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by Leon on MDFI Training

I just wanted to say thank you for having me in class today. I’ve been putting off taking a course with you guys for years and I was an idiot. I really enjoyed myself and learned a lot.


Your instructors were amazing and I appreciate their knowledge, professionalism, and commitment to safety.  And as a newcomer I felt very welcomed.


My only regret is waiting until the end of the year. I’ll be back for more.


My sincere thanks and compliments to your excellent instructors.

by Clayton on MDFI Training

MDFI is the best firearms training in Michigan! Trek and the cadre bring a lot of valuable knowledge, experience, and great senses of humor to the range. Their classes are always safe, fun, ego-free, and educational. If you want to improve, sign up for an MDFI class! I cannot recommend them enough!

by D. P. on MDFI Training

I took this class because I wanted to understand my options for personal protection. I learned a lot more, about understanding people and myself and situations. Definitely a class that is an important step on self protection journey.

by Jsoeph on MDFI Training

I have taken most if not all of the classes offered by MDFI over the past 5 years. Their dedication to safety is second to none. I still practice some of the drills, and skill builders I learned from the very first classes I took with MDFI. One of the things I like best is that their classes are relevant to the everyday person. This isn't about learning how to be a Delta Force Operator. While I was a bit intimidated before my first class, I was completely comfortable with the pace, the lesson content and the range time before the day was over. whether you have no intention of ever carrying a firearm, you just bought your first handgun or you are a military or law enforcement veteran you will find classes that match your current skill set and can take you to the next. Highly recommend training with Trek and his cadre. PS... They are a heck of a lot of FUN!

by Mike Nelson on MDFI Training

I highly recommend MDFI for your training needs. A very safe and controlled environment, clear exact directions. Expectations met and exceeded. The YSINTG class was fantastic. I'm hooked and will use them in the future for my skill development.

by Clint on MDFI Training

As always I really enjoyed the classes this weekend. The skills I learned as a brand new shooter over two years ago in your first classes down here have allowed me to go and seek out other training where the habits and practices learned have been proven to allow me to train and succeed in safe manner no matter the course. Your ability to teach and make me think critically in foundation level courses continues to be well worth my time and money.

by Brian on MDFI Training

The MDFI cadre truly is a world class group. I have had a great time in every single class I've taken with them and learned so much in every single one.

Considering my experiences with them, it doesn't surprise me at all that classes fill so early.

by Barry on MDFI Training

I've been shooting for years, and considered myself competent in my manipulation of my guns. I have learned over the 5 MDFI classes I've taken, that I could pull a trigger, but had a lot to learn, and still do. But from ysintg to long gun cover and movement, I've become a more competent and responsible gun owner. And a more responsibly armed American. Thanks again, and can't wait for next year!

We love our jobs here at MDFI. 

Our job is not ‘firearms instructors.’ Our job is to be teachers, and a teacher‘s job is not about the teacher.  

The teacher‘s job is about their students and helping them them grow regardless of the discipline. We share the joy in a student’s success, and work tirelessly to find what we need to improve on when they fail.

Please leave a review below of your experiences with MDFI as a whole or in specific to any of our courses. We appreciate any and all feedback!


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by Leon on MDFI Training

I just wanted to say thank you for having me in class today. I’ve been putting off taking a course with you guys for years and I was an idiot. I really enjoyed myself and learned a lot.


Your instructors were amazing and I appreciate their knowledge, professionalism, and commitment to safety.  And as a newcomer I felt very welcomed.


My only regret is waiting until the end of the year. I’ll be back for more.


My sincere thanks and compliments to your excellent instructors.

by Clayton on MDFI Training

MDFI is the best firearms training in Michigan! Trek and the cadre bring a lot of valuable knowledge, experience, and great senses of humor to the range. Their classes are always safe, fun, ego-free, and educational. If you want to improve, sign up for an MDFI class! I cannot recommend them enough!

by D. P. on MDFI Training

I took this class because I wanted to understand my options for personal protection. I learned a lot more, about understanding people and myself and situations. Definitely a class that is an important step on self protection journey.

