The Awakening

Location: Austin, Texas

Date: 10/17/2020

Cost: $250


The Awakening is the first step to becoming a more competent human being.


This one day event focuses on building a solid, fundamental grasp of the three primary pillars of martial competence: handgun proficiency, combatives, and trauma management.


Perfect for all ability levels, The Awakening brings together some of the best instructors in Texas for one of the most action packed days of your life. We’ll follow up the day with a group dinner and cold beer at a local establishment.



Taught by Alex Acosta, a sponsored, national-level USPSA shooter, this block will level up your marksmanship skill regardless of experience level. We’ll start with fundamentals, explained in a way that even advanced shooters will learn something. We’ll quickly move onto more advanced techniques such as target transitions and shooting on the move.



Taught by Randy Vera, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and owner of Austin Kickboxing Academy, this block will teach the basics of striking, clenching, positional dominance, and basic submissions. This  block will focus on the practical application of self defense techniques and will leave you with a set of skills that you can quickly put into action.



Taught By Justin Hurzeler, owner of the Atomic Legion and SWAT Medic in Williamson County, this block will teach attendees the basics of managing life-threatening traumatic injuries. Justin will cover how to deal with injuries with a variety of mechanisms, as well as how to interact with local first responders and EMS.

Schedule of Events

Each block of training will last approximately 1-2 hours and hosted at various locations in South Austin.

9:00-12:00: Handgun

12:00-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:30: Trauma Management

3:30-5:30: Combatives

6:00-10:00: Food and Cold Beer


  • Pistol – semiautomatic with a capacity of at least 10 rounds (no revolvers)
  • Retention holster that allows the shooter to run without losing positive control of the firearm
  • Magazines (3) and magazine holder (holds 2)
  • 300 rounds of pistol ammunition – not hollow points, just the cheap stuff
  • Sturdy Belt (worn with pants that have belt loops)
  • Ear and Eye protection
  • Outdoor clothes / Hat / shoes that are durable
  • Water bottle


I’ve never shot a gun before, can I come? 
Yes, we’ll start with the most basic fundamentals before moving on to more advanced skills!


I’m an intermediate level shooter, will I still get something out of the pistol work? 
Absolutely. Our instructors will cover fundamental details that many “experienced” shooters have never heard of. During the evening portion we’ll cover more advanced skills as well!


Do I need a Pistol?
Yes, a defensive pistol such as a Glock, Springfield XD, Smith and Wesson M&P, and a Sig 226 are all examples of good pistols to bring. Do not bring a revolver. If you don’t have a pistol we do rent them. Cost is $25 for the event.


How physically demanding is the event?
The most demanding portion of the day will be the hand to hand portion. Most of the skills taught will be drilled and practiced at slower speeds / intensities. Combat speed drills will be very limited and optional. Our primary goal is for you to leave the event with some tangible skills, not a sore neck.


Can I do this event with my son / daughter?
Yes, but they must be 15 years or older.


If I sign up but cannot attend what happens? Is there a return policy?

You can either transfer your attendance to another person or take a refund. The refund policy is below.

  • 60+ days = 100% refund
  • 30 – 60 days = 50% refund
  • < 30 days = 25% refund
  • < 14 days = 0% refund