Urban Escape and Evasion

While on an international business trip, you are kidnapped and held for ransom. Or, a terrorist attack closes the business district of your city and you find yourself in a dangerous, chaotic fix. How do you stay alive? How do you get to safety on your own?

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This class provides leading-edge skills to civilians who live or work in challenging urban environments or who may find themselves in a destabilizing urban area during a crisis. Topics covered include covert movement (day vs. night), the judicious use of caches, understanding urban baseline movement and urban awareness training, the use of disguises and false papers/identification, lock picking, escaping from unlawful custody, obtaining and driving local transportation, the use of “specialized” urban gear, and instruction on how to develop urban escape and evasion go-bags. A one day urban escape scenario is held the final day of class. Training will be held as follows:

Please be advised that upon entering the training facility, you will be entering a “safe-house in a foreign country”, and the enemy will have surveilance in operation at all times. Training will begin Thursday morning in the hotel’s conference room, and run until 6:00 pm that evening. You will be assigned tasks which will require additional time (usually a couple of hours) into the evening after class to hone your new skills.

Friday’s schedule will be the same: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, with additional exercises out in the city well into the late evening hours. Keeping an attitude that you are in dangerous, hostile territory all the time you’re in the training city will make the training that much more effective.

Saturday’s exercise will begin at 8:30 am and involve putting your new skills and mindsets to the test in a real-life scenario lasting most of the day until around 5:00 pm. You will be “kidnapped”: hooded, cuffed and taken somewhere dark and uncomfortable to start your day. You will be expected to escape, find your own transportation legally using your social engineering skills, and make your way to the first cache location, where directions for a series of tasks using all your new skills await.

Meanwhile, expert trackers will be hunting you down, and if they catch you, you will have to start again from a more distant location.

Discussion and debriefing will be held after the formal exercise, so any flights out Saturday night should be scheduled no earlier than 8:00 pm.

Be advised, therefore, that this training is extremely demanding physically, emotionally and intellectually. You can plan on walking around the city at least ten miles, perhaps fifteen, by the end of the course. You will also experience a high degree of stress that you will be expected to manage successfully. In addition to hands-on skills learned in class, there will be long hours of absorbing as much lectured subject matter as possible. Some of which may be disturbing in content, as self defense and self preservation are the core topics covered in this course.

In essence, you will be learning how to save your own life and others’ lives in an urban environment. We hope you become an expert in, but will never have to implement these skills!

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  • Sunshine Alzate

    I want to learn more survival skills and gain the mental capacity and adaptability to survive in any situation from adbuction to outdoor wilderness.

    • Kevin Reeve

      We focus a lot of attention on situational awareness both in the natural world, and in the urban environment. Look at Urban Escape & Evasion and Basic Scout.

  • Dan

    Hey would you guys happen to have any courses coming to the New York City area or Long Island?

    • Kevin Reeve

      The closest we get is Philly or Boston. NY is too touchy about security.

  • AK

    Hi what is the age limit for this class? And are you alone the entire time or with partners? If partners, can you select? Thanks.

    • Kevin Reeve

      You usually pair off with another student. Students choose who to pair off with.

  • Josh Brooks

    I would like to be notified when you are going to have another class 8n Denver or near here

  • Ernest Cebrian

    Can you explain what you mean when you say NY is touchy about security? . I’m in NY state and feel it would go over well here.

    • Scott carter

      Nothing goes well in NY. I work Here everyday unless you’re part of the “problem” or the “so called solution”. I bet You carry a gun !

  • Wm. Duane Dupon

    I am very interested in this course. However, I’m 62, in reasonable shape but haven’t done intense training in a very long time. 6’4″, 230 lbs. Strong walker/hiker, weak upper body. Am I crazy if I sign up for this course? What are some of the other considerations, physical or emotional?

  • Michael Smith

    I’m interested in your Urban Escape & Evasion course, which I understand is in San Jose (I’m in SF). I am curious what the pricing is and what other classes you offer in the Bay Area, if any.

    • Michael Smith

      I just figured out out answer to my question (above) on this website.

  • Brynne Ridgewell

    We are based in Atlanta! Do you guys have any plans to come our way at all in the next year or so?

  • Ruben Tamminga

    Curious to learn more about the course(s). What is being offered near the Boise, ID area or in any of the surrounding states?

  • Nathaniel

    Are you having the course in Denver, CO July 9th? If so, what is the last day I can register? Need to figure out my work schedule.

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