by Jsoeph on MDFI Training

I have taken most if not all of the classes offered by MDFI over the past 5 years. Their dedication to safety is second to none. I still practice some of the drills, and skill builders I learned from the very first classes I took with MDFI. One of the things I like best is that their classes are relevant to the everyday person. This isn't about learning how to be a Delta Force Operator. While I was a bit intimidated before my first class, I was completely comfortable with the pace, the lesson content and the range time before the day was over. whether you have no intention of ever carrying a firearm, you just bought your first handgun or you are a military or law enforcement veteran you will find classes that match your current skill set and can take you to the next. Highly recommend training with Trek and his cadre. PS... They are a heck of a lot of FUN!

by Mike Nelson on MDFI Training

I highly recommend MDFI for your training needs. A very safe and controlled environment, clear exact directions. Expectations met and exceeded. The YSINTG class was fantastic. I'm hooked and will use them in the future for my skill development.

by Clint on MDFI Training

As always I really enjoyed the classes this weekend. The skills I learned as a brand new shooter over two years ago in your first classes down here have allowed me to go and seek out other training where the habits and practices learned have been proven to allow me to train and succeed in safe manner no matter the course. Your ability to teach and make me think critically in foundation level courses continues to be well worth my time and money.

by Brian on MDFI Training

The MDFI cadre truly is a world class group. I have had a great time in every single class I've taken with them and learned so much in every single one.

Considering my experiences with them, it doesn't surprise me at all that classes fill so early.

by Barry on MDFI Training

I've been shooting for years, and considered myself competent in my manipulation of my guns. I have learned over the 5 MDFI classes I've taken, that I could pull a trigger, but had a lot to learn, and still do. But from ysintg to long gun cover and movement, I've become a more competent and responsible gun owner. And a more responsibly armed American. Thanks again, and can't wait for next year!

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This is my second class with MDFI. The first was YSINTG and now "When a Gun is Not an Option". I had taken this class because my teen daughter will be starting college soon and I know that she will be in a "gun free zone". I convinced (through bribery) my daughter to join me. We both got a lot out of the class. I have a CPL and with this class it helped me to learn how to differentiate what situations need what kind of action. Also, it was very beneficial to learn what different kinds of pepper spray to use and how they work. Thanks Trek for providing us with a great bonding mother, daughter time and helping to teach us what we need to know about situational awareness.

This course was extremely informative regardless of background or firearms proficiency. The explanation of the whole person concept made comprehensive sense. I also appreciated the definitions of different types of people encountered and appropriate levels of force accordingly. The discussion about what is and isn't effective (as well as what's lawful) with respect to 'non-lethal' tools was very good. The Trekisms were also effective in punctuating the key points.

This was an eye opening experience. It filled in a lot of gaps for me as a cpl holder with very little training. When to use force, what force is appropriate, reading situations and people, what tools to use and why, etc. I also learned a lot about the effectiveness of different less lethal options.

I highly recommend this class to any who carries a gun, who doesn't, spouses, people who are not gun people but still want to protect themselves, and...everyone else! Trek does a great job breaking things down and running through the what ifs in open discussion. His whiteboard flow charts are worth the price of admission alone!

Excellent Course. I went in anticipating that certain less than lethal defense tactics would be obviously superior and doubting the effectiveness of others. This course really changed my perspective on the spectrum of non-lethal options. I would certainly recommend this course.

Thank you for such a wonderful class this past weekend. I wasn’t sure what to expect and it definitely exceeded my expectations. I’m a big proponent of learning as much as you can to be prepared in all situations and I left that class with a wealth of knowledge. I had no idea I had so many less than lethal options available to me.

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I've been shooting for a looooong time, but I've never been very good at it. I attended YSINTG with my brother and can't believe the improvement I saw after just ~100 rounds down range. Now I have the fundamentals to build on in future classes. I'll sign up for the Foundation courses as soon as the spring schedule gets posted!

Recently attended YSINTG for the second time, two-and-a-half years since the first time I took it. I had taken a lot of other, further-advanced training since that first time, and decided I wanted to come back to the fundamentals. This class is for everyone at every skill level! Whether you're just starting out on your guncraft journey, an experienced training and personal protection afficionado, or an armed citizen who wants to ensure they are applying the utmost responsibility with your life-saving tools, YSINTG is always an anchor point.

