NPE Counter Robbery w/ Cecil Birch, Darryl Bolke & Chuck Haggard

Defending yourself against violent assault in a Non-Permissive Environment.

There are two kind of handguns that we can use for self-defense – Going to Trouble guns, and Getting Out of Trouble guns. While we would all prefer to carry full size duty guns with multiple spare magazines (Going to Trouble guns) as our EDC set up, the fact is that most of us cannot 100% of the time. Because of various restrictions – whether legal, social, or environmental, we often have to defend ourselves with gear that may not be the best when we are shooting fancy drills on the square range (i.e. Getting Out of Trouble guns). Instead of bemoaning that truth, we need to spend the time working on being able to run our actual carry to the best of our ability. That is what this course is all about.

In this class, we will look at how to effectively shoot and manage the smaller handguns that are typical of a non-permissive environment – i.e. snub revolvers and small autos like the G43 or LCP. We will learn to maximize our performance in shooting as well as accessing and drawing these guns. We will also integrate the shooting with understanding how to recognize and deal with impending violent criminal assault, and how to use OC spray and physical responses alongside our firearms. Most importantly, we will put these practices into actual use the exact same way we will have to use them in the real world; NOT the artificial constraints of a flat range.

Students should be ready to work hard, but everyone can go at the most appropriate pace they need. This is not a class for “operators”. This is a course for everyday folks who want to defend themselves and their loved ones from realistic threats, and your physical condition or experience level does not matter.

Students will need their carry gun, as many spare ammo carrier/loader set ups as they can manage, a quality holster (no SERPAs or FOBUS rigs allowed), 300 rounds of ammo, one blue gun and holster for the blue gun, notebook and pen, and an open mind. Also, this will be an opportunity to try different carry positions such as pocket or ankle. There will also be time and opportunity to try out other small guns that the student may not have the chance to run before.

Friday: 1800 – 2100

  • Intro to pre-assault cues, pre-fight threat containment and MUC, OC use, and live fire safety briefing

Saturday: 0900-1700

  • 1st block: live fire, familiarity with drawstroke from various carry positions, tricks with small guns
  • 2nd block: MUC and reactive or proactive physical response
  • 3rd block: OC usage drilling and integration with verbals and movement, congruency with physical responses
  • 4th block: live fire

Sunday: 0900-1700

  • 1st block: live fire
  • 2nd block: defending against the entanglement
  • 3rd block: moving in crowds with a gun in hand (blue gun)
  • 4th block: final drill/test

Instructor Bios

chuck00Chuck has been active in private defensive training throughout his long career in urban law enforcement. After nearly thirty years of steady upward progression through the ranks of the Topeka Police Department, he ventured out on his own to pursue private training on a more regular basis. Chuck maintains his POST certification and stays active in the law enforcement community, but he now devotes even more time to training other police officers, military personnel, security forces, and private citizens on the art and science of personal defense. Below is an abbreviated list of some of Chuck’s credentials.

  • 28+ years with the Topeka Police Department, including posts as a Field Training Officer, Field Training Supervisor, Rangemaster/Armorer, Response Team (SWAT) squad leader and team leader, and Watch Commander (rising to the rank of Lieutenant)
  • Kansas Army National Guard (1985-1998)
  • National Law Enforcement Training Center (NLETC), National Trainer
  • Strategos International, Adjunct Instructor
  • Survival Operations System, Inc., Instructor/Board of Directors
  • Hardwire Tactical, Adjunct Instructor
  • Countless training courses and train-the-trainer courses from various reputable sources, including:
  • Rangemaster Firearms Training Services
  • Defensive Shooting Academy of Tulsa
  • HK International Law Enforcement Training Conference
  • HSS International
  • National Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Israeli Shooting International
  • Lethal Force Institute
  • Strategos International
  • Sure-Fire Institute
  • Active Countermeasures Systems
  • American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers
  • Casco System (expandable baton)
  • Glock Academy
  • Safariland Training Group
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors
  • National Rifle Association (several civilian and law enforcement instructor certifications)
  • PPCT Training Systems
  • Taser International
  • Chuck is certified as a civilian and law enforcement trainer on various weapon systems, including pistol, shotgun, rifle, carbine, oleoresin capsicum (O.C.), baton, and Taser. He is also skilled and experienced at teaching weapon retention, disarming, and other empty-hand techniques. He enjoys teaching and is proud to be able to contribute to this nation’s widespread community of responsible, law-abiding advocates of self-defense.

