IMI Academy – Stopping Active Threats

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Date(s) - 08/12/2019
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Florida Firearms Academy Tampa


Stopping Active Threats – The Israeli Experience
– Hosted by Florida Firearms Academy –


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Introduction: You know the reputation of the Israelies in threat detection and prevention – legendary, to
say the least! This is your opportunity to learn how the Israelies do it and earn a graduation certificate
from Israel’s IMI Florida Academy. The Israeli approach differs in many respects from what we
commonly practice in the US. It is important that you keep an open mind and do your best to learn and
practice these methods throughout the seminar. If you are not willing to practice these methods
throughout the seminar, then we suggest you not register. We are not trying to convert you from the
way you normally shoot and defend against a threat, only exposing you to methods that are new and
different. This seminar is limited to 16 students.

About Your Instructor

Seminar Instructor: Haim Geri, Senior Instructor at IMI Academy in Israel, will conduct the seminar.
Previously, he served in the Israel Defense Forces as Company Commander and Assistant Chief of Staff
for Operations in charge of the northern border. Upon discharge at the rank of Captain, Mr. Geri joined
the General Security Services (GSS) of Israel where he served as Chief of Security for Israeli embassies in
Latin America and Switzerland. He also served as an Air Marshall for El Al Airlines. Later, he joined the
GSS Counter-Terror Academy to train students in aviation, maritime, critical infrastructure, and executive protection tactics. Mr. Geri brings decades of experience in counter-terrorism, SWAT, and
firearms training to a new generation of professionals.

Seminar Curriculum

Trainees will learn tactical methods developed and tested in Israel to counter active threat scenarios. They will receive unique training in Krav Maga, shooting, and fighting techniques that security units must undergo in Israel. Those who successfully complete the three-day seminar will be certified in tactical response and fighting techniques at Israeli Government-mandated standards. The Israeli Security Concept. Includes key concepts and methodologies that influence security system design, procedures, and training of individuals and security personnel in both public and private sectors. Concepts include offense as a defensive approach, use of predictive profiling and security questioning, localized response capabilities, and threat orientation as opposed to risk orientation.
Active Threats. Analyzing active threat cases (guns, bombs, knives, vehicles, etc.) will help us to understand the threat and the way to prevent and respond. Prevention Methods. Learn how Israeli organizations developed prevention methods to counter active threats. These methods include use of visual profiling, questioning, & Detection and Analysis of People by Action & (DAPA), and the use of security rings as a security system. Introduction to Krav Maga. Learn about the history of Krav Maga and the development of this important defense tool. We will do basic training in class to experience the use of the system. Dry practice and Live Fire: Israeli Shooting and Fighting Method. You will practice fighting and shooting techniques and understand why Israel adopted these approaches and their effectiveness in stopping active threats.

Day One Classroom – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Florida Firearms Academy

The first day will be spent entirely in the classroom. There will be several refreshment breaks and a
break for lunch. What You Will Need on Day One

▣ State-issued concealed carry license/permit (required)
▣ Semiautomatic pistol (9mm recommended), iron sights (no laser), 3 magazines, unloaded. Do not bring live ammo into the classroom!
▣ Magazine pouch that holds at least two magazines
▣ Outside the waistband holster suitable for drawing
▣ Ability to load, unload, disassemble & reassemble your pistol without assistance. You should practice this before you arrive.
▣ Comfortable clothing and proper shoes for light exercise
▣ Note-taking necessities
▣ Comfortable clothing and proper shoes for light exercise
▣ Note-taking necessities

Day Two Classroom/Range – 12:00 PM to 7:30 PM – Florida Firearms Academy

The structure of the second day will be similar to day one. During morning hours, there will be lectures
on the above content. Afternoon hours will include light physical activities, such as Krav Maga and dry
practice at the range. Some quick burst movement is required on Day Two.

What You Will Need on Day Two
▣ Everything from Day One

Day Three Indoor Range – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Florida Firearms Academy

Day Three will be spent entirely at the indoor range of Florida Firearms Academy. Even though the
facility is air conditioned, you should expect a warm day, so dress appropriately, wear a baseball cap,
and eye/ear protection.

Our range is totally private. We will provide plenty of hydration, ample time for reloading, rest &
recovery, plus opportunities to observe other shooters. One Range Safety Officer will be on duty at all
times. Everyone must obey range commands!

You will continue to develop the skills learned from the past two days, but working at a much faster
pace. You will be introduced to more advanced and complex active shooter scenarios that require even
greater concentration and effort on your part. The purpose of these drills is to challenge you to improve
your shooting and become the best shooter that you can be while under moderate stress. You may be
joined by previous seminar graduates who have elected to take part in this advanced training.
During live fire training, students shoot using the Israeli shooting technique and perform tactical
exercises that security officers in Israel must perform in order to qualify. The final test will be a surprise
tactical active shooter exercise. An IMI Academy graduation certificate awaits those who complete the

What You Will Need on Day Three

▣ Everything from Days One and Two
▣ 250 rounds of 9mm FMJ ammunition (may be purchased at FFA)
▣ Eye & ear protection; baseball cap
▣ Breakfast Snack & Lunch are Included!
During Day One and Two we will provide complimentary breakfast snacks and light lunch, including coffee, water, and other beverages. There will be several short breaks with snacks and beverages provided.

On Day Three, there will be complimentary breakfast snacks and light lunch at the range. Bottled water
and fruit will be offered during breaks.

Tuition, Refund and Cancellation Policy

Tuition for FFA members is $495. For non-members, it is $595. FFA membership will be verified at the
door. Breakfast snacks & Lunch are included on Days 1 and 3. An afternoon snack will be provided on
Day 2 since class begins at noon.


If you must cancel, please do so by email before July 25, 2019 in order to receive a refund, less a 20%
administrative fee. Instead of taking a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be

issued toward a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If you have any questions or
concerns, please contact the event organizer, George Gaines at 404-918-7098.

A minimum number of registrations must be received for a class to run as scheduled. When the
minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not make
airline or hotel reservations until you receive email notification confirming that the course will run as
scheduled. The organizers may, for any reason, elect to cancel the seminar. If this happens, paid
students have the option to apply their tuition to a future course or receive a full refund. The organizers
will not be held responsible for anything other than this.

Students are responsible for arranging their own lodging and transport.

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