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by Jsoeph on MDFI Training

I have taken most if not all of the classes offered by MDFI over the past 5 years. Their dedication to safety is second to none. I still practice some of the drills, and skill builders I learned from the very first classes I took with MDFI. One of the things I like best is that their classes are relevant to the everyday person. This isn't about learning how to be a Delta Force Operator. While I was a bit intimidated before my first class, I was completely comfortable with the pace, the lesson content and the range time before the day was over. whether you have no intention of ever carrying a firearm, you just bought your first handgun or you are a military or law enforcement veteran you will find classes that match your current skill set and can take you to the next. Highly recommend training with Trek and his cadre. PS... They are a heck of a lot of FUN!

by Mike Nelson on MDFI Training

I highly recommend MDFI for your training needs. A very safe and controlled environment, clear exact directions. Expectations met and exceeded. The YSINTG class was fantastic. I'm hooked and will use them in the future for my skill development.

by Clint on MDFI Training

As always I really enjoyed the classes this weekend. The skills I learned as a brand new shooter over two years ago in your first classes down here have allowed me to go and seek out other training where the habits and practices learned have been proven to allow me to train and succeed in safe manner no matter the course. Your ability to teach and make me think critically in foundation level courses continues to be well worth my time and money.

by Brian on MDFI Training

The MDFI cadre truly is a world class group. I have had a great time in every single class I've taken with them and learned so much in every single one.

Considering my experiences with them, it doesn't surprise me at all that classes fill so early.

by Barry on MDFI Training

I've been shooting for years, and considered myself competent in my manipulation of my guns. I have learned over the 5 MDFI classes I've taken, that I could pull a trigger, but had a lot to learn, and still do. But from ysintg to long gun cover and movement, I've become a more competent and responsible gun owner. And a more responsibly armed American. Thanks again, and can't wait for next year!

We love our jobs here at MDFI. 

Our job is not ‘firearms instructors.’ Our job is to be teachers, and a teacher‘s job is not about the teacher.  

The teacher‘s job is about their students and helping them them grow regardless of the discipline. We share the joy in a student’s success, and work tirelessly to find what we need to improve on when they fail.

Please leave a review below of your experiences with MDFI as a whole or in specific to any of our courses. We appreciate any and all feedback!


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by Jsoeph on MDFI Training

I have taken most if not all of the classes offered by MDFI over the past 5 years. Their dedication to safety is second to none. I still practice some of the drills, and skill builders I learned from the very first classes I took with MDFI. One of the things I like best is that their classes are relevant to the everyday person. This isn't about learning how to be a Delta Force Operator. While I was a bit intimidated before my first class, I was completely comfortable with the pace, the lesson content and the range time before the day was over. whether you have no intention of ever carrying a firearm, you just bought your first handgun or you are a military or law enforcement veteran you will find classes that match your current skill set and can take you to the next. Highly recommend training with Trek and his cadre. PS... They are a heck of a lot of FUN!

by Mike Nelson on MDFI Training

I highly recommend MDFI for your training needs. A very safe and controlled environment, clear exact directions. Expectations met and exceeded. The YSINTG class was fantastic. I'm hooked and will use them in the future for my skill development.

by Clint on MDFI Training

As always I really enjoyed the classes this weekend. The skills I learned as a brand new shooter over two years ago in your first classes down here have allowed me to go and seek out other training where the habits and practices learned have been proven to allow me to train and succeed in safe manner no matter the course. Your ability to teach and make me think critically in foundation level courses continues to be well worth my time and money.

by Brian on MDFI Training

The MDFI cadre truly is a world class group. I have had a great time in every single class I've taken with them and learned so much in every single one.

Considering my experiences with them, it doesn't surprise me at all that classes fill so early.

by Barry on MDFI Training

I've been shooting for years, and considered myself competent in my manipulation of my guns. I have learned over the 5 MDFI classes I've taken, that I could pull a trigger, but had a lot to learn, and still do. But from ysintg to long gun cover and movement, I've become a more competent and responsible gun owner. And a more responsibly armed American. Thanks again, and can't wait for next year!

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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.

This was an eye opening experience. It filled in a lot of gaps for me as a cpl holder with very little training. When to use force, what force is appropriate, reading situations and people, what tools to use and why, etc. I also learned a lot about the effectiveness of different less lethal options.

I highly recommend this class to any who carries a gun, who doesn't, spouses, people who are not gun people but still want to protect themselves, and...everyone else! Trek does a great job breaking things down and running through the what ifs in open discussion. His whiteboard flow charts are worth the price of admission alone!

Excellent Course. I went in anticipating that certain less than lethal defense tactics would be obviously superior and doubting the effectiveness of others. This course really changed my perspective on the spectrum of non-lethal options. I would certainly recommend this course.

