> > Upcoming Training – Surviving Deadly Contact with Kelly Alwood on April 28 – 30 : St George, UT

This is the only date this year that this class will be taught.

Do not miss out on this incredibly valuable training!!

onPoint Tactical - Surviving Deadly Contact courseThis class will be hands on training, force on force with paintballs, and live fire with pistol and carbine. Students will learn learn the rules of combat, shoot and move. Every game has rules and those who do not know the rules will definitely lose.

  •     What is the most dangerous place in a room?
  •     What is the order you engage your targets?
  •     What are the levels of cover?
  •     How do you handle multiple opponents?

If you don’t know the rules, you can’t win..(other than pure luck)…Surviving Deadly Contact with Kelly Alwood in Utah - AH Trimble

This class focuses on real life threat scenarios: a shooting or robbery in Walmart, attempted carjacking, scuffle at the restaurant, muggings in the mall parking lot, home invasion.

This class will be taught by trained combat veterans


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Here is the post I made on 9/21/2015 where I talk about the class….THAT I TOOK !


Shoot em in the face…

Yeah, that got your attention didn’t it!

Now let me explain what that is all about. I mentioned a couple days ago about taking some training in early September, great training to be exact. < Read the article and give me feedback – click here > It was a class called Surviving Deadly Contact. The instructor was Kelly Alwood. Kelly is an amazing teacher and a generous person. And Kelly has the credentials to back up what he was teaching.

I won’t go into all the details, but a quick review of who Kelly is…

Kelly Alwood

Kelly Alwood

  • Security contractor in Iraq.
  • Central Operations:  Trained new security forces, supervised the main checkpoint at Baghdad International Airport (BIAP CP1).
  • Operations as Head of ICE (Iraqi Currency Exchange Program).
  • Personal Security Detail for General Petraeus in Northern Iraq, Mosul.
  • Worked as an Instructor at the USAF CPEC Sniper School in 2005.
  • Counter Sniper operations with the 1st Cav Div. in Baghdad 2003 – 2004.
  • Internationally certified Black belt holder and Instructor. Certified Level III US Army Combatives instructor. Holds belts in Tae Kwon Do (moo duk kwan) and (moo sul doo), Hopkido, Aikido, Jujitsu, Shotokan Karate, and Ishanru.
  • Won several IPSC pistol competitions. Competed and placed with sub-guns as well.
  • And some other qualifications and experience as well that will be left unsaid.
  • Read more about Kelly here : http://www.kellyalwood.com/about-kelly/

Why are credentials important? Kelly summed it up nicely when talking about a shooting video that is currently popular, “Why learn gun fighting techniques from someone who has never been in a gunfight?”

Duh! Think about that for a minute, doesn’t that make sense? It should. He talked about another popular DVD that is for sale from a person who teaches combat shooting. Problem? Well, the guy doing the teaching was only in one gunfight; and he was wounded and several of his buddies were killed. So you want to learn from a person who lost the only gunfight he was ever in?

OK, you get the point.

I am not going to give specifics of what Kelly taught us. I will however, go over some of the principles that he was trying to impart to us, life-saving principles.

1.  “Shoot em in the face.” Since I started with the teaser intro for this article I thought I would cover this concept first. This comes from a very practical and commonsense approach to winning a gunfight or defending yourself and your family. Many instructors talk about two center mass, one to the head. Kelly says, “put three rounds in their face.”

So I go back to the “orbit” shots I was taught years ago. That shot is meant to instantly shut down the brain so the bad guy can’t even pull the trigger. This is especially true in a hostage situation. Made sense then, why not now?

Kelly’s point was, if you shoot them three times in the face you get the desired result, instant shutdown. Then that begs the question, “Why put two rounds center mass?” And that is his point…be a good shooter, don’t miss, and put all three rounds in their face. Three in the face means three shots just went into the bad guy’s brain. And that stops the brain from functioning…instantly.

How is that possible? Practice.

We started out on Day 3 doing nothing but live fire. We had a target stand in front of us and three 6” paper plates; placed low, middle, high about 25 meters in front of us. Our first task…three rounds in the lowest plate, take our time. I did it in about 4 seconds. Then came the fun part…pain motivation if you missed.

Surviving Deadly Contact with Kelly Alwood in Utah - AH TrimbleThen he timed us with a shot clock, still just wanting us to put three rounds in the plate. My first time was 3.3 seconds…all hits. Next came five rounds on the shot clock. 3.13 seconds for me…all hits. Then five more. Then on to the middle plate, five rounds on the shot clock. I was now down to just over 2 seconds.

So we did 4 sets of five rounds in the middle and upper plates. Between each set Kelly gave us pointers on how to stand, how to hold the carbine, etc. I had a lot of “unlearning” to do. For 10 years I have been taught the Modified Weaver stance but it never felt comfortable. Kelly taught us a different approach and it felt really comfortable. Shoulders forward, left foot forward, lean forward, wrench the carbine in our hands, and hold on to the carbine with a death grip. It worked!

After all the shooting was done in those three 6” plates I realized what had happened. I had every shot in the plates of course; I am a moderately decent shot. But what I saw was progressively smaller groups and progressively faster times.

The lower plate I covered about 2/3 of the 6” plate with my shot group. The middle plate had a shot group of about 1/3 of the plate. The top plate, my last group, you could cover my shot group with a tin can lid…a Campbell’s tomato soup can lid to be exact.

That is where it dawned on me he was teaching us the right stuff the right way. It felt right, it sounded right, and the results were obvious. The “proof” right before my eyes, Kelly was teaching us to be an accurate and fast shooter.

Surviving Deadly Contact with Kelly Alwood in Utah - AH TrimbleThe day was young and we went on to learn shooting multiple targets, shooting while moving, and other gun fighting tactics. I learned a lot and I would say I easily improved my shooting ability by three times.

