By Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concepts
I just finished my last few courses for 2017 and have begun looking at 2018.
I ran a pretty light schedule in 2016 and 2017 due to having some family issues that needed my attention. Those things have fallen into place and I am looking to pick up some lost momentum. I have been looking at the market and trying to figure out what moves need to be made to regain that momentum. I just kept coming back to the same thing over and over again……the basics, marketing, and creating a new student base. The market is flooded with the guys coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan and selling out courses across the nation is a thing in my past. I’m not saying that I can never get back to that, what I am saying is that it will take a lot of hard work, a really good plan of action, some definite adjustments, and a strong relationship with really good people.
The basic courses and the building of a new student base has always been an obstacle that I had trouble with. The biggest problem was actually having a facility to make that happen. On the most part, my range has always been good to me, but that is not the facility that I am speaking of. What I am talking about is a place with a classroom, an indoor training area, and a place that is professional and functional. What I am talking about is a place to get out of the extreme weather conditions of Las Vegas, where the newer students can be comfortable enough to invest the time to get a proper introduction and for older students to gather, network, train, and build a community.
This one issue has dogged me for years. This one issue is an obstacle that has held me back from being able to do what I know needs to be done.
Tonight I went to check out Deus Ex Machina’s new gun smith shop and met with a couple of the founding business owners Ben and Kerry . While being showed around, it became clear that a mutually beneficial relationship between us could be very good for all parties involved. Small classes can be held in the conference room, large classes can be held in the large shop. Gun smith service, armorer courses, training groups, knife courses, CCW courses, seminars, lectures, women’s introductory courses, medical courses and UTM training, can all be done here.
This is something that we have talked about for over a year, but all parties involved have been very busy. It look as if things may finally be falling into place.
Here are a few photo’s showing the facility. The one photo that is missing would be the 2 large roll up doors and the spacious training area.
We are in the beginning stages of coming up with a plan on how to make a huge impact on the Las Vegas Market. I will keep you apprised as we hopefully nail it down.
October 20-21 – Hershey PA – Long Gun Point Shooting Concepts ($350)
October 22-23 – Hershey PA – Advanced Point Shooting Concepts ($350)
October 20-23 – Hershey PA – Point Shooting Weekend DISCOUNT 4 days ($600)
Long Gun Point Shooting Concepts
- The Reactionary Curve
- The Ready Positions
- The Take Off Concept
- The Retention concept
- The Mount Concept
- The Movement Concept
- The Sights Concept
- The Grip Concept
- The Trigger Concept
As you see there is a lot of consistency across the concepts when compare to the “Point Shooting Concepts” handgun approach. But of course, there are some things that have to be changed such as “the ready positions” and “the mount.” Obviously, these are the things that are drastically different from the handgun.
One of the sacred cows out there that is constantly put worth by the LCD students of the gun, is that “you cannot train for every situation, so advanced training is a waste of time.” This thinking is the height of ignorance and laziness, it is used as an excuse to never proceed past the most basic of thinking and skill sets. If you understand “The Nine Concepts” and train to ingrain every point inside of “The Nine Concepts”, you can prepare for the vast number of situations that are likely to arise. To be able to do this we need to break away from the technique focus of the recent past.
Techniques are nothing more than niches and niches do not flow. To be fluid we must look at fluid concepts, concepts that run A-Z, with no one point being more important than another. This need for fluidity is due to the fact that the situation is the dictating factor and the concepts written above are all about the specifics of the situation. In my training I find out exactly what I need to do inside of “The Nine Concepts” to be as deadly as I can possibly be inside of the created training situations.
It is the absolute knowledge of “The Nine Concepts” and the ability to fluidly intertwine “The Nine Concepts” mentally and physically that will allow you to be as deadly as possible inside of the fluid dynamics of a reactionary fight……without any weaknesses.
800 rounds and as always, bring more if you want to shoot more.
Fight Focused Handgun V – Advanced Point Shooting Concepts
Fight Focused Handgun V picks up right where Fight Focused Handgun III left off. The main focus inside of this course is to become completely ambidextrous. When we talk of the most advanced levels of the handgun, the need for completely ambidextrous skill sets simply cannot be understated. Whether the need for these skills is due to being injured inside of the fight, being injured outside of the fight, for shooting around cover, or having the ability to shoot to any angle on the clock while moving dynamically, when you need these skills, you are going to need them as bad as you have ever needed anything. Another arena where you are going to need to be completely ambidextrous, if you want to be as prepared as you can possible be is the arena of CQB and clearing of structures. Learning to apply ambidextrous skills to your “clearing” tool box will make you a safer and more dangerous fighter.
What you will learn inside of this course is the essentials to being able to fight with your handguns, at the highest levels possible.
Mirrored set ups are strongly recommended inside of this course, but not absolutely necessary.
- Injured shooters drills
- Injured shooters malfunction clearances
- A look at back up guns and the varying carry options
- Transfers and transitions
- The benefits of mirrored set ups
- Repetition to get your non-primary hand up to speed
- The retention concept applied to the non-primary hand
- Ambidextrous completely versatile draw stroke
- Ambidextrous movement matrix
**Pre-requisite, Fight Focused Handgun III course or other two-day intermediate point shooting based course.
It can be tough to put on a traveling course these days. The last thing I want to do is scare away people from enrolling, due to lack of quality information. Intermediate skill level with the handgun and rifle would be just fine. We will safely and slowly bring it to the advanced level.
