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The Intuitive Defensive® Shooting Program is an Intuitive shooting program designed to help the student be more Efficient with a defensive firearm in the context of a Dynamic Critical Incident. It is not designed to make you the best shooter you can be on the range, rather its goal is to help you quickly develop fundamental skills that you can apply in a worst case scenario defensive shooting situation.

IDS is based on years of constantly evolving information about how the body works and what really happens during Dynamic Critical Incidents and has been heavily influenced by the diverse group of instructors that are certified to teach it and the thousands of students who have been through courses all around the world. The program features a variety of specialty drills and training methods that the student will be able to utilize in the their own practice after the course in order to continue to develop their abilities.


1/2 Day Introduction to Intuitive Defensive® Shooting


The Introduction to IDS is a half day course that will expose the student to many of the core principles and Fundamentals of the Intuitive Defensive® Shooting Program. This course will cover the basics of intuitive defensive shooting, Combat Accuracy, The Balance of Speed & Precision, an introduction to the understanding the Body’s Natural Reactions during a Dynamic Critical Incident, understanding the integration of lateral motion and additional concepts as time allows.

This Course will provide the student with an understanding of true Counter Ambush training with a defensive firearm, base level defensive shooting skills and a training methodology for continuing to develop those skills.

What do I need to bring?

  • Defensive Pistol
  • Backup gun (optional)
  • 3 double stack or 5 single stack magazines
  • Strong side hip or appendix holster (quality kydex, or a similar type where the top of the holster remains open)
  • 300 rounds ammunition (or we can provide it through our FFL with some notice at fair market value)
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Gear that can withstand rigorous use. We will be spending a lot of time coming out of, and going back to, the holster.



1 Day Fundamentals of Intuitive Defensive® Shooting


The Fundamentals of IDS is a one day course that will expose the student to all the core principles and fundamentals of the Intuitive Focus® Shooting Program. This course will cover the basics of intuitive defensive shooting, Combat Accuracy, The Balance of Speed & Precision, an introduction to the understanding the Body’s Natural Reactions during a Dynamic Critical Incident, understanding the integration of lateral motion and additional concepts as time allows.

This Course will provide the student with an understanding of true Counter Ambush training with a defensive firearm, base level defensive shooting skills and a training methodology for continuing to develop those skills.

What do I need to bring?

  • Defensive Pistol
  • Backup gun (optional)
  • 3 double stack or 5 single stack magazines
  • Strong side hip or appendix holster (quality kydex, or a similar type where the top of the holster remains open)
  • 600 rounds ammunition (or we can provide it through our FFL with some notice at fair market value)
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Gear that can withstand rigorous use. We will be spending a lot of time coming out of, and going back to, the holster.


2 Day Intuitive Defensive® Shooting


The 2 day IDS program is a more in depth course that will cover more of the principles of intuitive defensive shooting, Combat Accuracy, Combat Efficiency, a greater use of the Balance of Speed & Precision drills, a more complete understanding of the Body’s Natural Reactions during a Dynamic Critical Incident, integration of lateral motion in all drills, and several additional concepts.


This course is two full days of intense training, teaching and practice. The course will cover the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of Defensive Shooting & Intuitive Skill Development
  • Combat Accuracy
  • Lateral Motion
  • The Balance of Speed & Precision
  • The Critical Incident Reload
  • Volume of Fire
  • Realistic Training for Multiple Target Engagement
  • Understanding the Body’s Natural Reactions during a Dynamic Critical Incident.
  • The Skill Development Cycle
  • One Handed & Weak Handed Shooting
  • Non-Diagnostic Linear Malfunction Clearing
  • Shooting in Motion (When, How & Why)

What do I need to bring?

  • Defensive Pistol
  • Backup gun (optional)
  • 3 double stack or 5 single stack magazines
  • Strong side hip or appendix holster w/belt (quality kydex, or a similar type where the top of the holster remains open - in waistband is acceptable.)
  • 1200 rounds ammunition (or we can provide it through our FFL with some notice at fair market value)
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Gear that can withstand rigorous use. We will be spending a lot of time coming out of, and going back to, the holster.