I cannot recommend this class enough! It is not just for beginners. Shooters of any level will benefit from this class! It takes wherever you're at, and helps you improve. You WILL become a more accurate shooter by the end of this class. Trek and team provide a safe, fun, and ego free environment as well as top notch education. Take this class! You won't regret it.

Great class! Very fun and knowledgeable. They take the time to get you headed in the right direction. Even better is they give all the tools to help you keep improving on your own. I look forward to taking more classes with Trek and his crew. Thank you guys for the help.

Coming Into this class with some Training, I knew I need to get my Foundation Square. You suck not the gun proved that I know what it takes for ME to be a better shooter at my age and skill lvl. Thanks Trek and Crew.

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I took Carbine Basics and Foundation Carbine back-to-back. This was a great way to go. Carbine Basics will ground you in the most critical aspects of your carbine. The tools and techniques I learned in 'Basics around the principles of zeroing and offset were the biggest takeaway for me. No doubt this is where you want to begin your carbine journey.

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Just completed YSSINTG training and thoroughly enjoyed this class even in the storm! The range in Holland is amazing and always trying to create a better range area thank you Derick! Tim and Brandon give you that one on one instruction as needed and break down the class for everyone to understand their instructions. Continued practice is needed to develop the situational aspects of being a responsible concealed carry citizen. Thank you for having this class it was very informational and will be taking all of this to the range to keep training.

This class picks up where YSINTG left off. As the description states when registering, PRACTICE is required between classes. This class with greatly improve your accuracy at distance, one hand, weak hand and under quicker shooting than previous MDFI classes. Brandon and Tim do a great job on the instruction, and like other classes I have taken with them, they break down the drills, demonstrate and coach. This is the chance to seek help if you're struggling with something. They will take the time one on one to help you. This is another class that is not required for the Full Tour Black Card, yet would be a HUGE benefit to you before taking the more advanced classes, especially Low Light Handgun, which requires a lot of one hand shooting. Or When Things Go Bad, which uses weak hand. I'm glad MDFI has added this to the platform!

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Foundation Handgun 2.0 in Battle Creek.



Why 2.0? Because May 2018 was the very first MDFI class I attended. It had been 13 years since my last formal class. Why? Bad experiences. But I wanted to get back at it. I researched, asked around and was pointed to MDFI by a professional "as seen on TV" 3 gun competitor that was a coworker.



It was a lot to take in the first time. Borderline intimidating, again, because of previous experiences. The intimidation was in my head! Not only was I as rusty as a 71 Plymouth Duster, but so many poor methods I learned and practiced had to be written over. After the intros, safety brief, First Aid info and then instruction combined with individual coaching by Trek and Steve at that class, I felt comfortable by lunch. At times it felt like one on one instruction. I came home and signed up for 3 more classes.



The class today, Auguat 2019? A B S O L U T E L Y Phenomenal! I feel like I wasn't even there last year. I may make this an annual must attend for regrounding.



Today just reiterated to me that the MDFI curriculum is all tied together, and as you move along through it and then go back and retake classes Gold Nuggets pop up that smooth off some previous rough edges.



To sum it up, I just can't get enough of learning and improving while meeting great, like minded, safe & ego free people. Today was my 12th class in 15 months and the 2nd class I've taken twice.



If you're considering MDFI and are on the fence. Get off the fence! The pace is comfortable, for all experience levels. For some, it may seem like it starts slow, but there is a lot of information to take in. As you move on in the class throughout the day, and the curriculum over time, the tempo increases but the safety and education standards are never compromised.

Even though this was a foundation class, I felt challenged a little. I walked away from class feeling I could have done this or that better or I need to work on a procedure I learned in class ...so I know I was challenged. I constantly heard the teachers working the student line assisting, reassuring, and positively affirming good techniques. When students got a little distressed, the teachers recognized it and worked to get the student back into a learning zone.

I plan to return for another class this year.

Had a great time at classes this weekend.  Thank you.  It was awesome.  Your team had a lot of patience with me!  Looking forward to using the skills from this weekend to practice and improve.

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I took Carbine Basics and Foundation Carbine back-to-back. This was a great way to go. Although Carbine Basics is not a prerequisite for Foundation Carbine, I could definitely see the difference in starting performance between those folks who had attended 'Basics to those who hadn't. My advice would be: Don't take shortcuts! Do carbine Basics and Foundation Carbine!
Foundation Carbine, like any of MDFI's "Foundaion" classes, starts to rachet up the intensity of the fundamentals. Biggest "golden nuggets" for me were around the handling of malfunctions - wow what an important skillset to have!

