Good Questions

Self Defense in General

How long does it take to learn self defense?

It takes an hour, and it takes a lifetime. What does “self defense” mean to you? What are your goals? How good do you want to be? Only you can answer these questions. We can guide you.

For our purposes here at The Forge, we do have material broken into chunks that can be trained to proficiency over a significant amount of time of quality, deliberate practice.

What is self defense?

For us here at The Forge, self defense – or personal defense (which nominally includes others), is whatever you do or don’t do in order to avoid, prevent, or survive an unsafe or violent encounter.

Obviously some things you might do are better than others. Training in self defense will give you more and better options.

Why do I need self defense training?

You don’t, unless you want to be prepared for violence. Read the news today. The world is not becoming safer.

If you had a police protection detail, you might not feel so safe if you knew they had zero training.

Now understand that YOU are your own protection detail. Shouldn’t you know something of how to do that job?

Concealed Carry Training

What is concealed carry training?

Concealed carry training is the practice of material in a self defense system that includes use of a concealed firearm.

This is not the same as a firearms safety class or CCW permit class, or even  a defensive pistol class.

Obviously there is better and worse training out there for concealed carriers, but the idea of “concealed carry training” is that you are regularly training and practicing all of the things involved in carrying a deadly weapon for personal protection.

I go to the range regularly. Why do I need concealed carry training?

If you spend a decent amount of time on the range, we applaud you. That’s more than most people do. You also probably already know the limitations a live fire range brings to training.

We’re here precisely to fill in those gaps, and make your range trips even more beneficial.

I took a CCW permit class. Why do I need concealed carry training?

The Forge picks up where a typical CCW class leaves off. You’ve ha some classroom time to become familiar with firearms, concealed carry, and maybe some defensive concepts. You might have had some range time as well.

We’d like to build on that for you, and give you some additional concepts and tools to be an asset to yourself and your family.

The Forge / IDS APEX Training FAQ

What is IDS APEX training?

The APEX training program was developed by Integrative Defense Strategies over many years of research, testing, and practice. A core philosophy of IDS is “don’t be a gunfighter, be a fighter with a gun.”

The IDS Apex approach is to integrate as much relevant training as possible while keeping solutions simple, and allowing for deep, intentional practice.

Many people with no training manage to succeed in defensive encounters. Why do I need this training?

Relying on the other guy to make more mistakes than you, or simply relying on hope and luck, are not generally wise strategies.

I wonder how many people who managed to survive their attacker went out and sought training after the fact.

I have martial arts training, why do I need this?

Most martial arts training includes a stick or knife as defensive tools, if they are not solely empty-hands focused. What we do is bridge the gap between empty hands and the access, use, and retention of defensive tools (mainly the firearm), as well as integrate the soft skills and broader principles that apply to self defense situations and violence/criminality in general.

In short, we’re not primarily focused on the “damage control” portion of self defense. Your existing training will serve you well, but this will be something new for you.

I am a security professional, is this training for me?

Yes, absolutely. If you are someone who has increased potential of encountering a violent situation, you need to be training in hand-to-hand skills. Knowledge and experience with pre-attack cues and the criminal environment, as well as the use of any defensive tools you might carry, is critical! Get in here.

I am LEO, is this only for civilians?

Even if you have extensive law enforcement training and experience, you will get crucial training here. As a supplement to your existing training, this will not only fill in the gaps, but also allow you more regular skill maintenance. Come try it.

I don't carry a firearm, so why would this do me any good?

Over 60% of assaults are simple assaults, which would preclude the use of a deadly weapon. Much of what we do deals with the broader principles and factors involved with violent encounters. You can come here to learn and practice the skills you need to deal with this.