Females offered hands-on Israeli security training course

Israeli security course
BRASSTOWN, NC – IMI Florida Academy is offering females an opportunity to train in Israeli security self-defense and firearm techniques Nov. 22-23 in Brasstown, NC.
“You know the reputation of the Israeli’s in threat detection and prevention – legendary, to say the least,” the two-day course introduction reads. “This is your opportunity to learn how the Israeli’s do it and earn a graduation certificate from Israel’s IMI Florida 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 training you to use methods that maximize firearm safety for you and others. This seminar is limited to 16 students.”
Seminar instructor Haim Geri, Senior Instructor at IMI Academy in Israel, will conduct the seminar. Previously, Geri 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, 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. Geri brings decades of experience in counter-terrorism, SWAT, and firearms training to “a new generation of professionals.”

“In order to be eligible to participate in our seminars, upon arrival you must provide evidence that you do not have a criminal history which would make you ineligible to own a firearm in your home state,” Dr. W. George Gaines, IMI Director of Open Enrollment, explained to FYN.

George Gaines - IMI

Dr. W. George Gaines, director of open enrollment at IMI Florida Academy.

Listed below are examples of proper credentials:
  1. A current State-Issued Concealed Carry License or Permit.
  2. A receipt showing the purchase of a firearm from a Federal Firearms Licensee within the past 5 years (e.g., a gun shop, but not a private sale).  This shows that the individual passed an FBI background check at the time of purchase.
  3. A certificate showing no criminal background history (obtained from the local sheriff’s office in Georgia; from the county courthouse in North Carolina).
  4. Contact Gaines to arrange for a private investigative firm to do the search. The cost is approximately $50 and typically takes 48 hours.
  5. In North Carolina only, a current Permit to Purchase a Pistol.  This costs approximately $5.00 and is obtained from the sheriff.
“Item 1 takes as long as 30 to 60 days to obtain, so if someone doesn’t already have one already, that wouldn’t work.  However, I encourage everyone to get one.  Item 3 is the easiest to get for Georgia residents; item 5 for North Carolina,” Gaines said.

The trainee will learn the main concepts behind the Israeli security system and will practice the use of predictive profiling, offense as a defensive technique, individual response positions and movements, as well as threat orientation as opposed to risk orientation. What emerges is a set of highly practical and teachable tools for protecting one’s self and loved ones from harm.  These tools include situational awareness, identifying suspicious indicators, physical self-defense, and use of offense as a defensive approach.  At the heart of these tools is the conviction that you alone must take responsibility for your own defense as well as the defense of loved ones.

Gaines provided the following synopsis on the Israeli security training course.

Harmful Threats.  Analyzing prior harmful threat cases will help us to understand the threat’s mode of operation and ways that you might prevent or respond to an attack.

Introduction to Krav Maga.  Krav Maga is an easy-to-learn self-defense tool originally developed by Hungarian Jews for self-protection against the Nazis. Learning to use these simple methods can help stop an assault and possibly save your life by using only your hands, arms, elbows, knees and feet.

Practice and live fire:  Israeli method of shooting a pistol.  You will have ample time to practice safe shooting methods used by the Israelis, including proper grip, trigger fingering, and shooting stance. Then, mostly at short distances, you will demonstrate what you have learned during actual fire drills. You will learn why Israel adopted these approaches and how they have proved to be effective in stopping threats.

Open Enrollment Contact: Dr. George Gaines, Director of Open Enrollment (george@imifloridaacademy.com or 404.918.7098)

Length of Course: 2 Days (16 Hours)

Prerequisites: You must have either a current State-issued Concealed Carry Permit or equivalent (criminal background check, Permit to Purchase a Pistol in NC, etc.) and be capable of engaging in moderate physical exercise and have no medical restrictions. Please speak with Dr. Gaines in order to learn how to satisfy the prerequisites.

Who Should Attend: Women with minimal shooting experience who want to develop their skills in self-protection and defense of loved ones.

Course Goals:

  • To promote the mindset to engage from a tactically disadvantaged position
  • To enhance the technical and tactical skills to survive the attack and eliminate threats with precision and speed

Course Objectives: At the end of this course, participants will be able to achieve the following objectives in accordance with the information presented during the instructional period:

  1. Identify critical threat indicators prior to an active incident, when possible, to prevent it from occurring.
  2. Demonstrate weapons proficiency and some Krav Maga skills.
  3. Operate under some stress with determination and aggressiveness appropriate to the given situation and within the confines of the law.
  4. Respond as a single operator and demonstrate the tactics necessary to successfully neutralize the threat.

Methodologies: This course employs lecture, discussion, demonstrations, practical and fun exercises

Course Requirements: 100% Attendance. Successfully complete all practical exercises, including 70% of speed/accuracy shooting test

 Students must bring with them:

  • State-issued concealed carry license/permit or equivalent
  • Comfortable training attire
  • Eye & ear protection
  • Pistol + 3 Magazines (9 mm preferred)
  • Holster suitable for a rapid draw
  • Magazine pouch for two magazines
  • 150 pistol rounds

Certification: IMI Florida Academy Certification of Completion

Registration: Students must register at IMI Florida Academy website.

The cost of the two-day seminar is $395. Participants must register no later than Nov. 20, 2019.

Additional information on the course is available here.

Click here to register.


Robin H. Webb

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