Now let me explain my carbine manipulation level before I leave this review. I attend my local indoor range regularly, I have had my carbine for about a year and a half and have put a little over a thousand rounds through it. I consider myself good with it, but being that this was my first class, i was definitely nervous about what i was getting in to.

With that being said, I wanted to get to know my tools better so i signed up for the Foundation Carbine course. Trek and Brandon were amazing! Occassionally, there were times when they were explaining drills and i would think to myself "I don't know if i can do this properly." With on the spot feedback, I was able to approach every drill and workshop with a level of confidence that allowed me to retain what I learned and keep everyone around me safe.

Seeing as this was my first training course, i want this review to really speak to the students out there who are afraid to jump in. It's scary, its daunting, its nerve-racking, but it was well worth the time and energy. There were things that i learned and retained that i never expected myself to even train.

This class is a must!

I went through the May 19 class, this was my 3rd time taking this class, but the first time with me new AR. I came away with a much better understanding in how to use it. Having 3 instructors on the shooting line meant more individual attention than I remember in the past. I'm left handed and having Tim (who shoots his carbine lefty) seeming to keep an eye on me was wonderful! He showed me a few things I never would have considered.

Great class to learn how to manipulate the AR-15! Safety and Medical briefing are top notch, first and for most keeping students and instructors safe is key. Fun and informative. Many topics covered, sights and accuracy, using a sling, and resolving stoppages/malfunctions to name a few.

by Kevin Bishop on Class: Foundation Carbine

Trek and Shane are the real deal as instructors. They are honest and competent, and it shows. They treat every student with dignity, something that is very refreshing. There are 3 pieces of advice to get the most out of class. 1) Take the rifle to the range before class. Make sure that it functions well with 200 rounds, and then clean the rifle. 2) Think about the sight over bore distance. 3) Make sure that the rifle is sighted in at the desired distance. Doing those things will make the Foundation Carbine class that much more productive. Trek and Shane do a great
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What an eye-opening class! It was a very positive, but unexpected experience.



Shotguns, being so commonly owned and used for sporting, often seem like a simple machine, but they're quite unique as a self-defense tool. The manipulations are so unfamiliar to folks familiar with analogous handgun training.



After learning emergency reloads, I was so frustrated with myself, I was considering setting the gun down and just watching for the rest of the day because I felt unsure of myself, but as I evaluated my situation I realized I was still in control but I was letting my frustration get to me. I decided to change my perspective and continue participating. I heard Trek yell, "Own the gun, don't let it own you." Repeating that to myself (plus a smattering of "embrace the suck") helped me muster the gumption to participate in Rolling Thunder and let me just say, Totally Worth It! After that, I was loving the day.



Don't get me wrong, the class was super fun, even in the cold and rain. Also, I probably learned as much about managing my mindset as I did about running a gauge. I have a feeling that's going to be very handy with my upcoming training courses with MDFI next year. Big thanks to Trek and the cadre! They're all top-notch, truly excellent teachers.

Foundation Shotgun 👍🏻 This class was just plain fun for me. You MUST take This class are going to have a shotgun leaning against the wall for home defense. Yes, YOU HAVE TO AIM A SHOTGUN. And you need to know how YOURS works.

I never considered it, just figured I'd use my carry weapon. So I solely purchased an 870 clone just for the class thinking I'd use it once.

YSINTG was my favorite, now it's 2nd Place.

If you're afraid of the 12ga recoil, use a 20. Still worried? Don't be. My shoulder doesn't even know I shot a couple hundred 12ga rounds. And some were 3" 00 buck high brass with 15 pellets. They BARKED, but didn't hurt with the knowledge I gained today. There was a young lady in my class, and she was having no problems managing recoil after instruction.

Just take it!

Awesome class today Foundation Shotgun. Excellent instructor..Hands down the best training session I have taken.

