Our guest instructor Will has arranged to fly in from the middle east to be with us on the weekend of 9/10-11-12 for a back to back weekend of night fighting, badass carbine and pistol training, and tactical medicine.

Will is extremely current working in the “real world”, and I am excited to give you guys a chance to train with him and to pick his brain for updates on most current training methodologies and combat tactics. I cannot stress how valuable an opportunity this is to learn from a super knowledgeable and passionate instructor.


Experienced shooters, dedicated students to the art of self defense and gunfighting, the modern martial art, welcome to Applied Tactics. This is your opportunity for efficient, cost effective continuing education and advanced training.

The Applied Tactics series offers rotating topics of pertinent, real world gunfighting and self defense firearm training designed for seasoned students, law enforcement and security professionals. It is taught by a team of instructors from around the country with decades of experience in small arms combat, martial arts, use of force doctrine, and adult learning theory.

Registration for this event is restricted to students who have proven themselves to be safe gun handlers, who have completed at least 2 days of formal live fire weapons training, such as any Skill Builder series course at Monarch Defense, basic military training, state certified armed security guard training, or police academy. In order to take this class you must first be proficient with the safe handling of your firearm, to include loading, unloading, manipulating safety features, moving with the weapon in hand, and using a sling and holster. We will begin this class with an evaluation of firearm safety, and those students who cannot be safe will be asked to sit out and observe, without refund. If you are in doubt about meeting the prerequisite, please call 408-892-5460 or email

Applied Tactics is NOT the venue for learning the basics. We assume that students who register show up rested, hydrated, and ready to train at a high level of detail and focus. This is also not for the shooter who just wants to shoot fast and get a lot of rounds down range; For that there is Dynamic Drills Day. This program is heavily focused on problem solving, partner communication, and team work, and requires 100% mental engagement. Marksmanship and gun handling fundamental skills are expected of you, and are not the primary focus of this training. In this program our aim is to train the mind as the weapon, with the body and all other tools as simply extensions of the mind.

Applied Tactics classes are physically demanding. Gunfighting is a subset of the modern martial art, and as such we place a high emphasis on physical readiness and the willingness to exert. By signing up, you agree to accept the risk of injury or death, through accidents such as stumbling and falling, or through negligence, both your own or others. Safety in training is our utmost concern, but we all must accept some degree of heightened risk when we begin to inject the “square range” with the stressful and chaotic elements of reality in order to achieve the highest quality training possible.

The Applied Tactics series rotates curriculum with each class, and as such every class will dictate specific equipment. Read the packing list and course description very carefully before arriving. This program makes frequent use of UTM and Simunition brand Non Lethal Training Ammunition, in which case the cost of ammunition will be included in the cost of tuition. We train in all weather conditions, so dress and prepare accordingly.

In the Low Light Gunfighter class, we may train on the following topics:

Firearm safety while moving with the weapon in hand
Review of all weapons manipulations for carbine and pistol during daylight hours
Communicating with partners, bystanders, non-combatants, and suspects
Night fighting theory and adaptations for civilian usage
Integrated employment of night vision and white light
Target identification under stress
Close quarter battle theory, dry, and live fire practice
React to contact drill
Break contact drill
Moving to cover
Fighting while wounded
Fighting from the ground and from compromised positions
Critical thinking under stress
Trauma first aid techniques and applications
High speed execution and precision


1 hour east from san jose, 1 hour south from livermore. Details will be emailed to those who register. 

You will need

1 gallon of water
Pistol or revolver
Safe and sturdy holster with belt (If in doubt, call 408-892-5460 to discuss)
200 rounds of handgun ammo
Rifle with 4 or more magazines
200 rounds of rifle ammo
Powerful white light
Make sure optics are zeroed properly ahead of time.
Cleaning kit, with barrel rod, and lubricant
Tools for mounting and adjusting your optics and accessories
Snacks, bag lunch, and more water
Training tourniquet
Highly recommended: IFAK or personal first aid kit
Eye and ear protection
Closed-toe shoes
Sunscreen, hat, clothing suitable for hot/cold/wet weather (We shoot rain or shine) Full night of sleep and pre-hydrate the night before
Gloves to protect your hands during setup and cleanup.

We can provide equipment free of charge. Please specify during checkout. 

Optional equipment

Secondary white light, pocket sized or headlamp. Red lens filter optional
Head or helmet mounted night vision device
Weapon mounted laser
Weapon mounted white light


As with most all of our classes, this class is funded by donation. For tuition, a suitable donation amount is anything between $50 and $250 per person. For the 2021-2022 school year, I have updated the website to accept credit card payments directly to decrease confusion, no-shows, and administrative workload.

Ammo for this class is separate from tuition, and should you need us to provide ammo, you will pay market rate for a nominal 400 rounds planned in this curriculum. If you have questions, you can contact Brian at, or call 408-892-5460.

How can I contact the organizer with my questions?

Brian Wang is the event organizer. He can be reached at 408-892-5460 or

What is the refund policy? We do not issue refunds under most circumstances. Instead, as of 2020, we offer an open reschedule policy. Notify us by email to within 1 hour before class starts, and we will happily apply your full tuition credit towards a future event or class. You must use your tuition credit within 1 calendar year.


Additional information


Saturday September 11th, 2021 at 1pm


I need equipment (specify in order notes), I have all my own equipment


I need ammo (specify in order notes), I will supply my own ammo