federal agencies

Most real training I have ever received. Training (CQD) has already proven to save lives in the field. – As always, the most useful, realistic, and life saving training I have ever experienced. – M.H.

By far the best training I personally have received for this type of mission. – G.H.

Without question, CQD is the best training for tactical work. It is superior due to its realistic approach to operational needs. – All portions were outstanding since CQD is so well integrated and flexible for all types of life threatening confrontations. – Again, this course is superior due to Mr. Dieter’s ability to “prove out” or validate each aspect of the training. The result is an awakening, which for me has changed my life. – I feel privileged to have had such a fantastic opportunity. The course has taught me so much more than I knew even existed in the tactical world. Furthermore, this course goes so much further. Deeper and beyond anyone’s expectations. This course teaches us all to be successful at work, in the field and in life. Thanks Duane. – L.M.

Overall, this should be a mandatory course for all folks who will be doing movements requiring *** support. I’ve been to Afghanistan several times and wish I’d had this before my first trip and consider myself very lucky nothing has happened requiring these defensive moves. – D.G. 

Superior, I have not been exposed to anything better. CQD is the best way to prepare for combat. – D.S.

Outstanding! Absolutely the best combatives training I’ve ever received. Instructors are all world class, very positive and professional. – C.W.

The Box is an excellent tool for personal evaluation. I believe it aided me in making the proper decisions in a VBIED attack that occurred in May of 2010 down range. – C.L.

This training has been a far exceptional standard, both relating to operational and training, being realistic and relevant. This is the best training I have received in my career. – A.W.

Again, this is without a doubt the best self defense, weapons and tactics training I’ve attended in more than 20 years in the military and as a civilian federal agent. – K.D.

The training was awesome; in my opinion it is the best and most practical defense techniques I have ever learned, and it is the most applicable training I have learned that I can incorporate into my line of work. – Anonymous

Excellent. The best personal defense and shooting training I have ever received. – Anonymous

Probably the most realistic training I’ve done. During the ‘live’ scenarios, I felt like it was life and death. I wish I had this training years ago. – Great training!!! Like I said, wish I could have received it years ago. Can’t wait to do it again. – The instructors were very helpful with all the material. Great attitudes and willing to work with all of us. I’m looking forward to the rest of this course. – M.C.

Absolutely indispensible! Best real world training possible. – Material covered: Excellent. Instructors: Excellent. Applicability: Excellent. – S.P.

As always excellent work by CQD staff and instructors. I stopped being surprised at the amount of effort put forth by CQD a long time ago, and am always impressed by their commitment to the *** and our organization’s mission. – R.L.

Absolutely outstanding. After two combat tours this is the most accurate job of recreating the reality of the fight I have experienced. – G.T.

I believe because of this training I have a greater chance of keeping myself and my teammates alive. – J.M.

Very effective, proven and works. – [Hooded Box] Even after live combat it still raised my heart rate so high it was real. Best training ever! – C.V.

The closest thing to “real world” in every way. Of all the military and civilian courses I have attended, by far the best experience. – S.R.

The most realistic, self-validating training I have ever done in 19 years of tactical training. I would highly recommend it to anyone in my/our line of work. – Our instructors were two of the most professional and knowledgeable instructors I have ever had. – O.P.

Most efficient, realistic training I have ever had. – [DDS Hood] Extremely beneficial. Good to know how and what decisions I would make in a high stress fight or flight situation. – [W&Z Hood] Extremely beneficial. It is the only way to truly show my weaknesses so I can correct them and be a better operator. – [The instructors] are top notch operators. I feel truly blessed to have had you guys training me and teaching me how to survive and tune up my internal warrior. Thanks guys – God bless! – B.H.

CQD is awesome! I have used some of the techniques in real world scenarios and it was extremely efficient and effective. – B.D.

Up to date. Is best overall training I have received. – I feel all state, federal, to include military, should be doing this training. – J.G.

Keep doing what you are doing – these are life-saving skills. This is the most positive, reassuring, and confidence-building training I have ever had – beyond the techniques, the way your team teaches is outstanding. – Thank you. – S.K.

Excellent. The most professional training I have received to date. It is clear that time is taken to hire only the finest instructors and it shows. – This training is second to none. It is superb in every way and I will be sure to express this to my front office. – D.L.

Best tactical training in the world. – Thank you! This is the only relevant, complete, integrated fighting system there is. It is an honor to receive it. Please continue to keep us focused and consistent with our capabilities and instruction. – A.N.

This is the best training I have received anywhere to date. That includes 7.5 years in the Army. – I think that the instructors did an excellent job of explaining everything and also explaining why the techniques work. – If the CQD training is the most valuable I have received to date, then the CQD Box Drill is the most valuable part of the training. It is indispensable. – It is as close as one can come to a real world confrontation while training. – E.D.

Outstanding- beyond a doubt best training I ever received. – [Benefit the most] Individual skills elements- taught me/gave me confidence to further progress into team activities. – Instruction was excellent and covered all material. – [Hooded Box] Tremendous- unsurpassed value to providing the sense of confidence in abilities. – C.F.

Again this is the best training and most meaningful, effective instruction I’ve ever had. – I can’t wait until Level II. Additionally, I am interested in returning periodically (either with the office or on my own) to perfect, enhance and increase my personal defense skills. – E.L.

Outstanding! The most complete operator specific training. – [Benefit the most] The scenarios presented in the hooded box drills and team exercises conducted in the Tac–house. – This is the most realistic training available to date. The skills developed during this training are second to none. Hopefully we will get more opportunity to maintain and improve the skills with the introduction of additional CQD courses. – R.B.

Vital for anyone whose duties carry a potential for violence, especially if they are responsible for the safety of others, and failure will negatively impact national prestige. – I know from experience this training makes me better. – We need more of this to build team skills. – D.S.

Very important for not only my job, but could also save my life in the civilian world. – [W&Z/Personal Defense Hood] An excellent tool to gauge how one will react in high stress situations and a very realistic training situation to use in the skills you have learned. – Excellent course! The instructors are very professional and subject matter experts on Close Quarters Defense. – M.H.

[Hooded Box] Best reality training I have ever been a part of. It brings everything together well. – [W&Z Hood] Makes you react immediately, no time for indecision. – [PC] Great to work with a partner to get communication skills down, as well as working on movement. – It is training that all people who put it all on the line every day need. Hopefully I will get more of it and my teammates will someday benefit from the knowledge as well. – J.D.

I have been a firearms instructor with DEA and Secret Service and have been through the Secret Service ERT/CAT training. So when I say this is by far the best course I have been through, I have a lot of background to make this statement. I wish all agents could have this training. It really was outstanding! – A.P.

Thank you! I have used CQD skills in combat. The system provided me the knowledge to come home with all my teammates. – A.W.

The absolute finest defense training I have ever had in 15 years of experience. – R.B.

20 years of naval service and this is the best training I have ever received. – R.P.

This was the best course I have ever taken. Every aspect was relevant and applicable. I sincerely believe that this course will save my life God forbid something happens. – R.B.

This is by far the best and most useful training I've ever had. The concepts and techniques could easily save any one of our lives as well as our colleagues and loved ones. The bottom line is that I feel like a stronger, more effective officer because of this training. – C.S.

Outstanding: It is obvious that all the skills instructed have not only been well developed, but also, proven practice. – [Unarmed DDS Hooded Box] By far the best practical evaluations that I have ever experienced. – [Armed W&Z Hooded Box] Excellent; an absolute wake-up to some of my poor training received elsewhere. – The experience was by far the most realistic and comprehensive training I have ever received. – T.H.

Excellent, the best I’ve received. – [Armed W&Z Hooded Box] Brought everything into perspective. Made me confident of my skills and abilities to survive and to “go home at the end of the day.” – M.R.

[Armed W&Z Hooded Box] Well controlled for safety yet practical, relevant, fast and exceedingly valuable. – Great staff, incredible theory, and I’m confident this training will save lives. – J.E.

Excellent! I’ve learnt more in the past five days than in my lifetime. The instructors were exceptional. Exceptionally patient & exceptionally trained in their craft. I would certainly enjoy doing this again. – N.D.

Every part of the training was useful and had real world practical purpose. – The techniques/methods used to teach me (student) was beyond my best expectation. I now know there is a true science and I believe CQD has mastered it. – J.G.

Thanks to the staff of CQD for providing the most relevant training anywhere. Whether armed or unarmed, operational or personal defense, this is the only inclusive system for all engagements. Keep it up! – A.N.

This is the best, most professional, easy to understand and apply training I have ever undergone. I loved it! Thank you very much. – B.H.

The training is excellent. It is very well put together and the presentation, with full explanation of technique, is fantastic. – This course is the best I have ever attended. Life saving techniques are given here. Priceless. – R.U.

The most tactically sound proving ground I have been introduced to. The stress level and responses required were awesome. – R.B.

Knowledge obtained in this training is above and beyond any training I have taken part in. – G.T.

Excellent. This is the most relevant and comprehensive system I’ve ever been exposed to. The training was easy to understand and retain. – D.W.

Excellent training. – CQD training is about the only successful training that I have employed and it works! – J.P.

It would be hard to attend another course that would compete with this training. – L.R.

Excellent, the expertise of the instructors and TRP's doesn't compare to anything I've received. – G.K.

CQD is, hands down, the best combatives training I have received in my career thus far. – N.M.

Excellent – couldn’t have been better. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Best real-time scenario training imaginable, excellent training tool. – Yet another outstanding experience at CQD, I always feel more prepared for deployment after attending. – C.A.

Probably the best and most realistic fight training I’ve ever experienced in my 13 years of martial arts. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Excellent. Most realistic fight training I’ve ever been through. – J.C.

Outstanding. Very easy to learn, extremely effective. A must for our job. – [W&Z Hooded Box] In 30 years of training – it was the most realistic I have experienced. It caused self inflicted stress and TRP’s that were very professional and realistic. – I’m extremely satisfied and more confident than when I arrived. – N.M.

The most realistic training I have ever done. Fast paced and stressful, requiring both physical and mental abilities. – Thanks for your dedication and patriotism. Please thank the role players for the same, without their dedication none of this realistic training would be possible. They are a huge credit to you and our country. – R.Y.

Outstanding. Undoubtedly the most effective approach to tactical training in the world. – D.S.

This is the best defense class I have ever taken. The staff gave more than 110%. – J.W.

The best training test available, no other course offers this type of validation, the tape review shows your weaknesses and what you need to work on and how well you know it. – K.A.

Outstanding – best training I have ever had – excellent drill and portrayal of realistic attacks. – M.W.

Outstanding! I personally can’t get enough of it. – [Armed W&Z Hooded Box] Same as [above]. Everything about the course, philosophy is 100% right on the money. – M.H.

I’ve had a long history in weapons and martial arts training and was very interested in this system. CQD by far surpassed my expectations! I highly recommend the training for PSD work! – B.R.

I have a background in CQD and have used the different prisoners force control skills in Afghanistan. I believe totally in this system and thank Duane for teaching me, and for all the great work you’ve done! – D.C.

[Unarmed DDS Hooded Box] It is hands down the finest training tool I have ever experienced! – J.P.

This was some of the best training I have received to date. – J.H.

Superb. I think about self defense totally different now. I feel more confident in general, knowing I can defend myself. – B.R.

I think the training is superb. Very professional instructors and priceless skills learned. I fully expect to use the CQD system for training and quite possibly in real life. – [Unarmed Closed/Open Hooded Box] Best/realistic training I have received. – Superior training. World class training. I know there are few places as committed to training as the CQD staff of Dieter’s Close Quarters Defense. – C.R.

Excellent. Every skill taught had real-life application and has been validated. – [Unarmed Closed/Open Hooded Box] It instilled confidence in my ability to utilize life saving skills to survive an attack. – Outstanding. The whole experience has prepared me to succeed at work and in my personal life. Thank you! You all make a significant contribution here and for our nation. Thanks and stay safe. – K.F.

[Hooded Box] Excellent! Without a doubt the most valuable/self-test that I have ever received! – Each trip to CQD makes me a much better operator and I feel that it touches equally on all skills. – J.S.

[Hooded Box] Amazing validation and training tool. It greatly expanded my understanding, especially of shooting during all situations, ranges, and adversarial actions. – [CQD Shooting] The only system of shooting that fully realizes and enables shooting (tactical) in the high risk engagement. – [Tac-House Shooting] Again, outstanding training tool. Having the situational information regarding the engagement is what brings out, transforms, and integrates all operator skills. – A.N.

Excellent!!! Most professionally run course that I have attended. Cadre were approachable at any time and really knowledgeable in all areas. I am extremely impressed. – [Hooded Box] Best and most realistic “hand to hand” I have received. – D.K.

This training is a valuable tool for any operator. It exposes weaknesses in your arsenal and provides additional skills for overall success. – [W&Z Hooded Box] This drill is undoubtedly one of the best training scenarios I have ever participated in. – This course will help men to stay alive if and when they employ the skills learned. – M.B.

Great training. – [Hooded Box] Outstanding. As close to real world confrontation as possible. – D.V.

This week was outstanding. Every time I come to CQD for training, it surpasses my expectations. – [CQD Shooting] This week was a great shooting overview. I cannot wait to come back for more shooting weeks and then for CQD Shooting Instructor training. – T.E.

Only applicable training for high-risk real world scenarios. – J.G.

[Unarmed Hooded Box] Revealing, humbling, and as always, a great learning environment. – T.G.

I found it to be very valuable. I went through the course in 2004 (SQT) but since have had little exposure. *** type combatives have been my focus since then, however seeing the CQD method again was eye opening as to which “system” is actually more practical in the “real world”/high risk fight. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Hands down the best personal defense/combatives drill I’ve ever experienced. Excellent. – C.H.

The concepts put forth by CQD Shooting changes most of what I learned in other training for the better. An absolute must have set of skills. – M.V.

Outstanding, we were taught to utilize CQD and its intended purpose and we are all successful thus far with our knowledge and skills. – …once we arrived at CQD it was like the clouds parted and everything was made clear. – C.F.

CQD is by far some of the best and most realistic training I have been thru. The level of professionalism of the staff is always top notch! – S.H.

Superior training than what I received in the Army. Many skills I wish I learned before. – T.H.

Outstanding – This is exactly what I need for defense tactics. The proper way of defending myself in an attack. – S.H.

Excellent – only wish I was able to take another week. These basic CQD skills carry a long way – at work and in daily life. – I can’t imagine anyone going out in theatre to work with *** who has not taken this course. – The last Tac-House drill put everything together…it was amazing how you simply learn to react (more rationally) under stress in such a scenario and complete mission successfully. – L.S.

All instructors are terrific. I am looking forward to returning and studying more of CQD. Great training, learned a lot, had a blast! – S.H.

I think the training is exceptional. This is the type of training we have lacked in the past. – A.B.

Additional weeks and refresher training need to be regularly scheduled. – D.P.

[Armed W&Z Live] That was the best stuff! – The live person shooting drill really psyched me up! I know I can do it in a real fight. – T.

Training was outstanding. This training will help keep myself and those I protect safe. [Armed W&Z Live] Excellent. We need more of this. – This training is too essential to spend just 2 ½ days on. If we want to be truly competent in these skills we need to spend more time on the trigger. – R.R.

Excellent, by far need more training. This is the right kind of shooting for our job. – D.P.

[Armed W&Z Live] One of the best live fire exercises of all time. – P.M.

Duane, you are the best! I have learned a ton from you. My confidence has greatly increased from the training I have received from you. Especially when it comes to weapons handling. Thanks! – M.L.

[Armed W&Z Live] Outstanding. Gives you confidence in the skills you have learned. Shows you that the skills work. Overall – Outstanding training. Fast paced/heart pounding/makes you think. I look forward to more training with Duane in the future. – L.C.

[Armed W&Z Hood] I found the exercise to be very intense & realistic. It helped me to use my skills in a very ‘hands-on’ environment. – [DDS Closed/Open Hooded Box] I enjoyed the exercise immensely and I found the role players to be appropriately aggressive & interactive. – I will be sending a recommendation that this course be part of the ***/** training regimen. – D.T.

[Unarmed Closed/Open Hooded Box] Realistic, “up close,” in your face training. – What you learn at each session of training is something you can take and use immediately. Many Thanks. – S.H.

Thank you for your time and patience and the sharing of a gift that will transfer into a life saving skill for me and my class mates. – R.T.

I would recommend this course to everyone in the operational field! – B.P.

Excellent; the best training I have ever participated in. – T.H.

The validation drills proved to me that the skills taught were going to work. – A.L.

The absolute best training/instruction I have received in this area of my job. – A.D.

The *** drills really helped bring our team together. – The actions with the package were amazing. It was good to see where our weaknesses lie and to see the way to correct them. – Although I feel most confident with weapon and zone control, I could use more training in all areas. Every time I come to CQD I learn more about becoming a better operator. – T.E.

I cannot stress enough how valuable this training is, the unknown factor is always going to be there and knowing how to minimize the threat and effectively get off the "X" and to a safe zone while maintaining weapon safety variable and physical contact, and working in sync with your teammates to ensure everyone makes it home at the end of the day. – M.S.

[Hooded Box] Never seen anything that could prepare an individual for realistic scenarios “EVER.” Great training tool. – Throughout all the different types of martial arts things that I’ve seen and done I’m glad that someone finally got it right. – D.H.

Train like you fight, fight like you train is always the desire. This type of training is as realistic as I’ve seen. Longer training of this caliber would do nothing except benefit the operator. – T.N.

Excellent! CQD is a new concept for me and I thought that my prior martial arts skill would help me out. However, defensive tactics and high-risk operations are totally different. – D.P.

I’ve been in combat in Baghdad shooting down streets but never had up close training like the box, it was the best. – K.G.

After 22 yrs of mil. experience and 3 yrs with [company] (static) this training has provided me with the strongest confidence to perform my duties. – K.B.

The training received was superb. I wish I could have had more of said training as a prior police officer I believe it would be more effective than the traditional forms of hand to hand. – T.L.

[Power Entry] I couldn’t think of a more efficient and expedient way to enter a building with an active threat present. Again, it is clearly distinguishable the amount of tactical analysis that brought these tactics into development and employment. – D.H.

Excellent. Great facilities, instructors, role players, and the best tactical fighting system in the world. – A.N.

It’s always a pleasure to come and receive the best training in the industry. Thanks [Instructors]… – K.T.

This short time here and the amount I feel I received only makes me want more. All “training” curriculums should be modeled after your system. – H.Q.

I strongly suggest that any and every government or private security company take advantage of this evolution experience. – J.D.

The dedication of the instructor is outstanding, great [Instructors]. You guys keep up the good work and more guys will come home. Thanks. – D.R.

My chances of survival have just doubled or tripled. – W.W.

This is my first class to focus on the high threat environment and not the “sporting” skills associated with programs such as **** **********. I benefited every day. – L.S.

Outstanding, best close quarter battle/defensive training I’ve ever received. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Genius developmental training, I cannot think of a more definite form of skill testing to expose student weakness. – J.Q.

Thank you all for the supreme effort and caring. These are life saving skills. – A.N.

This has been the best hands on/DM course that I have received in all my years of government service. Very realistic. – J.F.

By far the most usable and task specific training I have received can be used in every aspect of combat. – M.F.

[DDS Tac-House] Super, time before the event is similar to going on a serious operation. The mood in the waiting room is somber. It is a good feeling for an operator to get used to. The drills themselves are very challenging, real and skill building. – D.S.

Outstanding I learned something new with each iteration that was conducted. I love competition and being pushed mentally and physically. – R.C.

Great & effective. I’ve studied **** ****, a martial art supposed to be “street practical”, but the speed of an attack demonstrates the effectiveness of CQD’s approach, and the potential futility of trying to use other forms. – J.S.

I thought *** and *** were the most prestigious forms of fighting. I was wrong. Now I can incorporate my weapons into the fight. – J.B.

One of the best courses I have attended – emotionally, spiritually, and physically exhausting, but you come out on the other side with a better understanding of yourself, but also your teammates. – J.H.

A lot of good training that everyone doing this job can use. I think it should be mandatory. – E.M.

This was the best exercise I have ever been involved with. It allows for actions under stress, skills usage and critical cognitive processes. – J.C.

Outstanding! Amazing! So eye opening and a very good way to see your action and reaction. I really do feel that it has made me into a better all around warrior. – G.H.

The best simulation I have ever experienced throughout all the schools I’ve attended. – S.B.

Superb and realistic; I wish I had this when I was in the SF. – E.R.

I am more prepared for my upcoming deployment because of this training. I wish I had received this training years ago. I hope I am selected to receive additional training from CQD. – T.V.

I only wish we had more time for additional training. I hope to be back here soon. Your information will likely save lives. – J.M.

Awesome! In all my training, I have never received such ‘hands on, in your face’ drilling. I really felt I was thinking much more quickly. – E.M.

By far the best combatives training I have ever received. Additionally, among the first training that has ever interested me to the point of desiring additional training. – C.C.

