Warriors Integrated Training in Self-Defense (WITS) is a series of
three intensive trainings in self-reliance: one in physical self-defense,
another in wilderness survival, and the third in defensive shooting. Started in
1987 by Harley "Swiftdeer" Reagan, a martial arts master and expert
shooter, the program has taught hundreds of men and women to be alert, powerful,
and -- through their wilderness survival section -- attuned to Nature. Located
in Scottsdale, Arizona, WITS consists of three rigorous extended weekends that
may be taken individually or as a series.
The Physical Self-Defense Training.
March 21-25, 2001 and consists of two simultaneously classes: men's and
The men's course is in effective street self-defense techniques, as would
happen in a male to male confrontation. In the women's course the participants
spend class time learning the psychological profiles of rapists, what their
methods of stalking or attack are and the best ways to avoid being targeted.
The next four days is physical training for both men and women to learn the
techniques to stop the attack and get away.
There is an excellent support staff. The male instructors have high martial
arts rankings and street fighting experience. There is a separate staff of
"attackers" wearing protective equipment for the final segment of the
course. The participants can refine their techniques under instructor
supervision with full contact strikes on these padded "attackers".
These self defense techniques are the very best of Dr. Reagan's 40 years of
martial arts experience, combat during Vietnam with First Force Recon Battalion
of the U.S. Marine Corps and law enforcement officer career. The training for
his rape awareness seminars came from his thesis on psychological profiles of
rapists, which included interviews of hundreds of convicted rapists and their
Even though he is a superb martial artist, he knew it took years of training
to become proficient to be used as a form of self-defense. The average person
does not take the necessary time to become proficient. With his students, he
worked out techniques that any person -- no matter what their physical stature
-- could use to stop an attack.
The training is carefully designed to instill graduates with a greater sense
of physical power and a corresponding boost in self-confidence.
The Wilderness Survival Training.
Scheduled for April 11-14, 2001, teaches participants not only to survive,
but to thrive in Nature. What makes this program stand out is the experience and
approach of its leader, Bruce Beck. Trained by his father, a survival instructor
in the Navy, Bruce started teaching survival in 1978. After ten years of
teaching he noticed a missing element in most survival courses: the attitude and
mindset necessary for survival in the wild. He recently changed his course name
from Wilderness Ways to Ability: Wilderness Survival.
More than a course in techniques, this program models alignment with the
elements and a highly creative "free thinking" approach to problem
solving. Techniques of primitive and modern survival are taught with an emphasis
on understanding how the elements of survival work. Five days and four nights of
outdoor camping in primitive conditions train students not only how to build
shelters, make fire, find food and water, and make use of natural materials, but
also how to invent their own solutions to unforeseeable challenges.
With terrain experience ranging from Louisiana swamps to Arizona deserts and
Colorado Mountains, Bruce imparts crucial knowledge about the physical needs of
the human body in extreme climates and conditions learned as an Emergency
Medical Technician. Trained assistants help participants learn and integrate
during this challenging adventure into the great outdoors.
The third course, Firearms Training, is set for May 23-27, 2001.
Excellent not only for beginners but also for experienced shooters, this
training develops students' mindset, gun handling and marksmanship. The course
includes class instruction and four full days of practice on a live shooting
range include training with handguns, shotguns, rifles and carbines.
Like the Wilderness Survival course, this program emphasizes mind set as the
most determinative factor in surviving a crisis situation. Students are taught
to deal with panic through rigorous mental preparation. Beginners receive
careful, expert instruction in stances, gun presentation, shooting structure,
trigger control and tactics. Experienced shooters gain marksmanship and guidance
in the finer points of master shooting.
Home defense, gun storage, and safety, safety safety are also covered in
Instructors include Range Master Harley Reagan, and Assistant Range Master
Dianne Reagan, his wife, and the 1999 American Handgunner Ladies Stock Gun World
Champion, Porsche Lynn. Most staff assistants are Gunsite graduates. All
participants will receive a full Arizona Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) course
with certification, which also benefits students from other states with
All three courses are rich in challenge, experience and adventure. The staff
that has been assembled has worked together for many years in various
capacities, adding an extraordinary depth and teamwork to their extensive
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