Thank you for such a wonderful class this past weekend. I wasn’t sure what to expect and it definitely exceeded my expectations. I’m a big proponent of learning as much as you can to be prepared in all situations and I left that class with a wealth of knowledge. I had no idea I had so many less than lethal options available to me.

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Highly recommend everyone take this class. No matter how much you shoot, it NEVER hurts to go back to fundamentals. The way Trek goes over the hows and whys really sets this class apart from anything I have ever seen.

I was lucky enough to attend the MDFI class called "You suck it's not the gun”. I don't think we had anyone in our class that didn't have a marked improvement.
I would highly recommed this class for all shooters, new and experenced, as it does not matter how long you have been shooting, it is ALWAYS a good idea to spend time on fundamentals. Trek does a great job explaining everything, and keeps the class light and fun, and ego free. You're there to learn, not to try to show up your neighbor.

Thanks again for a great class this weekend. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed it, and learned a lot. Your attitude and sense of humor was a breath of fresh air for me as a vet (and former industry member) that is burned out on all the tactical peacocking. You balance professionalism and credibility, with a geniuine realness and humor incredibly well.

You and your cadre really made my girlfriend feel special, and like you wanted to help her learn, and even laugh. She is really sensitive to egos and self centered people, and had it been another class where that is the norm, her growth in this discipline would have stopped yesterday.

I'm going to continue to urge family and friends who have one foot in the door, but haven't taken developing their skills seriously yet, now that I know there is a safe an informative place for me to send them. I look forward to training with you in the future. You are a great ambassador to the industry, and this lifestyle.

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Had a great time at classes this weekend.  Thank you.  It was awesome.  Your team had a lot of patience with me!  Looking forward to using the skills from this weekend to practice and improve.

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by Kevin Bishop on Class: Foundation Carbine

Trek and Shane are the real deal as instructors. They are honest and competent, and it shows. They treat every student with dignity, something that is very refreshing. There are 3 pieces of advice to get the most out of class. 1) Take the rifle to the range before class. Make sure that it functions well with 200 rounds, and then clean the rifle. 2) Think about the sight over bore distance. 3) Make sure that the rifle is sighted in at the desired distance. Doing those things will make the Foundation Carbine class that much more productive. Trek and Shane do a great
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What an eye-opening class! It was a very positive, but unexpected experience.



Shotguns, being so commonly owned and used for sporting, often seem like a simple machine, but they're quite unique as a self-defense tool. The manipulations are so unfamiliar to folks familiar with analogous handgun training.



After learning emergency reloads, I was so frustrated with myself, I was considering setting the gun down and just watching for the rest of the day because I felt unsure of myself, but as I evaluated my situation I realized I was still in control but I was letting my frustration get to me. I decided to change my perspective and continue participating. I heard Trek yell, "Own the gun, don't let it own you." Repeating that to myself (plus a smattering of "embrace the suck") helped me muster the gumption to participate in Rolling Thunder and let me just say, Totally Worth It! After that, I was loving the day.



Don't get me wrong, the class was super fun, even in the cold and rain. Also, I probably learned as much about managing my mindset as I did about running a gauge. I have a feeling that's going to be very handy with my upcoming training courses with MDFI next year. Big thanks to Trek and the cadre! They're all top-notch, truly excellent teachers.

Foundation Shotgun 👍🏻 This class was just plain fun for me. You MUST take This class are going to have a shotgun leaning against the wall for home defense. Yes, YOU HAVE TO AIM A SHOTGUN. And you need to know how YOURS works.

I never considered it, just figured I'd use my carry weapon. So I solely purchased an 870 clone just for the class thinking I'd use it once.

YSINTG was my favorite, now it's 2nd Place.

If you're afraid of the 12ga recoil, use a 20. Still worried? Don't be. My shoulder doesn't even know I shot a couple hundred 12ga rounds. And some were 3" 00 buck high brass with 15 pellets. They BARKED, but didn't hurt with the knowledge I gained today. There was a young lady in my class, and she was having no problems managing recoil after instruction.

Just take it!

Awesome class today Foundation Shotgun. Excellent instructor..Hands down the best training session I have taken.

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by Charlie on Class: Beyond A Door

Great class! Having done some live fire shoot house classes I enjoyed the simunition training in this class even more. I didn't notice a difference in the effectiveness of the training and the margin of safety was much higher. We were also able to run through the house many more times than in a live fire shoot house class, allowing for greater learning potential and repetition. Trek and his team were very good instructors and I thought their presentation and steps in the curriculum built on each other effectively. I would take this class again, and consider it to be crucial training if you are going to carry a firearm. Always humbling to take classes like this and realize how much I still have to learn and how much I can get better.