Realistic. First training I have had in 17 years that placed me in a hot environment. – S.H.

After training in several martial arts forms, I thought that CQD is the best form of training for what it is meant for in the tactical environment of high-risk/high-threat hostile zones. – S.M.

Extremely useful training that I have personally used while operating in an overseas environment. – J.P.

I feel greatly humbled and privileged to have taken part in this experience. It really was fantastic. – A.C.

The training was conducted in a most professional manner and designed for student success. The type of stress induced to clean up mistakes should be used in the military. – J.B.

Could save my life. – M.H.

To the point and tailored to the environment in which students are about to enter. – S.K.

Efficient, effective, practical a must have for any special operator. – D.K.

Outstanding! This type of training can be used in any environment and will always be useful. Will recommend to everyone. – W.P.

Training to keep us alive. – J.G.

My opinion of the past week’s training is about as high as possible!!! Superb Course!!!! – W.H.

The training & instructors are the best in the biz. – T.B.

The instructors were professional, straight to the point. I would recommend this to any warrior looking for high speed training. – W.C.

Fantastic staff. I learned a ton from these guys and would recommend this to anyone in this line of work. – N.G.

The training and instruction were the best I have ever had. – J.G.

It is the best defensive or offensive fighting training I have ever experienced. – T.J.

High speed training. I learned a lot of good tactics to take the fight to the enemy and win. – J.M.

I thought the overall training was top notch. Everything we did had a purpose. – J.J.

The best yet! Trains you to stay in the fight. – J.P.

Hooded box drill is the most beneficial aspect of the training in my opinion, allowing everyone to test and validate the skills taught. – T. N.

Excellent. Probably the best bridging from learning a new skill to execution under pressure I have seen. – T.T.

Excellent course of instruction. The motivation and high energy of the instructors helps drive this course. – D.A.

Hooded box drill is the best training tool I’ve seen. Regardless of what the scenario is, it forces you to react to the situation instantly. – T.N.

Teaches 0 to 100% in a way no other training can. – S.F.

Top notch training concerning proper use of force, escalated force, and target identification. – G.F.

This type of reactionary training is truly where the ‘rubber meets the road’ for our training objectives. – B.M.

The hooded box drills immediately exposed my weak points. Awesome exercise with a steep learning curve. – R.M.

I thought the way everything was taught, in the order and fashion, was excellent. Everything was taught and then put together, then put to application. It made all the drills, tactics, and techniques very easy to understand. – B.F.

Excellent training covering a wide spectrum of subject matter. Validation under pressure was a key portion that tested our ability to learn and apply tactics. I benefited from every portion of this training. – R.G.

Top class training and techniques. Absolute pleasure to have been on such a course with top instructors and top fellow students. – M.R.

Excellent. Whole course has been one of the most professional that I have ever attended. – C.S.

The training delivered was very thorough and more importantly very honest and practical to the threat in hostile environments. From the training given, every operator is now by far more confident. – J.W.

The training was very professional, and the overall instruction and techniques were very informative and well received. CQD is applicable in our operational environment. – J.H.

Excellent pressure training. – Good use of force level training. Helped to gain confidence in shoot/no shoot decision skills. – J.M.

The unarmed phase has benefited me most, enabling me to focus and deal with threats singular or multiple in a more confident manner. Moving on to the weapons phase brought all of the skills together with a flow. – L.C.

Excellent, very enjoyable, and progressive. The instruction was very thorough and as each level moved on it was very apparent why you were doing certain skills. – J.H.

Excellent training. Covered a lot of areas not addressed by other courses. I am definitely much better having received this instruction. – J.K.

Very professional. No time spent on unnecessary moves/unrealistic scenarios. – C.L.

I enjoyed it very much, was very good at showing individuals how they reacted under different types of pressure. – W.L.

Outstanding, very valuable skills obtained, especially in a life and death situation. – J.M.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Awesome, very effective training tool. Definitely provides the most realistic training. – T.P.

Amazing. Very intense, in your face training that proved the effectiveness of the taught techniques. Live scenarios were great to help us decide level of threat. – M.B.

I believe it was valuable training and will surely come in handy if a high threat level situation is encountered. The very end evaluation in the box was great because I was able to apply much of what was learned in a realistic and stressful environment. – K.J.

Realistic situational training. I have been in that situation downrange and the training was spot-on. – J.S.

Must need for ALL OPERATORS down range in the field. – B.B.

Excellent. The training is designed for the tactical threat in mind. Every movement flows into the next. Probably the best training for true fighting I’ve ever had. – A.H.

[Unarmed Hooded Box] Demanding in the extreme but more beneficial than any other unarmed combat testing I have received in the past. – L.C.

The most realistic training I have ever done. The role players did an outstanding job in the execution of their duties. – C.S.

Outstanding training. I like the way it is a complete system where the unarmed skills and techniques complement the armed skills. – S.T.

Hope to return and just progress through all levels. I enjoy the pressure in the hooded box drill. I feel that is a great training tool you have, and hope to see more of it. Thanks for all your help. Your staff is outstanding. – C.N.

Box drill was excellent. Fighting while manipulating rifle, pistol, magazine changes, etc., areas not covered well by other courses. – J.K.

It was an excellent training block. The integration of armed and unarmed techniques is outstanding. Also, the instructors were extremely professional the entire course. – J.S.

I felt the training was very professionally taught and provides the operators with a very good base to take down range and pass on. – D.D.

Outstanding! Keep up the good work. Your training has made me a better operator and that is the truth! – P.D.

Very thorough training. I feel that I am better prepared to handle the situations I may confront in the field. – T.R.

Excellent. Possibly the best training I have had. The instructors were professional, subject matter experts. They made the course challenging but attainable. – J.S.

Outstanding – ‘shoot/no shoot’ combined with physical engagements built strong confidence and refined skills learned throughout the week. – T.C.

The training was valuable and could be used in my line of work or in everyday life on the street. The block of instruction and lessons taught here will carry on with me. – M.C.

Outstanding. The most realistic training I’ve been part of. – D.D.

Every portion of this training, to date, has absolute application to what we will encounter in the field. The use of ‘unknown’ OPFOR is great. – T.R.

I believe that this system is a very logical & realistic approach to combatives. It effectively combines shooting & striking in an easily taught & natural progression. – S.I.

Awesome. Has totally revamped the way I will tactically employ my weapons systems. Think it will benefit me and others downrange. – M.S.

Vital for performance, shows you how to fight and stay alive. – S.B.

I feel I benefited the most from the integration of unarmed to armed striking and shooting, and also the use of different force levels. – J.S.

Great training. I hope that it becomes mandatory to not only “requal” but also to go through all levels of CQD. It can only benefit the operator to obtain more knowledge and be tactically sound. – R.C.

I know that I am a lot better operator because of what I have learned here. Bravo! – E.H.

My opinion is that the training will be a great tool in the field and in civilian life. – M.C.

Best training in my 20+ year career. – M.P.

The training is very realistic, challenging and applicable to all tasks that we have as protective agents. I would recommend this course to all of my peers and associates in the protective operator’s field. – C.H.

Superb. There is absolutely no better way to train for these types of operations. The TRPs force you to act under pressure and alleviate many shortfalls you may have. – A.M.

As an overall system, nothing touches it. It gives everyone a baseline reaction for specific threats. – C.C.

I am so pleased with the entire course. I will promote this course and staff to fellow I.C. – J.S.

From movement through the house, weapons flow, dynamic and slow methods, vehicles, and of course aggressor participation [Instructor’s] continual oversight and hands on corrective input was invaluable. – A.H.

The realism of the scenarios was outstanding, always something different to keep you thinking… – J.W.

I felt like the training covered was exactly what was needed. Good instructions, good pace and the amount of time spent throughout the day was well covered. – S.S.

The training was outstanding. It opened my eyes to different techniques that I can now incorporate into my daily security postures. – M.C.

I thought it was excellent and falls in line with a lot of the situations we are put in. – I think that it was beneficial and I hope to be able to continue to build on it. I think the class was very well put together and instructed well. – D.M.

Very Impressed. – Top notch training concerning proper use of force, escalated force and target identification. – G.F.

Great training, instructors always are willing to answer any and all questions. – [W&Z Hooded Box] No better way to find out how someone will react, when a situation goes bad. – S.F.

Validation of skills with hooded drills was excellent. Great pressure from TRP and gives the student confidence in their own skills, weapons, manipulations, transitions, shooting, decisions, etc. – R.G.

Outstanding – I benefited from all the drill work (house, car, etc.). – I'm looking forward to going through the next level, thanks for the help! – R.C.

Excellent, method of instruction was well thought out. – We were taught techniques that will keep us alive across the pond or wherever we may encounter a threat scenario. – L.K.

Outstanding. – All information was presented with validation and prove-outs in/when necessary. – Teaching method was superb, no negative reinforcement was used. Again, great job and keep up the extremely high standard of institution you've got. Thanks. – N.M.

It was great to have the opportunity to receive the instructions from those closest to the source. – Comments among the class as a whole were very, very positive. – M.W.

This training was very realistic and overall conducted great for our line of work. – Awesome, intense, real, everything you guys taught came in touch when we went through it, great teaching. – M.D.

The training was excellent, I liked how it incorporated both armed (weapons) and unarmed components together. – D.G.

I felt the training in its entirety was very applicable to high stress situations. I have never been exposed to training such as this and I feel I am a lot more ready for CQD situations that may arise in the future. – J.S.

A great course that was professionally run and it gave me more tools to use in order to successfully protect my team and myself as well as succeed in my tasks, a lot of fun too. – E.W.

Outstanding course – very practical and straightforward – easy to understand concepts and to implement in real world situations. – R.B.

Good training that is grounded in practical application. – Realistic exercises that stress the individual and present situations that you may face, either while deployed or anywhere actually. – J.H.

Very informative. – [W&Z Hooded Box] A very realistic drill that was a good verification exercise as well as a confidence builder. – G.H.

Great, things taught are easily remembered when need to be employed. And it can be easily practiced wherever you may be. Overall great course, great instructors made the learning enjoyable. – J.R.

Very professionally run. Vital to all operators preparing to meet the client’s standards. – R.D.

Outstanding. Simple, yet tactical and effective techniques to ensure dominance and survival in protective operations. – T.S.

Outstanding training. It all came together in the final exercise. Each part of the training is well thought out and interlocks with the other parts, I really enjoyed it. – Great staff – very professional and overall great course!! – B.W.

Great training by knowledgeable instructors. Good course tempo. – The box drills, hands down the best scenario drill I have ever been through. – N.M.

Very realistic and gave the operator a chance to employ all techniques at full force and full speed. – C.P.

Best training I have had in years. – [Hooded Box] Excellent way to test what you just learned in the class. – Great teaching from all of you. Thanks for your dedication to improving myself and those I will be standing with in the big game. – K.F.

Outstanding. Extremely professional and competent instructors coupled with life like scenarios allowing the skill set to be practiced. – [W&Z Hooded Box] An outstanding addition to the unarmed level. Very life-like. Allows operator to test his tactical decision making, speed, control, and overall situational awareness. – T.S.

Great training. Good common sense tactics. Clear reasoning for every part of the training. – CQD was all new to me and I learned a lot. Very knowledgeable and professional instructors. Great job. I would recommend this training to anyone. – B.W.

I really admire the philosophy of CQD and am highly impressed with the level of skill, professionalism and congeniality of all the instructors. – T.P.

This was a very positive training experience for me personally. My take away feeling is that I have confidence to defend myself and I am eager to develop CQD tradecraft. – H.V.

This is extremely high quality training. The…stress course is worth the price of admission. I am convinced that style of training is extremely valuable. – E.H.

The sheer amount of information was amazing. Just when I thought we had received all the training that we were going to get the instructors came up with more training. Thank you for an invaluable training experience. – G.S.

Very good – probably the best application of real world apprehension and stress. It forced quick thought and with more practice and scenarios, this surprise drill could greatly increase survivability and accurate target discrimination. – P.M.

As with all great training you want more. I hope that one day I can come back and go on to the next level or at the very least go through this level again. – G.H.

Closest thing to the real world situation I have seen to prepare us for the job. – J.P.

The role players are one of the parts of this course that I find the most special about the Dieter CQD system. They’re really a superb addition to the program and are the most helpful I’ve ever had the luxury of training with. Thanks for the excellent training!! – W.H.

Very good – very applicable to job requirement the best, most realistic I’ve had in the military and as a contractor thus far. – G.C.

Your instructors were outstanding and I eagerly look forward to future training at this facility. I’ll definitely begin to incorporate the tactics taught here into my operational modes. Thanks for providing an excellent training curriculum. – T.A.

It does what no other training can. Isolating all your weak points. A must in preparing for this type of work. – S.L.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Great training by far the only chance to really get a feel for employing your weapon systems with real aggression. Awesome training, glad I was given the opportunity to experience different hooded box situations. – S.T.

Overall an outstanding training experience. The hooded drills are the most realistic training evolutions that I have experienced. – W.G.

Puts things in a very good perspective for an operator. Great at presenting challenges but equally great in boosting an operator’s confidence in handling such situations in real world terms successfully. – P.S.

As close to actual realism as can be simulated in a safe training environment. – Exceptional training value. – S.P.

…Close as it comes to real life. – D.D.

The instructors were very informative, and made the class interesting to the students. Very professional. I can’t wait to come back to the next course. And I will tell everyone this is the training to have. – D.J.

Instructors were professional and explained the material in detail. This class will be a great asset to my career. – E.M.

Most realistic training I have ever had – real world. – B.D.

I found the training I received to be very applicable to the mission I am being trained for. I found this defense technique to be extremely tailor-made to what we do with weapons. – M.C.

Excellent training. Makes sense and applies to combat situations more than any other training I’ve received. – S.W.

I would just like to comment that this was one of, if not the best tactical course that I have ever had the pleasure of participating in. The instructors’ enthusiasm and positive attitudes facilitated an environment in which all students were eager to learn. Thank you!! – R.F.

Valuable tool as a precursor to deploying overseas to a hostile environment. Gets you into the fighting spirit/mentality. – B.P.

The weapon and zone hooded box drill gives me confidence to know what I’ll be able to do when in the actual situation – “down range.” – J.B.

Outstanding techniques have obvious real world application and, most importantly, are relatively easy to master. – W.G.

Excellent training. Materials and evolutions were taught in a timely manner and then tested with stress which reinforces learning quickly. – M.L.

Outstanding training, instructor staff are top notch, answer all questions, some of the best training I’ve done. Thank you! – R.O.

I cannot say enough about how professional your instructors are and the value of all the training I received. Thank you so much for teaching me the skill sets, and I eagerly look forward for in-service CQD training in the future. – T.A.

Up to date/well thought out – practical training. Instructors were professional and well trained. The whole course was outstanding, challenging, rewarding. Had a great time/learned a lot. Thanks. – T.D.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Great as well! Very beneficial to engage actual humans and deal with the incoming threats. Great skill to learn and use. – W.E.

The most realistic, combat-like training I’ve ever done. The entire military should be doing some form of it. – R.W.

Great, best training I’ve ever had. Very useful for protective OPS. – A.O.

This is a very positive learning environment. Instructors are highly knowledgeable, motivated and professional at all times. Coaching is superb. – P.M.

[Hooded Box] These drills were very beneficial to me. It allowed me to gage my weaknesses and strengths. Wish we could have done more of them. – This training was excellent and I received a broader view of clearing rooms with a small team. Hopefully, future classes will get more time in the hooded box. I feel that this exercise actually makes you think more clearly on how to protect your package. Once again, the instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful to any of our questions. Great course and would like to come back for additional training. – I.O.

[Instructors] are awesome instructors, and I love this type of training! I wish this kind of training was offered more often to our unit near our worksites while in CONUS. I would love to continue this type of training on a regular basis as part of in-service training. Job well done by CQD staff. – T.A.

This was the most valuable training we received. The techniques were reinforced here. I think we all learned the most here. – T.G.

Outstanding. This is the best type of training I have received to date. Very professional. – P.L.

The deeper I get, the more I’m hooked. This is it. – T.B.

Very useful and will be a great help in accomplishing my mission. – K.P.

Absolutely phenomenal! A must have for every operator in our environment. – C.N.

Guys going overseas definitely need to go through this. – J.D.

Outstanding! Very realistic. The most realistic “real world” training I have received. – A.A.

Realistic – first training I have had in 17 years that placed me in a hot environment. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire class. – S.H.

A lot of new material for me to use in the field. Very glad to have been a student here, professionalism of the instructors was great. Would be very interested in getting more training here. – P.W.

Instructors/staff – professional/knowledgeable and ability to help was excellent. Overall, BEST self-defense course I’ve been to!! – B.R.

Wow! An excellent training tool to help develop immediate evaluation and response. It was very helpful in highlighting strong and weak points under duress. – I LOVED IT!! – J.B.

Outstanding!!! Best situational training I have endured…Other than actual combat…it raised my blood more than ever!!! – C.P.

This has been the most exciting fast paced training I have ever received. I feel better prepared for real world experiences because of this training. I also think that the attitude of all the people helped me feel more relaxed and I was able to absorb more info. Fun, fun! – J.B.

Unbelievable!!! What a great experience. The extreme conditions that each of us were put in definitely will make you a better “decision maker” regardless of where you go from here. – J.J.

All in all CQD fighting system works, and would recommend to anyone who is interested. – D.T.

Realistic training. I have deployed overseas in this skill set we are training for, the scenarios were real – not stretched for student failure – students were given instructions for success in this class. – A.F.

“Excellent,” practical, realistic. The best training I’ve done that incorporates weapons and hand to hand. – M.S.

Most realistic and best hands on experience in a training environment to be had. Most valuable. – M.G.

Best I’ve ever received of this sort in police or military. – D.W.

The best training I have received. Other training is not very real world. – C.N.

Seeing how simple the application of CQD will make it easier for me to remember, unlike other past training. The techniques and tactics employed are very realistic. Thanks guys for your dedication to putting out a good product. – J.F.

Training at this facility is excellent. I would recommend it to all Americans working in a high risk environment of today. – L.L.

Excellent; I have never received any training that integrated armed/unarmed situations so thoroughly. – A.S.

[Benefit the most] The Hood. Having no previous knowledge of what you are going to face, was a great tool to show initial reactions and prepare you for realistic real world confrontations. – G.H.

I felt the training was extremely vital to our job and what is expected. It brings to light different threats and non-threats and what is the most effective response. – C.R.

Outstanding; the most positive, and the foundation of all *** SOPs. – M.H.

I think the Hooded Box is an awesome tool to help shape reflexive and instinctive reactions to a variety of threats and escalation of force. – [Power Entry] I really believe this is the strongest fastest way to enter a room and I am proud to know how to do it right. – I was completely impressed at the level of experience of the instructors. There is a high standard and I personally think this course of instruction is kick ass. Thanks again. – J.F.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Superb. Such a drill should be adopted throughout the force – I’d like to do more of it. – M.M.

Again an excellent way of using unarmed and armed drills to ensure your survival. With video feedback that is imperative to learning from mistakes you have missed during stress and pressure. A great week. Thanks. – S.Y.

The professionalism and passion with which this course is taught was exceptional. I have never seen a system presented in this way and challenged by the high stress industry application. Thanks! – R.B.

I am in no doubt that ‘we’ are in the right place for our training. The instructors at CQD are all highly professional. They are very knowledgeable, modest, and street wise. It is a pleasure to be with you. Very many thanks. – M.M.

Great training for the latest environments overseas. – A.S.

This is the best tactical training in the world. Every time I complete a block of training, I feel much more prepared to operate and to train others for their operations. Great staff, instruction, and flow of events, which lead to perfect understanding and execution of individual to unit level training. – A.N.

The whole CQD package is outstanding – particularly the frank, open and direct intuition. The instructor cadre is the best I have ever had the pleasure to be involved with – positive, dynamic, personable, but also expectant of the required standards. Thank you for an excellent course. – A.D.

This has been the best training I have ever received. I have thoroughly enjoyed the training and hope to visit again in the future. – M.W.

The training facilities are excellent and have been well planned. All instructors have been first class in their knowledge and execution of their lessons. As an instructor in many disciplines myself I always look for role models in their delivery and technique and I have found two excellent examples in [Instructors]. All instructors have remained friendly and approachable creating a disciplined yet comfortable learning environment. – K.W.

As always, the most useful, realistic and life saving training I have ever experienced. – M.H.

An excellent system backed up with some awesome training. Feel confident with what I know to apply it in an operational theatre. – E.

I specifically respected when we had an adversary up close – those examples describe what we experience everyday overseas – guys with guns right next to you – friendly or not! – J.C.

I am very impressed with the overall professionalism and operational applicability. All of it really makes sense. – J.F.

Outstanding/Top shelf! – [Unarmed Hooded Box] Great time – invaluable training tool & lots of lessons learned. Scenarios are well developed to elicit a variety of responses. – A.G.

