“As a culture we seem to have arrived at a place where whatever native wisdom we may once have possessed about survival has been replaced by confusion and anxiety.”


The brainchild of two special operations soldiers – the Vanguard is a no holds barred event where you will unplug from the current world of social media and text messages and do some real work where your hands will get dirty and the training wheels are off.


You will shoot guns, butcher animals, wrestle, rappel and do other activities that most companies wouldn’t even consider doing as they are “too risky.”


With 48 hours of action packed instruction, adventure, and manly activities. The Vanguard arose from a desire to instill and cultivate skills that have been forgotten and neglected among the general populace.

Training Modules

Below are the modules we’ve done in the past, they vary year to year based on instructor availability

  • Defensive Pistol
  • Defensive Rifle
  • Land Navigation
  • Grappling
  • Striking
  • Obstacle Course
  • Edged Weapons
  • Trauma management
  • Rappelling
  • Team based Night Event
  • Small game Butchery (Rabbits / Chickens)
  • Medium Game Butchery (Feral Hogs)
  • Low Light Run and Gun


  • 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)
  • 200 rounds of pistol ammunition – not hollow points, just the cheap stuff
  • Sturdy Belt
  • Flashlight and Headlamp
  • Knife
  • Ear and Eye protection
  • Outdoor clothes / Hat / shoes that are durable
  • Leather Work Gloves for Rappelling
  • Shelter / Sleeping pad / Sleeping bag
  • Back pack / Assault pack with water bottle or hydration sleeve
  • Food – Breakfast and lunch are on your own, as well as dinner Friday night.
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen



  • Camp Stove
  • Camp Chair
  • Pistol Cleaning Kit
  • Cooler with extra food


Is this event for men only? 
No, this is a co-ed event. We’ve had women come the past two events and they crushed it.


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. Don’t have a pistol? You will need to go buy one, or borrow one.


Do I need a Rifle?


I’m just a beginner, is this course appropriate for me?
The blocks of instruction are meant to be 90 minute “primers” to introduce you to the fundamental concepts of each subject. They are meant for novice level athletes. If you are a Purple Belt in BJJ then you won’t learn too much in the grappling portion, likewise if you are a competitive shooter the pistol portion will be mostly a review.


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

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


Do I have to attend each event?
Event participation is voluntary. If you are smoked, or choose to skip one of the blocks that is fine.


Date: October 19-20th, 2019

Location: Austin, Texas.

Cost: Early pricing $499, Late pricing $599