We are rapidly wrapping up 2016 and within a few hours will usher in 2017. I want to take a quick moment and say "THANK YOU" to all of you that were part of LHGK this past year, it was a blessed one to say the least and I'm continuously humbled by this trip I call an "adventure"!
2016 was nothing less than HUGE for myself and LHGK as a business; 5 courses hosted, a total of 10 courses attended, 25+ courses taught, lectures at 2 trauma conferences, 14 firearms competitions, trips as far north as Minneapolis, south to Texas and west into Wyoming!
With all of that said, regardless of what you or define as "success", 2016 would have sucked if it were not for the constant and unending support of not only my wife and boys, but also my old and new friends...it is truly an honor and privilege to be able to do all of "this" and with an immense amount of gratitude, I say thank you to all of you that were a part of it!
If 2016 was a great one for you personally, keep after it; if it was less than what you want to call stellar, you know what tomorrow is, so...get after it! Surround yourself with good people, get/stay in shape, get some sun, sip some good coffee, help your neighbors and keep fighting the good fight!
Oh, yeah...don't forget your gloves!
2017 will be LHGK's 9th year hosting courses in the Council Bluffs, IA / Omaha, NE metro area...the first was a Vickers Tactical 1911 Pistolsmith Course back in 2008! The hosting "expedition" was by no means planned and started with a simple request for help from a friend who was trying to a secure the facility for the Pistolsmith Course I was attending. With a little sweet talking I secured a classroom, then a range and lastly, built a few benches for "a-whole-lotta" LAV 1911 building goodness...easy stuff!
Prior to writing this little "blip on your radar" I really had no idea how many courses I had hosted through today, so I added 'em up...November's two courses with Cecil Burch of Immediate Action Combatives were numbers 24 and 25! Breaking it down a little further, since that first one in '08 we've used 4 different classrooms, 3 different ranges and have had somewhere in the neighborhood of 350 students attend those events! WOW!
Alright, onto what's up our sleeve for 2017...staring off the new year strong with Dr. William Aprill and Paul Sharp in January. Followed rapidly by Craig "SouthNarc" Douglas and his Armed Movement In Structures course in February...think HUGE facility and airsoft BB's! Craig's returns again for BACK TO BACK courses in May with a Law Enforcement ONLY version of his Extreme Close Quarters Concepts and then an open enrollment ECQC. Summer rounds out with Larry "LAV" Vickers and his Carbine Operator Course. All of the courses mentioned above are listed under the "Hosted Courses" tab...so, uhhhh, yeah...check 'em out!
Lastly, I want to give a shout out to my friend and mentor Shawn Claussen of Dynamic Shooting Systems for guiding me on this hosting expedition...he has provided countless hours of correspondence and support over the past several years in helping me attempt to figure out what works and what doesn't when it comes to hosting. Shawn is a top notch host himself and leaves no details untouched when coordinating courses. In addition hosting and being a lifelong student with an endless desire to get better, the dude is also a helluva instructor...if you get the chance, let him drop some knowledge on ya!
If you have been through the LHGK "doors" in the past, thanks...it's an honor and privilege to say the least! If you are thinking of heading to the "Tall Corn State" for a course we are hosting, have faith that it will be a positive experience! As always hit me with questions.
Stay safe out there!
V/r - Rob