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This is a one-day course that trains church greeters and ushers in using physical methods for identifying and preventing threats from attacking congregations. No firearms are involved.

The first part of the first day will review friend/foe screening, suspicious indicators, and proactive questioning methods.  Afterward, students will train in krav maga using the most basic defenses against punches, knives, handguns, and long blades.

The afternoon of the first day will put students into a variety of surprise scenarios that simulate greeting people coming to church.  Each student will play a specific role, e.g., greeter, friendly visitor, regular member, hostile, etc.  This process will be repeated multiple times so that each student gets to experience different roles and get to demonstrate their abilities in krav maga.

This one-day course will include:

Overview of Ministry of Greeters & Ushers. The course recognizes that serving as a greeter or usher is a ministry of the church.  The first task of the greeter or usher is to make congregants and visitors, especially the latter, feel welcome.  This course assumes that participants already possess welcoming dispositions. Guidelines for exercising this ministry are provided as references.

The Israeli Security Concept.  The course overviews 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 the single operator philosophy, offense as a defensive approach, localized response capabilities, and threat orientation as opposed to risk orientation.

Active Threats.  Review of active threat cases will help us to understand the perpetrator Mode of Operation and ways to prevent and respond.

Prevention Methods. These methods include use of visual predictive profiling, security-driven questioning, and the use of security rings as a security system.

Introduction to Krav Maga.  We will do basic training in class to experience the use of the system.

Length of Course: One Day (8 Hours)

Prerequisites:  Participants must have previously attended the three-hour seminar “Prevention Training for Houses of Worship.” Participants also must be capable of engaging in physically moderate exercise and be subject to no medical restrictions.

Who Should Attend: This course is for those with duties as church greeters and/or ushers.

Course Goals:

  • To promote the mentality to engage from a tactically disadvantaged position
  • To enhance the technical and tactical skills to survive an 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 training provided during the instructional period:

  • Use predictive profiling and questioning to determine if a person poses a threat.
  • Identify critical threat indicators prior to an active incident and, when possible, prevent it from occurring.
  • Demonstrate defensive Krav Maga skills in a variety of threat scenarios.
  • Operate under high levels of stress with fortitude and aggressiveness appropriate to the given situation and within the confines of the law.
  • Respond as a single operative and demonstrate the tactics necessary to successfully neutralize the threat.

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

Course Requirements: 100% Attendance. Successfully complete all practical exercises.

Hours: 8

Students must bring with them:

  • Comfortable footwear (gym shoes–no boots, heels, or open-toed sandals) and training attire (loose fitting)

Certification: FORCE/IMI Certification of Completion

Registration:  For more information regarding specific course itinerary for location and other important details, go to:

Enrollment Contact and Instructor:  Dr. George Gaines –

Dr. Gaines is Director of Mobile Open Enrollment for FORCE/IMI.  In this capacity, he is responsible for developing and organizing training outside of our campus in SW Florida.  He participates in mobile training seminars, both for civilians and law enforcement, as range safety officer and assisting instructor.

His 50 years of teaching experience includes secondary, post-secondary, and adult education.  As a USCCA Training Counselor, he has trained and certified over 100 instructors and hundreds of Concealed Carry students.  His personal training includes Front Sight, Florida Firearms Academy, USCCA Headquarters, and IMI Florida Academy.

Dr. Gaines holds NRA Instructor Certifications in Pistol, Home Defense, Refuse to Be a Victim, and is a NRA Range Safety Officer and Chief Range Safety Officer.  He is USCCA-Certified in Home Defense, Concealed Carry, Basic Pistol, and Women’s Handgun & Self-Defense. He is also certified to teach Concealed Carry classes by the North Carolina Department of Justice.  He is an active member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Instructors, International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, NRA and USCCA, and three area gun clubs. He holds bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees.

COVID-19 Business Statement

We are in compliance with the Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

To protect our employees and students, Force IMI will be exercising CDC protocols to maintain healthy business operations. Our goal is to keep a healthy training environment both in the classroom and on the shooting range. We do so by applying CDC policies and practices for social distancing. Social distancing means avoiding large gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters and performing routine environmental cleaning and disinfection). Please visit the CDC site for more information.

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