This was the third FOF with MDFI I've taken (after VCQB-O and HE), and it won't be the last. Along with live-fire, mindset, and medical training, I think this kind of training is absolutely essential to developing a real ability to address a life-threatening event. I've trained with several top-shelf providers, and Trek and his team (Tim, Tom and Brandon for BAD) take 1st place in my book. The MTAC facility provides the perfect environment for the training they provided, and I left wiser than when I showed up. Also, with 25 runs in two days, you get one hell of a lot of training reps for your dollar. Finally, the camaraderie that Trek and his guys foster is an added bonus. Thanks, Fellows, and I'll see you again soon! HWF

Great class. If you carry a gun as part of your daily life, or you have a firearm as part of your home protection plan, this class is a MUST. Moving through a structure with a gun and doing it correctly isn't easy, it takes practice. To practice, you have to have proper instruction. That is where Trek and the cadre shine. They take you step by step with seemingly unlimited patience in correct door entry, building searching, and room clearing. Can't wait until my next MDFI class.

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I came to this class hoping to fair well and find my weak points but also to verify that I’m going down the right path. That is exactly what I took away from this class and it was fun at the same time. It also helped me figure out what classes I’ll be working on next year. Definitely planning to run this class again next year.

Outside of this type of class, there is no way to learn these things. You can read 100 books on the subject but not learn as much as we did on a weekend. The class feedback was just as informative. In each scenario learning what others did or did not do and how it played out was extremely helpful in the learning process. I ate some humble pie as I found there are skills that needed to be sharpened. And other skills that I flat out did not have at all. I found areas that I need training on and others that I need to work on myself. If you were less trained, you learned what you needed to focus on and build. If you came into the class with a higher training level your skills were honed and built upon. Fantastic class. I was fully immersed the entire weekend. I will be taking this again and is a must take for my wife and eventually my other kids as well as they are old enough. I am so glad my son took this class with me.

human element is an eye opener

I participated in The Human Element with MDFI this past weekend. It was not a typical class format, but more of an evaluation of my ability to deal with everything from difficult people to flat out killers. This took place at the Muncie Indiana MTAC facility which is designed to simulate common settings you would encounter in life, such as a home, a business, public buildings, and even a car. The two days of evaluation involved multiple real life scenarios where I interacted with role players. Some represented friends or innocent bystanders, while others were there to rob or hurt me. Bad guy weapons ranged from a poor attitude to fists to guns. My defensive tool options were words (used full strength), physical contact (simulated) , pepper spray (silly string), a pistol (SIM or UTM guns), or run Jeff, run. I also utilized a tourniquet and a cell phone during some of the scenarios.

 

I received direct feedback from the instructor, Trek, after each of the scenarios. I then wrote a report on what occurred as if I would need to defend my actions to authorities. Once all students completed a run of the same scenario and wrote their report, we had a group discussion about each of our results.

 

I entered The Human Element with a solid shooting skill set (mostly via MDFI classes), some medical trauma training (Dark Angel), plus use of force knowledge (CPL class, self study of relevant laws, and MDFI "When a gun is not an option" class). While all these are certainly critical to being a responsibly armed citizen, participation in The Human Element made it clear that there is much more to be learned and practiced regarding when to shoot vs other actions that can be taken to preserve life. Most of the scenarios unfold very quickly and require decisive action to prevail. Others teach that reacting with an inappropriate level of force or too quickly can lead to bad outcomes such as lethal injury or legal charges.

 

One thing is certain: it is far better to experience these types of situations in a training environment like MTAC before living it in real life where there are no second chances after mistakes in lethal encounters.

 

While I will continue to hone shooting skills, I am excited to have begun a new phase of defensive learning focused on scenario training. MDFI The Human Element is a safe and challenging opportunity for learning. I will be back for more, and I believe that anyone who assumes the responsibility of being an armed citizen should give it a try.

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Eight hours that seemed to go by in 30 minutes. Fascinating, highly researched, and methodical explication of the mind, methods, and world-view of the violent criminal actor (VCA). Understanding what goes on in the head of the VCA significantly increases the odds of being able to survive an encounter with one if he/they ever select you as a target, and Dr. Aprill provides a full forensic tour of the dark space between the VCA's ears. 110% worth the time and money. I'd already taken Varg Freeborn's "Violence of Mind" seminar and MDFI's WAGINAO, and "Unthinkable" was the third leg of the mindset Triad. Bonus: Dr. Aprill is as quick-witted and entertaining a speaker as I've ever heard, and his genuine desire to improve your survival odds is apparent from start to finish. Take this course.

The Unthinkable lecture by Dr. William April should be a required class for all law abiding 2nd amendment adherents.

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by Kevin on Dark Angel Medical

Mike taught an excellent DART class and has a great personality. There is one suggestion for prospective students; buy a training tourniquet (blue) at the same time that you buy a medical kit from Dark Angel. Your own training TQ is helpful in class, and a training TQ is needed for at home practice, anyway. You may as well buy the training TQ at the same time you buy the medical kit. IMHO, the CAT TQ was easier for me to use, but Mike shows us how to use a variety of TQs.