By the time the shooting was over I was easily shooting about 2 – 3 shots per second and all hits on the 6” pie plate…moving. Standing and doing it got bring.

2.  “Aggression wins.” Part of day one and day two was learning to defend your home and how to breach a building. It was force on force and paintball was our weapon. I have about 9 “hits” to prove how good a teaching aid paintball guns can be.

I won’t go into too much detail because I don’t want you to think that the material I am sharing with you somehow substitutes for the actual training with Kelly. But I can tell you that we started off with a gun toting defender getting the crap kicked out of us by 2, then 4, then 6 attackers. Sometimes with just sticks, sometimes with sticks, knives and paintball guns.

By the end of the first day we were able to defend ourselves against four armed attackers pretty dang effectively. By the end of the second day we could defend against an organized breach of a room. We also learned how to breach a room as well. And do so effectively.

But in every case where a person tried to be strictly defensive…they were beaten badly. When a defender or an attacker were aggressive, they prevailed. I am not talking stupid aggressive, I am talking skilled aggressive. It simply works, aggression wins.

What really made the most impression those two days was working in teams. Having even one other person was a huge asset! Working well with your partner and coordinating was an incredible experience. I think with a little practice my buddy Glenn and I could hold off a Zombie horde of 20+ people with relative ease. Then high-five when it was all over.

I can’t stress enough to have a “battle buddy” or maybe more correctly stated a “prepper buddy.” It will make a huge difference in your ability to survive. And it makes it all a bit more enjoyable along the way.

3.  “Run your AR wet!” Fortunately this was a principle that I had already learned long before this class. But his point was simple, an AR needs to be wet to run properly. If you try and run your AR dry, it will fail. And failure is not an option during a gun fight. Here is what I use for keeping my AR wet < Read more on EWL Slick 2000 >

4.  “Have a Plan B.” You’ve heard me talk about back-up plans before. And I am a big believer in them. Well, I learned my lesson big time that it also applies to things like gun fights. Maybe especially things like gun fights.

So, it was my turn to defend my “home” against four attackers; two with guns, two with sticks and knives. I had my plan, I knew it would work because it was all according to the principles we were learning. We got into place and Kelly said, “Go!’

I squeezed the trigger and nothing. No paint ball came flying out of the barrel to kill my opponent. I knew at that moment that I was screwed. I shook the gun, worked the action, pulled the trigger again. Nothing. I worked the action several times but it was far, far too late. It did fire but I only had a second or two to shoot the long-range target before the other gun was way too close.

I killed the long-range guy, but I had to start moving to avoid the second gun. But I had no plan, I hadn’t thought about the gun jamming and what I would do to “live” through it. I should have collapsed back into the house but I didn’t. As I was trying to shoot an attacking stick/knife guy I tripped over a log on the ground. I went down shooting but the second gun guy got me with a perfect head shot.

Lesson learned – Have a plan and multiple back-up plans and use them. Trust your training. Now I just have a bunch of bruised ribs to show for not learning well enough or soon enough.

5.  “Attitude is everything!” This gun fighting training stuff is tough, hard, and tiring. Yes, it is a lot of fun as well…but only if you look at it that way. The training is designed to give you the skills to allow you to live. But more importantly…you are the last man standing in your castle. If you go down, then what happens to your wife and kids?

It came back to me that you must train like you will fight, because inevitably you will fight like you train.

6.  “The right gear matters.” There was a mix of weapons, tactical gear, sights, pistols and whatnot at the class. You could tell the poor quality gear right away.

Your life depends on your gear, have good quality gear. Kelly had some interesting gear that he helped develop. I will be sharing some of that in the coming weeks. I am betting you will like what he is developing and has available.

A subset of this topic is “weight.” Don’t get big bulky gear. Keep your gear to a minimum and as light as possible. But then you should train with that gear on and get used to it. It will wear on you, make your hurt today, and sore tomorrow. But training in your gear is better than some tacti-cool workout video.

Another aspect of this topic…high necked shirts. I will explain this more later. But wearing a tactical vest without a nigh neck shirt is asking for some serious sores.

There was obviously a lot more that I learned but this gives you a good start on understanding what went on. As I “review” different gear and equipment that I tested while at the training I will share more on the class itself.

However, there is a bottom line to this whole thing…this training changed my life somehow. I am not entirely sure how, but I will work to figure it out.

One of the ways that it did change me – As I was driving back home, two days’ worth of driving to be exact, I was stopped for gas. Kind of a rundown gas station, not many people, I was the minority, and I was being watched pretty carefully by some folks who I would call “unsavory.”

But the training kicked in. Actually, it already had kicked in because my SA (Situational Awareness) < read more about SA > was already picking up the clues.

What was different was my “systematic” evaluation of the what might be threats and their priority in relationship to me and my safety. And then step three, I was making a plan on how to deal with those threats. Yes, and what my back-up plan would be.

It felt very, very good. There was confidence inside of me. Not the braggadocios or cocky confidence. But the subtle, quiet confidence that I could handle myself if called upon.

For you, what is my “take-away” from the three days of training?

Take it! Take the training! But here is the thought that comes to my mind when I say that. First – yes, it is a lot of time and money. Second – if you are serious about surviving post grid-down you must be able to defeat the violence that will come your way. To do that you must have skills, the right skills. If you don’t have the right skills, none of your other “preps” are going to matter.

Why? Remember, it is my opinion that “violence” is going to be your #1 threat to you and your family during an emergency, disaster or “grid-down” event. < read more on that > That being the case, you better be prepared to handle that violence.

Surviving Deadly Contact with Kelly Alwood teaches you those all-important skills. Take the class!

To learn more about this class → < click here >

To get pricing information and/or enroll in this class → < click here >

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