Louis Awerbuck, RIP.

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One of the top teachers in the defensive training world died yesterday.
There aren’t a lot of people I want to train with. I do, however, have a “short list” of self defense teachers whose classes I’d like to attend, and that list has an interesting mixture of both the old and the new.

The problem with the “old”, of course, is that the people who were around in the beginning of the defensive shooting movement are all getting on in years. Some will retire soon, others will pass away. When either of those things happens, knowledge and perspective are lost.

That happened yesterday with the death of Louis Awerbuck.

I won’t go into detail about his biography — you can find that information anywhere on the ‘net — but it was his singular perspective on self defense that intrigued me.

To say that Awerbuck was unique seems somehow inadequate; he was well known for his insistence on more realistic training, in the sense that the targets he wanted his students to use were more representative of the shape of the people from whom they’d be defending themselves. He was adamant that a flat paper target didn’t prepare anyone to face a three-dimensional enemy. He also invented a stand that allowed his targets to bob and weave, and often combined moving “bad guys” with moving “good guys” to increase the difficulty of the shots he asked his students to make.

Those things, though, can be duplicated. What can’t is his attitude, his approach to the idea and practice of armed self defense. He put that attitude on display in his book “Tactical Reality”, which is a collection of his thoughts on the subject of defensive conflicts. It’s a very interesting read, one which intrigued me enough to put his classes on my short list.

I thought I had time to take those classes. I was, sadly, mistaken.

Goodbye, Mr. Awerbuck. I regret that we never met.

-=[ Grant ]=-


About the Author:

Grant Cunningham is a renowned author and teacher in the fields of self defense, defensive shooting education and personal safety. He’s written several popular books on handguns and defensive shooting, including "The Book of the Revolver", "Shooter’s Guide To Handguns", "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals", "Defensive Pistol Fundamentals", and "Practice Strategies for Defensive Shooting" (Fall 2015.) Grant has also written articles on shooting, self defense, training and teaching for many magazines and shooting websites, including Concealed Carry Magazine, Gun Digest Magazine, the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors ADSI) and the popular Personal Defense Network training website. He’s produced a DVD in the National Rifle Association’s Personal Firearm Defense series titled "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals" and teaches defensive shooting and personal safety courses all over the United States.
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