Excellent training, with real world value. I think that all protective operations in any capacity need to attend this course. – T.G.

The course is outstanding. You can never get enough training with your hands and the weapons we use. Tying them all together with a very effective skill set is huge. – G.H.

Outstanding! I have watched the CQD course…over 10 years and believe that it is by far the best operational course on the market. – M.J.

As always, a very positive experience. The system saves lives. – T.H.

Outstanding. I feel this training is progressive and cutting edge technology was used (tactics especially). – M.J.

All of the training brought me up to speed and then pushed my envelope. It will be a huge benefit to see everyone integrated into this technology. – M.J.

It was outstanding. I think that it is a great course that all *** should be made to attend. It puts everyone on the same sheet of music. – T.G.

Hands down the most productive training I have experienced. The chaos and uncertainty closely emulates real contact with hostiles. – R.F.

Great staff TRUE PROS!! Never talked down to the students and answered all questions in depth. Gave concise and detailed instructions and were all consistent with each other. I had a great time and thank you all. – J.B.

It’s hard to say this because I don’t want to discredit my old army unit, but this is some of the best training I ever received. – S.C.

Best training I have received to date. I could not get enough time in the hood before going overseas. – P.P.

I think it is very functional, ideal, realistic to be able to effectively do our jobs as well as everyday scenarios. – [W&Z Hooded Box] It is the most realistic training that I have ever been through. It really is humbling and shows you where your flaws are as an operator. – Thank you for your time and patience, as well as knowledge in helping to prepare us for the future and ensuring our skill levels to keep us alive downrange and our teammates so we can continue to come home to our loved ones! – B.H.

[Benefit the most] The CQB portion. I found that the room clearing training was a great new tool. – I believe in the power entry now. All of *** needs to practice this often. – J.R.

I honestly feel that this is the best training course/validation program I have attended in the last 10 years. I would like to say thanks b/c I feel like a more complete and competent operator and I think I know what the guy next to me will do! Thanks. – J.F.

I think that overall it was a very good course, I would recommend this training to any operator in my line of work. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Very, very good training tool. One of the best training events that I ever took part in. – D.B.

Very well organized, fast paced but not too fast; will be highly used skills down range. – [W&Z Hooded Box] The most realistic and in-depth defensive training I’ve ever participated in. Great training. – K.J.

Very well presented. I definitely believe the training to be useful in my mission. – The hooded box is definitely great training. By far the best reaction drill I’ve had to participate in. – V.L.

Great, good practical skills that can be applied quickly and with confidence. – [Unarmed Hooded Box] Great, really tested my thinking process while in a pressure situation and while physically getting tired. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Great, the element of surprise when faced with a situation is the best way to test one’s skill and reaction. – J.F.

Best training ever received. – P.K.

It gives you better control of the package. I wish that this was taught at a sooner date. I hope that this knowledge is passed down range. – T.G.

[Hooded Box] This was the best thing I’ve gone through with the pressure in your face. – G.K.

Overall this has been some of the best training I have received some of the most useful training that I’ve gone through. – J.C.

Applicable to real world situations and a valuable skill to bring downrange. – M.C.

[W&Z Hooded Box] This is as real as it gets while still maintaining safety. This evolution will really show yourself what you think you know versus what you actually apply under stress. It is good stuff! – B.H.

It’s the best training. Every aspect of it entails realistic scenarios/examples of stressed-based quick reaction and logical/sound judgment. – It was outstanding, valuable, and very realistic. Thank you. – W.H.

Excellent delivery of information that was needed for sustainment of training in order to utilize the skills learned necessary for downrange operations. – [Tac-House] I would have liked it to be a bit longer, but this was the best “final” I’ve had and I’ve had many courses taken through our client. – D.G.

The training was excellent! Everything from the settings, to the role players, to the post action critiques was superb. – L.B.

Again, truly exceptional. This proved an invaluable experience. – J.

Overall the training I received during level 2 was outstanding! All instruction was delivered in a professional, comprehensive, efficient, and effective manner. I felt at all times I knew exactly what was expected of myself and fellow operators in all evolutions. – The linking and formations, as with the other blocks of training, showed me real world applicability. – [Power Entry] PE gave the impression to me as an operator (along with my fellow operators) that our 3 or 4 man team’s effectiveness was increased exponentially. – At all times, all instructors were professional, respectful, fair, courteous, and helpful. All of them showed multi-faceted areas of expertise and demonstrated how these areas integrate into the overall picture of *** missions. Training was outstanding as described by all of my aforementioned responses above. Outstanding course… – M.B.

It is quite evident that a very analytical point of view was used when these tactics were developed and incorporated. Due to this tactical analysis, a security detail of two agents becomes a formidable force against any adversaries that may act to prevent a package extract. – D.H.

This was undoubtedly one of the most practical and valuable [******] courses I’ve ever taken. Thank you. – Anonymous

Excellent! In one 5 day period an amazing amount of useful, absolutely rock solid information and tactics. – J.W.

The versatility of the hooded box for all situations and tactics should be standard for all services and agencies. – B.P.

Best organized, equipped, educated organization. Professionalism from top to bottom. Provided a great atmosphere to learn and grow. – C.C.

The shooting through the weapons flow has opened my eyes and shows that I can shoot not from just one position, my confidence has been boosted greatly. – P.B.

Excellent. The training personnel were motivated, professional, skilled and obviously think highly of the principles and programs they teach. Their enthusiasm for their profession comes through and is evident in their instruction. – A.R.

Excellent. I had no insight as to what to expect but feel I could, and would, use the methods in an operational environment…first class articulate instructor. – S.A.

Overall – outstanding job CQD. Instructors are knowledgeable and clearly live what they instruct… – P.Y.

Excellent. Very well planned and executed. Everything flowed, made sense, was explained and demonstrated. Instructor was fantastic, professional and subject matter expert. – J.M.

Nothing less than exceptional. First day was quick-paced but very thorough with great emphasis on “hands-on” exercises. Hooded box drills were excellent pressure cookers to drive points home. Instructors were very professional, patient, and helpful. – Anonymous

This was the most professional and enjoyable training environment that I have ever been in. – Thank you for the experience. All the instructors and staff were remarkable and made the past three weeks an exciting experience. The instructors were extremely professional at all times and demonstrated high levels of competence. Great course! – D.R.

This should be required training for those going to a war zone or other hostile environment. – EXCELLENT COURSE! Essential. – Anonymous

CQD staff always above the top professionals. – C.G.

CQD is the best skill set I’ve ever seen with its incorporation of armed/unarmed skills. It is easy to learn and enables the operator to use deadly and less than lethal force immediately based upon the threat. – Again, CQD is the best set of techniques going. Linking in particular enhances the operator’s ability to move safely and quickly with a package. Formations enhance a very small team to present a potential target with its full capabilities. – Simultaneous entries are a tremendous advantage. When power entry is understood as a momentary maneuver and that the team will not necessarily be “hung up” in the fatal funnel, it is an excellent technique. – D.O.

Excellent. Instructors are first rate, knowledgeable, proficient and approachable. Training progressed at a prefect rate and was very easily picked up. – L.S.

The most practical and valid training I have ever received in the military. – Both instructors were top notch “quiet professionals” eager to help answer any questions and were thorough in instruction and putting validation as to why they do things certain ways. – B.D.

[Hooded Box] Excellent training. I hope to return for more. The most realistic training possible without an actual fight. – Instructors and instruction provided was very professional and helpful. I’ve been to a lot of schools and by far the best. – B.K.

Excellent training. By far the most realistic and thorough training I have been through. – R.P.

Thanks and best regards. I think this training will save lives of our folks overseas. – R.U.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Well executed – should be mandatory for all people going overseas. – [Tac-House] Very realistic and valuable on how we react in a stressful situation. – T.F.

Excellent instructors. Enjoyed the course. Should be mandatory for all employees going overseas. – Anonymous

Training was outstanding, instructors were knowledgeable and made sure each operator had a firm grasp of each technique. – S.S.

The overall training received was great. I wish I had the training sooner in my *** career. – I found the Power Entry technique to be very effective and useful for our application. – D.P.

Outstanding, the level of training and the short amount of time given felt that this course did it fast and hard. The operator has to be on his A game 24/7 the entire time which is how it should be!!! – B.D.

Out of all the hand to hand type training I have been part of I feel that this has been the most effective. – J.L.

This training was professionally taught. The execution of practical application was key in the overall success of the program. After twenty years of military service this has been one of the best classes I have ever taken. – This is a course I would do again and recommend to my peers. – A.W.

It was very realistic, the best that I have had to date! Very humbling. – D.P.

Excellent, I took a lot for granted having grown up in the Teams with CQD. Watching guys progress for the first time gave me more of an appreciation for the simplicity of it, and the ability to apply it quickly. – J.W.

Incredible training with unmatched realism, I would recommend this training for all officers, even those not deploying to a war zone. The box drills, with weapon incorporated, were extremely valuable. – Anonymous

It was hands down the best training I have ever had. – S.F.

It was very “real” training that can be used in a real world situation. The tactics that were taught can be used and will be effective in hostile environments. – B.E.

This training was excellent. It is very “real life” training. It’s the best I’ve ever received. – B.R.

Excellent training, is the most effective training there is for a high threat environment. – K.N.

The realism gave me a true reflection of my own strengths and weaknesses. Outstanding exercise! – S.H.

Very eye opening to the effectiveness of CQD compared to other training. – R.L.

I think it was very effective and will definitely benefit me down range and in domestic confrontations. – J.B.

The best training I’ve received in years. It opened my eyes to the aspects of combat I never thought of. – R.R.

Excellent. This system is a complete departure from my self-defense training in the past. Appears very applicable to “real world” close quarters combat. – One of the best overall drills I have ever participated in. Brings together all of the skills and adds the necessary stress. – J.T.

Excellent presentations. Good logical flow with emphasis on what works. CQD training and hooded box drills were “second to none.” Recommend anyone who will likely work with *** in the future to attend. – Anonymous

Excellent training. Very applicable and useful in any type of high threat environment with any weapons system. Movements are simple, natural and easy to integrate w/CQC training. – T.P.

Life saving value! Best possible course for pre-deployment. – [Hooded Box] It was utterly awesome! Was truly scared and felt pushed to my limits. – T.B.

From the beginning until the end of the course all of the instructors provided excellent instruction along with extreme professionalism. The training was demanding but very focused leaving me with a very useable skill set. – Once again the instruction and POI were great. It is a very well put together course. – J.B.

Very tactical, lifesaving, practical. – A.G.

This training is the best and most realistic training I have ever received. This training definitely works and makes perfect sense. – [Hooded Box] It is the most realistic training I have ever been through. It really shows you where you are as a warrior and what works and what does not. It tests the reflex and there is no way to fake it. Very realistic training! – B.H.

Great training and experience. This style made a believer out of me. The instructors were next to perfect in giving, sharing, and explaining instructions. – [Hooded Box] …great experience. The next best thing to the real deal and a better way to learn from your mistakes. – The training received through CQD is probably the best defensive/offensive training I’ve ever received. – E.H.

Excellent. Learning under stress is a great tool and I felt I learned a lot. – [Hooded Box] Unlike anything I have experienced. It works, I learned. – R.M.

Outstanding training program, professional instructors, easy to get the hang of and a[n] effective way to fight. – [Hooded Box] Outstanding and so many lessons learned, especially watching yourself today. Wish we could do more – Z.R.

It was very challenging and very effective. It made me question and test many of my firmly held beliefs. Learning these skills has given me greater confidence. – D.S.

Awesome, great course, highly recommend to everyone. – Great instructional staff, highly motivated and knowledgeable, made coming to training a desire and not a task. – P.S.

Top notch!! Very professional staff. Invaluable skills I will always appreciate. I feel more safe personally and for my family. – [Hooded Box] Best training I have experienced. Identified weaknesses and strengths. – J.R.

I think that this training is by far the best most useful training that I have ever received. – C.K.

I benefited from every portion of the training. This training will help me stay alive… – D.A.

Excellent. Instructors were highly effective and professional and knowledgeable. – [Hooded Box] Best training I’ve had in years. I can’t say enough about what a confidence builder it was to have the skills realistically tested and see them work. – R.C.

Excellent. Very useful and realistic info. – [Hooded Box] Awesome. Very realistic and revealing. The video was a good learning tool and was good at revealing weakness and truth. – T.H.

Training was outstanding! The instructors were very good, professional and knowledgeable! – [Hooded Box] Very good training, some of the best I have ever received. The instructors were very professional. – Great training overall and CQD is the best system I have encountered. All of the instructors were very impressive. – D.B.

Excellent, made it very easy to understand the theory. – [Hooded Box] One of the best if not the best test I have ever taken. A truly great training aid. – K.K.

This training was the best I have ever received or seen. Everything that I was taught I have no doubts that it will help me greatly in a hostile environment. – E.E.

Excellent – Professional and applies to all facets of doing this job. Offers built-in force continuum. – [Hooded Box] A personal validation and training tool that I wish I was doing a long time ago. Training in here will save lives in future or prevent bad decision making. – L.H.

CQD – I have never done anything as physical in hand to hand. I feel very confident in the lessons I have learned – J.H.

Without a doubt the best realistic training I have ever had. It teaches anyone who attends this course to be well rounded. – D.H.

I think that everyone and anyone who works in a dangerous environment should go through a CQD course. – It has changed my thinking on how to deal with threats 180 degrees from where I was at before. – E.H.

Outstanding. Of all the years I’ve been in training this has been the most realistic. – S.K.

I feel the training was exceptional. Instructors were highly motivated and professional. Training was real to life as possible; especially the hooded box. – [Hooded Box] Awesome and induced self awareness on weaknesses. – D.M.

Excellent training – Proven effectiveness. – [Hooded Box] Great drill, excellent that we were able to use the skills under pressure and realize that they actually are very effective. – S.P.

Best training I have ever received. Instructors knew exactly how to demonstrate and instruct on technique and practical application. – Excellent, extreme situations, puts you in an uncomfortable position where you must do what you’re trained. – C.S.

Valuable! Wish I was trained with this technique during the military. – Awesome. It is great NOT knowing what you’re going “into” and just executing your fundamentals soon as the hood comes up. The BEST training scenarios I have ever done!! – B.S.

[Benefit the most] Valuable skills with obvious benefits over historically taught and outdated methods. Being tested under pressure. – J.S.

The training was excellent and more realistic than other training I have had. The skills seem to be very effective. – The hooded box drill was great training. The stress placed on the operation was more realistic than any other training. – N.A.

Although fast paced it was methodically taught and made the experience seem as if my life depended on learning the skills. Excellent training! – [Hooded Box] The best “proving” exercise I have ever experienced. – Hats off to the CQD instructors their energy, experience, and teaching was always high level. Thanks for the experience. – W.B.

Outstanding. Nothing compares. – T.K.

Awesome. This will be the system that I use for good. – D.O.

This was some of the best training I have ever done. My training scars came out. I am a believer in CQD. – [Hooded Box] I wish I had this for my Marines 10 years ago. – A.S.

CQD has served as a very valuable tool and learning experience. In my opinion it should be training service wide. – S.E.

In one word, excellent. Realistic training of this nature is vital to survival in combat situations. – Awesome experience. The simulated stress and filming allowed me to see what areas I need to improve on and which ones to sustain. – The instructors genuinely related the lesson material to the reality of combat. Excellent job. Thanks for the opportunity. – R.B.

Very good and important not just for battle, but also for daily contacts with people; both aggressive and non-aggressive. – G.G.

The training received here sets a new standard for the way ALL training in every subject or class should be taught. – [Hooded Box] Only actual combat is more realistic. Nothing else comes close. – R.H.

Best, most realistic training I have ever attended. – [Hooded Box] Without a doubt the single best training drill I have EVER participated in!! Realistic, humbling, and highly beneficial. – L.M.

Some of the best most professionally run training I have ever seen. – J.N.

Best real time, stressful and life like training I have ever had. – M.P.

One word AWESOME. I would like to spend more time practicing the techniques to become more proficient. – [Hooded Box] The most realistic as one can get in a combat situation. – J.P.

This course has improved my ability to deal with multiple threats and address different threat levels. – D.S.

It is an effective and combat oriented system that is easily implemented by the operator with significant effectiveness within a relatively short train up. – [Hooded box] The hooded box has given me a good level of confidence in my skills that the system has provided me. – S.I.

First opportunity to use and benefit from a training program that I am confident is based in reality. – W.L.

I feel that the training was outstanding, the course was very thorough. – [Hooded Box] The hooded box drill was intimidating but I completely believe in its application and use, and I look forward to my next experience in CQD. – T.M.

Outstanding. Training is realistic and is validated by the box at the end of the training session. – [Hooded Box] Fantastic. Training should always be as realistic as possible. The box epitomizes that. – T.S.

The training was outstanding – I enjoyed learning new techniques, ideas and concepts. They seem applicable to real world ops and I’m confident they will serve the operators well. – All in all – I thought the course was awesome and I’m more confident now than before. Anxious to use in real world ops. Thanks. – B.J.

Excellent! All instructors were professional and knowledgeable. Also very approachable. – Very realistic and learned a lot. Will definitely be an asset to all downrange. – Great two weeks of training. Good facility, great instruction and practical exercises. Four stars! – J.L.

Outstanding! [Instructors] were true professionals teaching this course. Not only were they duty experts but could put the material out in a way everyone could understand. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Best training by far. – M.G.

AMAZING – wish I had this training ten years ago. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Best scenario training that I have ever had. Video is a great training aid. – Very excited about learning something completely new. Excellent facility, very professional instructors with a lot of knowledge. – N.H.

My overall feeling of the course is that it was an in depth overall combatives course that covered many defensive techniques. It was a great hands on course. – Great training for real life and very applicable to the CQB environment in which we will be operating in. – M.M.

Professional delivery of content…Content is very relevant to the needs of our positions as security personnel. – [Instructors] were very professional and approachable. They made every effort to answer all questions presented… – E.C.

Outstanding training, wish I had done it before prior deployments. – [Hooded Box] Realistic and makes you learn from your mistakes. – A.Y.

Great scenario based training. – The linking and formations training followed an easy to learn format. Breaking it up into crawl, walk then run really helped keep everyone at the same level. I hope that this “live fire” and “force on force” training continues. – Attacks on vehicles were probably the best training thus far. – *** drills were great and a smart technique to employ. – M.M.

Great all around course. Very demanding, very challenging. – [Benefit the most] Shooting is always good. However, house SIMs drills hood drills are the closest you can get to real stuff and practice, it makes bad habits come out. Great training. – Most testing I have done in a long time. – Great standards. – Instructors – most professional group I ever worked with mentors. – C.A.

Again, the CQD training surpassed all expectations! – The hooded box drills continue to provide training unlike anything I have ever received. – N.M.

I am exponentially more confident in my ability to defend myself. – Anonymous

[Hooded Box] Excellent tool for training. – The best hands on training that I have received to date… – E.S.

I thought the training was tailored perfectly for the type of scenarios we will be facing overseas. And I wish I could learn more. – [Hooded Box] I thought it was an excellent tool and test, to accurately engage the proper use of force. – L.J.

The training was one of the most realistic and practical use of defense techniques. I would enjoy learning more if possible. – [Hooded Box] Great tool as this allowed me to build more confidence in the application of the various techniques taught. – This course has allowed me to see flaws in some of the martial arts techniques I learned over the years. Thank you. – A.B.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Best training, total package for the field. Did this course 6 weeks ago but I benefit and learn something new each time. Hope to come back sometime down the road after ***. – D.R.

Excellent. This was very practical and realistic training. Quick paced but very efficient. – Excellent training. The instructors were very professional and educational. They provide us with the proper amount of time to grasp the skill and concept of application. Look forward to more of this in the future. – J.M.

I have rarely had the caliber of instructors that teach this course and I truly believe I am a much improved asset to my team and my mission after successfully completing this course. – T.K.

Amazing! Very humbling on day 1 and without us realizing it our skill and endurance increased quite a lot. It was very challenging physically but I feel great today after what we accomplished this week. – No other method of training can compare to what’s learned during the box drills, it’s a great way to bring everything together. – C.M.

Exhausting! Shocking! Realistic! I am very impressed with the level of individual attention that was given to each of us. – [Hooded Box] This portion always allows an operator to sense what his skill truly is… – J.C.

Excellent. Training gives you effective tools to survive close combat. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Dynamic effective training. 2nd time through and still got a lot out of it. Validates the skills you have learned to this point. – D.M.

Very excellent; very combat related (real world training). – [W&Z Hooded Box] Outstanding (great real world scenarios) very quick makes you think on your feet. – R.M.

Every military branch should be trained this way. – T.V.

Great! I wish I would have had the opportunity earlier in my career to attend this course. – The hooded box is an excellent training tool. The course has many great applications in real world scenarios. – Great experience, looking forward to getting better and more proficient. – V.I.

