On Tuesday, July 6th, Tom Patire, bodyguard to the stars and defensive tactics instructor, launched his active shooter training course to four hundred martial arts instructors from around the world.
Patire’s course was an introductory training to active shooter defense tactics as part of the Martial Arts Super Show. The Super Show is an annual event that brings thousands of martial artist from around the world, of all disciplines, under one roof to learn, train and share best practices within their industry.
Active shooter situations, once an extreme rarity, have unfortunately become almost common place over the last couple of years. With situations such as Columbine, Virginia Tech, San Bernadino and most recently in Miami becoming far to common. The need for this type of self-defense training is greater than ever before.
According to the department of Homeland Security an active shooter scenario is defined as: “An individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated are; In Most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no method to their pattern or method to the selection of victims”
In 2016 alone, there have been approximately 179 mass shooting situations in the United States alone resulting in approximately 250 deaths and over 700 hundred injuries (source: www.gunviolencearchive.org)
Patire has been teaching effective response measures to active shooter scenarios for over 15 years to law enforcement and tactical trainers, making him and his methods some of the most sought-after tactical training in the United States.
He stated, “Our goal is to teach as many people as possible how to effectively keep themselves and their family safe if they, heaven forbid, end up in an active shooter situation. There is no better place to roll out active shooter training to the general public than with the instructors in the martial arts community. Martial arts schools have the most ability to rapidly reach the general public and save the most lives.“
Patire brought in six of instructors from around the United States and Canada to help him teach the capacity crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Also teaching were Tactical Master instructors: Joe Wyka (New Jersey), Russell Wright (Alabama), Tommy Patire (New Jersey), Brett Lechtenberg (Utah) and James Fries (Canada).
Erin Lauraine, martial arts instructor and attendee, said “Mr. Patire and his staff took a room of a couple hundred martial artists and made it feel like we were each getting one-on-one training. The concepts were simple, techniques that were easy to learn and remember; which is sometimes the missing piece in taking clinics like this.”
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