By Jon Wayne Taylor
Last year I attended the Urban Combat Weekend hosted by Tactical Fitness Austin. In my review of the course, I said “I’d take a course from these guys again any day.” Well, this year, they’ve kicked it up a notch by adding a Combat Shotgun course on Friday, making it a full Urban Combat Weekend. You better believe I’ve signed up to take the entire course again.
You can find my full course review here.
Marcelo and Claudio are back on May 4th just north of Austin, Texas to provide one of the best courses I’ve ever attended.
Marcelo Esperandio is the owner of Esperandio Tactical Concepts. A Brazilian Army vet, Mr. Esperandio is a SWAT officer with Santa Catarina, with additional duties as an aerial operations officer and a SWAT instructor.
Claudio Andrade is the owner of Andrade Combat. The former Brazilian Marine is also a current SWAT officer in Rio de Janeiro. Mr. Andrade heads up the Rio de Janeiro Tactical Intervention team and works on the hostage rescue team.
For those of you unaware of the crime situation down in Rio de Janeiro, it makes Chicago look like Mayberry. Hell, it makes Kabul look like Mayberry. That doesn’t mean that SWAT rolls around in MRAPs with 20 man teams. Nope, most of the time it’s regular patrol cars and smaller teams than most police departments would use to make a traffic stop on a felon here in the US.
In short, these are highly experienced men that I found were exceptional at their craft, without bravado or attitude. They focus on the rapid and consistent use of fundamental skills, and that’s what you’ll learn in the course.
You’ll learn how to safely move with your firearm, how to use cover, and how to safely move around obstacles and corners. During the Vehicle Close Quarters Combat session, you’ll learn what to do if you get ambushed in your vehicle and how to keep that vehicle from becoming your coffin. And you’ll learn how to do it all alone or with a partner.
It’s an active, very fun, and rewarding experience. I highly recommended the course after I took it, and I do again.
The weekend is broken up into three sections, Combat Shotgun (Claudio is a magician with the pump action shotgun), Urban Tactics fundamentals, and Vehicle Close Quarters Combat. You can reserve your spot for part or all of the course at the Tactical Fitness Website.
TTAG isn’t getting paid to promote this course, and neither am I. They didn’t give me a free spot either, I traded teaching Tactical Combat Casualty Care Courses for it. This is simply a great course for a decent price. The Vehicle CQC course is worth the price alone.
Tactical Fitness Urban Combat Weekend taught by Claudio Andrade and Marcelo Esperadio
Friday, May 4, 2018, 9:00 AM – Sunday, May 6, 2018, 5:00 PM
Full Weekend (all three courses)=$559
Urban Tactics and VCQC=$499
Combat Shotgun Only=$129