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What an eye-opener it is to experience shooting in the dark!
I can see why some of the MDFI cadre says this is their favorite class - you get to experience the whole spectrum of daylight, dusk/transition, and then complete darkness (class goes from 5:00PM through 2:00AM).
For anyone concerned about shooting under low-light, many of the students shared this sentiment at the beginning of the class. What I can assure you is that like any MDFI class, the cadre takes an uncompromising approach to safety and establishing control - this is as safe an environment as you can find to train in low-light.
And not to forget, damn this class is fun!!!!

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This is a unique and outstanding course! It’s one thing to handle a long gun during daylight hours when you can see what it going on and don’t have to worry about managing a light source at the same time you're aiming your weapon. It’s entirely different when the sun goes down. This course offers the opportunity to learn how to deal with that in a live-fire environment, something that most of the ranges we use don’t allow.

Trek and the cadre stepped us through how to BYOL (“Bring Your Own Lumens”), how to manage the light along with the weapon, and the necessary steps for defending ourselves after sunset. I was surprised by the viability of the different combinations of light sources and weapons (long gun light/long gun; hand-held light/long gun; long gun light/handgun; handgun light/handgun; and hand-held light/handgun). I was also surprised by how darkness increased the difficulty of even simple tasks.

If you’re serious about learning to defend yourself and your family with a long gun, this course is a must—not only don’t the bad guys stop when the sun goes down, many of them are just getting started. I’d further suggest that if your primary home defense weapon is a shotgun (mine is), than take the course with your shotgun—in my opinion (for what it’s worth), if you haven’t trained to use your primary weapon in the dark, your training is deficient. To date, not many have taken this course with a shotgun—but I did, and found the experience to be very valuable. If I could survive the experience at my age, so can you!

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This class is where you realize that, although we all love cool gear and accessories, in the end you have to have your basic physical fitness in check to say you are truly pursuing a "complete package" of self-defense/personal protection. This is not to say you have to be some CrossFit specimen to be in this class - as with all MDFI classes, it is an "ego-free zone" where we all support each others' development. So as long as you have the prerequisites and can apply the 4 Firearm Life Rules of Responsible Gun Handling, come as you are and leave knowing what you need to work on.
It's a awesome day of rolling around and gettin' dirty.
Your gear setup will be tested (you'll get to see just how secure your carry holster is for sure!), and you'll likely walk away with notes on how to better optimize things for your everyday carry.
Reloading and malfunction-clearing are entirely different animals when your on the ground. Helluva lot of fun!!

Handgun Cover and Movement. Because if the poop hits the oscilatting device you won't be standing in a square room in perfect conditions shooting slow in a standing position. And most likely the reason you've drawn your blaster is because there is a lethal threat.

I spent many hours yesterday getting up and down off the ground, squating, spinning around in the dirt on my back, sides and belly, rolling on my belly to shoot, dropping to one side or the other on a threat command.

Was it fun? Lots of fun! Was it physically demanding? Yes. If you want to get the most out of what the class is about, you will be pushing your fitness level. But if you are ever experiencing the worst day of your life it will be more demanding than a class. So dont shy away from this class! Instead, prepare for it best you can.

My biggest Gold Nugget: The last 2 two workshops of this class is as close as you can probably get to the stress your body will feel in a life or death firearm based senerio. Your tired, you're having to think, manipulate your blaster, reload and use your cover.

The only way to get more real would be a shoot house and/or Force on Force, which for me is 2020.

Last thought: I am so glad I retook Foundation Handgun 2 weeks prior. I may have been struggling with many basics had I not revisited them.

I will be taking HGCM again. I personally feel someone would do themselves a disservice blasting through the curriculum to get a Black Card. Why? So many things over lap. You can go back and apply new skills to old problems.

Great class! Highly recommended. The physical activity is no joke, but had a blast learning different shooting positions and transitions. Can’t say enough positive things!

Flat out the most valuable and relevant information I have ever received in firearms training. Trek and the Cadre run a solid, organized class. They are very knowledgeable and all around top notch instructors. This course was demanding on both your gear and your body, but it was also a lot of fun. The techniques I learned will serve me well on duty and off. This course is well worth the time.

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This is a particularly arduous course, but well worth the effort. The majority of firearms courses focus on shooting from a static line at cardboard or steel targets that don’t shoot back, without getting into how return fire changes what we need to do. This course deals with how to stay in the fight while minimizing the target we present to our opposition, a skill set that is hard to argue that we don’t need if we are preparing to defend ourselves against armed assailants.