Advanced Pistol Handling: 1 or 2 Day

The Advanced Pistol Handling course is designed to expand the circumstances and conditions under which a student can apply the skills developed in the Intuitive Focus® Shooting Course. This course will cover:

  • Non-Diagnostic Linear Malfunction Drills
  • One handed & Weak Handed Reloads
  • One Handed & Weak Handed Malfunction Drills
  • Presentation from the holster in 360 degrees
  • Unorthodox Shooting Positions (grounded, seated)
  • Shooting Around Cover
  • Unreasonable Distance Shooting
  • Volume of Fire
  • The Balance of Speed & Precision

The APH Course is designed as a companion course for students who have completed fundamental defensive shooting training in the IDS Program and want to expand their skill sets and increase competency. At the end of the course, the student will have been exposed to (and practiced) shooting positions from all plausible angles while standing, seated, kneeling, prone or supine as well as properly shooting around cover in order to maximize its protective value. Students will also train one handed firearm handling, reloading and malfunction clearing. Unlike the IFS Program, in APH students will be forced to deal with a variety of malfunctions in a way that is congruent with the conditions of an dynamic critical incident.

The APH course is an intense physically and mentally challenging course that will take any students confidence and ability to defend themselves with a gun to a higher level.
Students will fire between 500-600 rounds per day.

Intuitive Defensive® Carbine Course: 1 or 2 Day

The Intuitive Defensive® Carbine Course is designed to expose students to an efficient method of defending themselves with a semi-automatic rifle during a dynamic critical incident. All of the principles and fundamentals of the Intuitive Defensive® Shooting program are applied to the carbine and the following topics are covered:

  • Four Points of Contact with a rifle and Intuitive Shooting Fundamentals
  • The Balance of Speed & Precision with a carbine
  • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Aiming Methods
  • Combat Accuracy
  • Volume of Fire
  • Critical Incident Reloads & Efficient Carbine Handling
  • Transitioning to a Pistol
  • Counter Ambush Response with a Slung Rifle
  • Shooting while Standing, Squatting, Kneeling & Seated
  • Shooting around Cover & in Unorthodox Shooting Positions
  • Fundamental Carbine Malfunction Clearing

The IDC Program is physically challenging course with a lot of activity and high round count. This program is often offered as a one day add on to a Intuitive Focus® Shooting Course, but is also available as a two day stand alone course.
What do I need to bring?

  • Defensive Pistol and Carbine
  • Backup guns (optional)
  • 3 double stack or 5 single stack magazines for pistol, 3-5 standard capacity magazines for the carbine
  • Strong side hip or appendix holster w/belt (quality kydex, or a similar type where the top of the holster remains open - in waistband is acceptable.)
  • Sling for the carbine
  • 700 rounds of ammunition - 600 rifle and 100 pistol (or we can provide it through our FFL with some notice at fair market value)
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Gear that can withstand rigorous use. We will be spending a lot of time coming out of, and going back to, the holster.

Please Note: In order to register for this course, a student must have completed a IDS course that offers at least one (1) day of IDS instruction.

If you are ready to make the commitment to receive professional instruction, and want to take the next step, check out our training event calendar for upcoming opportunities. If you don't see what you want, ask us about it. If you would like to host an event, please let us know. You may qualify for free or discounted training.
Intuitive Defensive Shooting Course FAQs

Q: Are there any prerequisites or prior experience required to take this course?

A: No, there is not a course prerequisite to take the Intuitive Defensive Shooting course. We have trained students from all disciplines and skill levels. It is recommended that you know how to operate your firearm and holster prior to attending a IDS Course. For those completely unfamiliar with defensive firearms, I.C.E. Training Company offers the Introduction to Defensive Handguns course.



Q: What kind of holster/gear should I bring?

