Sheep­dog Self Pro­tec­tion Inc offers a full time self pro­tec­tion pro­gram called Inte­grated Street Com­bat­ives (ISC). ISC is an eclec­tic style of self pro­tec­tion which cov­ers the fol­low­ing ranges of com­bat:

  1. Psy­cho­log­i­cal range
  2. Bal­lis­tic ground fight­ing range
  3. Stand up grap­pling range
  4. Punch­ing range
  5. Kick­ing range
  6. Weapons range ( gun, knife, club, O.C.)

Sheep­dog Self Pro­tec­tion does not pub­licly adver­tise for this pro­gram as most stu­dents come to us seek­ing the train­ing as they have heard about the pro­gram through word of mouth. Once a poten­tial stu­dent has been iden­ti­fied and has shown inter­est, prior to being accepted, ISC staff con­duct an inter­view with each poten­tial can­di­date to ensure that they want to train for the right rea­sons. Once accepted into the Level 1 pro­gram, the first 4 weeks are designed to push stu­dents to both their phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal lim­its. The aver­age drop out at this stage is 45%. For those stu­dents who make it past the 4 weeks, train­ing in com­bat­ives now begins.

The Level 1 Beginner Program- “The Juniors”

Don’t be mis­taken by the name “Juniors”. Our youngest stu­dent is 19. Our old­est stu­dent is 57. The Level 1 Begin­ner Pro­gram is the basic course which spans over a six month period. Each class is approx 1–1.5 hours in length, and stu­dents come twice a week.

Top­ics cov­ered include:

  • Com­bat­ive the­ory and mind­set devel­op­ment
  • Com­bat­ive Fit­ness Drills
  • Com­bat­ive Attribute Drills
  • Pre-contact psy­chol­ogy
  • Non-verbal, ver­bal Com­mu­ni­ca­tion strate­gies
  • Hand/arm tech­niques (fin­ger jab, palm heal strikes, ham­mer fists, elbows, fore­arm strikes)
  • Leg Strikes/Kicks (Shin hack, knee strikes, front and rear snap kicks, front and rear thrust kicks, stomps, low round kick, back kick)
  • Com­bat­ive move­ment drills
  • Alter­na­tive body strikes/Attacks (head butt, groin slaps, bit­ing, spit­ting, rips gouges and squeezes, ear per­cus­sions, shoul­der butts)
  • Imme­di­ate Dis­posal Drills from all Ranges

At the end of the six-month begin­ner pro­gram, there is a four hour test­ing phase which includes a writ­ten test, phys­i­cal pro­fi­ciency test, and sce­nario based Force on Force test­ing. Upon suc­cess­ful grad­u­a­tion stu­dents are moved up to what ISC calls the Senior class.

The Senior Program

The Level 1 Begin­ner pro­gram is the foun­da­tion from which every­thing else in ISC is to be learned. Upon enter­ing the Senior Pro­gram, stu­dents do not learn any­thing new, but take the prin­ci­ples they learned in the Level 1 Begin­ner pro­gram and apply them in diverse appli­ca­tions such as:

  • Mul­ti­ple oppo­nents
  • Weapons (Gun, knife, club, O.C.)
  • Sce­nario based Force on Force train­ing
  • Bal­lis­tic ground fight­ing
  • Break con­tact drills that we call CRASH (Com­bat­ive Responses Against Spon­ta­neous Hos­til­ity) chokes, grabs, bear hugs, ect.
  • Com­bat­ive throws and chokes

Envi­ron­men­tal Stress Inoc­u­la­tion:

To make the train­ing as real­is­tic as pos­si­ble we have strobe lights, fog machine, cam­eras, as well as other tools and props to make the train­ing envi­ron­ment as close to real­ity as pos­si­ble.

If you have never fought in an envi­ron­ment where the strobes and lights are blink­ing, the music is blar­ing, and the smoke is thick (eg. Night club), it can really cause prob­lems with your com­bat­ive perception/reaction big time. The more real one can make their train­ing envi­ron­ment, the bet­ter.

Some of the other things ISC does to make the train­ing as real as pos­si­ble:

  • Tying of an arm to the body to repli­cate a bro­ken or injured limb
  • Cov­er­ing one or both eyes to deal with sight depri­va­tion and increase tac­tile sen­si­tiv­ity dur­ing Close Quar­ter Bat­tle (CQB)
  • Wear­ing gog­gles that are obscured to blur vision
  • Train­ing out in the envi­ron­ment (dur­ing heavy rain, on hills, uneven ground, dark­ness)
  • Video feed­back train­ing. This is espe­cially pow­er­ful dur­ing sce­nario based train­ing.

Pur­su­ing a career in Law Enforce­ment? Secu­rity? Bor­der ser­vices? Close Pro­tec­tion? The men­tal and phys­i­cal skills you will develop in this pro­gram will assist in mak­ing you a com­pet­i­tive can­di­date in any recruit­ing process. The skills you will develop in the junior pro­gram com­bined with the skills and sce­nar­ios you will be exposed to in the senior class will men­tally and phys­i­cally pre­pare you for almost any encounter you will expe­ri­ence in the above men­tioned pro­fes­sions. Kris and Fran­cois are ded­i­cated to ensur­ing you, your fam­i­lies, and your col­leagues make it home safe at the end of each shift, mis­sion, or detail.

Tak­ing this class to pro­tect Your­self and the Ones You Love? That is what moti­vated us to begin this jour­ney many years ago. Be the Sheep­dog.

For infor­ma­tion on reg­is­tra­tion and pric­ing for the Level 1 Begin­ner Pro­gram please con­tact us directly.