Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Training Opportunity: Blairsville GA, Warrior Skills Camp.

Grenadier1 sends me this email:


Thought I would reach out to you to see if we can get some information up in front of your network or readers. July the Fourth weekend there will be a series of training classes in Blairsville GA.

This is being put on by Gabe Suarez’s organization and is being billed as the Warrior Skills Camp. Its three two day sessions starting on the Thursday and ending the following Tuesday.

apparently there are still slots open for this camp. The cost is $450.00 per session this includes lodging and meals. Says Grenadier1:

This is too fine an opportunity to waste. The link for sign up is here.

This is one of Gabe’s affiliated instructors and his local site so registration is via his outlet. However the thread discussing the event is here.

From Rick Klopp at that link:

I realize that there has been a tremendous amount of interest in the Warrior Skills Camp although some of the details are still being worked on. Here's what I know so far:

The dates will be from July 2 (Thurs) through July 7 (Tues). We will be offering classes from various instructors that range from 1/2 to 2 days. A local Christian camp will be the host and are providing both accommodations (bunk style - guys and girls cabins) and meals. Participants also will have the choice to stay at local hotels, camp and RV sites, bed and breakfasts, etc. The program is being presented as a family event and as such will have both training venues and other activities for spouses and children.

You will have the option to sign up for a 2-day, 4-day, or 6-day block of time and attend whichever classes are being offered during that time. A detailed schedule is currently being prepared and a PDF registration form is underway.

So far, the instructors who have expressed an interest are:

Gabe Suarez - class TBD
Rick Klopp - DPS Basics
Dan Agakian - Kalashnikov Rifle Gunfighting
Dan Agakian - High Risk Operator - Team Tactics
Randy Harris - Force on Force Gunfighting
Ian McDevitt - Trauma Care (both adult & youth classes)
Tom Sotis - Knife Defense (both adult & youth classes)
Corinna Copeland - Woman's Only Firearms Class
Chris Hoshiyama (SHIHAN on WT) - Awareness and basic self defense (both adult & youth classes)

Additional activities that are being planned include:

Challenge Course
Basic Marksmanship Skills (air pistol/rifle)
Rock Climbing
Canoe & Kayak Training and River Trip
Wilderness Survival Skills
Horseback Riding
Additional activities for spouses and children

Transportation from/to the Atlanta airport and all activities can be provided by the camp with advance notice.

OK - that's a great lineup of training without having to travel around - now what about the cost? Don't hold me to it although at this time we are looking at a flat rate of about $500 per person for each two day block of time. This would include all training, meals, lodging, and other special events. The rate for each additional family member would be $100 for each 2 day block of time plus the cost of each activity (actual training or other activity). If you choose alternate accomodations, the cost would be less although you're not going to find it less expensive and you would miss out on the fun and fellowship. Remember, however, that these are rustic bunk-style cabins.

That's it for now - I will post additional details later this week. Please remember that the above rates are somewhat tentative and are based on a good response by you guys.

This would be a prime opportunity to receive some excellent SI training for both youself individually as well as for the family. PM me or e-mail me at if you have any specific questions.


Suarez training has been very highly recommended to me, although $450.00 sure seems like a lot, folks tell me it's worth it.


Anonymous said...

Mike: Although I have not taken any Suarez Int'l classes, I think Gabe's teachings are top notch, cutting edge. Modern Technique teachers and followers gnash their teeth but cannot surpass him.

As to the cost: IMO, Gabe's classes are cheap, they generally run $200/day. This one is billed up towards $500/two-day block, but it does include hots and a cot. Great value, I'd say.


Scott T. said...

I have trained with Gabe in the past.
Well worth the time and money.

Throw in Tom Sotis and the others, you are probably getting $2000 worth of training over those 6 days.

Go for it!

Your "Bodyguard" from Lexington Green.