• Soft Skills
  • Use of Force Law
  • Moral Concerns
  • Decision-making
  • Mindset
  • Empty-Hands
  • Striking, Grappling
  • Defensive Tools
  • Weapon Defense
  • Fighting with a Gun


Specifically, this is concealed carry training. In general terms, you can think of it as firearms training, self defense or personal defense. But the core of our curriculum involves using a “force multiplier” defensive tool, namely the firearm, for personal protection.

What we bring is the IDS Apex method and training course, which is grounded in the idea that your best chance of surviving a defensive encounter is to train in all aspects of that encounter, from awareness to aftermath.

This means that even though we spend a lot of time on firearms safety, and specific considerations for concealed carry, overall we provide for anyone who wants to train in effective self defense – armed or unarmed.

Do You Carry?

If you are a law-abiding gun owner and carry your firearm concealed for protection, the blunt truth is you need this training. If you have a sub-one-second draw to bullseye at 20 yards, you still need this training. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees our natural right to keep and bear arms. Take that right seriously and be responsible about it. Who seriously says to themselves, “I don’t need any more training?” Prioritize your training for the benefit of yourself and those you protect.

Do You Have a Concealed Carry Permit?

You don’t need one in South Dakota, but it’s a good idea to have one anyway. That being said, this training course is not for a South Dakota concealed-carry permit. It is for you to learn integrative, effective self defense while carrying a concealed firearm.

So if you’ve gone through a SD CCW course, personal defense training is the next logical step. If you haven’t, don’t worry – we’ll also cover the important things from those classes like firearms safety and use-of-force law.

Those Who Don’t Carry

We know gun ownership isn’t for everyone, much less concealed-carry for personal protection. One of our main goals is to create a safer community. So we want to train as many law-abiding citizens in self defense as we can. This means if you are an unarmed citizen, but still wish to learn self defense, you can enroll in our self defense training course.

No Experience Necessary

The only thing you need to bring with you is a willingness to learn, your good work ethic, and your good moral character. You begin where you are right now. So mentally check all that apply to you:

  • Never held a gun before
  • I’m a champion 3-gun shooter
  • Own a gun but don’t carry it
  • Never wrestled with someone else
  • Out of shape
  • Years of martial arts experience
  • Work in law enforcement
  • Carry every day
  • Former/Active military
  • Good moral character
  • Want to learn self defense

Good. All of you are welcome, as long as you checked the last two boxes. The rest only matters if you let it get in your way. Rregardless of where you begin, this is about being better today than you were yesterday. Every new nugget of knowledge, every good rep – it all makes you that much more prepared, and that is why we are here.

What are classes like?

Small, safe, instructive and fun. Each class begins with a safety check, usually followed by a cognitive lesson or some form of discussion. The skills portion makes up the bulk of the class, and rotates through a long list of drills, exercises and scenarios.

Several principles govern our classes.

  • Safety. We have strict rules regarding safety, and we keep them fervently.
  • Humility. There are no egos in this class. Empty your cup as you walk through the door. If everyone in the class is teachable, including the coach, we all win.
  • Failure. Fail fast, fail often. Fail valiantly and spectacularly. Fail with gusto, with passion. This is the best teacher.
  • Do not quit. Ever. No exercise ends until it is over, and no rep stops with failure. Practice to SURVIVE.

You are responsible for your safety

Now take responsibility for your training