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Surviving the Life or Death Gap

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Successfully surviving a sudden incident of violence is 90% mental and 10% physical skill. This course focuses on the 90% mental while concurrently providing skills to survive the 10% physical, as a last resort. During this live training, the primary focus will be on the “Life or Death Gap”. The “Life or Death Gap” is the period of time that you know and understand that you are in danger, and it expands to the time that you are no longer in any danger and the situation is over. It is during this time that there is no one there to save you and the decisions you make may mean the difference between survival or not. 

Our Surviving an Incident of Violence Course provides a solid foundation for gaining the skills necessary to prepare for “making good decisions in fractions of a second”. This is what is required to survive – the skill to be able to make “Good Decisions in Fractions of a Second”. This course brings critical general skills in mastering the decision-making process by bringing students a solid understanding of “the bad guy”.  

We also cover Practical Personal Defense designed to keep your employees safe while away from work via preparation for an incident of violence primarily through awareness, avoidance, and mental strength building. If your people are your most important asset, they are just as important while they are away from work as they are while at work. This material includes 100% practical, highly effective tactics and techniques that do not require practice or thought training. 

Blue U Defense is also a firm believer that safety/security training should apply as much to the employees while they are away from work as when they are at work. You can’t train employees to turn on a culture of security when they arrive at work and turn it off when they go home and expect to realistically be changing the culture. 

In this training Blue U Defense will cover the mindset required to win and go home as well as the tactical aspect of surviving if the unthinkable happens!

Topics covered in this course

  • The Decision-Making Process and How to Master It
  • "Life or Death Gap”
  • The Dynamics of an Incident
  • Incident De-Briefs
  • Running Towards or Away from Your Adversary?
  • The Mind of the Shooter: Why you must understand how they think, what their goals are, and how to win the mental battle against them
  • Lockdown vs. Evacuation
  • Video De-Briefs




Joe Hileman is a Co-Founder and Training Specialist for Blue U Defense. He served as the Assistant Team CommandJoe Hilemaner of the Monadnock Regional Special Response (SWAT) Team and for 19 years as a Detective with the Jaffrey (NH) Police Department. Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, he served as Security Supervisor at the corporate management level of a Fortune 500 company. Mr. Hileman holds two A.A. degrees in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Corrections, Probation, and Parole and extensive tactical trainings. 


May 21, 2024 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST