is required on Day Two. 

What You Will Need on Day Two

  • Everything from Day One

Day Three Outdoor Range - Gun Craft - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Day Three will be spent entirely at the outdoor range of Gun Craft, located at 2102 24th St SE, Ruskin, FL 33570.  The range is a short driving distance from the Little Harbor Resort, and transportation can be arranged for anyone in need. You should expect a warm day, so dress appropriately, wear a shooter's cap, and bring sufficient sunscreen. 

Our range is totally private, with covered picnic areas and shade trees. We will provide plenty of hydration, ample time for reloading, rest & recovery, plus opportunities to observe other shooters. Two Range Safety Officers will be on duty at all times. Everyone must obey range commands!

You will continue to develop the skills learned from the past two days, but working at a much faster pace. You will be introduced to more advanced and complex active shooter scenarios that require even greater concentration and effort on your part. The purpose of these drills is to challenge you to improve your shooting and become the best shooter that you can be while under moderate stress. You will be joined by previous seminar graduates who have elected to take part in this advanced training.

During live fire training, students shoot using the Israeli shooting technique and perform tactical exercises that security officers in Israel must perform in order to qualify. The final test will be a surprise tactical active shooter exercise. An IMI Academy graduation certificate awaits those who complete the seminar.

What You Will Need on Day Three - We Provide Your Ammo!

  • Everything from Days One and Two
  • 150 rounds of 9mm FMJ ammunition (complimentary)
  • If you are shooting other than 9mm, you must provide your own ammo.
  • Eye & ear protection

Breakfast & Lunch are Included!

During Day One and Two we will provide complimentary continental breakfast and light lunch, including coffee, water, and other beverages.  There will be several short breaks with snacks and beverages provided. There also are beverage and snack machines in the lobby. Dinner is on your own and several restaurants are within a short walk. 

On Day Three, there will be complinentary continental breakfast and light lunch at the range.  Bottled water and fruit will be offered during breaks.

Tutition and Refund Policy

Tuition is $595.  Consider that Breakfast & Lunch are included all three days, plus your range ammo is free, and that you will receive a Lifetime Commander Membership at Front Sight, then you have the ingredients of a great deal!  Register no later than July 2, 2018 and receive the Early Bird Discount of $100, dropping your tuition to $495, plus a great hotel rate, truly a deal not to be missed!

Because of the small class size, we must enforce a strict cancellation policy. We hope you understand the reasons for this. If you must cancel, please do so before July 15, 2018 in order to receive a refund, less a $15.00 processing fee. If you cancel on or after July 15, 2018, you have the option of either applying your tuition to a future seminar or securing a replacement. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the event organizer, George Gaines at 404-918-7098.


For lodging, please call the Inn at Little Harbor, the hotel affiliated with our meeting host, (813) 645-3291, and advise that you are with "IMI Academy 2018," and request the event rate of $95/night, plus taxes & fees.  This rate expires on July 2, 2018, so please don't let this opportunity slip by as hotel rates in Ruskin are higher this time of year!  The Inn at Little Harbor is only a short walk to our meeting room and is located at 611 Destiny Dr, Ruskin, FL 33570.


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