The instructors and the course-work were all beyond excellent. – Very useful. The training is new but the course objectives were easy to understand. The instructors were the most professional I have ever come across. – V.I.

Hooded Box Drills were exceptional, and critical to my mission success overseas. – Anonymous

Very positive and intense, would highly recommend this training. – [Hooded Box] Excellent, realistic high stress situations pushing me to apply and focus the training on the given situation. – Can’t say enough about how well the staff taught the subject matter. Overall outstanding, highly recommended. – M.G.

Very good, positive and more advanced than previous training I have received. – [Hooded Box] The best type of CQC training/ assessing I have experienced. – M.P.

Very impressed! – [Hooded Box] Great first experience to this training full speed. Built confidence in my ability. – Real speed threats forcing accurate tactical decisions is so important and this drill did everything it was intended to. – C.O.

Good, professional instruction. – Instructors put out good instruction with why and how to without ‘bad mouthing’ other formal teaching classes. – T.G.

I thought the training has been beneficial because it has addressed many aspects of the job that has previously been ignored. The cadre was also very professional. – Night vision training was great. Searches and attacks in vehicles were also needed and great. – [Attacks in vehicles] This was one of my favorite parts since it addresses where we spend most of our time. – N.T.

The overall opinion of this training was well rounded and put the overall mission of *** first. I found that the instruction was great. – The linking portions of CQD were needed to put all *** on the same base line. – B.J.

I honestly believe I benefited from it all. – [Power Entry] Again very effective method of entry, I cannot think of anything else that would be more effective. – I believe the best way to learn something is to practice it, the Hooded Box Drill was as realistic as it’s going to get. Very good. – W.G.

Excellent. It incorporates into the environment we operate in and the gear we use, as well as the mission we have. – This is excellent training that effectively recreates physiological experiences in combat like tunnel vision, memory loss, auditory exclusion, and adrenaline release. Very high tense training. – It would be nice to have a mobile training team come to our work sites to conduct maintenance and continuation training. CQD is essential to the success of our mission. – D.D.

Excellent. Very progressive and adaptive. Far surpasses any previous training I have received (****/***** etc). – [W&Z Hooded Box] Video does NOT lie. Critical event in my opinion. – Looking forward to additional blocks of instruction. – G.A.

The training is excellent, I would recommend it to anyone that is in this profession. – [W&Z Hooded Box] It was excellent, every military unit should have this as part of their training. – G.V.

[Benefit the most] The hooded box drill. Doesn’t seem like there is any substitute for full-on, real-speed scenarios. Also benefitted from the low-threat crowd control techniques, I can foresee using them working for the client. – N.L.

Very beneficial and realistic. – I enjoyed the training and it made me a better trained agent. – It was challenging and opened a lot of options for me to have during emergency situations. – The training was very exciting and realistic. The role players are very professional and should be commended for their performance. – The training staff were very professional and had an answer for every question that I had. They provided expert training thank you! – B.D.

[W&Z Hooded Box] This is the best test of all skills learned. Most classes don’t have “real world” test of skills. – L.T.

Very useful. I can definitely see where it would have been useful before I came to this course. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Hands down the best stress training I’ve ever done. Great job! – Top to bottom great course. Thanks. – B.S.

The training was excellent and most important it was practical to our jobs. – Box drill forces the operator to utilize his CQD skill sets. Nothing can come close to bringing home the practicality of this type of training. – A.S.

Excellent, the curriculum was tailored appropriately to the experience level of the students. Enough cannot be said on the quality, knowledge and enthusiasm of the instructors. – All the hooded box drills, what to me makes CQD so unique is application of “measured” pressure with skilled TRP’s to develop confidence and ingrain techniques. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Can’t get enough of it. – G.K.

Very effective training that can [be] instantly applied to real life situations. – [Hooded Box] Very effective drill that makes you think on your feet. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Very effective drill that makes you apply both unarmed and armed skills learned during training. – Overall, I thought the instructors were professional and provided excellent instruction. – Anonymous

Great training and intensity. Undeniably the most intense and best training with feedback to date. – Very professional. – R.R.

Exceptional. Pertinent. – Presentation of information and techniques was excellent throughout. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Excellent training opportunity. Both going through the scenarios and then reviewing the tape. – First rate throughout. Instructors were extremely knowledgeable and professional. Techniques are practical and reproducible. – F.S.

Overall I am very impressed with the training I received. – I would love to see more of this training. Coming back to learn the higher levels of CQD. – [W&Z Hooded Box] This was the best part of the training. Taking [what] we were taught and applying it under pressure, then reviewing the video. – I know you guys are busy but I would be interested in private lessons to further this skill. – S.R.

Absolutely excellent training! 100% applicable to my job and it is something I will definitely train on to improve my skill set. – [W&Z Hooded Box] An awesome tool to expose weaknesses for the betterment of increasing my ability as an operator. – Thank you sincerely. – R.D.

Excellent. Great instructors. – [W&Z Hooded Box] I loved it. We as a unit need to make every agent go through them because the training scenarios are invaluable. – [Linking, Formations, and Power Entry] Excellent training for that as well. This was the first time I’ve been exposed to Power Entry and I think it was great. It should be taught in *** and all in-service training. – All agents need this in-service. I’ve been an agent for over 4 years and I benefit from this training every time. – Again, ALL agents need this training and I can’t emphasize this enough. – T.A.

Excellent organization and instructor delivery from all instructors. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Best drill, don’t change anything. – [Linking, Formations, and Power Entry] Of the entry techniques I have been exposed to the Power Entry felt best. – Great effort from everyone involved. You guys are world class. Thanks. – D.M.

Invaluable. – The Hood is in my mind the closest you can get in training to testing what would happen real world scenario. – Every aspect was well covered. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Awesome, it was a blast; would like to do it once a week! – C.B.

[Benefit the most] The integration of armed/unarmed together, instead of each being mutually exclusive. – R.R.

Overall the training was excellent. Instructors were motivated and prepared. – Without a doubt the box drill provides the most and best feedback to the operator. Reviewing your performance on video gives you invaluable information with which to focus your training in the future. – Very impressed with the instructor staff. Over the last 14 years have been to many different schools and training environments and must say that you have a great crew here. Professional yet approachable, motivated, experienced, and humble. – G.D.

Great course! All instructors taught material well and explained how the tactics would be used in a real world situation. – [Benefit the most] The hooded box drill. Challenging, but effective. Lets you use the skills just learned under pressure. – [Hooded Box] Good drill. – [W&Z Hooded Box] More of a thinking drill. Makes sure you can make the right decision under pressure. A lot going on at different distances simultaneously. Excellent training for an operator. – C.G.

Excellent. The instructors were very professional and taught in a way to make everyone understand. The training makes sense and proved to be effective. – [Hooded Box] This drill definitely helped in applying what I learned and showed me what I need to work on. It also helped fine-tune my reflexes. – [W&Z Hooded Box] This drill helped with reflexes as well as applying techniques shown in the classroom. The multiple scenarios forced me to think and react quickly. – J.W.

By far some of the best training available. The final hooded box tied the week together. It really shows you what your strengths and weaknesses are and what you need to improve on. – [Hooded Box] Really enjoyed getting the opportunity to go through it. A lot of good lessons learned on how to keep focus and maintain good body position while being engaged by a threat. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Aside from real combat, this is the only way to test an operator’s true reactions to a threat under stress/unknown conditions. – Outstanding training, highly professional staff. – T.W.

Outstanding!! I believe this is the most effective real world style of defense training out there. – The entire structure is extremely useful from beginning to the conclusion of all the skills/techniques during the hood. – C.R.

Excellent training, instructors are professionals, the POI is well constructed. – All portions of the training were thoroughly explained. – [W&Z Hooded Box] It’s as close as you get to the real deal. It’s one of the most valuable training tools around. – I look forward to coming back to the long course this year. – D.R.

The training was built up well, the intensity during the training helped for the hooded box. Overall very satisfied. – [W&Z Hooded Box] One of, if not the best training drill I’ve ever been a part of. The hood helps simulate the surprise of battle. – L.R.

The training I received was top notch and innovative, I’m sure I will use various aspects of this training throughout overseas deployments and stateside life. – The hooded box drill was instrumental in adding stress and breathing to the drills that we covered in training. – The course instruction was superb and topics were discussed in depth, and always asked if further review was needed; there was no additional explanation needed. – [W&Z Hooded Box] As stated above, this training was realistic in nature it raised and lowered stress levels more than most enemy engagements I’ve encountered. Good training! – Top notch staff all around. – S.M.

I thought the training I received was excellent. Real life scenarios were utilized, validating the training. – I benefitted the most from the training being able to apply the techniques in the Hooded Box. It was a great way to evaluate what you have learned. – [W&Z Hooded Box] It was an excellent way to gauge an individual’s response in a stressful situation. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and being able to learn from my mistakes. – I really enjoyed the course, and the utmost professionalism of all of the instructors. Extremely proficient in the curriculum and able to instruct to people far below their level. Great. – E.S.

The training was very useful and presented in a professional manner. – Unarmed strikes used to gain the upper hand are simple but effective. It is something that even an officer who does not get to practice again can remember and use. – [Hooded Box] Excellent drills!! Gets you thinking and adds stress. – [W&Z Hooded Box/*** Integration Linking Hooded Box] Same as the unarmed drill, an excellent tool to get people thinking and gaining confidence in their new skills. – R.L.

This was an excellent course. There was no fluff… All the modules were essential part of being assigned to a war zone. – CQD training without weapons to CQD training with weapons – the gradual building block approach was extremely helpful, logical, and confidence building, especially for non-military types like me. – Overall, this course is a must for all officers headed to a war zone. Thank you for developing this course and making it so easy to digest in a week-long period. One of the best courses I have ever taken throughout my 18 year career with the ******. – B.R.

I thought the training was great. Anything that I did not understand was explained. – [Linking and Formations] The CQD training was very good, the hooded box drills were challenging but very useful. Linking is a great way of protecting the package and the formations were a great tactic for this type of job. – [Power Entry] Power entry is a great way to do things in these small teams that we work in. – I am very happy with the training that I have been provided. – B.M.

Clear, concise, professional, and very advanced. It definitely tests one’s ability. I liked the structure, how each week built upon itself, and continually tested one’s experience. – I’ve never trained to enter a building and clear it the way I have here. It is an outstanding technique and am very thankful to have done it twice. – [Assaults on Vehicles] It also was good. I can tell that this technique was thoroughly thought through and it definitely shows. All the training here was very, very good. – B.S.

I am highly impressed with the program so far. One of the biggest/most important things to me regarding this pipeline is this: I will feel comfortable working with anyone who completes this course. I am very impressed with the instruction staff - [Instructors] always gave the class 110%. You can really tell that they love this job and want to ensure that solid, safe, and intelligent individuals are what is being sent downrange. – Bottom line: training has been outstanding, thanks to the entire staff! – T.W.

Overall I thought the training was incredibly comprehensive, intense, thorough, and demanding. It is the most difficult and complete block of training I have done in a long, long time. The instructor staff was excellent across the board. – [Linking and Formations] I found the block of training that [Instructor] provided on Power Formations, movement, and snap shooting to be very good training, enjoyable, informative, and useful – both from a practical standpoint and in instilling a confidence level shooting from different mid-gun positions. – G.D.

[W&Z Hooded Box] The drill was very realistic and should be done for all agencies and security contractors. – Once again, the instructors were outstanding. Their attitudes and personalities made it very easy to ask questions and learn. – R.B.

[W&Z Hooded Box] I thought this was very realistic and a great evaluation tool having been in combat situations in CQB environments. – G.C.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Closest thing to a combat environment. Gets adrenaline going, and would be great if we could use more. – ALL of the instructors are very professional and helpful. – R.K.

The training was great. I learned a great deal of techniques in which to help in my everyday life. – The Weapon and Zone Hooded Box drill was a great example of outstanding CQD training. – Great training. I feel much more confident in my CQD skills. – E.S.

Instructors were very professional and clear on all instructions. I really appreciate this opportunity that I was provided to be a part of this course. Thanks. – R.W.

Invaluable, confidence-building means to acquire, defend, and control attackers, while using appropriate force. – D.A.

Very, very good! I would have liked to attend many years ago! [Instructor] did an excellent job of keeping the class challenged! – [W&Z Hooded Box] I think the drill was very effective in order for individuals to gauge their abilities. – I would support all SOF (active) persons attending this course!! Nice job! – M.J.

It is definitely the best training I have ever received when it comes to close quarters defense. I’ve been through several other courses in the close quarters field and this one is number one. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Excellent drill! Great hands-on training to enable us to apply the material covered in the course in a stressful environment. – D.V.

Training was very good; techniques proved useful and effective when put under test. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Very realistic, fast scenarios, gives you a great tool for self-evaluation and identifying weaknesses. – Very impressed with the trainers as a good learning environment and tempo were used in teaching the various techniques to be tested. – P.W.

Great course, good level of intensity to mimic a real world scenario. Very applicable to my work. First system I have trained in that incorporates unarmed techniques with armed techniques so fluidly. – M.H.

The CQD guys are true professionals. I am always impressed with the level of training they offer. No time was wasted and all points were refreshed. – To all the instructors and role players, “Thank you”. – B.W.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Very realistic. I feel it is the best way to apply “combat” style stress in a safe environment. – The instructors were outstanding. – R.B.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Excellent. I felt it gave a good reaction test and target I.D. training along with use of force. – I think it was all excellent and I would like more time to learn it and/or further the levels of training. – J.V

Awesome. I learned a lot about myself as an operator and how in the close quarters fight the techniques work. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Very realistic, and having done it a few times I learned a lot about my deficiencies and the instructors and role players were great!!! – M.D.

Great training and great instructors. Very professional and knowledgeable. – [Instructors] are excellent instructors, ultimate professionals. The TRPs are also very professional and a great asset. – P.C.

It is the most realistic and appropriate training I have had thus far. – A.S.

Very professional, thorough. – [W&Z Hooded Box] This drill offers real world dynamics unlike anything I have experienced in the past. Excellent application of techniques and the video review well done. – P.E.

Again, it’s amazing how much more confident I felt in my ability to defend myself. Lots of practical applications. – This has been my favorite week of training since I started almost 4 years ago (and I’ve done a lot of training by this point). The instruction has been fantastic but more importantly I feel like I’m walking away with some important and valuable skills. – K.R.

[Hooded Box] This was awesome!!! I have never been so challenged in my life…Thanks much for helping prepare me for my next tour! – B.E.

Well thought-out and presented a number of different scenarios and techniques. Will recommend this course and facility 100%. – Thanks Duane. – W.P.

Great experience with very good instruction. Kudos to the trainers enthusiasm and patience. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Really good series of exercises. Makes you think realistically about what you would do in various situations and what automatic/conditioned responses you should work to correct. – S.M.

[Hooded Box] Very, very intense. Excellent. An outstanding training tool that genuinely tests the student. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Again, outstanding. This kind of training, I believe, is the closest thing to the real thing. – J.F.

Not only was the training great, but the instructors were first class. A+. – G.S.

Excellent, I thought the training was applicable for real world operations and at home. Everything was thoroughly explained and applied in real speed. – [Instructors] were professional instructors with a good demeanor for classroom instruction. Wish we could have done a second week. – M.S.

I feel the training was excellent and will prove very useful for carrying out my duties in a hostile environment, also in everyday situations. – [W&Z Hooded Box] It was an eye opening and amazing experience. – B.H.

Great training. I learned a great deal from very knowledgeable instructors. The expertise and skills used in training the class were well above a level I’ve seen. – [Benefit the most] I want to say the unarmed portion. I’ve had many courses, but none that were as practical and efficient as the examples in CQD. Especially from the operator’s standpoint. – All portions were well covered and you had plenty of time for practical exercises. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Hands down, the best training scenarios I have ever been through. Nothing can get you to that level except this drill! Wish I could experience this at least once a month or quarter. Great training! – Thanks to the instructors and for the experience. Top notch instruction and practical scenarios. Really hope to come to another one or two segments of instruction. – S.H.

Excellent, great skill to have for overseas operations and stateside. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Awesome, most realistic training I’ve ever had. Some of the most realistic training [I’ve] ever seen. – Excellent and motivated instructor, took time to really help guys out when needed. – C.R.

Very informative. Something out of the norm. – I think I took something out of every event or section of the training. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Great “eye opener” if you have never been in a high intensity environment where your life is on the line. Very realistic and the TRPs were top notch! – M.B.

Great training, practical, realistic. Will use the skills and techniques in high threat environments. – Hooded Box Drill really let me improve my tactical awareness. – S.B.

Great training. Extremely knowledgeable and approachable staff. Very important information to know and use downrange. – Great course and superbly taught. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Excellent portion of the course. Words cannot describe how important and great this portion was. Highly recommend… – L.B.

Excellent; I appreciated the methodical approach with multiple repetitions. That is how I learn. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Excellent method for testing reactions to different situations/scenarios. It trained me to be ready to come out fighting and [attack the attacker]. – M.C.

Very impressed. Hands down, by far, the best and most complete close quarters defense/offense. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Very clever, unorthodox, and effective way to put previous lessons to the test. – I’d love to go through a more in-depth, longer course in the future. – L.H.

Excellent. – This course has increased my confidence and understanding of CQD as it pertains to operating in our job. I wish I would have done this course a long time ago. I do believe now that the weapon’s flow and foundation of CQD does provide the best options when operating in our environment. The Hooded Box drills are an outstanding training platform that provides immediate reward for good actions as well as immediate feedback for bad ones. – [Power Entry] Very good. I like the simplicity of it and the flexibility it provides in reference to going from worst case to best case scenario, while at the same time allowing for a higher proficiency level in relation to training time. – [Assaults on Vehicles] This last section was some of the best and it reflected more of what most operators are bound to encounter on a day to day basis. Definitely sustain or even increase these scenarios. – All instructors are extremely professional and easy to approach on anything. – J.A.

The two vehicle op we ran today was a great culmination of all past training. – I overall have felt that this has been a great course from day one. The knowledge and professionalism presented by the instructors has been unparalleled by any past technical course I have been through. – C.C.

Another fantastic week of training. – [Linking and Formations] Excellent instruction and practical application. I feel very confident in my ability to utilize these skills downrange. – [Power Entry] Excellent skill – will use this downrange. – M.S.

I do not have any combat experience but I wish that I had known the Power Entry and other static-site tactics when I was a police officer. I can’t think of a better way for two people to tactically enter a room/hallway. – J.V.

[Linking, Formations, and Power Entry] Great tactics and valuable information that will greatly help downrange and doing this job. – L.B.

[Linking, Formations, and Power Entry] The power entry, I believe, is much better method of entry than what I’m used to… – L.H.

Great training event! Top notch professionalism throughout entire course. – [Benefit the most] All training completely beneficial to me, obviously the unknown scenarios that made you have to think quickly were the best. – Awesome training/ Great cadre and support! I learned A LOT!! – C.S.

Great training. Very pertinent to the type of environment we will be working in. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Same as [Unarmed Hooded Box] but also gave us the added test of weapons manipulation and judgment shooting. These are as realistic scenarios as you can get. – Overall great training that will benefit me a lot. I appreciate the great instruction and feel confident in my skills if I had to use them. – W.B.

[Benefit the most] The hooded box drill/video. Being able to see yourself perform is very beneficial. – Everything taught in this will be able to be used in real life situations for this career. The instructors were very knowledgeable. – E.M.

The best learning environment I have ever encountered. – The quality of the instruction was very high. The instructors used techniques that increased my ability well beyond what I expected. The best GOV training I have ever received. – K.A.

Excellent instruction, as always. – My opinion, you can never get enough work at CQD!! – L.H.

Awesome, each building block adds on to the next. The layout for each is more than ideal. – [Attacks on Vehicles] I believe the concepts taught are critical to our proper response to an attack. The uniformity from Agent to Agent is paramount to success. – S.P.

It is a great tool to add to a broader base of knowledge, the ramped up style of high pressure is great. – [W&Z Hooded Box] The scenarios were perfect for judging skills and necessary reactions. – As always, great training. The box drills definitely provide a real-world application of skills and give instant feedback in how well you are or think you are doing at grasping the concepts. – D.B.

[Hooded Box] The best way to really evaluate yourself. Stamina and skill. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Best way to create the stress and need for split second decisions needed in a hostile environment. – J.G.

Excellent course, busted off the rust and saw a lot of new skills. – Hooded Box Drills are always the best. – [Hooded Box] Loved it. Definitely imprints the skills. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Gets as close to reality as possible. – M.H.

Very useful. The training was clear and practical and can be used as it pertains to my job and as needed in everyday life. – Can’t speak enough about [instructors]. Very professional. – L.K.

Excellent. Been here three times and have gotten nothing but the best from instructors and TRPs. – [Hooded Box] Excellent drill, puts you in a real fight and forces you to use proper technique. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Another great drill that forces you to think and make snap decisions. – P.N.