The course description tells us that the pace of this course is intense—and it really is! There was a lot of vertical movement, changing positions on the ground, and moving from cover to cover. I learned to shoot a long gun from unusual positions that I had never imagined might be necessary—and found that I could still get the hits I needed.

My bottom line—I went home covered with dirt, woke up with sore muscles the next day, began developing survival skills that I intend to continue working on, and loved every minute of the course. This is a course that I plan to take again.

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This course is highly recommended for anyone interested to learn how to fight with a handgun from extremely close distances and from the ground. Skills included safe operation of the gun based on unconventional but realistic possible circumstances. The instruction was outstanding. Thank you.

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I am incredibly happy I took Beyond a Door this Spring (2019) because Trek and his cadre are excellent teachers and by performing new tasks I identified (and they helpfully highlighted) multiple areas of improvement for me. Each run showed me multiple aspects of my abilities I need to focus on to improve and Trek et. al. showed me additional behaviors I was not aware I did or did not exhibit, which was very important for me to learn.

Watching other students run through their scenarios was also quite helpful because it acted as virtual additional runs for me to help me learn more and solidify as much of the new information as possible. Taking the course multiple times would be very helpful, I believe!

Thank you Trek and Cadre for all of your hard work and excellent teaching!

Outstanding class (03/23 & 24/2019)! MDFI offers a number of great courses that teach how to use a firearm under a number of different conditions—low light, concealment, up-close-and-personal, and so on. This course assumes we already know how to shoot, and focuses on staying alive in a 360 degree threat environment, deciding whether or not to shoot, and making the environment work for us. I’d previously taken the classes recommended in the course description, and I can definitely say that this was, by far, the most intense class to date. I learned almost as much from watching other students make their runs as I did from my own. The 23 hours of facility time just flew by, and very little of that was ‘down time.’ Trek and the cadre once again demonstrated the gold standard of firearms instruction. I came away having learned a lot, humbled by how much I have left to learn, and knowing how and what to practice on my own to lock in what this class was all about. If you’re serious about carrying a firearm, I consider this course to be a necessity. And, true to the MDFI ethos, the “no ego zone” was in full effect, and the course was more fun than I had expected. Great job, guys. And thanks, MDFI family. –Dick Swanson

by Charlie on Class: Beyond A Door

Great class! Having done some live fire shoot house classes I enjoyed the simunition training in this class even more. I didn't notice a difference in the effectiveness of the training and the margin of safety was much higher. We were also able to run through the house many more times than in a live fire shoot house class, allowing for greater learning potential and repetition. Trek and his team were very good instructors and I thought their presentation and steps in the curriculum built on each other effectively. I would take this class again, and consider it to be crucial training if you are going to carry a firearm. Always humbling to take classes like this and realize how much I still have to learn and how much I can get better.

This was the third FOF with MDFI I've taken (after VCQB-O and HE), and it won't be the last. Along with live-fire, mindset, and medical training, I think this kind of training is absolutely essential to developing a real ability to address a life-threatening event. I've trained with several top-shelf providers, and Trek and his team (Tim, Tom and Brandon for BAD) take 1st place in my book. The MTAC facility provides the perfect environment for the training they provided, and I left wiser than when I showed up. Also, with 25 runs in two days, you get one hell of a lot of training reps for your dollar. Finally, the camaraderie that Trek and his guys foster is an added bonus. Thanks, Fellows, and I'll see you again soon! HWF

Great class. If you carry a gun as part of your daily life, or you have a firearm as part of your home protection plan, this class is a MUST. Moving through a structure with a gun and doing it correctly isn't easy, it takes practice. To practice, you have to have proper instruction. That is where Trek and the cadre shine. They take you step by step with seemingly unlimited patience in correct door entry, building searching, and room clearing. Can't wait until my next MDFI class.

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I came to this class hoping to fair well and find my weak points but also to verify that I’m going down the right path. That is exactly what I took away from this class and it was fun at the same time. It also helped me figure out what classes I’ll be working on next year. Definitely planning to run this class again next year.

