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Bad Stuff Happens - Martial Arts Academy Helps Prepare for It

A practicum in Active Shooter Defense offered this Thursday night may help anyone unfortunate enough to be caught in the vicinity of a shooting rampage, says Jason Gabauer, owner of the Martial Arts Academy of Ave Maria. Having grown up in Cape Coral and Fort Myers, Mr. Gabauer says the Oct. 17 ZombiCon shooting in Ft. Myers helped him realize how these tragic events can hit close to home. Gabauer and his partner, Master Chad Wilbur, believe having some mental preparation geared to overcoming shock can make all the difference. "We actually practice what would happen if you're in that situation," he says. "It's not just a seminar."

Gabauer says even basics, like recognizing the sound of gunfire, can make a life-saving difference.

The academy, located in Ave Maria's Park of Commerce, offers a variety of programs including Taekwondo, pilates, kickboxing and Israeli self-defense, and the number of people enrolled has now reached 130, Mr. Gabauer says. Its employees, who all come from Ave Maria as of now, include two black belt instructors who are students at AMU and a program manager who is an AMU graduate.

The academy offers a range of pricing options for individuals and families, but Mr. Gabuaer says that a flat-fee pricing per family of $250 month has been favorably received by some of the many large families in Ave Maria. "For that price, all members of the family can come to any of our courses," he says. 

Details of the Active Shooter Defense course are in the flyer below. A segment on the course from the local Fox TV affiliate can be seen here. The academy Facebook site, available to all, including those who are not members of Facebook, has more information on the academy.



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