A: We recommend that students bring a good, durable, high quality Kydex holster that is of sufficient quality to withstand rigorous training. For Law Enforcement and Military personnel, we recommend that you train with your duty gear. If you currently carry concealed for personal defense, it is recommended that you bring your actual carry gear. You will also need 3 magazines (5 if using a single stack firearm.)



Q: I have seen Rob Pincus on TV, watched his videos online, seen his DVDs and/or read his book. Why should I consider taking a course with another Active IDS Instructor?

A: While Rob Pincus would love to be able to conduct training for everyone who has followed his work, there simply isn’t enough time. Rob and his team of IDS Instructors have spent years developing the process for CFS Instructor Certification and maintaining Active Status. The program has the highest standards in the firearms industry for certifying outside instructors and, historically, has about a 50% certification rate at the IDSID Courses. In order to maintain Active Status, IDS Instructors must be actively teaching, participating in our monthly conference calls, monitoring various forum and email updates and/or attend our Annual IDS Instructor Conference.

If you see an instructor listed at the www.combatfocusshooting.com website, Rob stands behind their work. Many students choose to take IDS with another IDS Instructor and book an Advanced Course with Rob at a later date.



Q: Is this a course that civilians can take, or is it restricted to Law Enforcement and Military personnel only?

A: The Intuitive Defensive Shooting course can be taken by Civilians, Military, Law Enforcement and Private Security personnel who are interested in improving their ability to efficiently use their handgun in a defensive situation.



Q: How many rounds do we fire in the Intuitive Defensive Shooting course?

A: Students should plan on firing between 900 – 1000 rounds for this course. Students are responsible for providing their own ammunition. If you are traveling to a course, please contact the host directly if you need assistance.



Q: I am over 50, is this a course that I will be able to take?

A: Yes. There is no upper limit as far as age. The physical demands of a IDS Course are relatively low, but you will be standing 90% of the day and the local weather conditions should be taken into consideration.



Q: Do I have to be in excellent physical condition to take the course?

A: You do not have to be a world-class athlete to take this course. We have had students with a variety of physical skill levels in our courses, including students with disabilities.



Q: How many women take the Intuitive Defensive Shooting course?

A: Specific numbers in classes vary, but the majority of IDS Courses have at least one female student.



Q: What kind of gun should I bring to the course?

A: The most important trait of a defensive firearm is reliability. After that, efficiency and fit are the most important things. If you currently carry a specific firearm and have found it be reliable, that is what you should bring.



Q: Can I bring a snub nosed revolver to the course?

A: If your primary defensive firearm is a snub nosed revolver, that is what you should train with. The concepts and principles of the IDS program apply to all defensive handguns.



Q: Will Intuitive Defensive Shooting help me in competitive shooting?

A: The concepts and principles are designed to help you be more efficient in the context of a defensive shooting situation, not achieve better scores in competition.



Q: I am a Law Enforcement/Military member, what can you teach me that I don’t already know?

A: The concepts contained within the IDS program are designed to help you understand some of what happens to you physically during times of critical stress and how to work with those responses to develop an efficient armed response to a threat. Empirical evidence shows overwhelmingly that, even though a person may be highly trained as a shooter, they do not necessarily use their traditional range techniques in their defensive shooting situation. IDS is designed to help develop skills that are more congruent with real fights. Many LE Agencies and Military Units have adopted or integrated IDS training approaches.



Q: How much classroom time is there, and should I bring note taking materials?

A: There is no classroom training involved in the IDS program as a rule, but if inclement weather dictates, we have done some lecture time indoors on concepts and principles. Feel free to bring materials, and if time allows, definitely take notes. Some students have carried a small recorders or brought video cameras to record on-range lectures.
If you are ready to make the commitment to receive professional instruction, and want to take the next step, check out our training event calendar for upcoming opportunities. If you don't see what you want, ask us about it. If you would like to host an event, please let us know. You may qualify for free or discounted training.