Training

TG University

The Tactical Games University (TGU) is a training initiative designed to blend the three most basic elements of a tactical athlete; marksmanship, fitness and tactics. TGU is comprised of three distinct branches which work in unison to develop athletes to their highest potential. The end result is an athlete that’s able to perform with efficiency and precision, at speed and under duress, whether it be at a match or on the job. TGU also provides custom training options to agencies and units who would like to enhance their capabilities while increasing the usable life span of their officers/operators.

Each level of our program has an overwhelming emphasis on marksmanship and efficient weapon system manipulation. Utilizing these skills as our base, we further develop athletes by teaching them how to move into and out of shooting positions quickly and smoothly. These are the baseline abilities of any tactical athlete, and they are the foundation of our program. While refining these skills to higher and higher levels, we teach students the anatomy and physiology of basic Tactical Games movements, including lifting, carrying, dragging, and running. Applying these skills under duress, while navigating obstacles and/or using various barricades, prepares our athletes for whatever may come, whether it be at a match or on the job.

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Instructors

Tes Salb

Tes Salb

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Class Descriptions

TACTICAL GAMES UNIVERSITY – 4 PROGRAMS TO EXPLORE

The BSP brings new shooters with limited firearms knowledge to a level where they can safely compete in a The Tactical Games event

The CSP instructs students in the requisite skills needed to be a successful Tactical Games athlete.

The PSP is not competition centric, and teaches gun handling skills that can be applied to any environment the operator may find themselves in

The LRP educates students in the art and science of hitting unknown sized targets at distance, under duress, with maximum efficiency.

Each of the above programs are divided into three levels (with the exception of the beginner class), with each level being taught over a weekend.

BEGINNER CLASS

The morning of day 1 will be an introductory class to pistol maintenance, assembly, and safety. Students will then move to the firing line and learn to draw, dry fire, make safe, and re-holster their pistols. These drills will be done first with dry firing with no live ammunition.

The afternoon of day 1 will be an introductory class to rifle maintenance, assembly, and safety. We will go over how to mount, and zero optics and a brief overview of offsets. Students will then move to the firing line and learn how to manipulate the rifle on a sling, and perform dry fire drills to build confidence before moving to live fire drills.

Day 2 will blend the pistol and rifle fundamentals learned on day 1. Students will learn how to safely handle their guns during the competition, and how to transition between firearms.

  • Rifle with sling (We have a limited amount of loaner guns but it must be arranged ahead of time)
  • Pistol with holster (We have a limited amount of loaner pistols with holsters)
  • Two Magazines and magazine pouches for each pistol and rifle. This is not required, however its nice to have them, if your unsure on what to get we have loaners.
  • Lunch, Water, Snacks

THE COMPETITION SHOOTING PROGRAM (CSP)

Level-one focuses on marksmanship and efficient movement. You will learn how to quickly and smoothly build and transition into and out of various shooting positions. As well as, equipment selection and set-up, weapon system manipulation, utilizing barricades and tank traps, shooting at angles, and much more. This class is for anyone who previously competed, wants to compete or just wants to become a more proficient shooter. We have had students in their 60’s attend this class and perform very well. Be prepared to learn in the classroom then apply what you’ve just learned on the firing line.

Level-two incorporates individual movement coaching with special attention to the anatomy and physiology of efficient task management as it pertains to a Tactical Games match. We cover each of the common movements in great detail, providing athletes with differentiated coaching on individual tasks. We then incorporate the movements into range drills so students can understand their new skills in the context of a competitive event. Expect to practice bag lifts and carries, sled drags, wall climbs, farmers carries, rope climbs, and much more, all while maintaining a high degree of marksmanship.

Level-three introduces students to a series of mock battles in order to test the skills they have learned in previous courses. The emphasis of this course is stage strategy, and each student will receive individual critique on their performance throughout the weekend. Video recording and playback will be utilized heavily in the classroom portion to analyze performance and push athletes to the highest level possible.

Testimonials

Out of all the firearms courses I’ve taken military and civilian, this by far was the most in-depth and detailed course

I was a part of the first tactical Games University (July 2020), and I have to say out of all the firearms courses I’ve taken military and civilian, this by far was the most in-depth and detailed course The instructors go into great detail about tactical applications and the Do’s and Dont’s. It’s one thing to tell someone in a classroom setting to do something, it’s another to explain it to them, and apply it at the range all within minutes. Students can expect to have any question answered and explained when it comes to real-life scenario shooting and the game scenarios. Both are different and both can be applied. The instructor to student relationship is that of the hunger games. They are all experienced, they won’t sugar coat, they apply these things every day and most of all they are WINNERS. Things that were covered were safety, techniques, movement, weapon placement, weapon manipulation, battle planning and so much more. You will be sent out back into the world a different shooter than when you entered regardless if you are a novice or a pro. I’ll end with this, I was more mentally prepared for my first games the week before simply because knowledge was on my side. Anyone serious about tactical games or tactical shooting needs to take this course.
Moe Z.

Your instruction and personal example likely has changed the current arch of my life…

“I wanted to take a moment and thank you for the training this weekend. Sadly I am rarely inspired these days, however, beyond the great perspective, real-world advice on preparing for the games your example not only inspired me to train better/more effectively-it was the encouragement that I needed to change the direction of my currently poor personal level of fitness. Your instruction and personal example likely has changed the current arch of my life in a very positive way and while I am sure you received similar messages from other students I wanted you to know.”
Matt O.

I can’t say enough about our experience…

I can’t say enough about our experience at TradeCraft. Antone was great to listen and learn from. He definitely has a gift for sharing his experience by demonstrating and discussing his knowledge I’m grateful for the easygoing manner and patients in teaching. He gave me a lot of take homework to practice and develop. Much appreciated.
D. F.

Training App

HOW DO I TRAIN IN ORDER TO GET READY FOR THE TACTICAL GAMES?

As individuals, we all have the heart and discipline to throw on our plate carriers and put in the work, but most of us are not specifically skilled in putting together strategic programming, which makes sense because strategic programming is an intricate process that requires a high level of skill. Some of us, however — have developed that high level of skill — and one of those individuals is someone you’ve probably competed next to and haven’t even realized it.

Zach Forrest

MEET ZACH FORREST.

Zach Forrest has an extensive and impressive background including:

  • Served in the United States Navy from 2002-2008. Was on Navy SEAL Team 4. Deployed 2x to Iraq
  • Has owned and operated 5 gyms in Las Vegas (2008-2019)
  • Crossfit Inc. Seminar Staff trainer since 2010
  • CF-L4 certified
  • Crossfit Games Individual Competitor in 2009, 2011, and 2013 (also competed at Regionals every single year from 2009-2018)
  • Currently works with PushPress as a business mentor/consultant and internal business development (in addition to CFHQ Staff)

Tactical Games General Physical Preparedness Program can be found on Train Heroic. All programming will be created for the tactical athlete and designed by Zach Forrest himself who understands our specific needs and is one of us.

When you sign up for the program you will gain access to 6 workouts per week (warmup, strength and workout) that have been strategically programmed to help prepare you for the Tactical Games.