Excellent. A lot of valuable information and tactics were taught in a short amount of time. – [*** ISO/Tac Drills] Excellent gauge of how we will respond with an instant threat in front of us. – Overall great training. I think it will benefit us if we were to encounter similar dangerous situations in real life. – W.B.

Very positive. Instructors presented the information in a manner that made it easy to understand. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Very realistic, once again positive reinforcement. – [Linking and Formations] Related very much to our job and was a great refresher. – J.N.

So far the best and most realistic training of its kind! – [Hooded Box] As realistic as we can possibly train. In the true sense, “train as you fight”. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Great learning experience. It makes you think! Your weapon is not just for shooting! – [Linking and Formations] A necessary tool needed to accomplish what we do. – Great job guys. Keep up that standard! – J.R.

Fantastic. Enjoyed all aspects of the training. – [Hooded Box] Probably the most realistic “fight or flight” training I have or will ever receive. Truly unique. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Even more enjoyable than unarmed. You get to know your strengths and weaknesses and progressively fix them. – [Linking and Formations] Very good. A culmination of all we have learned. Allows you to understand your specific role and responsibility as a team member. No grey areas! – The instruction has been of the highest standard I have ever received. Everything was demonstrated and explained with no ambiguity. Thank you. – P.H.

The training has been excellent. The instructors knowledge is very evident and it does not feel rushed. – [Hooded Box] This was my 1st time under the hood and I certainly felt the pressure. It adds realism to training, so it’s a very good tool. – [W&Z Hooded Box] The training was excellent and the scenarios are realistic due to the added pressure. – I certainly have gained confidence as the week has progressed. – P.L.

Excellent. Great shooting package, and a very practical and real house CQD tactics were taught. – [Power Entry] I thought it gave the operators the best solution to getting the most firepower in a room and still accomplish the mission. – D.M.

Very thorough. It was very helpful in standardizing across the board. – [Power Entry] Very well thought out. – J.N.

Good training, well rounded in regards to operational experiences and professionally presented. – [Benefit the most] The most results were yielded from the addition of TRPs. They made the skills translate to functional tasks. – S.L.

I was impressed with the realness of the training, the seriousness of the role players as well as all of the instructors. – Both hood exercises were great and rewarding. – [Tac-House] This exercise was awesome. For me this tied everything together experienced during the week. – I would just like to say thank you to all of the role players who caused you to give your best, the instructors who presented all the information before the actual hands on training. – W.J.

The training provided was fantastic and applicable not only to our jobs, but also everyday life. Lessons learned will be taken with me far beyond my next assignment. – [Hooded Box] The best part of the training. Demonstrated our ability or inability to perform in high threat, stressful environments. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Fantastic. Was so far the most applicable training for my next assignment. We need to learn what it’s like to work with *** in the “worst case” scenario and this drill really demonstrated that. – [Tac-House] Great training that brought all of the course objectives together. – From the few I met, you have a great cadre of instructors. They were all very professional, but also friendly/laid back to allow the students to feel comfortable. – T.N.

Excellent – learned a lot and believe training will be directly applicable to my job. – [Benefit the most] Hooded Box drills and CQD technique. First exposure to hand-to-hand. Something that should be taught to all officers going abroad. – S.I.

This course is very well put together and covers most of the real life situations a person in our profession could possibly face. – [Benefit the most] The “Hooded Box Drill”!!! The level of confidence that follows is undeniable. – E.C.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Exceptional training!!! Perfect blend of controlled, unknown aggression, would highly recommend this training to anyone. – W.L.

I’ve been to a lot of tactical schools. This has been my favorite. Students are corrected on the spot and motivated by example and positive reinforcement. Students are put in a state of mind to succeed. – M.M.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Great scenarios, high intensity, element of surprise created the most realistic training of my career. – J.G.

Very helpful for my chosen profession. – The instructors were very professional and were excellent teachers of the source material (They knew their stuff!) – M.H.

Very good training. – [W&Z Hooded Box] the box drill was the best training I have ever received in my whole life! The drill is awesome! – A.P.

By far the best of this type of training I have had. All techniques were validated giving me confidence of their effectiveness. – [W&Z Hooded Box] It is an excellent tool to validate all training overall and identify weakness. Very intense, realistic training. – Instructors were professional and highly proficient. – T.B.

Very good training that was relevant to situations I would face in my career field and life. – T.C.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Most realistic training I have received that related to taught material. Very good learning tool. – Overall extraordinary training. – M.I.

Very effective. – [W&Z Hooded Box] It was the most intense and realistic training I have ever done. It was a chance to truly test our skills and remediate after. – This has been some of the best training I’ve received. – T.P.

Great training. – [W&Z Hooded Box] The most incredible and practical and useful drill I have ever partaken in my life. – T.S.

I think it was excellent. You can learn it quickly and efficiently and it applies to real world. – It was clear and concise. – [W&Z Hooded Box] I enjoyed it. It was very realistic and intense. – S.S.

Professional, well thought out, appropriate for what we do. – [Hooded Box] One of the most realistic exercises I have ever participated in. As realistic as possible I believe. – All instructors are professional, and just good guys. – T.B.

Very good, practical training can be used in real world. – [Hooded Box] Very good realistic stuff. Video debrief was key. – [Linking and Formations] Good stuff, mission essential for ***. – T.G.

I think CQD has a lot of good information and techniques. – [Hooded Box] Tough, realistic training is hard to accomplish, however the hooded box ranks top on the list. – Every time I have been through I have been impressed with the level of professionalism of the instructors. – E.H.

Great instructors. All were humble, energetic, and showed an honest concern for the students. All were obvious experts in the system. They know their material. Thanks. – L.M.

Excellent. – [Hooded Box] Good experience and exercise in threat analysis. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Good exercise on threat control and ID, as well as weapons manipulation. – D.P.

Outstanding! Excellent course and instructors! – Box drills were very realistic. Really brought out the skills we were taught. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Some of the most stressful and realistic training I have ever had. Would love to come back any chance I get. – The instructors were very professional and masters at their skill. I was impressed and learned a lot. – J.B.

[W&Z Hooded Box] One of the best use of force/weapons classes ever devised. Pressure changes everything. – [Linking and Formations] Absolutely necessary for the job. – E.P.

A series of useful tools well presented, practiced, and tested. Great job. – Instructors were excellent. Very professional yet approachable. Very knowledgeable of their trade and seemed to enjoy it. – C.R.

The training was awesome, it seemed well thought of for the job that I will be conducting down range. – I like that CQD has looked at the overall modern warrior and designed strikes that will be effective with today’s weapons and gear that I will be wearing. – J.H.

High speed! – [W&Z Hooded Box] Best training ever! – J.S.

Outstanding! Truly the training was beyond what I ever learned in the Army. – The Hooded Box drill was the most realistic training I have received. It brought back what firefights and combat felt like. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Best training ever. – I would be interested in attending this training on my personal time. Hope in the future that its more open to the public. – C.C.

Excellent instruction on the skills I would need to defend myself and others. – [W&Z Hooded Box] This is my second occasion to participate and I gained even more knowledge and understanding from the drill. Awesome! Can’t wait to do it again. – [Instructors] are excellent instructors. Knowledgeable, patient, and professional. Thanks for your time fellas. – M.G.

Excellent. Training encompasses techniques which can be used in both everyday occurrences and at work. – M.K.

[W&Z Hooded Box] I thought this drill was one of the best training evaluations I’ve ever participated in. High stress unpredictable just like real fire fights and engagements. – J.P.

Very pertinent to our skill set. I will retain/use all tactics. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Combined with the video is the best training with after actions I have done. – S.R.

[W&Z Hooded Box] It was the best training I have done. It really gives you a lot of stress. – T.W.

The training was “outstanding” as always. I have been through the training multiple times and I have always learned something new. – J.D.

Great! This was my 3rd time taking this course. – [W&Z Hooded Box] More realistic than downrange itself. This course keeps you focused. – C.M.

I thought it was excellent. It teaches muscle memory, from the instructor’s initial words and demonstrations right into personal application. – [Benefit the most] I don’t want to pin any one portion down, removing or highlighting one particular event would diminish the entire experience. – [Instructors] are above board instructors, not just teaching the techniques but obviously living them. – O.B.

The instruction and training is realistic and scenario based. It is intelligently explained and demonstrated and best of all, student performed under pressure. In a word…great. – [W&Z Hooded Box] I cannot say enough good things about this! The role players were excellent, the basic training skills taught were exercised under pressure…very realistic and very enjoyable. – All in all, I am very impressed and pleasantly surprised. This is not just another school. I can actually use this and achieve the desired result of my action. – M.B.

[Linking and Formations] I feel it was an excellent class. – I want everyone to know that in my personal estimation, I feel very strongly that the instructors were both very professional, and they were both very above board. I was very impressed with both as far as their ability to instruct and the care and concern for me and the students they continuously showed. Both did an excellent job. – G.C.

Great training. – [Power Entry] …believe it is a better tactic than the traditional methods. – [Assaults on Vehicles] Good block of instruction and scenarios. Really enjoyed the Simunition drills. – Great group of instructors and the order of the course flowed well. – S.B.

[Power Entry] I liked the training. The role players were great to create more realistic scenarios. The critiquing that came from the catwalk was a good learning tool. The CQB training I have done in the past has mostly been done with static paper targets and this training was much more valuable. – K.D.

Great training overall. The amount of professionalism was appreciated. – [Power Entry] I felt the power entry was an extremely effective method for house entry. – A.F.

Excellent – you have incorporated areas of instruction that are necessary for operations downrange… – The house work was great. Some new elements were introduced. They were easy to learn and implement. – Kudos to the Role Players. They did a great job observing our mistakes and weaknesses and exploiting them. – E.P.

Excellent, great mix of training to test and maintain your skill set. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Second time in the box and it was awesome just like the first time. Amps you up and makes you use all the skill set you learned from CQD instruction. Each time I have gone through it I have learned more about my strengths and weaknesses. – C.B.

[Benefit the most] From the Hooded Box Drill. There is no substitute for realistic training and this was the most realistic I have ever received. – D.B.

[W&Z Hooded Box] It was excellent. The high stress and pressure situations really teach you a lot about yourself and is extremely beneficial! Good flow of personnel too. – I like the different perspective it provides. – W.D.

Great experience yet again. Training staff gave an excellent level of training. – [Benefit the most] The “hood” training allows me to see myself react under pressure and utilize the skill developed in this training. – Like anything of this nature more time to develop new concepts would be great but the instructor did an amazing job covering the material. – [W&Z Hooded Box] An amazing experience! I love the pressure and the dynamic scenarios. – C.G.

Awesome. Reaction drills are paramount. Drills where you don’t have the advantage but have to fight through it. Very “real-world” engagements. – Hooded drill is the climax. All the training that you were given throughout the course all comes together. – [W&Z Hooded Box] The best “hand-gun” training I have ever received. The stress environment is perfect. – A.C.

Very valuable, a real wakeup call! – [Hooded Box Drill] Best part of training, brings everything together. Allows an experience as close to reality as possible. – I appreciate the receptive and respectful manner and demeanor of the instructors. Very professional. – M.G.

[Benefit the most] The Box Drill brings the reaction up to show critical responses to situations. it shows situational awareness under pressure. – [W&Z Hooded Box] This drill was exceptional. – You learn quick reaction and response. Great instructors for what they are teaching. – R.H.

The course is absolutely worth attending. – [W&Z Hooded Box] A clear culmination of course curriculum. – Both instructors were very articulate and well spoken. There were no mysteries about expectations and lessons. – D.L.

[W&Z Hooded Box] It takes you out of your comfort zone and really makes you react to all situations. – This was the best unarmed to armed training that I ever had. – M.C.

Outstanding in every aspect. [Instructors] are outstanding instructors. Very professional at all times. – I benefitted from each portion of the training. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Very intense. But it brought the skills together in a tactical environment. – Awesome experience. I learned a lot from it. – I can’t say enough how great the course and the instructors were. – M.M.

I think the training received was outstanding. This was certainly new to me and I can say I would highly recommend it to anyone in my field of work. – I can certainly say that I am very much a better operator with this training, and I will continue to build upon what I got out here. – K.S.

Effective and professional. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Taught me how to remain calm and only use the necessary force when needed. – B.S.

It was excellent. – The self-defense (w/ and w/out weapons) tactics were excellent. They were new to me, and the hooded box drills especially prepared me for deploying downrange. – [Hooded Box] Very good training – the realistic feel of the drills built confidence in my ability to employ the tactics. – J.C.

Excellent. The best I have received during my work here. – [Hooded Box] Outstanding. A true test of learning and application. The TRPs were outstanding. – The instructors were excellent. They were knowledgeable, encouraging, motivating, and likable. – J.N.

Excellent training. Unique concept of integrating hands and weapons skills into one. – All training was clear and kept simple to understand. – [Hooded Box] Very good way to measure stress. Videotaping and reviewing the video is excellent way to view ones mistakes. – J.R.

Very good. This training was simple, easy muscle memory, so I’ll be able to use it in the future. – [Hooded Box] This was a good exercise because it showed that I could react very quickly to an unknown, aggressive situation. – [Tac-House] Great. It really demonstrated the level of integration that can be achieved in a short time. – L.R.

The best training and trainers that I have encountered. – [Hooded Box] The (milliseconds) shock factor of having to curtail any “freeze” factor and get yourself into the fight was very real. – A.V.

[Benefit the most] Hooded Box Drill! Excellent chance to see the physiological changes in the body and mind when stresses are unknown. – The Hooded Box Drill is one of the most beneficial pieces to training I have had as a requaler I was expecting a challenge and I was given one! – A.R.

Training was very effective in illustrating the need for aggression and immediate action. The realism of the Hooded Box Drill is by far one of the most effective training methods I have seen. – [W&Z Hooded Box] By far one of the most effective training techniques out there. Role players were extremely competent and well trained. – Instilling the need for aggression is what I feel was key to getting the most training value out of the Hooded Box Drill. The instructors did very well at this, never passing up an opportunity to reinforce it. – S.W.

Excellent. I feel very confident in the training, my counterparts, and my ability to perform under pressure. – [Benefit the most] Hooded Box Drill week 1 and Simunition House runs with TRPs. Very realistic and assisted me with developing my skills. – It more than prepared me to do my job and survive in a hostile environment. I feel confident in my skills and ability to perform. – Excellent training. Thank you to all the instructors! – T.C.

[Instructors] were very professional and helpful. Gave us the tools we need to be successful and I’m confident the training will work. – J.R.

[Linking, Formations, and Power Entry] I feel that the tactics were effective and well thought out for the elements we are working in, and for the environments we are facing. – C.M.

Very, very good. I have spent 6 plus years training and attending courses and this is by far the best. – [W&Z Hooded Box] By far the best learning and challenging drill I have ever experienced. – Our instructor…was outstanding in character and knowledge in the course. – O.B.

Outstanding, realistic, and practical. It was very well presented and done in a professional manner. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Great training! The realism was a good benefit to me. It tested what we had learned, allowed us to react/act, and then the video critique was great for future knowledge! – The instructors did a great job. I will walk away with a lot more knowledge and new techniques to work with. – K.N.

The training was worthwhile and of good substance. The staff who worked with this class made this experience a success. – [W&Z Hooded Box] The drill was realistic, the role players were spot on. I was pleased to see the role players continue to fight until they were correctly engaged. Great job! – It was great to see Mr. Dieter again. His training system and excellent selection of staff are a true testament to his patriotism and his support to our mission. [Instructors] are excellent instructors. They are knowledgeable, patient, tolerant, and very vigilant. – J.W.

Outstanding, fast paced, covered a lot of useful information. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Real practical application. Really get to see what works and what doesn’t and to see how you react in a high threat situation. – D.G.

Enjoyed it, easy to grasp and effective. – [W&Z Hooded Box] The most realistic training I have experienced. – Professional and easy going, keeping everything moving smooth. – I.L.

[W&Z Hooded Box] This training tool is one of the best I have been through. 20 years SF and 7 years security contracting. – J.S.

An absolutely invaluable training tool that offers the operator a glimpse of full-throttle combat. – Excellent instructor. – T.T.

Excellent, course instructors were very thorough and efficient instructors. – I benefited from the whole course overall, but mostly the Box. Very realistic training. – [W&Z Hooded Box] This was the most realistic training I’ve received in this particular area. It was stressful, demanding mentally and physically. I enjoyed it. – M.U.

[W&Z Hooded Box] This was a very important but exciting drill. The “real” world value the operator absorbs as the result of this training was invaluable. – K.C.

The Hooded Drill was bar none the best part of training. Definitely teaches you what works and what does not. Many lessons learned. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Once again one of the single best training tools of the course. Wish I could do more of it. – Thank you very much for the course of instruction. Hopefully I will not have to use it but if I do I feel confident in my training. – T.C.

A different style than anything taught to me in other courses or military. Honestly, it seems more effective than past techniques taught to me for our type of mission. – Top notch instructor. – C.C.

Good training due to the professionalism of the instructors, knowing how to fight (not sport fight) is very important. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Best part of training. Very realistic, TRPs really knew their job. – Very professional staff. – J.R.

I think the training was affective and I can see the purpose and advantage of using the techniques. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Great training, I think everybody, company, contractor should experience the Hooded Box prior to deploying doing any type of security work. – Z.R.

The instructors were very professional and knowledgeable. Good useful techniques. I like how it flows from empty hand through all the weapons. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Great drill. Lots of realistic pressure and scenarios. The role players were awesome! – J.R.

Excellent training overall. The instruction was very clear and I was able to fully understand the training and its multiple applications to a variety of scenarios. – I learned a lot about transitions and how to accurately judge when to switch from primary to secondary. Also the Hooded Box was an excellent training session. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Awesome experience. Learned a lot about myself and was able to see the real application of the training. – D.C.

Excellent. – [Benefit the most] Every bit, it applies to the job in every way. – [W&Z Hooded Box] It is without a doubt the best “prove-out” there is period!!! – Hands up for the instructors – top notch knowledge, and key most, flexible. Thank you [Instructor]. – E.H.

I believe this has been the best realistic training I have received in this line of work. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Again, the best training I have ever had. – R.J.

Very professional and realistic. Useful skills to take in any threat environment. – [Benefit the most] Hooded Box Drill. Role players were realistic and was a great scenario. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Great, overwhelming and realistic in order to put stress on the operator and make him make quick decisions. – J.S.

I enjoyed the training. The material was presented with a definite plan to take us to the proficiency we needed. Excellent course. Very professional instructors. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Most fun, most educational part of the training. Loved it. – Awesome course. Well presented. – J.W.

Thought the training provided definitely has practicality and applicability in the high threat environment. – S.G.

The training we received was very useful in the everyday aspect as well as very well geared towards the theater in which we are training for. – D.T.

Extremely professional course, knowledgeable instructors that have a great commitment to making sure the students are well taught. – [W&Z Hooded Box] One of the best training evolutions I have encountered. – Thanks for the great commitment and dedication. – R.G.

Very comprehensive, well prioritized and professionally presented. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Excellent, brings everything together in a stressful environment. – Especially impressed by the professionalism and expertise of the instructors. Not only patient but highly detail oriented. Make the course what it is! Thank you! – R.K.

Outstanding, the instructors were true subject matter experts. They were passionate about CQD. – [W&Z Hooded Box] The Hooded Box was realistic. It forces me to quickly differentiate between good guys and bad guys and react to any scenario. The Hooded Box is essential. – B.S.

Outstanding. Functional form progression was great. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Best training ever received. Lets you know exactly where you are with your ability. – Great job guys! – C.S.

Effective. Realistic. – [W&Z Hooded Box] This drill clearly conveys the effects of stress and anticipation. It is an effective training tool to assess the possible operator reaction/action during a real world encounter. – Instructors were extremely professional and knowledgeable. – J.B.

Training was awesome. Very eye opening to move as a single operator/team in a 360 degree environment. – Whenever the TRPs are there is when I found myself benefiting the most. Their interaction was extremely valuable. Pease extend my thanks for their time and efforts. – [Linking, Formations, and Power Entry] Awesome stuff. It’s great to see how effective it is, in an environment of chaos!!! Well done gents. – D.C.

I believe that the training I received was very intense, useful and applicable to my line of work. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Intense and real to the point that I would have to assess everything around me. – J.H.

Great!! – [Linking, Formations, and Power Entry] The training from CQD was the best CQ training I’ve had and needs to be taught to all SOF units. – D.H.

I thought the entire training package I received was excellent. The instructors were very professional and knowledgeable; the TRPs were excellent. – I just wanted to recognize [Instructors] for a job well done. They really set the standard for all instructors to follow. Thank you guys! – R.J.

Great training, role players did very well being realistic and creating good training environment. Instructors were very informative and provided us with necessary practices to execute and learn new tactics. – The overall training was very informative, clear and a well taught course. Instructors were professional and provided training that helped teach and provide confidence in a close quarters scenario. Great training scenarios. – J.S.

