The Professional Code of Defensive Shooting Instructors

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Our instructors are dedicated to our students and each of them is committed to the seven tenants of the Professional Code of Defensive Shooting Instructors that is promulgated by the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors.  With class sizes (usually between ten and fifteen students), each student receives the personal attention they deserve.  Our extensive firearms training background and our commitment to continuing training allows us to provide you with the best possible learning experience and the most accurate, up-to-date information.  We have consulted and continue to consult with defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys, Law Enforcement Officers, other trainers, and other professionals knowledgeable in the fields of self-defense as well as Illinois Firearms and Use of Force laws to insure the information we provide you is accurate, complete, and up-to-date.  

The Professional Code of Defensive Shooting Instructors 

1.     I am committed to the safety of my students, and hold that the expected benefit of any training activity must significantly outweigh any known or perceived risk of that activity.

2.     I believe that it is my responsibility to understand not just what I’m teaching, but WHY I’m teaching any technique or concept, or offering specific advice.

3.     I recognize that defensive shooting skills, along with the drills and gear used, are inherently specialized and usually distinct from those of target shooting, competition and hunting endeavors.

4.     I will encourage my students to ask questions about course material, and I will answer them with thorough and objective explanations.

5.     I understand that Integrity and Professionalism are subjective traits and I strive to maintain high levels of both. I am capable of, and willing to, articulate the reasons for the way I conduct my courses and how I interact with students & peers.

6.     I believe that it is valuable to engage my peers in constructive conversation about differences in technique and concept, with the goal of mutual education and evolution.

7.     I believe that the best instructor is an avid student, and I will strive to continually upgrade my own skills and knowledge. As part of this belief, I understand that my own teachings need to be subject to critique and open to evolution.