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What is the Close Quarter Family Quarter Protector Course?

Author: tido

Published: 2024

Category: TFA Training

At Tactical Fitness Austin, we understand the paramount importance of protecting your loved ones. That’s why we’ve developed our Close Quarter Family Protector Course. An intensive training program designed to equip individuals with advanced defensive skills to ensure the safety of family and loved ones in various everyday scenarios.

Course Overview:

Our Close Quarter Family Protector Courses delve deep into third-party protection tactics, arming participants with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate potentially dangerous situations in common places such as gas stations, restaurants, crowded areas, and events. The training includes close-quarters combat and principal evacuation techniques, which are practised in live-fire scenarios.

Live Fire Third-Party Protection Drills:

Participants will not only learn the theoretical aspects but will also engage in live-fire drills to apply their skills effectively. The courses culminate in a series of full-contact Force on-Force scenario simulations, challenging individuals in fast-paced, dynamic threat environments. This provides a unique opportunity for participants to validate their knowledge and skills as third-party protectors.


Your Instructor: 

Bernardo C., CPP, brings unparalleled expertise to the Close Quarter Family Protector Course, making him the ideal instructor for this specialized training. With over 16 years of operational experience, Bernardo is a recognized subject matter expert in Counter Terrorism and security best practices. His extensive knowledge ensures participants receive cutting-edge insights to address evolving threats.

Bernardo’s specialization in high-risk police tactics equips participants with a comprehensive understanding of managing intense and potentially dangerous situations. His hands-on experience in Special Operations and Close Quarters Battle (CQB) provides real-world scenarios, preparing individuals for diverse challenges.

Having served as a Personal Bodyguard to the Chief of Staff (IDF) and a Counter Assault Team member to the Israeli Dignitary Protection Unit, Bernardo brings invaluable insights into protecting high-profile individuals. His role as a Federal Air Marshal and Combat instructor highlights his versatility in high-stakes situations, contributing to a well-rounded curriculum for personal and family protection.

Bernardo’s recent retirement from active duty ensures the training is not only theoretically sound but also rooted in practical, real-world application. Participants can trust they are learning relevant, effective, and proven skills from a seasoned professional with a track record of excellence in high-stakes environments. In summary, Bernardo C. stands as an exceptional instructor, offering top-tier training to empower individuals in the Close Quarter Family Protector Course.

Course Levels:

Close Quarters Family Protector Fundamentals (Level 1):

  • Safety briefing
  • Concealed Carry Best Practices
  • Combat Pistol Fundamentals
  • Contact & Evacuation Techniques with Principal
  • Live Fire Third Party Protection Drills

Advanced Close Quarters Family Protector (Level 2):

  • Combat Pistol & Third Party Protection Technique Review
  • Advanced Third Party Protection Tactics
  • Dynamic Threat Scenario Simulations


These courses are not for beginners. Participants must have graduated from a handgun fundamentals course with Tactical Fitness Austin or be independently approved by the instructor. There are no refunds for students who disregard these requirements.

What You’ll Need:

Shooting Gear:

  • Semi-Automatic Pistol + ammo (approximately 400 rounds)
  • 3-4 magazines (bring 6-8 if low capacity)
  • KYDEX or polymer robust and safety-compliant holster (NO SURPA STYLE or COLLAPSIBLE HOLSTERS, NO INDEX RELEASE HOLSTERS)
  • Magazine pouch (IWB or belt paddle/loop)
  • Ballistic eye protection
  • Noise-canceling hearing protection
  • Baseball cap/hat

Simulations Gear:

  • Groin guard
  • Shooting gloves
  • Long-sleeved sweatshirt or jacket (clothing you don’t mind getting dirty or torn)

Personal Gear:

  • Closed-toed shoes/boots
  • Pants
  • Belt
  • T-shirt (clothing you don’t mind getting dirty or torn)
  • Water

Don’t miss the chance to enhance your skills and become a more effective protector for your family. Enroll now and take a step towards ensuring the safety and security of those you hold dear.