Excellent training. Good realistic training with “live/moving” role players. It made me face any weaknesses I would have in a true tactical environment. – I benefited the most from all the exercises involving the role players and SIM. I like it because if you make a mistake, you get the results in your face. – [Linking, Formations, and Power Entry] All of it was great training. Just keep the runs through the houses coming. I feel that is where I sharpened the most. – J.W.

Excellent training, best block of instruction I ever received. – [W&Z Hooded Box] The most realistic scenarios. – J.B.

The training was great and very beneficial. I wish we had more time here to train. – [W&Z Hooded Box] This drill was by far some of the most realistic training that I have ever done. It tested all the skills we’ve learned and stressed the importance of using the proper skill. – K.D.

Great training that has a very practical and applicable use. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Best part of the course. It was great to put the skills to use in a high stress realistic environment. – In the amount of time given the amount of knowledge and skills acquired was great. This was a very valuable course. Thanks! – J.D.

Excellent training, I am very pleased to have attended. The instruction was excellent and easy to understand. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Hooded box drill was great! Would like to do more. – Overall great course, great instructor. Thank you. – J.D.

High positive opinion of the training. – [W&Z Hooded Box] A very good eye opening experience I always leave understanding where my skills are at and what to improve upon. – I would only like to thank the TRPs for their time and willingness to train guys like me going over to do a difficult and dangerous job. – M.E.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Great drill. There’s nothing better. With the situations and adrenaline flowing you definitely have to know how to change postures and weapon systems. – Great training, great instructing. – E.H.

[W&Z Hooded Box] AWESOME. I’d do that every week. – Instructors are top notch, professional and laid back, helpful, knowledgeable. – T.J.

I believe the training was thorough and concise. – [W&Z Hooded Box] The Hooded Box Drill is my favorite portion of the course because it is a great simulation of stress induced situations. – T.M.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Some of the most realistic training I have ever done short of being in a life or death situation. Wouldn’t change a thing. – R.S.

Excellent. – Training here is always excellent. Lack of ego from instructor staff and good personal skills. Thorough understanding of material. Excellent progressions. Fast enough to feel challenging, but not so fast to overwhelm. TRPs are excellent, taking advantage of large tactical flaws but obviously more concerned with my overall training than winning. – C.R.

Excellent! Cadre was professional and informative. Gave great teaching points to individual students. – The Linking portion was dealt with clearly. Formations were easily and clearly explained and the reasons they are necessary for different applications. They taught the power entry method so it was understood and easily executed. – J.T.

The first thing that comes to mind is realistic. High intensity training that prepares operators for real life confrontation. – [Benefit the most] Sim house and car work. The role players are outstanding. – [Linking, Formations, and Power Entry] Excellent training that will stick with me down range. – P.T.

Tough and thorough. Meets every standard necessary. – [Linking, Formations, and Power Entry] Great system to make sure all backgrounds are on the same page. More realistic to war zone ops. – [Instructors] were very knowledgeable and professional. – W.W.

Mission oriented and “spot-on” for our job. The Hooded Box Drills are exactly what we need for realistic combat training for “protection” work. – [Instructors] did a great job! Their experience and professional development that they facilitated was definitely an asset to our operators and our program! A+. – C.C.

Overall the training is outstanding. The Hooded Box Drill was by far the most enlightening part of the training by having to put the skills learned to the absolute test. – The Weapon and Zone Hooded Box Drill was by far the most dynamic and intense training that as accurately as can be demonstrates real world situations and forces one to rely on the skills they learned to quickly and efficiently eliminate threats. – M.R.

Always enjoy the Hooded Box, thought the Instructors were very professional, thorough in explanation and patient. Overall great course/great job from Instructors. – [Hooded Box] Very relevant for day to day events, thought it was very beneficial and carried over to the armed side very well. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Always a good test of our overall job and the only way to actually get the kind of stress we would see in an actual scenario at work. – Overall great course, training flows in a very good logical order well presented and laid out. – R.D.

[Hooded Box] It is the most realistic hand to hand training I’ve had, due to complete surprise of each situation. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Same comment as unarmed drill… – Very professional instructors. Great learning environment. – C.C.

Very thorough and challenging. – [Hooded Box] Really helped me get to know how to strike when stressed, and use the great techniques. – Two instructors were exceptional, patient and positive. They really helped me feel more confident and motivated. – J.O.

Very practical for our jobs and everyday life. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Very realistic. Role players added extra stress to ensure that I got the most out of it. Showed me my strengths and weaknesses that I need to improve on. – N.A.

Great. The full-contact application of skills is invaluable to assimilating the new skills in a “quick” manner. Extremely professional course. – [Hooded Box] Fantastic validation of decision making, thought process, skills application, etc. – Comprehensive yet presented in a logical, thoughtful and flowing manner. Entirely consistent with previous instruction from earlier in the week. The instructors were consummately professional throughout the entire course – outstanding instruction and professionalism. – M.G.

Outstanding. – [Benefit the most] Hooded box drill, which allowed me to apply the skills under duress and pressure. Therefore reconfirming that the skills are engrained. – [DDS Unarmed Hooded Box] Again, it allowed me to see that these skills are my first line of defense in Close Quarters combat due to the fact that it is what I resorted to under such high stress. – Great instructors!!! – M.D.

Totally encompasses our line of work, from lethal to less lethal. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Any unit conducting real world operations needs to do this drill. – J.B.

CQD’s methods have a practical application that most other fighting techniques do not have. – C.J.

Very valuable for current overseas operations. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Outstanding! A great overall way to see how you react and fine tune your skills. – This was my second time through and again the Cadre were both competent and knowledgeable. They were highly professional as well. – R.B.

Excellent. Very relevant and immediately applicable in a tactical or personal defense environment. – [Benefit the most] Hooded Box Drill; brought all skills sets together in an unknown stressful environment. – [W&Z Hooded Box] A+. Critical to enforcing importance of training fundamentals and enabling students to learn from their mistakes. – T.P.

Training was well planned and taught in a very efficient manner. Scenarios were explained well with examples providing a great understanding. – [W&Z Hooded Box] This is a great way to get as realistic as possible. Wonderful training aid. – Always held attention well. Instructors have a solid background in instructing their skills, and their desire and knowledge about teaching CQD shows. – E.S.

[W&Z Hooded Box] The drill simulates real life scenarios. Very useful for the future. One gets to see how he handles stressful situations. – The instructors were very professional. And the course is highly recommended for operators deployed overseas. – I.T.

The most realistic training I’ve ever done. Very effective. – S.W.

Outstanding! Great Instructors. The techniques covered were valid and provided a means to make the best of a bad situation. – [Linking and Power Entry] Linking provided a simple means to control the package while moving through a hostile environment. Power entry gave the ability to make the most of available fire power. Great Course, I look forward to the next time. – R.B.

Big Thumbs up to [instructor] to present information in such a professional manner to a diverse group of personnel, with never being negative or condescending is impressive. Even when mistakes were made, [Instructor] was never negative. His explanation of TTP’s utilized in this course was amazing. Thanks [Instructor]!! – C.F.

Outstanding training. Very relevant and immediately useable in a down range tactical environment. – [Benefit the most] Having a dynamic training environment with role players enabled us to quickly learn the skills taught to us. – [Linking and Power Entry] The training is simple, effective and integrates very well with our other skill sets, our weapons systems, our mission and our operational environment. [Instructors] are obviously very dedicated and professional instructors. Thanks a lot for some awesome training, guys. – T.P.

The training was great. The best we could receive second to real life. – No negative aspects about training whatsoever. I really enjoyed the training and it was highly beneficial. I would never pass training like this up. – E.S.

[Linking and Power Entry] Outstanding training. I am a hands-on learner and this was the best training I’ve ever had. Nothing teaches you more about yourself and the knowledge you retain like having real life enemy grabbing and attacking you. – S.W.

[Hooded Box] Outstanding training. Closest to an actual fight that you can get. – [Instructors] did an outstanding job. They are good instructors and are very knowledgeable and professional. – B.B.

Very organized and impressive. The training is very valid to our use with weapons and tactics. – [Hooded Box] I learned to function without my weapon, concentrating on areas of precision striking and learning from my mistakes. I feel it provided me with the ability to better handle surprise situations. – [W&Z Hooded Box] I learned that I could be more passive and still be effective without having to apply so much force but always being ready. I think it was an awesome experience. – The instructors were very professional, always on time, organized, clear and very helpful. I learned a great deal to accelerate my skills by concentrating more on form and surprise responses. – D.G.

System does a great job of integrating armed and unarmed skills. Instructors thoroughly understand course material and present it well. – J.B.

[W&Z Hooded Box] I enjoyed the training because the different distractions force you as an operator to focus on tasks and prioritize your actions that other environments (training) deny. – J.H.

Excellent training, it was well put together and smoothly progressed from one skill to the next which allowed us to learn at an optimal rate. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Outstanding drill, wish I would have done this while I was still in the military. Was very realistic because of the speed and unknown circumstances of each scenario. – M.M.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Couldn’t have been better. I thought it was the best training I’ve ever had. – R.W.

Professional and authoritative ground in practical realities. [Instructors] were superb. The training instilled a common sense manner in how to deal with bad situations. – Overall the training was so good because the content was genuinely applicable. The instructors made me a believer. – P.A.

I really enjoyed the training and I believe the skills I learned are lifesaving. Instructors were great! – [Hooded Box] I appreciated the force and experience as it would be in the real world scenario. – J.P.

Outstanding. I hope I never have to use it but it’s very nice to know I have these tools in the tool kit. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Work with the *** was outstanding, the cooperation and synergy is critical. Also great to test out discretion and situational ambiguity. – Great training. Really gets the stress level up and the adrenaline flowing with tremendous potential for real-world application. – J.H.

[Hooded Box] Excellent drill; stressful but very realistic and good to know how you will react under stress. – This is absolutely the best training I’ve had. I will take this with me and use it in everyday life. Very professionally done. – S.H.

Excellent – very professional, knowledgeable instructors. Excellent scenarios – All top notch. – [Benefit the most] The Hooded Box scenarios. These not only provided potential real-world scenarios and the related stress (!) but also show the applicability of the drills…and the way these can be executed without even thinking. – M.W.

Outstanding, professional, functional, effective. – [W&Z Hooded Box] The TRPs make the scenarios a success. Being able to win with the correct decisions or actions, not succeeding with incorrect actions, and not just lose/lose situations for Cadre’s amusement. – I really enjoyed the training and believe it will be a great asset to me down range or at home. [Instructor] was an outstanding instructor. – A.K.

The training was very informative and was real-life training. I wish I could have received this while in SF. – V.L.

I think it was a great training. I wish I had this type of training before. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Very intense. The TRPs were very professional and great role players. – R.L.

Very professional instruction. Clear and well articulated reasoning behind all of the training. – [W&Z Hooded Box] I think the most important part is the development of the brain to multitask under stress. – Very impressed with the professionalism and subject matter expertise of the instructor. Classes were very well paced. I am taking good things away and am glad to see that I’ve improved from the first time. Thank you. – R.R.

[Hooded Box] Great way to see if the students understand the skills taught in class. I like being able to give 100% with strikes. – W.B.

Outstanding. Excellent. Challenging. – [Hooded Box] Very realistic! It forced me to use proper techniques. It’s as true to real life as it gets. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Great follow up from the Unarmed Box Drill. Good combination of techniques needed to be applied in order to be successful. – J.M.

Excellent! Unarmed and armed tactics integrate seamlessly. Outstanding course. – [Hooded Box] Excellent. Role players performed aggressively (awesome!) It’s a great tool to see how you are retaining the training. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Very well done. Excellent way to watch your zone, determine immediate threats and decide on shoot/no shoot. – [Instructor] is an outstanding instructor. This is by far the best defense tactics course I’ve attended. – D.O.

It was great training. As close to real life as you can get. – B.B.

The training I received was great. – [Hooded Box] This is the best training aid there is out there. – [W&Z Hooded Box] It is great to have the opportunity to see how I react under pressure. – E.S.

[W&Z Hooded Box] The best training I have received. It tells the true story of how you will react under stress. – M.F.

Life saving. The most intensive training I have ever received. – J.C.

Very realistic. Easily practiced down range. – [W&Z Hooded Box] It is the best real world situational training I have ever had. – A.F.

The training is a vital part of our job as operators and provides individuals with good skills. – [W&Z Hooded Box] I feel the drill is an outstanding part or finale to our training for incorporating the skills taught. – Z.G.

I think the training is great. My confidence is always elevated after a CQD course. – [Benefit the most] Of course the box/hood is extremely beneficial but all of the training supports have success here. – [Hooded Box] It’s the best training/practical application I’ve experienced. It’s very exciting and creates a decent stress level required for sustainment training. – The course is a total pro. Instructors are irreplaceable. Always look forward to seeing [Instructors] and all of them there. Perfect blend of professionalism, intensity, humor – very personable. – W.J.

The training was extremely informative and useful. There are multiple aspects of the training that one can take away and use. – I benefited from both of the Hooded Box Drills. The Box Drills allowed for me to hone my skill and the techniques taught here at CQD. – The DDS Box Drill was great. It allowed the operator to see the techniques used in a force on force environment and to see that they work and allows the operator to feel confident. – The Weapon and Zone Box Drill allowed the operator to put all the techniques together. It is stressful but helpful drill. – T.L.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Weapon drills helped with identifying better how to manipulate my equipment and fight at the same time. – Excellent instructors. Both were knowledgeable and provided good explanations of technique and execution. – C.R.

Excellent in all areas. Instructors and knowledge the best I have had. – [Hooded Box] Superb training. Realistic and hard! Very dynamic and does put the individual under pressure to demonstrate the correct techniques. – [Linking and Formations] New skills for me. All understood and the explanations for each linking/formation was again based on real life. Excellent instruction and explanation. – L.P.

[Hooded Box] Best training I ever received. You really learn what you’re capable of. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Always great. Doing transitions and weapon manipulating while someone attacks you is the best thing I’ve ever done. You learn a lot about yourself. – S.W.

As always – most efficient, most effective tactical fighting system there is. Most professional staff and method of instruction validation anywhere. – [W&Z Hooded Box] As above, invaluable for validation, advancement, and review. This is a life saving drill that must not be compromised or lost. – A.N.

[Hooded Box] Good training gauge to test one’s self courage in the event of surprise attack/under stress with multiple distracters i.e. music/multiple people/explosions. – D.A.

Outstanding! Great instructors [Instructors] always positive attitude and took time to explain student infractions without belittling or degrading students. – R.A.

Solid, real world training that can be used at home or abroad. – [Hooded Box] Box Drill was very realistic and shows how fast things happen in real life and how tough a fight really is. – P.G.

Very good and necessary. All individuals should take this course. – [Hooded Box] Very realistic and stress inducing. Created life-like situations for an individual. – Instructors were very professional and knowledgeable. – N.G.

I thought the training was very useful and very straight forward techniques. – [Hooded Box] Very intense. Greatest live drill I’ve conducted including the military. – N.H.

Awesome training that is very simplistic but effective. – The Hooded Box is one of the best scenario based training events out there. Very realistic and allows the student to experience stress and react with instructor feedback. – Excellent training to prepare for violent, fast encounters. Nothing bad to say. Thanks! – A.P.

I liked the logical nature of the training. Simpler movements, natural responses, etc. – [Hooded Box] Really enjoyed it. Stress, instinct, tactical proficiencies, all tested- very challenging. – M.W.

It was simple, effective and relevant. – [W&Z Hooded Box] As close as possible to real world application. – I took away some valuable tools and principals. The thing I’m most pleased with about this course is that it trims off all the fat and nonsense and is relevant to our mission. – B.B.

[W&Z Hooded Box] Very dynamic, real world scenario that increases level of stress that makes operator read to all level of threats accordingly, great drill. – L.L.

Would highly recommend. Training exceeded expectations. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Outstanding training. That was my first time in a situation like that where I had to react to different scenarios. – It was great training. I learned new techniques every day. Very professional from first day to last day. – C.F.

Excellent training. Very applicable to everyday life and overseas. – [Benefit the most] The ability to strike from almost anywhere. Being prepared, not letting your guard down are mentally engrained. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Very real action, split second thinking drills. It was a great test. Very good training. – Great training. Overall I thought the class was great. – A.R.

Very applicable to our environment. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Very good training for our level. The stress induced by fear, light, level, audio and varying levels of friend or foe is highly valuable. – Instructor was 1st class in every aspect. He has this ability to understand the needs of a class while at [the] same time helping individuals. Great instructor. – B.S.

Excellent. Great confidence and skill builder. Makes you think. Very relevant to the modern battlefield. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Who ever came up with this deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. It was an excellent test of your abilities. – Thank you for the professionalism. – K.S.

Very detailed and thorough. – [Benefit the most] Room to room and instruction. – [Linking and Power Entry] Overall it was outstanding. – [Instructor] is a very good instructor with a lot of knowledge. Thank you. – S.W.

[W&Z Hooded Box] The drill is one of the best I have ever done for hand to hand and force escalation. – N.D.

Excellent. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Excellent drill to test reflexes, threat assessment, will to fight and never stop fighting. – Instructors were excellent. [Instructor] kept things simple, to the point, and at a good pace. – B.D.

Highly effective. Very applicable to situations I might face in the future. – [W&Z Hooded Box] The best training I have received in a long time. Humbling and enlightening at the same time. Plus lots of fun. – J.F.

[Linking and Power Entry] I will never enter a room using any other method. – I.M.

Super awesome! – [W&Z Hooded Box] Most amazing 7 minutes of my life!!! – Instructor was very driven and super motivating! – J.S.

Excellent instruction. Realistic training with scenarios that mimic case studies from down range. – [Linking and Power Entry] Excellent. Recommend for any contractor going to high threat environment. – C.R.

[Benefit the most] The most important lesson I gleaned from the training was the speed needed to effectively dominate and control a situation, so the emphasis on the snaps and covering on target. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Great experience, thanks. Wish I could jump back in there! – Both instructors were extremely professional and provided a healthy learning environment. Thanks again. – S.C.

This course can provide training for anyone regardless of skill level. – [W&Z Hooded Box] This course needs to be implemented in military and police training along with professions where the possibility of conflict can present itself. – Don’t change a thing. – C.C.

Excellent training with a sound methodology. – [W&Z Hooded Box] Being my 3rd time participating in this drill, I still feel as if I learn more every time, building on that previous level 1 foundation. This time I came away more confidence in my ability to utilize these skill sets. – D.D.

Very well taught. In the short version of this training class, the instruction and instructors were very knowledgeable and totally professional. – [W&Z Hooded Box] It was very stressful and that stress was put to the test. The box drill truly represented real life. – This training is highly recommended to any contractor who is in this line of work. – G.S.

[W&Z Hooded Box] This training is the best part of the class in my opinion. Forces you to react and puts you under pressure to show how you will act under duress. – [Instructors] did an outstanding job of training us and giving us the tools needed to succeed. – J.U.

Training was awesome. I appreciated that the instructor [Instructor] understood we all received training prior and gave us some drills that we hadn’t done before. – [Benefit the most] The hood definitely. Not often do you get the chance to “no shit” evaluate your decision making process under direct stressors. – [DDS Hooded Box] I appreciated the addition of this portion and the new dynamic of the open box and the decision process involved in assessing the best course of action. – The instruction was extremely professional and it was evident that there is a high level of expertise and understanding of the fundamental concepts of each portion of instruction. Thanks again. I always take something new from CQD. – R.R.

Outstanding – I really learned a lot of very good “real world” skills that will help me in the future. – I feel that the mental training was very beneficial to me – getting in the right frame of mind to survive in all aspects of the training and on the streets is critical and I think this training stressed that a lot. – I think the high stress portions are the most valuable. You get pushed to the limits in a controlled and safe environment. The Tac-Houses are exceptional training and you get to review your mistakes and accomplishments…the next day. This training builds a lot of confidence. – C.M.

Outstanding! I have learned more in a short amount of time than any other system! – Everything was validated and realistic. – Hopefully this type of learning will continue beyond my career in *** or **. I would like the opportunity to learn beyond my training with ***. – R.B.

The most beneficial course I have ever attended. This training will influence everything else. – All parts of the training were essential since everything integrates. – Excellent instruction/instructor. Thank you. I look forward to Level II/III and weapon/shooting instruction. – L.B.

Outstanding – the single most valuable course I have ever attended. This course really showed how we need to incorporate your techniques into our shooting training. – [Benefit the most] DDS developing the defensive reflex. – P.T.

Excellent. Team (and myself) were exposed to a new school of “offensive” thought. – [Benefit the most] Hood Drills most closely represent REAL world stresses, malfunctions and decisions. OUTSTANDING teaching tool. – This should be incorporated into BASIC agent training. For physical, as well as a mental standpoint, the hooded box drill is unequaled. – [W&Z Hood] Not only does the student have to be aware of their body, but also of their equipment. Drills (such as reloading) take on a different timing than just standing on the firing line. – I now reflect on some of the missions that I was part of without this training. Very unnerving. – K.B.

