MDFI When A Gun Is Not An Option


MDFI When A Gun Is Not An Option

1-Day Class | 9am – 7pm
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Class Flow: RELAXED (classroom setting)

WAGINAO | When A Gun Is Not An Option is designed for the responsible citizen who desires to gain the knowledge and understanding of the lawful levels of force as well as add tools and techniques to their self-defense tool kit that focus on situations existing outside the lethal force level.

This course is tailored to give students an introduction to lawful use of force, understanding the types of people we encounter and how to appropriately interact with them, and familiarization with tools available to law-abiding citizens that fill a gap between no force and lethal force.

When A Gun Is Not An Option is a fun, educational, and interactive seminar-based class where students will have the ability to learn, discuss, watch demonstrations, and have hands on time with intermediate force tools.

This course is for any individual interested in increasing their defensive options, those who work in “Gun Free Zones,” those who choose not to carry a firearm, and those who do carry a firearm but are interested in adding tools for when a gun is not a lawful option.


  • The Whole Person Concept
  • Situational Awareness
  • Mindset and Scene Observation
  • Constitutional Use of Force
  • Prevention
  • Types of Less Lethal Tools Including Both OC (Pepper Spray) and EMD Weapons (Tasers/Stun Guns)
  • Less Lethal Tool Employment and Demonstration
  • Observation of a Pepper Spray Exposure and Decontamination


  • Note Taking Materials
  • Recommended: Snacks + Drink for Full Day



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 by Mike Ogozaly on Class: When A Gun Is Not An Option

This was my first class with the MDFI. I learned more from Treck in 8 hours about situational awarness and how to handle situations, than I did taken 2-3 day long seminars. The training and information is brokn down so its easy to learn and remember. I look forward to taking more classes at the MDFI.

Ive taken other classes that were 2-3 days long on situation awarness, but walk away with more

Trec broke this all down into an 8 hours course.

So much of what we like to train is around the sexy gun craft stuff. Yet so much of life's potential conflict problems are not in the realm where use of lethal force is justified. WAGINAO is an essential part of being a well-rounded, responsibly armed and equipped citizen. The class balances mindset, legality, real-world examples, and gear selection. And it's executed in the MDFI style we've come to love: Safe, Fun, Educational.

This is my second class with MDFI. The first was YSINTG and now "When a Gun is Not an Option". I had taken this class because my teen daughter will be starting college soon and I know that she will be in a "gun free zone". I convinced (through bribery) my daughter to join me. We both got a lot out of the class. I have a CPL and with this class it helped me to learn how to differentiate what situations need what kind of action. Also, it was very beneficial to learn what different kinds of pepper spray to use and how they work. Thanks Trek for providing us with a great bonding mother, daughter time and helping to teach us what we need to know about situational awareness.

I took this class because I wanted to understand my options for personal protection. I learned a lot more, about understanding people and myself and situations. Definitely a class that is an important step on self protection journey.

This course was extremely informative regardless of background or firearms proficiency. The explanation of the whole person concept made comprehensive sense. I also appreciated the definitions of different types of people encountered and appropriate levels of force accordingly. The discussion about what is and isn't effective (as well as what's lawful) with respect to 'non-lethal' tools was very good. The Trekisms were also effective in punctuating the key points.

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