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2024 Low Light Self-Defense - Nov 2

Learn the fundamentals of self-defense with a handgun and flashlight in low light conditions in your home and inside other structures.

EAST Group
2535 Wilson Rd., Fredericktown, OH 43019
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Nov 02, 2024 01:00pm - Nov 02, 2024 09:00pm

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ONLY 30 SPOTS ARE AVAILABLE!! Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to complete paperwork!!


For most of our events, you may cancel and receive a refund (less a $25 processing fee)

up to 3 weeks before an event and refunds will not be available within 3 weeks of an event.

Course Summary:

FBI crime statistics show that if you are a victim of a violent crime, the assault will probably be at night or in low-light situations. So no matter how good you are at shooting paper targets on a well-lit range, you will need a very specific set of skills to survive when you find yourself in the dark. This includes safely utilizing your flashlight in and around your home or defined structure.


Good basic knowledge of safe gun handling skills is a must and safe holster usage skills are non-negotiable. Students must be able to demonstrate that they are able to hear and follow given instructions and that they are able to safely draw, handle, and re-holster their firearm.

There are no other prerequisites for this class, but please be aware that this is not a class for beginners. Students will be required to demonstrate safe gun handling skills such as muzzle awareness, trigger finger discipline, and holster usage during dry-fire and live-fire drills at the beginning of class. 

Course Length/Hours:

1 Day - 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Topics Covered:

Presented by EAST Group, this 8-hour course will teach you advanced, real-world tactics that could save your life. You will learn:  

  • The one and two-handed flashlight techniques that work best for you
  • How to efficiently use a flashlight to identify targets
  • How to navigate corners and barriers without exposing yourself with your light
  • How to use your flashlight to manage unknown contacts
  • Basic do’s and don’ts of tactical flashlight technique
  • Pros and cons of flashlight types and lumens, including incandescents and LEDs
  • Using the above skills in a live-fire shoot house

Gear Requirements:

  • Modern defensive pistol
  • At least 3 magazines
  • Mag pouch
  • Sturdy gun belt - Please understand this is NOT a Sunday-go-to-meeting belt. This is a rugged belt designed to support the weight of a firearm, a holster, and other carry accessories
  • Ammo: Approx. 200-350 rounds
  • Strong side holster (IWB, OWB, Appendix) - no shoulder, cross draw, Serpa, or middle-of-back styles. Please note that holsters are NOT to be collapsible (i.e., Uncle Mike's style cloth holsters), and students must be able to holster their firearm using their dominant hand only
  • TACTICAL flashlight and carrier - That flashlight from the home junk drawer probably will not serve you well for this class. 
  • Apparel appropriate for the weather, including boots - We shoot rain or shine 
  • Warm clothing for night shooting - When the sun goes down, it gets COLD!!
  • Dinner, snacks, and adequate hydration. Even though we will be shooting in cooler temperatures (hopefully!!), keeping properly hydrated will remain important
  • ELECTRONIC hearing protection - Students must be able to clearly hear and understand instructors/instructions during this training
  • Eye protection
  • Billed hat or ball cap
  • Portable chair is recommended

Classroom & Range Information:

  • Portable restroom facilities on-site
  • Classroom - Please note that firearms and/or ammunition are NOT allowed in the classroom!!
  • Use Google Maps to GPS

Course Cost:

$175 per person, which includes instruction, targets, and range access. 

A portion of your entry fee benefits Buckeye Firearms Association. Thank you for your support.

About the Instructors:

Chief Instructor Sylvester (Sly) Pocius

E.A.S.T. Group’s Chief Instructor, Sylvester (Sly) Pocius, is a Retired Marine Corps Staff NCO with operational, strategic, and tactical experience from multiple overseas deployments. Assigned as a Primary Marksmanship and CQB instructor, Sly's responsibilities included Pre-Deployment and In-Theater training of Marine units in the tactical areas of Pistol, Carbine, Shotgun, Precision Rifle, Close Quarter Combat, Mountain and Desert Survival, Rappelling, and Fast Roping. 

Sly’s private contracting duties included the Drug Eradication Task Force in Afghanistan and he was responsible for training the Afghan National Police in Weapons Handling, Team Tactics, Building Clearing, and Raid Techniques.

Sly served in a Diplomatic Protection Detail in Iraq, where his primary responsibility was the day-to-day security and monitoring of the movements of US Ambassadors and visiting US Dignitaries. His secondary duties included keeping the security teams proficient in their Weapons Handling Skills, Building Clearing Procedures, and Hostage Rescue Techniques.

Sly is currently Chief of Operations and Chief Instructor at E.A.S.T. Group, a state-of-the-art firearms training facility in central Ohio. 

Lead Instructor Jeff Baker

E.A.S.T. Group’s Lead Instructor, Jeff Baker, has been in law enforcement since 1996. During his LE career, Jeff has been a Swift Water Rescue Technician and Instructor, a Field Training Officer, a Boating Education Instructor, a Fitness Tester, and a Lieutenant Field Supervisor. He moved into supervision/management a number of years ago and his current duties include supervising security measures for his department’s headquarters. 

Jeff greatly enjoys teaching new and experienced students the importance of obtaining quality training and engaging in consistent and proper practice.

Jeff's current claim to fame is that he owns the rights to the term describing the rapid, defensive movement demonstrated by Sly in all of his trainings, which is affectionately referred to as "The Sly Slide."

Instructor and EMT Jason Bostic

E.A.S.T. Group’s Medical sector is handled by Jason Bostic, who is a 22-year Firefighter/EMT with vast medical experience gleaned from providing both inner-city and rural EMS, trauma care, and rescue task force element.

Jason began his career in 1998 attending OPOTA in Toledo, Ohio, rounded off his public safety coursework in Fire Science and EMS, and he currently works for a fire department in Central Ohio.

Jason is a perpetual student of the trade beginning his firearms training at E.A.S.T. Group several years ago and making the transition from student to instructor in 2020.

In addition to his other duties, Jason handles technology consulting and marketing for the E.A.S.T. Group facility. 

About the Venue:

E.A.S.T. (Environmental Assessment and Solutions Training) Group

E.A.S.T. Group was established by a group of professionals with a specific mission in mind: To assist individuals and organizations with the resources needed to map out a realistic training program and provide solutions to operate in today's ever- changing environment. 

Our cadre of instructors have the knowledge and experience gained from decades of working within the security realms both here and abroad which allows our students to immerse themselves in real world, up-to-date exercises. 

Our training methodology is unique due to our personal experiences which is why our company mantra “Bullets are Inbound” is the basis for all our training. This mindset allows for a vast mixture of “Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures” to tailor a training solution that meets the needs of our clientele.

E.A.S.T. Group's training facility is structured to allow students to engage in realistic training situations based on how our mind and bodies naturally react when put under stress. This awareness training helps to enable armed civilians to use their body's natural responses to their advantage instead of having it be used against them.

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