The Awakening

Location: Austin, Texas

Date: 2/29/2020

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 break the handgun portion into two different evolutions.

  1. In the morning, we’ll go through an in-depth review of handgun fundamentals. This block will walk new shooters through the basics of a handgun, while also reinforcing and elaborating on existing skills for more experienced participants.
  2. In the evening, we’ll return to the range and move on to more advanced skills such as moving and shooting, target transitions, and basic low-light skills.



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. The combatives block will focus on the practical application of self defense techniques.


Trauma Management

Taught By Justin Hurzeler, a 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.

8:00-10:00: Handgun Proficiency – Fundamentals

10:30-12:00: Combatives

12:00-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:30: Trauma Management

4:00-7:30: Handgun Proficiency – intermediate skills

8:00-10:00: Group Dinner


  • 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)
  • Flashlight or Weapon mounted light
  • Headlamp
  • 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