April 30, 2010

Vol. 4   No. 5

Handgun Retention and Disarming Tactics Seminar

Staying Alive, Inc., will be hosting a one day seminar on Weapons Retention, Disarming and Defensive Tactics, to be taught by Erwin Ballarta of Capitol Strategic Operations.


Retired Texas DPS Lt.
Erwin M. Ballarta,
Executive Vice
President of CSO


Erwin Ballarta is a self-defense expert in Pekiti Tirsia Kali and specializes in close range tactics, edged weapons, counter to multiple attacks and various modern weapons.  He has taught hand-to-hand combat and weapon tactics to the FBI, DEA, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and various other law enforcement and military personnel.  Ballarta has been on protective details of both politicians (George W. Bush) and public figures (Lance Armstrong).  In addition he managed approximately 50 different law enforcement courses for police personnel in Texas.

American owned and based in Austin, Texas, Capitol Strategic Operations (CSO) provides global leading strategic and advanced security solutions and training through a diverse, highly trained and experienced, world class team of professionals, with the highest integrity and an absolute commitment to client-focused quality service.  CSO specializes in delivering expert services that exceed customers’ expectations.

Learn simple and effective techniques to retain your hand gun from someone determined to take it from you.

Develop skills that will function under stress with reality based training and reflex building training skills.

Skills developed in this course systematically dovetail with other workshop courses.

Application Development

  • Defensive counter measures
  • Weapon retention
  • Counters to ground assaults

  • Disarming tactics
  • Multiple attacker retention drills
  • Defense against weapon attacks
  • Close quarters tactics designed for inside a car

Through lecture, hands on instruction and active class participation, the participants will be instructed on appropriate and reasonable force options.  This one day seminar offers simple but effective tactics for responsible civilians, military, law enforcement, and security personnel.

Sponsored by the Texas Police Association, this course offers 8 hours of TCLEOSE credit.


Saturday, June 5, 2010 (completed)


Bexar Bowling Society Hall
15681 Bexar Bowling Rd.
Marion, TX  78124


8am - 5pm



Participation will be limited to Law Enforcement, Military, Private Security, and holders of a valid Texas Concealed Handgun Licensees,

Seating will be limited to the first 30 enrollees.

Below are a few photos from previous seminars.  As you can see, the day will be physically demanding:

Practice, Practice, Practice


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