October 1, Johnston, Iowa. Personal Protection for Women (Seminar)

October 1, Johnston, Iowa. Personal Protection for Women (Seminar)

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CrossRoads Shooting Sports

5550 NW Johnston Dr

Johnston, IA 50131

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Helping women develop a realistic understanding of the self-defense problems faced, and familiarity with efficient solutions.

About this event

Self-protection carries unique challenges for women, who are statistically more likely to suffer violence across a broader spectrum of threats, and typically do so at a physical disadvantage. The key to overcoming those disadvantages is a realistic understanding of the problems faced, and familiarity with efficient solutions.

Citizen Defense Research’s “Personal Protection for Women” is an eight-hour seminar* focused on helping women of all ages to keep themselves safe. The goal is to provide attendees the knowledge and skills to avoid, deter, recognize, and if necessary escape or prevail in an encounter with anyone who wishes them harm, be it a stranger or acquaintance. Specific areas of emphasis during the seminar include understanding common threats and danger areas, how predators select their targets, deterrence, recognizing pre-assault indicators, use of verbal skills and managing physical distance when dealing with unknown persons, use of OC/pepper spray, facts about acquaintance initiated violence or abuse, dealing with stalkers, and more.

Our priority is a relaxed, low-pressure learning environment where everyone can grow in their understanding of the problems they might face and how best to address them within the context of their life.

*The seminar will involve presentation/discussion, as well as practical exercises and scenarios using verbal role-play and inert training pepper spray canisters containing water to practice dealing with potentially threatening encounters, and provide students with the mental framework and physical skills for common real-life scenarios.

Ticket Policy for Minors:

1.) If a minor is attending, they need a purchased ticket.

2.) However, any minor may have one parent or guardian attend as an observer at no charge (limit one parent/guardian per household). That parent will observe all the presentations and exercises, but won’t participate in the practical exercises (verbal role play scenarios, pepper spray drills, etc.).

3.) If the parent wants to be a full participant in the entire class, we would appreciate them buying a ticket as well.

What To Bring: Note-taking material is recommended, and drinks and snacks are welcome. Dress comfortably and wear a shirt you don’t mind getting sprayed with less than an ounce of water if you want to participate in the pepper spray training. Inert OC/pepper spray training canisters containing water, and eye protection will be provided.

Instructor Biographies:

Melody Lauer is a Rangemaster Certified Advanced Handgun Instructor, Deadly Force Instructor through the Massad Ayoob Group, and Agile Training & Consulting OC/Pepper Spray Instructor. She is an NRA Certified handgun instructor with fourteen years of experience teaching men and women how to defend themselves with a firearm. As the owner of Citizens Defense Research she has dedicated herself to quality, reliable self-defense information and training. With approximately 1,000 hours of professional development, Melody is one of the leading experts on armed conflict with children present. She continues to challenge herself through active participation in her local Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy and works as a front-end developer for a local programming firm. Melody is a mother of three and writer dedicated to learning and sharing the most effective skills in preserving innocent life.

Chris Cypert is a native of Brock, TX and a retired Special Forces Soldier (Green Beret), who spent the majority of his career serving in 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). A veteran of multiple deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, as well as numerous other operational deployments, he is experienced in the full spectrum of violence and threat mitigation from full scale combat to low-visibility and avoidance in uncertain environments. As a professional teacher of partner forces, who culminated his career teaching advanced skills to qualified Special Operations personnel, Chris is highly experienced and proficient in curriculum development and training. He is a RangeMaster Certified Firearms Instructor, NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, Agile Training & Consulting Certified OC/Pepper Spray Instructor, and has attended a broad variety of open-enrollment firearm and self-defense courses geared towards civilian self-protection. Chris has worked hard to translate his experience and lessons-learned into the civilian self-protection context in order to help him better safeguard himself, his wife and four kids, and also benefit the lawfully armed citizens who want to protect themselves and those for whom they are responsible.

Ross Hick is a former EMT and current Probation Surveillance Officer supervising convicted felons in the community with 14 years working specialized caseloads including gangs, domestic violence, sex offenders, and the seriously mentally ill. He serves as a field training officer, department armorer, and as an instructor in CPR/AED, firearms, Taser, search and seizure, and use-of-force for his department. Ross has additionally taught firearms classes to lawfully armed citizens in his community for more than 16 years and is an NRA Certified Instructor in Home Safety, Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home, and a Rangemaster Certified Firearms Instructor.


The only way we can know that a class is full is when the specified number of students have registered and paid their tuition fees. Once a class is full, we have to turn away others who would like to attend. If you cancel too close to class, or fail to show up for class, you keep someone else from attending and would cost us a student. Please be sure you can attend a class before signing up for it. We believe this policy is fair to you, to other students, and to us. In order to minimize this, we have strict policies on pre-payment and cancellation.

To secure a slot in a course full payment is required (unless otherwise specified). If a deposit is made, the balance will be due 30 days before the course starts. Cancellations by a student inside the thirty day window will be non-refundable but creditable to another Citizens Defense Research class anywhere the student wishes to train, within 18 months of the cancellation. Cancellations by students the week of the course will be non-refundable and will receive no credit. Cancellations by Citizens Defense Research will be fully refunded within 14 calendar days.

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