CSAT Firearms-Combatives Program (FCP)

Firearms training is not a new facet in martial arts training. Noted historian Donn F. Draeger writes in his book, Classical Bujutsu, that in 1521 warrior families began to adopt the use of firearms and fighting methods were developed incorporating their use. In 1575 a decisive victory resulted from their use and hojutsu, "fire art", or the art of the firearm began codification. The Midwest Academy staff views firearms training a natural component of the systems being practiced daily at the Academy.  Our tactics, techniques, and strategies are consistent across the platforms of empty hand, edged weapon, impact weapon, and firearms.

The Midwest Academy provides firearms training through our Firearms-Combatives Program (FCP).  The Academy's FCP classes & courses are a unique kinesiology-based firearms training program that includes, among other components: visual acuity & proprioception sciences, perception & decision-making sciences, & critical-incident mindset development sciences as taught through the "art of gunfighting". Through this approach, experienced martial artists can learn how to apply their knowledge of body science to a ballistic tool and new or experienced shooters can learn the efficiency of biomechanics that is associated with efficient & effective martial arts. FCP classes, however, require neither experience in the martial arts or an extensive background in firearms. The Academy's FCP program is value adding for novice and expert shooters alike. 

While the curriculum used in the FCP classes & courses have their origin, refinement, & vetting in military & law enforcement groups, the Academy's teaching focus is civilian-centric. The FCP curriculum is a synergy of several Tier 1 "gunfighting" systems including CSAT (Paul Howe), TAPS (Pat McNamara), & Haley Strategic (Travis Haley), in which the FCP Program Lead Instructor, David Hakim, has numerous training & instructor certifications under those contemporary Tier 1 instructors. He also brings his own military & law enforcement professional experiences to the FCP knowledge base.

We believe that the Academy's real world experience in ballistic-oriented combatives, deep knowledge of proper biomechanics, and the superiority of the systems combined in the FCP program makes this system second to none for anyone interested in learning or improving shooting skills. And similar to the other martial arts taught at the Academy, FCP lessons are likewise applicable to every aspect of one's personal growth, development, & quality of life.


FCP Course Modules (Monthly)

Module I - FCP Introduction to Firearms Fundaments covers safe operation, practice, & deployment of the pistol or carbine, optimizing weapon & ammunition selection/purchase, & the fundamentals of shooting from both the science of kinesiology and physics. No prerequisite for this course.
Module II - FCP Theory of Dry Training & Drills covers the sciences related to how humans learn, master, & apply physical skills & make decisions under uncertain conditions. Dry drills are used to teach students the most efficient, reliable, & effective means to deploy a weapon system, move with a weapon system, & correctly manipulate a weapon system.* These skills developed though this form of practice are designed to be applied in everyday environments, but can be practiced on a flat range as well.*  **
Module III - FCP Theory of Firearm-Combatives covers close contact firearms-combatives skills including weapon deployment, weapon retention, & effective weapon ready postures, optimal reaction to "bad guy" weapon presentations, & the effect of body-alarm response on physical skills. * Module IV - FCP Theory of CQB covers the use of angles and movement to increase reaction and decision-making time in the urban environment (adjacent or inside buildings, homes, hallways, stairways, rooms, in crowds, etc).***

* Pistol & Carbine are separate courses for this module
** Module requires students to have a valid CCW/CCL
*** Module requires students to have completed Module II & III & have a valid CCW/CCL

FCP Classes (Weekly)

The Academy holds weekly FCP classes; students must have completed FCP Modules I & II at a minimum & have a valid CCW/CCL prior to attending the FCP Weekly Classes. The Academy's weekly FCP classes develop the FCP materials taught in all the modules at a more detailed level with the emphasis shifting from "skill exposure" to "skill mastery".

David Hakim, Academy Director & FCP Program Lead, has instructor credentials & extensive training under expert firearms & tactical trainers Paul Howe (left), Travis Haley (center), & Pat McNamara (right). The Academy's FCP curriculum is a synergy of these firearms training methods.