Outside of this type of class, there is no way to learn these things. You can read 100 books on the subject but not learn as much as we did on a weekend. The class feedback was just as informative. In each scenario learning what others did or did not do and how it played out was extremely helpful in the learning process. I ate some humble pie as I found there are skills that needed to be sharpened. And other skills that I flat out did not have at all. I found areas that I need training on and others that I need to work on myself. If you were less trained, you learned what you needed to focus on and build. If you came into the class with a higher training level your skills were honed and built upon. Fantastic class. I was fully immersed the entire weekend. I will be taking this again and is a must take for my wife and eventually my other kids as well as they are old enough. I am so glad my son took this class with me.

human element is an eye opener

I participated in The Human Element with MDFI this past weekend. It was not a typical class format, but more of an evaluation of my ability to deal with everything from difficult people to flat out killers. This took place at the Muncie Indiana MTAC facility which is designed to simulate common settings you would encounter in life, such as a home, a business, public buildings, and even a car. The two days of evaluation involved multiple real life scenarios where I interacted with role players. Some represented friends or innocent bystanders, while others were there to rob or hurt me. Bad guy weapons ranged from a poor attitude to fists to guns. My defensive tool options were words (used full strength), physical contact (simulated) , pepper spray (silly string), a pistol (SIM or UTM guns), or run Jeff, run. I also utilized a tourniquet and a cell phone during some of the scenarios.

 

I received direct feedback from the instructor, Trek, after each of the scenarios. I then wrote a report on what occurred as if I would need to defend my actions to authorities. Once all students completed a run of the same scenario and wrote their report, we had a group discussion about each of our results.

 

I entered The Human Element with a solid shooting skill set (mostly via MDFI classes), some medical trauma training (Dark Angel), plus use of force knowledge (CPL class, self study of relevant laws, and MDFI "When a gun is not an option" class). While all these are certainly critical to being a responsibly armed citizen, participation in The Human Element made it clear that there is much more to be learned and practiced regarding when to shoot vs other actions that can be taken to preserve life. Most of the scenarios unfold very quickly and require decisive action to prevail. Others teach that reacting with an inappropriate level of force or too quickly can lead to bad outcomes such as lethal injury or legal charges.

 

One thing is certain: it is far better to experience these types of situations in a training environment like MTAC before living it in real life where there are no second chances after mistakes in lethal encounters.

 

While I will continue to hone shooting skills, I am excited to have begun a new phase of defensive learning focused on scenario training. MDFI The Human Element is a safe and challenging opportunity for learning. I will be back for more, and I believe that anyone who assumes the responsibility of being an armed citizen should give it a try.

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This past weekend, I participated in the new Skills and Drills classes and they were fantastic. Tim, Brandon, and Derek are great instructors and provide students with information and feedback that is easy to understand and apply. I got more out of this weekends sessions of Skills and Drills than I have at several of the past classes I have taken. The reason is simple, these classes are not about teaching you something new, it is about refining what you already know. I recommend everyone who is looking to enhance their shooting performance take these classes when they are available. You will come away with practical information and a score card you can use to measure your performance as you go back and practice what you learned.

While the class description does say "no two classes will be the same", their needs to be more emphasis on this. I took the handgun session on both Saturday and Sunday and came away with a completely different set of drills to focus on from each session. This is the value of S&D, to learn something new each time you attend a class.

I enjoyed this past weekend so much, I have already signed up for the next Skills and Drills sessions.

I attended the 2019 JUN29 Skills & Drills for both rifle (AM) and handgun (PM). What a great experience to gather with committed alumni and focus on sharpening skills. Tim, Brandon, and Derek were amazing guides in "training how to practice." In the end you'll receive a personal report card with descriptions of all the drills and your times for the day. This gives you baseline and structure to practice on your own.
The class size tends to be smaller, which is good for personalized coaching by instructors, but it still needs to be a sustainable business case, so we alumni need to do our part is sharing and encouraging others to take it on. I loved the class!

Where do I start? I believe if you are serious about improving your skills and finding you weekenesses, whether that be in your gear or your ability, you MUST attend Skills & Drills classes. I found issues with my handgun while pushing speed against a par time I never found on a static line shooting for bullsyes. Better there than in a self defense senerio. At the same time par times and quick reloads can humble you, they also make you a more efficient and responsible firearm owner.

Do you shoot competition? These classes WILL improve your stages in your respective disciplines. And like all MDFI classes, SAFETY IS FIRST AND FOREMOST. Ego Free remains the theme.

