Suarez Training Culture

From the beginning, Suarez International has provided an alternative to the prevailing stand-and-deliver shooting school and its competition-based target shooting approach to Gunfighting.

Our methods are driven by three elements: Reality Based, Student Focused, and Combat Proven.

"Reality-Based" means that our training courses are focused on what actually happens in a fight, and not on what happens in the controlled environment of the training site. Likewise, we are always searching for better and more efficient methods, not locked in by any school dogma.

When you ask a question at one of our training sessions, you will never hear, "Because that's the way we've always done it", or "Because that's what our instructor told us to do". To the contrary, we know what happens in a fight. Whether with guns, knives, or fists, we've been there and seen it first-hand. Our training reflects the reality and ugliness of fighting to save your life or the lives of those important to you. Our training will help you succeed in such situations.


"Student Focused". Unlike "certificate factory" shooting schools, our focus is solely to make you a better fighter for the real world. The focus is specifically NOT to glorify the trainer, nor to promote the "eliteness" of those whom we're associated with. To the contrary, our focus is on you, your needs, and on making you a better fighter. At our classes, you will be treated with respect and courtesy. We know that you are there to learn a life-saving skill not to be treated like a boot camp recruit, nor to do pushups. We are humbled that you have chosen to train with us and we will give you everything possible in the allotted time. You will be trained in a courteous, professional, and intense, yet friendly manner.

Additionally, our courses are not "restricted" to anyone (specifically focused on civilians), and are open to all. Student Focused means we will give you the tools necessary to make you "the threat" to anyone who might intend to harm you or those for whom you are responsible. It won't matter whether you have a weapon or not. You, yourself, will be the weapon!

"Combat Proven" means everything we teach has been proven in combat. Every member of our staff and our affiliates has their own experience and that adds to their teaching credibility. As for myself, I began my study in human combatives in 1970 with Kyokushin Karate. This was a very violent and powerful type of karate that focused on bare-knuckle full-contact combat applications long before padded full-contact or UFC became popular. After 13 years in Kyokushin (and a Sandan - 3rd Degree Black Belt), I began cross training in other fighting systems in a quest to learn the very best methods available.

I owned and operated a martial training school between 1983 and 1987 teaching integrated combative concepts in the "old style". In the mid 1980's, seeking greater challenges, I joined a Southern California police agency where I worked single man patrol, undercover gangs and narcotics, and was one of the founding members of both SWAT and Sniper Units. Throughout my time in uniform, I was involved in a large number of gun battles. In 1991, I was awarded the Police Medal of Valor for actions during a gunfight with an armed robbery crew.

The stuff I teach you, and that my instructors teach you was not learned from a tape or a book. To the contrary, it was learned in the famous school of "hard knocks", and paid for in blood. Combat Proven.

The Bottom Line

The training that Suarez International provides, has its basis in the martial systems of both the east and the west, and both from the past and the present. Students are taught how to think as well as how to fight, and by extension, how to win a fight, not merely how to shoot at a "target", or how to make a "technique" work in a matted "dojo". We are committed to make you a better combatant. I hope you take a look at classes available on this website and we hope to train with you very soon!

Regardless of your occupation, it's my sincere prayer that the Lord will Bless you, strengthen you, and watch over you in your martial endeavors.

Thank You, We Look Forward To Training With You!

-Gabe Suarez - President

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