Cecil Burch has been pursuing his passion for Martial Arts since he was 16. After studying Shotokan, Kenpo, and Tae Kwon Do, he moved to Jeet Kune Do and the Filipino Martial Arts under Dan Inosanto and Paul Vunak, where he undertook an-depth study of the combative use of the stick and knife along with empty hands training. Cecil was one of Vunak’s first certified Full Instructors. In 1990, he began extensive study in Savate under Salem Assli. He also spent time learning Muay Thai and has been asked to be an instructor in a number of different Pentjak Silat systems such as Tongkat, Mustika Kwitang and Bukti Negara.

In 1994 he began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Megaton Dias. Cecil is currently a black belt under Megaton and has competed extensively, including the 2010 Pan-Ams as the Bronze Medalist (as a black belt), 2010 American Nationals Gold (black belt – heavyweight division) & Silver (absolute), 2009 American National Gold (brown belt – super heavyweight) & Silver medal (brown belt – absolute division), and the 2006 Pan-Am gold medal (purple belt – super-heavyweight), 2015 Pan-Ams at bronze, and 2015 World Masters at bronze.

He has been training in boxing since 1987, where he started with Paavo Kettonen at Top Level Boxing in Phoenix, AZ. He has continued that training with some of the top striking coaches in the world, including such world class trainers as Adam Singer of The HardCore Gym (producer of numerous UFC fighters).

Cecil has also been a firearms enthusiast all his life. He went through his first NRA course at the age of twelve. In 1985 he took the General Pistol class at Gunsite under Jeff Cooper and Louis Awerbuck. He has taken Combat Shotgun and Sub-Machine Gun seminars with Chuck Taylor. More recently, he has trained extensively with SouthNarc, as well as other luminaries like Tom Givens, Kyle Lamb and Larry Vickers. He has also competed in DCM rifle matches, GSSF events, and local practical shooting matches.

Cecil has traveled extensively and conducted seminars across the U.S. as well as internationally in places like England and Singapore. He has been a featured presenter at the Mid-Atlantic Training Conference, New England Shooter’s Summit, and the Rangemaster Polite Society Tactical Conference,  and has worked extensively with Law Enforcement officers, Federal Air Marshals, military special operation troops, and private citizens on the functional utilization of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, boxing, and clinchfighting in close quarters combat. He is also a regular online contributor to the Personal Defense Network (

Darryl Bolke retired from a Southern California police department as a Sr. Corporal after 19.5 years as a full time officer due to injuries sustained during a violent on-duty confrontation.

He was a Firearms Instructor and Armorer for the Special Weapons and Tactics Team for 17 years, and the primary instructor for all firearms systems used by his agency. He also provided mandatory firearms training for the fire department Bomb Squad and Arson investigators. He assisted on the investigation of over 75 officer involved shootings assisting the administrative investigation team with the firearms portion of these investigations. He provided expert testimony in regards to firearms usage and police tactics in numerous court cases. Bolke also developed and implemented a nationally recognized edged weapons policy and training program for law enforcement.

His past assignments have included 3.5 years in a full time bicycle unit and 4 years as a Tactical Flight Officer in the Air Support Unit, as well as 10 years as a Field Training Officer and a year assignment primarily working vice. A majority of his career was working at night in a patrol environment. He also spent several years as a licensed Private Investigator specializing in high level corporate cases and worked high level executive/VIP protection and high threat protection details in the private sector. He has been on staff with several organizations providing firearms and edged weapons instruction. Darryl has had numerous published magazine articles in both the U.S. and Japan on firearms, edged weapons, and related equipment. He has also authored numerous California P.O.S.T. certified classes.




  • IFAK and/or tourniquet is highly recommended
  • Blue gun (inert training gun) if you have it, if not there will be loaners
  • Small reliable handgun that you are familiar with that is of a true concealment type (something you would carry if discovery of the firearm had potential consequences) 
    • No restriction on caliber:  .22-.45 is all fine
  • A holster or carry system optimized for very discrete carry
  • A device or two to carry at least one full reload on your person
  • 200 rounds of quality training ammunition for your firearm(s) you choose to bring
  • Field cleaning kit
  • Basic maintenance tools
  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection (electronic preferred, but not required)
  • Note taking materials
    • Do you take notes during training? Note-taking is the practice of recording information captured from another source. By taking notes, the writer records the essence of the information, freeing their mind from having to recall everything.
      • Taking good notes maximizes your investment in the training by doing a few things:
      • Improves focus and attention to detail.
      • Promotes active learning.
      • Boosts comprehension and retention.
      • Teaches prioritizing skills.
      • Extends attention span.
      • Improves organization skills.
  • Positive & safe attitude
  • Open mind

    * Please note: that the range has no facilities / running water etc (they do have porta potties), so please bring plenty of water and anything else you might need throughout the day.

    NPE Counter Robbery
    March 31 - April 2 2023

    Deposit Amount

    $ 200

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