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Hours:  16

Price: $250


This is a two-day course that trains church security teams in using both defensive krav maga (Israeli fighting method) and safe pistol (Israeli shooting method) to prevent identified threats from attacking congregations.

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.

The first part of the second day will be used to develop the fundamentals of the Israeli shooting method by means of dry fire (no ammunition) practice.  Even though most students are eager to use live fire, it is the use of dry fire, the safest training method, which is best for developing and practicing proper shooting technique.

The second part of the second day will apply these fundamentals in live fire shooting.  In both dry and live fire, students will engage in tactical drills that will prepare them for stopping an active threat in various church scenarios.


This 2-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.

Dry practice and Live Fire:  Israeli Fighting Method using a handgun. Practice fighting and shooting techniques and understand why Israel adopted these safe approaches and their effectiveness in stopping active threats.


Length of Course: 2 Days (16 Hours)

Prerequisites: Participants must be capable of engaging in physically rigorous exercise and be subject to no medical restrictions.

Who Should Attend: This course is for citizens who possess a current State-issued Concealed Carry Permit, or comparable documentation, and sworn and retired law enforcement.

Course Goals:   

  • To promote the mentality 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 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, including 70% of speed / accuracy shooting test

Students must bring with them Day One:

  • State-issued concealed carry license/permit or equivalent documentation
  • Appropriate training attire – comfortable footwear (gym shoes–no boots, heels, open-toed shoes or sandals) and training attire (loose fitting)

Students must bring with them Day Two:

  • Eye & ear protection
  • Semiautomatic Pistol + 3 Magazines (9mm preferred)
  • Holster suitable for a rapid draw
  • Magazine pouch for two magazines
  • 250 pistol rounds

Certification: FORCE/IMI Certification of Completion

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

Instructors: Haim Geri & Dr. George Gaines

Haim Geri has dedicated his life to the field of counter-terrorism and Home Land Security (HLS) for his native country of Israel.  He is a combat veteran of the Golani Infantry Reconnaissance Unit of Israel’s Defense Force (IDF). Geri is a retired Captain that served as a Company Commander and Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, as well as G3 in charge of securing the northern border of Israel. He participated in numerous counter-terror operations behind enemy lines, and the Lebanon War.

After his service in the Army, he was recruited by the General Security Services (GSS) of the State of Israel and held many positions with HLS, including Chief of Security at the Israeli embassies in Venezuela and Switzerland.

Later Geri would join the GSS Counter-Terror Academy, where he trained generations of security personnel in the fields of Embassy Security, Aviation and Air Marshals Security, Maritime Security, VIP Security, and Critical Infrastructure Security.  During this time, he also worked for the Security Analysis Unit of Israeli Embassies, where he was charged with the detection and analysis of the threats, risks, and determining the required security levels at Israeli Embassies worldwide. He accomplished all of this while serving an Air Marshal for El Al Airlines.

Geri is currently a student at the American Public University, where he is majoring in HLS and a Senior Instructor at the IMI Counter-Terror Academy, which is certified by the Israeli Police and minister of Internal Security.  It is at IMI, where he uses his life experience to educate and train new generations of professionals in counter-terrorism tactics, security, and HLS.

Under his leadership, the IMI has certified countless cadets in tactical response and firearms based on standards mandated by the Israeli Government. He is an expert in the field of the tactical response to active shooters and the Israeli shooting and fighting technique (Krav Maga). Geri also holds instructor certifications from both the NRA and the USCCA.

Dr. George 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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