I am going to be flexible with these courses, since they are set up in a manner that I will be able to judge competence well before the guns are loaded. On one end of the spectrum, I may have people wanting to train with me in the Advance Point Shooting Concepts (APSC) that have not taken the Point Shooting Concepts (PSC.) This is a per-requisite that has been changed for this traveling course, since I have taught four PSC in the area and we will not be running another until the market changes. I am confident this will not be a problem due to how the APSC is set up, with a heavy lean toward dry fire at the beginning of the course. That is how the course has been set up for years now and all of the students see the unbelievable benefits of that dry practice.
At one end of the spectrum, if a student shows up for the APSC without taking the PSC before hand, they will be allowed to handle the course as they see fit (with two guns going ambidextrous, with one gun and a blue gun/dry gun going ambidextrous, or just going one gun and working injured shooters drills) as long as it fits with what I see safety wise and competence wise. Once again the built-in dry practice will show me (and the student) how the course will need to be handled. I will warn about making the decision to go “one gun” or “one gun and blue gun” and not bringing a two-gun set up. The dry practice sessions changes many minds on what is possible and what is safe. Many student regret showing up without a two-gun set up.
At the other end of the spectrum, some of the guys have trained with me numerous times in the APSC and they will be allowed to do things, such as run the APSC handgun course with a rifle. This is uncharted waters and the work shopping of this will be very interesting. It may just lead to the birth of an Advanced Long Gun Point Shooting Concepts.
If you would like to attend, but are unsure about qualifying skill level wise, please inquire here or personal message me.
I am looking to create an event! This looks to be a great opportunity to make that happen. Please do not balk on the opportunity due to uncertainty.
($125 for first day and $250 for both days)
This is a two-day fundamentals course that simultaneously teaches sighted and unsighted fire as one connected concept. Most schools teach either sighted fire or point shooting inside of separate courses. Through my extensive experience as one of the top point shooting specialist in the nation, it has become perfectly clear to me that this is not the best way to learn fight focused handgun skill sets. In order to be as dangerous as you can possibly be with a handgun there needs to be a seamless integration of these two distinctly different skill sets into one “just shooting” concept. This course is designed to give you the essential skills that will allow you to excel inside of many varying situations. Along with the skill sets you will also ingrain a confidence that can only be found when the correlation between the two skill sets are worked and understood. Whether it is a proactive gunfight or a reactive gunfight you will learn the skills, knowledge, and the confidence to rise to the occasion inside of the situation that you are confronted with.
You will be given the solid fundamentals that are the essentials of being able to fight with your handgun. This course is designed for those that are seeking the fundamentals of being able to fight with their handgun and for those that are ready for the full commitment level of a full two-day course. This course goes well beyond just an “Introduction” and is designed to take you as deep into the concept of fighting, as is possible inside of a full two-day format. This course will prepare you to safely, effectively, and efficiently proceed into the more advanced courses taught by Fight Focused Concepts.
AMMUNITION: 500 rounds (minimum): As always “Bring more if you want to shoot more”
- The mental aspect of the fight
- Fight focused handgun manipulations
- Eye/hand coordination draw stroke
- Study of efficient and effective body mechanics
- Fundamentals of marksmanship
- “See what you need to see” concept
- Physiological effects of a life threatening encounter
- The reality of the fight
- Fundamentals of combat shooting
- Combat draw stroke
- Perfect balance of speed and accuracy
- Intermediate levels of precision shooting
- Introduction to positional shooting
- Introduction to shooting from behind cover
This fast pace, two-day, fight focused rifle course will be co-instructed by Colby Rupert (ninpo_student) and Roger Phillips of Fight Focused Concepts, with Colby taking the lead role and Roger acting in a support role.
Mr. Rupert has over 10 years of decorated experience in the combat arms community on active duty in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. He left the service honorably as a staff NCO and held multiple leadership billets from Fire Team and Squad Leader to Platoon Sergeant. Colby is now a Firefighter/Paramedic with a large southern Nevada Fire Dept.
I am honored to have the chance to bring this course to my student base. Colby has not only proven himself, over and over again, during his accomplished military career, he has also proven himself to be an exemplary Instructor. The combination of relevant real world experience and the ability to care enough about people, to instruct at the highest levels is a very rare combination. Do not miss this special event because it is sure to be a great over all experience.
This course will be shot out to 200 yards, from atypical positions. A properly zeroed rifle is a must and auxiliary rifle gear capable of holding at least 5 magazines is highly recommended.
By Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concepts
This is not your typical intermediate level marksmanship based course, where incoming rounds are rarely discussed. This course is all about the proactive gun fight and the balance “to hit and to not be hit.” When we look at the dramatic up swing in jihadist attacks inside of our Country and the fact that this administration has a “head in the sand” strategy toward dealing with this problem, it is clear to me that we need to take our proactive gun fighting skills to the very next level. This is not about shooting for score, it is about fighting with precision.
I have wanted to teach this course for a very long time, but the powers to be felt that it was not necessary. Now that I am on my own, I will be calling the shots on what is necessary. This is a course that I developed in 2015 because I saw a need and a gap That I felt needed to be filled.
We have taken the reactive gun fight to never before seen levels and it is time to do that with the proactive gunfight. The proactive gunfight is a very rare event for a civilian concealed carry practitioner during typical street crimes. Those will most likely be reactive encounters. But the world has changed and the increase in violent jihad has dramatically increased the chances of an active shooter event and the need for high level proactive gun fighting knowledge and skills.
This course addresses these changing times and those changing priorities.