Outstanding. – Best training you can receive. Especially for reaction time/ decision making. – M.B.

Outstanding! The best I’ve had so far in my career. – [Benefit the most] Being able to make quick rational decisions in a stressful environment. – Very impressive. – R.C.

Awesome – most realistic, eye opening training ever attended. Instructor quality superb. – [Benefit the most] Hood drills- being able to execute course material in a high stress, realistic manner. – Intense, extremely educational for course material and personal/internal development. – [W&Z Hood] Eye opening on personal skills and ability with weapons in a stressful environment. – C.F.

Excellent, best training I have had for fighting/self defense. – Outstanding drill. – C.H.

Outstanding. The system is well designed and integrates various techniques into a simple and effective system. – Tac-Houses. – I made several mistakes during the exercises, however, the mistakes were an excellent learning tool. By learning from mistakes in training, I won’t make the same mistakes in the field. – Instruction was outstanding. Topics were thoroughly explained. – This is the finest instruction I have received since joining **. It is applicable to my job and may one day save my life or someone else’s life. – S.J.

By far this has been the best training I have received extremely helpful in areas covered. – This hooded box drill was exceptional like the others. I am sure I echo the opinions of my associates when I say we need more of this type of training. – [CQD Shooting Live Fire Exercises] These drills were exceptional in showing the capabilities of mid-gun shooting. – We need to increase the amount of time spent training here. – R.S.

Fantastic! – [Team Formations and Principle Protection Hood] Great! The role players were fantastic and the situations were realistic and had teaching points. – I can’t say enough positive things about [Instructor] and his assistant instructors – they were great teachers, had positive attitudes, had great technique, etc, etc… they really made this a positive experience. – C.C.

Invaluable, great and necessary for our line of work. – We need more training, not just two weeks, in my opinion 2 months would be better if not the whole training cycle. – [Team Formations and Principle Protection Hood] An amazing experience… this should be required training. – We need more (CQD) training. Two weeks are not enough. We learned so much in 10 days; I could just imagine what we can learn in two months. – J.S.

Great instructions from instructors, good building block method of increasing skill sets. – [Hooded Box] Great experience. Unedited, no bullshit picture of yourself and how you react under stress. – [W&Z Hood] Great drill. Same as above, it’s just you, the bad guys and the unbiased camera capturing reality!!! – I love being able to hit the bad guys full force, anywhere, especially in the head – Great instructors, great facilities, great information. – We need more of this type of training. Hope to come back for additional periods of instruction. – K.F.

It was great to actually apply the techniques learned rather than learn them and never use them in almost real situations. – [Hooded Box] Great experience! It was everything and even better than I heard. – [W&Z Hood] It’s great to [learn] new techniques with using our weapons rather than just shooting them. – J.F.

Excellent. – Hooded Box; some of the best validation I’ve seen. – [Team Formations and Principle Protection Hood] Outstanding validation for skills and teamwork. – [Shooting Live Fire Exercise] Appropriate amount of time. Good validation for shooting from mid-gun. Excellent. – R.R.

Outstanding. By far the best course I have received since ***** team training has commenced. – [Hooded Box] “The Best” realistic training that gets the heart rate up. – “The Best” Applies everything you have learned. – Methods and techniques throughout the course are very necessary for the success of officer survival in the field. – M.W.

Outstanding. The training was comprehensive and I am certain that the CQD integration of shooting, striking and sealing will prove crucial in the performance of my duties. – Tac-houses – The Tac-Houses bring together the skills learned and the video critiques all for evaluation of the good points and most importantly, areas of development. – Instruction was outstanding. This is the finest training that I have received as a member of **. – S.J.

Outstanding course, a great deal of tactical merit to the course. – [Hooded Box] Outstanding validation of the training principles, a great confidence builder for training and real world. – [W&Z Hood] Same as unarmed, both as close to real world as can do in a training environment. – J.G.

Outstanding- so far- all new experience. – [Hooded Box] Best exercise of the week- a real confidence builder. – [W&Z Hood] It’s all good. An excellent learning experience. – Instructors are outstanding, very professional. – M.L.

Excellent, organized class of instruction followed by practical application (Hooded Box). – [Hooded Box] Best training I’ve ever had, humbled me and made me recognize my weaknesses under heavy stress conditions. – K.B.

Great. – Best training ever – I didn’t think I could put past training behind me and pick up something new – then default to it when the pressure was on, but you all did it. – [W&Z Hood] I was impressed with the role players’ professionalism. – You guys really understand the learning process. – I would have bet that 2 days to learn unarmed wouldn’t be enough but was wrong. – Great job! – C.C.

Again excellent. – [Benefit the most] Prisoner control (all portions), team Hooded Box, Intro to live fire with long guns. – [Protective *** and Formation Hood] Excellent test of reactions and skills. Best part of this week, since it was very job/mission related. – Second week was as good as the first- overall, CQD seems to be a well thought-out, comprehensive system, very appropriate to our needs and was presented/taught by a top-notch instructor. – J.D.

Excellent. – All of the training is excellent, but the validation of the techniques makes a believer out of you. – S.M.

Overall the training has been excellent because I have been able to understand and see how each step builds on the previous steps. – [Benefit the most] The Tuesday night event because I received direct feedback from the training. When a strike went well there was positive feedback. When I became tired and failed with a strike or move, the feedback was also immediate. – J.P.

Training is excellent. The techniques are exactly appropriate for our missions. – [Benefit the most] Portions of striking techniques, movement and prisoner control. –…Thanks. – J.N.

Outstanding! This training has opened my eyes to the realities and misconceptions of hand-to-hand fighting. – This is the first system that I’ve seen that incorporates empty hand and firearms without changing basic stances and building on previous aspect learned. Excellent!!! – B.R.

Excellent, outstanding, real world stuff, will probably help save one of our lives one day. – Hope I can come back for the rest. – J.R.

Training was excellent. Need more! – All elements were outstanding. – We hope to return for weapons training. – As an instructor… Mr. Dieter is polished and has a command of the knowledge taught. We hope to return soon! – J.N.

Excellent. Very job oriented. – Some of the most realistic training I’ve ever done. Very well thought out. – *** should send us all back for Level II. Realism was excellent. I love the OPTs… – M.P.

I have more confidence in my ability to dominate in stressful, close quarters situations and loved the shooting techniques, which are far more realistic than typical range shooting. – Will recommend to all who are interested in some real, practical, useful training. – N.Y.

Best training I have ever had! I learned skills that could protect me or my team during a SST or TST overseas. – Training really brings you confidence in a bad situation. – T.M.

Outstanding. – This is the best training that I’ve received in my L.E./security career. The evolution and integration of empty hand and armed fighting is the most complete system I’ve seen. Outstanding! – B.R.

Excellent training. The best tactical training ever. – All of it was beneficial... – I felt it was very clear... – S.M.

This is definitely excellent and useful training. It truly has real world applications. – K.H.

Very good – A specific well thought out plan from start to finish. – The reaction simunition drills upstairs… – I think all parts of the training were very well explained and reviewed. – I think all of the training was explained well and the coinciding demonstrations by instructor and on each other covered any gray areas. – B.O.

Very good – all ties together. – [Benefit the most] Tac House. Utilizes skills under a stressful environment and exposes weaknesses in techniques. – Looking forward to next 5 weeks. – D.P.

Very good, in fact, outstanding. This is exactly what I need to prepare for future duties. – All portions are beneficial. – Very good box drills. I can’t even imagine a better training tool for this. Outstanding. – J.G.

Excellent. – Great training with emphasis on job related duties. – Would like to continue training on a year round basis. – K.G.

Excellent. It has certainly given me more confidence in my defensive skills. – I’m glad you guys are some of the good guys. – K.H.

Awesome, the best I’ve had. – [Hooded Box] Incredible, easily the best scenario I’ve gone through. – Fantastic instructors! – B.B.

Excellent, very easy to understand. – Very enlightening. Helped to really understand the techniques taught and their validity. – Outstanding, very professional and well presented. – S.M.

Excellent, as opposed to some of the other stuff I have learned, this stuff really makes sense. – [Hooded Box] Excellent training. – This training is very dynamic. I feel like I have learned a lot. – E.O.

Excellent, the team skills & edge weapon training will be of great benefit. – I benefited the most from the team formation. Since we work in small team environments, it was helpful to learn all the different formations. – J.B.

The training was excellent. I certainly feel more confident in my abilities. – [Benefit the most] The concept of the internal warrior. – The training was excellent. I certainly feel more confident in my abilities. – I can’t wait until we get the additional trainings. – K.H.

Outstanding 10+. – [W&Z and PC Team Formations] Great! The addition of havoc and chaos helped to check the techniques and tactics. – J.R.

Great. – Great indoor scenarios. It put a lot of our past training into one. – [Outside Scenario Terminals] Good outdoors! *** is our livelihood and it was a great training day. – S.S.

[Outside Scenario Terminals] Realistic and showed that properly employed TTPs work. – I learned a tremendous amount over the last 6 weeks that will stay with me for the rest of my life. – M.S.

Awesome training! – [Hooded Box] It reinforced what we were taught and it gave me more confidence knowing if I apply the proper techniques, it would be successful. – I had a great time, I also learned a lot. Kudos for everybody. – R.C.

Excellent – Best I’ve had. – [Hooded Box] Excellent way to test training and validate it. – Excellent instructors that believe in system and can speak from real world experience. – J.H.

Great, real eye opener. Incredible integration of many elements that go into high threat world. – [Hooded Box] Great stuff. It came to the point where I would know what I was doing wrong, which is a hallmark of good trainer/training. – J.H.

Excellent. – [Hooded Box] Good training. Closest thing to an active fight I have found. – [Armed Hood] Good combo of armed/unarmed techniques. Good stress drill. – J.J.

Box Drills are very helpful and a good test for training. – [Hooded Box] good drill, excellent training tool especially with video tape. – C.N.

Training was excellent. – [Hooded Box] Excellent drills. Really allowed me to employ the training in a “realistic” environment. – [Armed Hood] Armed provided an additional element that added a great deal of stress motivation that was very useful. – A.S.

Well thought out and relevant. Brings out essential skills that should be practiced. – [Team Formations and Principal Protection Hood] Shows the complexity of trying to operate formations in a high pressure environment. Excellent exercise, need more. – [CQD Shooting] Great confidence builder. Shows that techniques are simple and effective. – Excellent two week program. I think one more week would help sum up all the skills. – L.R.

Outstanding. – All aspects of training were excellent. The hooded box drill is an outstanding exercise at bringing it all together. – Great training and definitely need to return for follow on training. – R.V.

Extremely useful. Much of this training should be applied not only to *** (tactical) agents, but also to BASIC agents. Low threat details might require certain aspects of CQD more than ***. – [Shooting Live Fire Exercise] Shooting from the “mid-gun” posture has obvious real world applications (as demonstrated by that evening’s box drills.). – Outstanding. – Excellent training.. – K.R.

Excellent. This training is meant for the real world and on the streets. Very realistic and valuable skills are being taught. – C.M.

I believe the training to be very focused and intensive. The overall training forces you to tap into your warrior spirit. – D.E.

After these 2 weeks, I feel MY skill level is at its highest that it has EVER been. – OUTSTANDING COURSE – The TAC houses and box drills did the best for me. The realistic drills were great. – B.B.

Outstanding. – Best training I’ve had. All *** agents should get Level 1 and II before doing any other tactical training. – It was all very useful. The DDS Tac-House and the Hooded Box drills were particularly helpful. Allowed practical application of skills learned in class. – C.F.

Excellent – great exposure/insight, many lessons learned. – CQD Level II is a must for us. I really hope we can get here. – Level 1 was great. – T.G.

Outstanding inventory of the state of individual skills, and outstanding presentation of an individual tactics system for use in a high risk environment. – [Benefit the most] All of it – most of all the pressure applied in Tac-Houses showed me how much rehearsal and attention to individual skills are needed to prepare for and execute a mission. – All team work needs to be done through CQD level II. Thank you for your dedication and effort in honestly assessing our skills and training us in your system. – D.H.

Generally, very impressed with fighting tactics as they apply to combat situations. – [Hooded Box] Excellent situational training aid, forces the fighter to stay in the right and be aware of surroundings. – [W&Z Hood] Very beneficial to the operator. – Overall very happy with the techniques and tactics as they apply to the job. – All topics were well and thoroughly explained and demoed. – M.K.

This training is very valuable because it is practical and realistic in nature. It is important to receive training that will be useful in a variety of situations. – Both hooded box drills are excellent in that they provide a more realistic idea of the many things that can take place during a confrontation. I benefited a great deal from both as reinforcement that I can successfully address threats of this nature. Fun and very worthwhile! – E.S.

Excellent! Very real world and techniques make tactical sense from instructors that have [been there done that] using these very techniques. – [Benefit the most] Hooded box drills. Awesome drill due to it requiring the operator to make an immediate and correct response to the threat. – [Hooded Box] Excellent. Physically demanding, even for those of us in shape. Even though we are usually armed, there are times (more than I like) when we are not so this drill was very good validation for the operators. – [Armed Hood] Excellent as well. I really like that the operator has to make an immediate choice on the force continuum. – The skills I’ve learned here will be those I keep for life. – R.L.

Unfortunately in order to fully convey how beneficial this training has been would require far more room. In short, this is the best training I have ever received. – R.S.

The instruction by CQD staff was excellent as sharing the techniques and explaining where they would be relevant. – [W&Z Hood] I would like to do this once or twice a week. It was a very good training tool and I learned a lot from my mistakes. – D.J.

Excellent. Another incredible training experience at the CQD Academy. – The knife defense skills were very beneficial. The real-life scenarios are second to none. – Thanks Duane. I look forward to a level 3 down the road or more time at the academy. – S.S.

The great thing about this system is that it is based on sound principles. Each technique or additional skill is built upon the base principle and expanded upon. The blend of internal and exterior warrior skills again is imperative. – B.R.

I would like to continue this type of training and take it as far as I can. I am looking forward to the written manual and hopefully Level III! Thank you for being an inspiration and giving me more confidence to do my job. – R.B.

The only problem is that we don’t have more time with Duane. I will dedicate more time to my own sustainment training. I’m very interested in sending my wife out for a day of training. – P.T.

Highly valuable and applicable. Should be a part of most all ** training. – Great to use unarmed capabilities to resolve real situations. – [W&Z Hood] Awesome! One of few training iterations where all skills are put together and “real” pressure is applied. – Great instructors, positive motivation, can’t wait to come back later in career. – M.P.

The training was all good and had relevance to our field. – Night time hooded box drills, this was the most realistic training I have yet encountered. – [Team Formations and Principle Protection Hood] Excellent exercises. It was very real to the kind of confusion that could happen overseas on the job. – D.J.

Very enlightening. It dispelled many myths I’ve relied upon for years. – [Benefit the most] The reaction drills did reinforce much more than I initially thought. The Tac–House drills were motivating. – I’d like to know more about progressing to higher levels. – I sincerely hope to retain and use these skills the rest of my life. – M.M.

Unbelievable in one word. The realism of training and the attitude (positive) of the instructor made it great. – The “Tac–Houses” and the building block style of teaching. Everything either comes together or falls apart in the realistic Tac–Houses. – I’m looking forward to week 2. The incorporation of weapons systems with Level I defense skills will be the real deal. – S.S.

I believe that both my individual and team skills have been greatly improved and focused. – I feel much more confident in my own abilities to protect myself and team members. The team Tac–Houses and operations helped me integrate the techniques much better. – The most important thing we need next is Level 2/ High threat training to build our team skills and coordination. – This is by far the best defensive tactics training I’ve ever experienced. – M.M.

Fantastic. Duane does an excellent job of instructing on both a foundational level and an operational level. – [Benefit the most] The Tac–Houses once again proved to be the most beneficial. It gave us an opportunity to learn from our mistakes. – Duane does a phenomenal job at raising all levels of skill and confidence. I only hope that the CQD training philosophy is extended throughout my tour with the ***. KUDOS to Duane, this is the best training I’ve ever been through!!! – S.S.

The best training I have ever received! – I think this has been great because I have developed a new sense of confidence in my combat/defense skills. It has raised the level of my internal warrior. Thank you. – M.S.

Honestly the best training I’ve had to date. – D.A.

The best, realistic training I have received regarding close quarter defense in 15 years of experience. – J.C.

Best I’ve ever had. (100% top notch) – D.O. 

This is only a scratch on the surface of the training that needs to come from your Academy. We need more time here. – C.B.

I thought this was one of the most beneficial training weeks of my life. – C.G.

Training here was outstanding. The methods learned seem very straightforward and easy to remember, compared to most other arts. I feel very good with what I learned while working with you. – P.F.

Excellent. This is the first system that I’ve trained on where shooting and hand-to-hand were integrated. Very applicable to my job. – J.K.

It is a technique that can be used to safely handle persons from the lowest to highest threat levels. – [Benefit the most] The force on force in the boxes to test what was taught. – [Hooded Box] I believe it was the closest you can get to simulate the startled effect of what can happen with no preparation. – I spent 22 years with **** county police, 13 with their E.S.T. If this training was available, injuries that I have received, and time in civil court would have been minimized. Keep getting the training out to the proper people. – B.A.

Outstanding, extremely applicable to real world situations. – [Hooded Box] Great training. The stress induced environment truly tested the skill basis. – [W&Z Hood] Made you think quickly and address the situation with a proper response using the skills taught. – [PC] Outstanding, made you react to the situation from high to low level threats. – The best part of the training was the validation of skills through testing (Hooded Box) on a constant basis. Instructors’ skills and knowledge of subject matter and the ability to convey the material in a positive manner is a great attribute to CQD. – C.C.

The training was excellent, both the material and instruction. – [Benefit the most] All portions, striking, handling, sealing… it was all very good. – [Hooded Box] Enjoyed and appreciated very much. It was a great experience to fight multiple attackers from various positions. – It was a pleasure to work with such outstanding individuals that have done so much for our great country. It added credibility to an already great system. Thank you. – D.H.

Top of the hill. Possibly the best course I have ever attended. – A real eye-opening experience. I realize that much of what I have learned in the past does not work under stress. The integration of unarmed and armed defense is phenomenal. – This is what I have been looking for. It does a great job of integrating armed, unarmed, prisoner control, and more ethical training while still maintaining the pure aggression of warrior spirit. – D.K.

[Hooded Box] Really demonstrated the necessity of ‘Attack the Attacker’ and being able to escalate and de-escalate.” – [W&Z Hood] Good use of the weapon as a striking tool when necessary. – Practical training, I was surprised by my own level of performance after only a short time of training. Instructors were top notch. – R.M.

Outstanding first week. I will use this training in my professional and personal life. Instructors [are] excellent and great American’s. – I think this training should be added to all agent training. – A.H.

Excellent. Well organized, well ran, very professional. – Everything was worth learning. – [Suspect Control] Valuable training. – [Power Entry] Very relevant to high threat operations. – *** should do everything possible to align themselves with CQD. – [Intro to CQD Shooting] Excellent shooting drills. – I’m looking forward to continued exposure and training with CQD. – C.M. 

The training was excellent and by far the best training I have had. – The hooded box drills are definitely the most beneficial. – Everything was covered appropriately. – [CQD Shooting] Excellent. – [Skills and Validation Overview] A great way to culminate the entire training. – [Iso-Tacs] Excellent application of skills. – S.S.

Outstanding. I really appreciate the quality of the instruction given and the way it was presented. – [Benefit the most?] The intelligent and healthy learning environment. – [CQD Shooting] Great stuff. I really enjoyed visual projection. Really liked the final drills. – [Skills and Validation Overview] Great drills. TRP’s and instructors were professional and taught us a lot. – [Iso-Tacs] Great stuff. I enjoyed the curveballs thrown at us and working through our challenges. – B.H.

I really appreciate Mr. Dieter’s approach to learning and the great attitudes of all the instructors. Thanks, guys! – B.H.

Well-rounded and very challenging. – [Hooded Box] This is one of the best ways to validate an individual or a team. This is more challenging than combat is. It is a great stress inoculator. – Keep up the good work. – R.S.

Top of the line. By far the best CQD training I have ever received. – [Linking Hood] Very realistic. It forced me to calm down and think more. – T.M.

CQD provided the best reality based training I have ever received. – S.W.

Excellent – skills are relevant and vital. Easily understood and compliance measured. – [DDS Open Hood] Very realistic, forces you to accept what is there and fight through it. – This is excellent and relevant. – E.M.

Top notch! It’s addicting and I want more. – T.M.

Great reality based training with relevant TTP’s. – S.W.

Next level stuff! – Everything was explained well. – [Power Entry Training] Excellent. Could do both all week long! – T.M.

Excellent. We should do more of it. – [Power Entry Training] Thought it was excellent and hope to use it in our normal ops. – S.S.

Outstanding. I wish I had received it earlier. – S.G.