If you're an MDFI Alumni, do not pass over Skills and Drills because it isn't a Full Tour Black Card requirement. These classes will help with the other Full Tour required classes. Don't be put off what is perceived by some as "low round" count. It's not how many rounds you shoot, it's what you get out of each round you shoot. If you shoot 500 rounds in a day and just have a pile of brass on the ground and no improvement, it won't beat 50 rounds and learning what it is you're doing that's not working.

Lastly, the Cadre take the time to demonstrate every drill. No, they aren't showing off. They are showing you that what they are asking of you can be done and giving you something to work towards. And if there's a topic you're struggling with, you get one on one coaching.

I'll hope to be taking Skills and Drills again.

I wanted to take a moment and give honest feedback about this class “Skills & Drills - Handgun”. l I am truly impressed with this class and the sheer amount of great info and topics covered. Whether planned or not, to me this class is the next logical progression of handgun manipulation skills for the MDFI curriculum. You get to take the skills you learned in YSINTG taming those wolves and the foundations from FHG and apply them both. This class stretches and tests those skill sets just enough to really find your personal level of ability and even provide a measurable to be able to have a benchmark for future growth. Tim, Brandon, and Derek provided a safe, fun, and ego free environment that I feel is necessary to help effective learning. One thing I really enjoyed about this class is it’s really sets the stage for repeating the class over to see a personal growth which is sometimes hard to see in other venues. I have come to think as MDFI as the place “I” train and it’s great to see the positive evolution while maintaining the standards and environment I love.

Both Pistol & Rifle “Skills & Drills” are excellent courses that fill a niche between “Foundations” courses and MDFI advanced and specialty courses. I came away with personal performance baselines for the weapons I used, a number of new drills to develop different aspects of weapons proficiency, and a systematic, metrics-based approach for developing (and tracking) my skills between classes. As I learned long ago on the job, “If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” We drove down into the granular elements that add up to accurate, performance-based shooting, and thoroughly wire-brushed the way I plant my feet, how I position my body, how I grip the firearm, how I manage recoil, and how I reload. I was amazed at how much I found myself improving with both the handgun and the AR in short investments of six hours each. A trip to the range on my own the next day revealed that the improvement was real. The cost of each course was roughly equivalent to 300 rounds of AR-15 or 550 rounds of 9mm handgun ammo at today’s prices—I cannot begin to imagine how many thousands of rounds I might have expended before improving as much as I did in one weekend with the S&D courses. Tim and Brandon (with support from Tom and Derek) did an excellent job of teaching. If you’re serious about your shooting, this is a course to put on your “must take” list.

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An outstanding and eye opening class that is an absolute must for everyone who wants to become a more well rounded individual. This is not just a "gun guy" class. If you find yourself out in public at all, this class is for you. If you have ever been approached by a panhandler or have been a victim of criminal violence, there's a reason for it and this class covers it in explicit detail. Highly recommended to everyone.

Eight hours that seemed to go by in 30 minutes. Fascinating, highly researched, and methodical explication of the mind, methods, and world-view of the violent criminal actor (VCA). Understanding what goes on in the head of the VCA significantly increases the odds of being able to survive an encounter with one if he/they ever select you as a target, and Dr. Aprill provides a full forensic tour of the dark space between the VCA's ears. 110% worth the time and money. I'd already taken Varg Freeborn's "Violence of Mind" seminar and MDFI's WAGINAO, and "Unthinkable" was the third leg of the mindset Triad. Bonus: Dr. Aprill is as quick-witted and entertaining a speaker as I've ever heard, and his genuine desire to improve your survival odds is apparent from start to finish. Take this course.

The Unthinkable lecture by Dr. William April should be a required class for all law abiding 2nd amendment adherents.

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by Kevin on Dark Angel Medical

Mike taught an excellent DART class and has a great personality. There is one suggestion for prospective students; buy a training tourniquet (blue) at the same time that you buy a medical kit from Dark Angel. Your own training TQ is helpful in class, and a training TQ is needed for at home practice, anyway. You may as well buy the training TQ at the same time you buy the medical kit. IMHO, the CAT TQ was easier for me to use, but Mike shows us how to use a variety of TQs.