Suarez International

Combat Pistol, Patrol Rifle, SWAT/SRT, Sniper

Suarez International

Our training courses are focused on what actually happens in a fight, and not on what happens in the controlled environment of the training site.  Likewise, we are always searching for better and more efficient methods, not locked in by any school dogma.  When you ask a question at one of our training sessions, you will never hear, “Because that’s the way we’ve always done it”, or “Because that’s what our instructor told us to do”.   To the contrary, we know what happens in a fight.  Whether with guns, knives, or fists, we’ve been there and seen it first-hand.  Our training reflects the reality and ugliness of fighting to save your life or the lives of those important to you.  Our training will help you prevail in such situations.

Unlike ‘belt factory” martial arts schools, or “certificate factory” shooting schools, our focus is solely to make YOU a better fighter for the real world.  The focus is specifically NOT to glorify the trainer, nor to promote the “eliteness” of those whom we’re associated with.   To the contrary, our focus is on you, your needs, and on making you a better fighter. At our courses, you will be treated with respect and courtesy.  We know that you are there to learn a life-saving skill not to be treated like a boot camp recruit. You will be trained in a courteous, professional, and intense, yet friendly manner.  Read our testimonials page.  See what those we’ve trained with have to say.

All of us are different, physically speaking. We have different body types, dexterity levels, and ability.  Some of us are heavy, and some light.   Some are young and some are older, or as we like to say, “more seasoned”.  Most schools do not recognize these differences and try to force everyone to fit into their mold of what a fighter or shooter should be. You will not see that at our courses.  We take a concepts-driven approach to training that makes the trainee and their results, and not the training system, the focus.

Everything we teach has been proven in combat.  I began my study in human combatives in 1970 with Kyokushin Karate. This was a very violent and powerful type of karate that focused on bare-knuckle full-contact combat applications long before padded full-contact or UFC became popular. After 13 years in Kyokushin (and a Sandan – 3rd Degree Black Belt), I began cross training in other fighting systems in a quest to learn the very best methods available.  These studies included Tae Kwon Do (combat not sport oriented), Shi Pal Ki Kung Fu, Hapkido, Western Knife Fighting, JKD, Silat, Western Boxing, Tantojutsu, Ju jitsu, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Kali, and a handful of other fighting systems.

I owned and operated a martial training school between 1983 and 1987 teaching integrated combative concepts in the “old style”.   In the mid 1980′s, seeking greater challenges, I joined a Southern California police agency where I worked single man patrol, undercover gangs and narcotics, and was one of the founding member of both SWAT and Sniper Units.  Throughout my time in uniform, I was involved in a large number of gun battles.  In 1991, I was awarded the Police Medal of Valor for actions during a major fatal gunfight with armed gang members.

The stuff I teach you, and that my instructors teach you was not learned from a tape or a book.  To the contrary, it was learned in the famous school of hard knocks and paid for in blood.  Combat Proven.

The training that Suarez International provides, has its basis in the martial systems of both the east and the west, and both from the past and the present.  Students are taught how to think as well as how to fight, and by extension, how to win a fight, not merely how to shoot at a “target”, or how to make a “technique” work in a matted dojo. We are committed to make you a better combatant.  I hope you enjoy viewing our Website and we hope to train with you very soon.  Regardless of your occupation,it’s my sincere prayer that the Lord will Bless you, strengthen you, and watch over you in your endeavors.

Blessed be the Lord my rock who trains my hands for war  and my fingers for battle.
Psalm 144:1

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