I really enjoyed it. We got a lot of information in a short period of time. – Quality of instructors was appreciated. These guys are great! – B.H.

Outstanding. I would like to further [my] CQD training. – Outstanding course. Instructors were very professional and look forward to future progression with CQD as well as defending it. Thank you! – S.G.

Best training I have received in my 12 years in **. – A.H.

Superior training! Should [be] mandatory for ***. – Everything was explained well. – The course and the instructors were highly professional. Looking forward to more. – T.M.

Very beneficial and applicable to the job. Look forward to advancing my skills. – Instructor/student ratio was very helpful in grasping the concepts being taught. – [DDS Closed Hood] Real life scenarios and is probably the best way to put all of the skills together in one exercise. – S.G.

Very informative, realistic, challenging. – C.M.

High end, superior delivery. – G.M.

Excellent, performance driven, no other way to put it. – [W&Z Hood] Some of the best performance oriented training I’ve ever done. – R.S.

Good. Easy to learn = easy to retain. – [W&Z Hood] Best way to evaluate how effective the techniques are and how they work under stress. – M.W.

Outstanding! Glad to be back and want more! – [Linking Hood] Great training! Want to do it more. – The most realistic training I have ever received. Looking forward to more. – T.M.

¬Overall excellent. No equal. – Philosophy is spot on. – Kudos to all. Very worthwhile and valid. Great philosophy on the real world of combat. – G.M.

Excellent training. The instructors are some of the most professional, knowledgeable, and proficient teachers I’ve ever had. – [Suspect Control] Simple and easy to learn. No changes needed. – [Power Entry] Very effective. Easy to teach. Very applicable to what we do. – [Tac-House] Invaluable. My organization needed to train here. – [Intro to CQD Shooting] It dovetails seamlessly to all other skills we’ve learned. You cannot separate the two. – D.S.

Good training. I really enjoyed. This is really an applicable skill set for the real world. – C.T.

Excellent training. Very simple, direct and easy to remember. – Integration of armed and unarmed defensive skills. Many school teach shooting and many schools teach hand-to-hand, but very few integrate both. – Good training. – C.F.

Top notch. –Best training I have received. Always ready and willing to come back. Thank you again. – T.M.

A solid overall week. Very professional and each block built upon each other. – Just wanted to thank the staff for their professionalism and competence. You have a great cadre. – R.S.

CQD is a great art, and is very purposeful. – T.W.

Excellent training. – Benefitted from all portions about equally I believe. The hooded box drills were great for reinforcing fundamentals taught the first couple days. – [W&Z Hood] Awesome training and about as realistic as is possible. – Instructors were all very professional and obviously knew the material they were teaching. One of the best courses I have attended. Thank you! – D.B.

Everyone in LE/Military roles should go through this. – Instructors are very professional and organized in the teaching method. – A.B.

Training provided was very well planned and methodical. Each skill taught flowed well into the next. Examples of each evolution were given and explained very thoroughly. Overall great training. – [W&Z Hood] This is one of my favorite drills and the scenarios provided were very realistic. I think it is one of the best ways to test your skill under pressure, and to be able to watch your video after provides a great learning tool. – All instructors were extremely professional and very knowledgeable. The course ran very smooth in all aspects in my option. – J.G.

Excellent training, realistic, practical and makes sense. – [W&Z Hood] Some of the best training I have ever had compared to real life on the ground situations. Better than paper targets that do not hit back. – J.J.

Overall the CQD training was very good. – It was designed as a system. Each portion was needed for maximum benefit in my opinion. Again, the scenarios with TRPs were awesome for testing/validating the skills learned. – [Linking and Power Entry] I really like the technique. It was easy to learn and makes sense. That made it easy to apply when under pressure and I also believe it will be retainable with minimum practice. Also want to say that the professionalism and knowledge of instructors was exceptional! Thank you. – D.B.

The training received was very well explained and demonstrated there was plenty of time to work on individual and team skills. – The training provided was done very well. The pace and information put out was very well planned and professional. Numerous examples for different situations were provided and explained. After this week of training I feel very comfortable in every skill taught. The instructors were very knowledgeable in all aspects of the training and clarify any question that came up throughout the class to ensure each individual was trained and understood the tactics. – J.G.

Great training, valid system and I think prepares me to the fullest to be able to be successful downrange protecting the package. – J.J.

Solid training program, especially weapons strikes and retention. Great instructors, very knowledgeable. – Overall great experience with solid instructors and a good training academy. – G.B.

The training was thorough and consistent. – The hooded box drill is one of the best final exercises that I have been a part of in 8 years. – J.P. 

Excellent. – Good instructors, unique, and valuable skills for an on and off the job. – A.A.

Very good and effective training. – [W&Z Hood] Great learning experience. Also shows that the techniques taught here can be absorbed and become muscle memory in a short period of time. – J.B.

Very good, helpful in the real world. I would recommend this to anyone in this line of work or similar. – A.C.

I was always a believer of CQD. No one can get enough of this course. – Great staff, great facility!!! – R.D.

Second time around, great to refocus mindset and skills. – [W&Z Hood] Best drill, difficult to replicate stress better than that. – P.D.

Great and effective training with great relevance to becoming a well-rounded and efficient operator. – Hooded box drills were the most effective in putting CQD skills to the test and the next best thing to a real world scenario. – All instructor cadre was efficient and the exercises were taught in a clear and concise manner. Cadre was a pleasure to work with and maintained the upmost professionalism. – J.D.

Training was top notch. The instructors were extremely knowledgeable and confident. The training is critical and it sets us up for success. – A.M.

Super professional, nice build up of skill progression. Excellent culmination of bringing all skills needed to do our job at this point of training. – [W&Z Hood] I would have liked to do this drill 15 years ago! – Thanks for the professionalism and patience. Very much appreciated. – D.B.

I thought the training was presented in a professional manner and at a pace that was challenging but do-able. – [W&Z Hood] Great training! I felt this was the most important and an excellent way to brining everything together. – Instruction was excellent. Course material was functional. I was glad I was able to attend. – T.C.

This was far the best and most practical combative hand to hand training that I’ve done. Very realistic and effective. – A.C.

My overall opinion of the training is that it was run very professionally and the instructors demonstrated keen knowledge in the material that was presented. – I benefited from all portions of the training. I can walk away from the course knowing that everything that was taught will be used in the future. – R.C.

The concepts presented were tactically efficient and applicable in real world scenarios. The fast striking allows the operator to control a hostile or non-hostile threat. – Weapons integration was the most beneficial, being it is a skill that is often overlooked when conducting combative style training. – J.D.

Some of the best in my career. [The instructors] are excellent well-articulated instructors. They made the class fun and tailored it to our level. – J.Q.

I thought the training was excellent and very practical in a real world high threat environment. – I really enjoyed it. Thank you again! I look forward to coming back. – D.M.

Outstanding, real life training that pertains to multiple scenarios. – [The instructors] are amazing instructors with vast knowledge and they took the time to positively critique and give constructive criticism. I only wish we had more days of training. – C.S.

Good system that I believe will work in the real world. – [W&Z Hood] Best part of the training. Being able to practically apply what we trained on. The video review is beneficial to critique ourselves. – J.S.

The training was very practical for the type of situations it is preparing [us] for where a strong, aggressive reflex is the best type of response. – S.G.

Excellent instruction paired with application of skills learned. Armed and unarmed methods are very effective. – [W&Z Hood] Very nice exercise to use all the methods learned throughout the week. A safe way to go full speed avoiding injury. – C.S.

Very good realistic training with an exercise to bring it all together. – It showed if you try any other techniques, i.e. kickboxing, grabbing, it is not effective. Aggressive strikes, pushing forward, is effective. – K.H.

Excellent, realistic, and gives me the confidence that I could handle most situations presented. – [Benefit the most?] Hooded box and the entire program. The way it is set up to the professional trainers you can tell this program has been compiled with a lot of scientific thought. – [W&Z Hood] Again, it is a realistic drill that we cannot get anywhere else. – Thanks to the professional staff for unparalleled training and instruction. – J.B.

Some of the best training I have had in my 20 plus years of experience in my military, law enforcement, contractor careers. – [The instructors] did an outstanding job and are true professionals. Very good instruction! Would recommend this to other organizations. – J.E.

Great training and even more outstanding instructors. – Great course all around and some of the best instructors I’ve worked with. Given a chance I would love to do follow-on training. – T.J.

Excellent, well thought-out and focused. – Overall excellent. Always very professional and extremely well presented. Would love to do every 6 months to a year. Thank you! – R.K.

Very professional. Instructors were very good and informative. – I thought it was awesome, best most realistic training I have ever had. – R.S.

The training was well presented, well taught, and proved itself to be effective. – N.M.

Very through and engaging. What I especially like is that this training dispenses with the fluff common in other martial arts disciplines. – Both [of the instructors] were superior in providing the concepts behind the training and practical applications with numerous demonstrations. – D.F.

Excellent instruction and experience, very professional. – Knowledgeable instructors, keeping it real world. – R.G.

Outstanding. – [Hooded Box] Outstanding training exercise, puts realism and urgency into prospective. Would have to get into a real confrontation to do any better. – D.H.

Excellent; very interested in expanding my knowledge of CQD [and] wish we continued along the CQD path. – [Benefit the most?] Box…any evolution under stress and critique. Any type of one on one instruction was extremely beneficial. – It was an appropriate pace for the classroom/students. – [DDS Hood] Great addition, I felt that it added to our skills. – [W&Z Hood] Good pressure, excellent training of role players. Great pace. – Great system, every instructor is extremely knowledgeable and professional. Excellent training; wish we did the long course! – J.T.

Outstanding. Something I think most people that operate in high threat armed environments should be exposed to. – Instructors, course, and facility are 100%. – T.B.

The instruction was clear and concise. The drills were effective and well recommended. The instructors were professional and competent. – A.R.

Training quality was great. Knowledge was applicable and presented in real world context. – The instructors were knowledgeable and approachable. – [DDS Open Hood] Excellent stress. Excellent training in controlled chaos. – D.D.

Box helped with confidence in skills obtained. Proved system is effective when employed properly. Instructors were outstanding. Professional, knowledgeable, and thorough. Each time I attend this course I learn more and my skills increase along with confidence of the system. Thanks. – G.E.

Training was effective for high risk situations. Lots of material covered in a short time. – [Benefit the most?] Box drills and open discussion. – [DDS Open Hood] Situational awareness and targeting priorities were effectively stressed. Movement techniques were also stressed. – [W&Z Hood] Situational awareness, scanning in depth/direction, and zone management were effectively touched on. – S.G.

I always learn more with every visit. And everything learned is important in saving lives around me. – A.R.

Excellent. Wish we had more time. – Wish I had this training before I went to Afghanistan, especially the palm strikes. – Everything was clearly explained. – This training was excellent especially when you haven’t been through anything like this. I will definitely be back. – L.D.

This is my third class and I enjoy the training and find it applies well to “the street.” – Instructors are courteous and professional as usual. – J.T.

Very good training for situations we are likely to see in our jobs and daily lives. Pace of review was good as well as explanation of exercises. Very good instruction overall. – [W&Z/Personal Defense Hood] Best portion of the course. Scenarios were well done. Team box drills were a huge benefit. Being able to train like we fight is a huge plus. – Thanks! – T.B.

Great. The training touched on the areas that I needed to improve. – [W&Z/Personal Defense Hood] Excellent training. It’s the closest you can get to real combat situations under stress. – [The Instructor] was very professional and taught the blocks of instruction perfectly. – M.C.

This training was very realistic and a must have. – [W&Z/Personal Defense Hood] I loved it, it keeps things in perspective for great real life training. – Awesome gun and hand training. Some of the best I’ve had. – M.C.

Good training, very important skills. – [W&Z/Personal Defense Hood] Great drills, great to review. – Great job by instructor. – C.E.

I thought it was great training. The techniques work and the course is high intensity. – [W&Z/Personal Defense Hood] Great training, I’d like to do it more often. – R.W.

Great. – [Box Drill] Nice to use skills learned against a person with the same skill set. – [W&Z Hood] Working with a team mate was helpful. – [Instructors] did a good job. – R.B.

Overall everything was practical and easy to follow and understand. – G.B.

Good training, helps all around head to toe. Also thank you for being so patient with us knowing that you know so much and us so little when it comes to this! – All the training that we received was of great proportion. – J.C.

After five trips I am still thoroughly impressed by instructor and knowledge they are able to not only impart to us but also how well we are able to use it effectively. – [Benefit the most?] Hooded Box Drills. That will never change – absolutely builds character and confidence. – I would like to thank all the staff here for 10 years of great training, professional instructors, and invaluable character building! Semper Fidelis – R.G.

Very good. It was well articulated and clear to understand. – [Benefit the most?] I think it was the hooded box. It gave you a sense of what it would truly be like. Also, it tested your reaction to the scenario. – [W&Z Hood] I liked it a lot. Really gives you a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence afterwards. Very good. – D.M.

Great training. Fast paced. Taught with practical application in mind. – V.M.

I believe that the training we received was taught in a way and with enough high speed practice that it will be highly advantageous if a situation requiring it’s use arises. – The hooded box drill is not something that we get to see every day and getting back in that mind set was highly beneficial. – [W&Z Hood] Excellent scenarios that tested my reactions to many different threats and non-threats and helped boost my confidence in the training that I had received. – D.T.

Very impressed with the training. The instructor was very impressive with his knowledge and the flow of the instruction and class. This was very practical training and will better me as an operator. – K.H.

Very professional and beneficial. Hooded Box Drill is one of the best practical exercises I’ve been through. – This is my third course with [these instructors], they are incredible Instructors and make this course much more enjoyable. – J.B.

Once again, excellent training. – [W&Z Hood] Excellent exercise. This exercise prepared me for a real world incident that saved lives. – [The instructors] are excellent instructors. – C.L.

Strikes and weapons drills are effective and done with solid tactical reason. Hooded box provides a benchmark of skill and application. – [The instructors] provided a great condensed period of training. They also introduced new skills that will be valuable down range. – S.M.

Great, practical and useful training. – [W&Z Hood] Best training an operator can receive. – Good use of time allotted for training. – C.R.

I honestly benefited from every portion of the training and feel like I have developed more skills and ways to deal with situations overseas. – [W&Z Hood] I think it is a great tool to test your skills and see how much you have retained and use under pressure. – J.A.

Excellent to the point. – Thanks for this course. I will always remembers parts of it every day at work overseas or each time I go get gas or the cup of coffee. – J.G.

This was the best CQD course I have been to in my years as a contractor. Instructors were amazing and made everything that was taught very understandable. Excellent course! – J.H.

I believe that the training teaches individuals great basics to protecting themselves in low risk and high risk situations. Great training. – I really enjoyed the unarmed training and the escorting tips. That will really help me with my security work that I do while here. – [The instructors] gave a very through explanation of every topic that was taught. – [W&Z Hood] Outstanding, gave a great examples of multiple different threats that one could come across. – [The instructors] taught a very good course. – V.L.

Awesome! Learned many great techniques to add to my tool box. – Training was conducted perfectly and all lesson materials were explained and demonstrated. Outstanding. – M.M.

Great training, great instructors, great learning experience! – M.M.

Overall the training is useful and realistic. The training and trainers keep everything in perspective for “real world” use. – My overall stance was changed by the class. I believe I am now a more protected “fighter” and can protect myself better. – R.S.

My overall opinion is that the training is very practical to situations I may encounter. – [W&Z Hood] Very realistic. – A.F.

Effective. – [W&Z Hood] Always a favorite. You can talk all the smack you want until you get in there and prove yourself. – I feel that the system is simple, practical, and effective. – B.F.

Excellent. Realistic training. – The instructor and facilities were perfect for the training. Nothing to add to it. Thank you. – J.S.

I find the training to be highly valuable as well as applicable in a variety of scenarios. – [W&Z Hood] Still the best shoot/no shoot training I’ve received. – D.S.

I am very impressed with it. – The instructors were some of the best I have seen. Professional and very effective. – J.C.

Honestly one of the best and comprehensive courses that I have ever attended. Excellent training and instruction. – [W&Z Hood] Loved it! Excellent practical exercise. – Outstanding! I wish I would have had this knowledge 10 years ago. – B.L.

Excellent training. – [W&Z Hood] It was very helpful and practical and was the most fun I have had in a long time. – J.M.

It was useful and practical, very effective strikes they taught us. I can see myself applying CQD in the field. – Can’t wait to come back for more. – P.P.

This training was tough and challenging but instructors enthusiasm was contagious causing the training to be fun also. – R.R.

The instructors were very knowledgeable and competent. – Great training, great instructors, great validation! Look forward to training again soon. – J.V.

Excellent training that teaches you strict surviving skills in defense and crowd control/multiple persons encountered. – Excellent, thorough, knowledgeable training curriculum based on real world experiences and scenarios. Bravo Zulu. – T.A.

Very good and realistic. – [W&Z Hood] It let me know where my weak points are and what I need to be aware of. – B.B.

Overall the training is very good. It is realistic and effective. – Benefited the most from the hood night. Most realistic to real world situations. – [W&Z Hood] All the drills were very good. Would like to have done more. – C.B.

I thought training was very professional and made me think. – The instructors were very professional. They explained in detail “why”, which I feel was very good. – I really appreciate [the instructors]. They were, at all times, professional. They made training fun and beneficial. Thanks guys. – T.F.

Excellent, very effective in force on force scenarios. – [W&Z Hood] Awesome! – Excellent instructors, this makes the experience more than just training. Very positive reinforcement. – M.D.

Very effective tempo and informative. – Very effective and eye opening. Reverting to natural instincts proved ineffective emphasizing proper technique. – Overall very pleased and excited to return. Should be, at least, repeated annually. – M.S.

Learned a lot of valuable skills. Very relevant to our line of work. – [W&Z Hood] Amazing training. Most realistic quick reaction style training possible. – Instructors were very professional. – S.B.

Very good tools for the toolbox. Excellent mindset training. “Attack the attacker” exactly! – Really appreciate the instructor’s professionalism and spirit. [The instructors] were great. Thanks guys and thanks also to the TRPs. – M.W.

Outstanding!! – [W&Z Hood] It was outstanding. It allowed me to put my skills to the test. – I’m ready to do it again. I will also inform my LEO about this opportunity as well. – K.A.

Great course, very usable skills! – [W&Z Hood] Probably the most valuable training I’ve ever had! Stress and pressure really helps! – M.B.

Outstanding, all aspects. – [W&Z Hood] Great stress test, looking back on the years this would’ve been very beneficial in many jobs. – Instructors [are] outstanding.. Very professional, n arrogance, just great. Inclusive! Thank you! – D.B.

I really enjoyed the training and think it will make me more effective at my job. Thanks for the awesome instruction. – E.J.

Very informative and the most realistic self-defense course I’ve ever taken. – [W&Z Hood] It’s by far the best training drill that can induce the stress that would happen in a real life situation. – Instructor was very humble, professional, and knowledgeable. – R.G.

Outstanding real world training. No-nonsense high threat training and scenarios. Great instruction. Presented very clearly. – All of it was great and had learning points to take away. Hooded box drill was the most beneficial due to the reaction and learning value gained. – Thank you very much, great instruction and training that can save my life that was learned in 3 days. – C.A.

Great instruction. Great facility. Professional. – [W&Z Hood] Amazing, well done, great learning points for reacting under stress. – F.B.

Excellent. Excellent all around. Knowledgeable, competent, professional instructor. Great use of time. – Best training I’ve received in a long, long time. Should do hooded box drill before every deployment. – Great job. Keep up the good work. Look forward to coming back. – A.D.

Superior training. Efficient, effective and passed on real life combat scenarios. – J.B.

Very realistic and hands on. Makes it easy to grasp the concept and learn the technique. – N.B.

Having been through a third time I continue to support the use of the skills being taught, when done correctly it’s extremely efficient in defeating an attack. – It is the most effective and realistic training I have done (military, LE, contract). – [Instructors] provided professional instruction through in a very precise, easy to understand manner. Excellent training and relevant. – A.P. 

Best CQD training since I got into this line of work. – I benefited from the entire course. – From my perspective I thought the course was spot on. – [W&Z Hood] Need more of this type of training, i.e. once a month. – A.B.

Absolutely the best training I have ever received. – [W&Z Hood] Phenomenal. Far surpasses any active shooter or similar type training performed in the past. – Wish I could go further in the training. – M.B.

[W&Z Hood] Best shoot/no shoot/use of force/scenario based full spectrum (verbals/hands/gun/strikes) training I’ve ever been through (21 years military, 14+ years LE/SWAT.) – Instructors were an absolute credit to CQD. Knowledgeable, personable, humble, all of it, for such high end guys. Nice to see. Thanks for your efforts gents! – J.C. 

It was the best training I have received to include 20 years in the Navy. – T.H.

My overall opinion was that the training was excellent. I learned a more effective way to defend myself in a high risk situation. – This is a fantastic course! I would love to provide my loved ones some of these skills. – J.R.