TRAINING ACADEMY

Instructors Allen and Mary Polkowski have touched the hearts and minds of countless individuals and organizations in their tireless efforts to teach, guide, and inform men, women and children of all backgrounds in improving their understanding and awareness of personal safety.

Listing of UPA Training Classes

For questions about our classes, contact info@ccwtraining.com 

Two multi-purpose training rooms:

  • Large room for classroom with projector, laptop, and state of the art sound system which can be converted to an all gym mat work out room for defensive tactics and hand to hand self-defense.
  • Smaller auxiliary room for gun cleaning classes, laser training, and instructional specialized presentations.
  • Either of both rooms can be part of a range facility rental for larger private groups accommodating up to 45 persons.
{ Al & Mary, Owners of UPA Range, have trained with Master Firearm Instructor ‘Chris Cerino’ at a Law Enforcement Instructor Conference: ‘Chris Cerino’  finished Second Place in History Channel’s ‘Top Shot’ Show , Episode #2}

Training vs. Practice: There is a Difference

by Chris Cerino – Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Training vs. Practice: There is a Difference

It has been said that when one is given no time to think, they will react as they have been trained. Being a long-time trainer and police officer, I have seen this come true frequently over the years. As a competitor and student in the use of force I have witnessed it both while studying videos and live in person. I’ve seen officers holster an empty pistol to reload a magazine and competitors put pistols down on a table before reloading. When time was of the essence, I’ve seen officers and competitors remove magazines from guns to place them on tables, in pockets or ease them to the ground.

These habits are formed by practice. Practice of skills that have no place in action shooting or defense of life. Most are caused either by a lack of training, training with those who don’t know any better or training with instructors that are unwilling to tell a student, “Stop doing that!”

Experience has taught me this because I was always “good enough.” Actually, I was so “good enough” that trainers rarely said anything to me, until the day I asked for more. I was tired of practicing and needed training. This would mean change. I had to be willing to change and suffer the pains of learning new techniques. Like making sausage, it’s never pretty, but worth it in the end.

 

Watching novice competitors or officers in scenario training, I am reminded of the need to practice within context. Those who come to training and say, “This is how I do it” and are seemingly unwilling to do something new, remind me that if all you do is what you’ve always done, all you will ever have is what you have now.

Training is performed under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor or peer. Practice is the performance of knowledge or skill already attained.

Look back on training you have attended and make an honest assessment as to whether it was training or practice. Did you leave with greater knowledge or just a lighter ammo box? Did the instructor explain, demonstrate and inspire you to practice a new skill or technique or did the instructor pat you on the back and tell you good job?  Did he ever show you how you could do it better or did he just walk off and tell you it was good enough?

When you practice, try to do it with someone who has equal or preferably greater skill than you. Someone who can push you forward and share details that increase their performance or validate what you’re doing. The differences between a good shooter and a great shooter are usually details. Never neglect the fundamentals or attention to the nuances of them.

Training should involve learning something new to make you more accurate, faster, consistent or more economical in your movements. Training drills should increase knowledge and build skills along with decreasing insufficiencies, not just be fun drills to shoot more rounds—unless the goal is to define deficiencies.

Lastly, practice involves repetition with high round counts to create improvement and should include fun drills to test and refine skills.

CCW/CPL One Day or Two Evening Courses

UPA has been teaching Michigan Certified Concealed Carry Classes for more than 26 years: longer than any other Training Academy in Michigan. Unlike many of our competitors, our courses meet and exceed state requirements not limited to at least 3 hours Firing Range Instruction on a firing range! Mary, Rock Celebrity Ted Nugent and Laingsburg, MI, and were the only Constitutional patriots that regularly visited, lobbied and testified in our State Legislators to successfully get passed the original Concealed Carry Statue PA 381 in 2000.  For more details about this course, please visit our home page.

Mary Instructing one of Michigan’s First, Iconic, trend-setting CPL/CCW Courses on location of which she helped influence the passage of this State Law, as the First and only Michigan Female NRA Certified CPL Instructor way back in 2001.
Mary Instructing one of Michigan’s First, Iconic, trend-setting CPL/CCW Courses on location of which she helped influence the passage of this State Law, as the First and only Michigan Female NRA Certified CPL Instructor way back in 2001.

Handgun, Rifle, and Shotgun beginner to advanced lessons: Group, semi-private or private training available to law enforcement, military, and citizens.  Affectionately known as “Doctors of Gun-ology”, by our clients, which are as varied as shooting enthusiasts can possibly be, often dictate to us what training they require.  Contact us to discuss your or your group’s needs for the best personal defense or recreational shooting needs. Examples are:

  1. New to shooting? Our easy to shoot small calibers and lasers introduce shooters to the gun and offer a successful shooting experience. Do one session at a time or make it affordable by booking four lessons and get the fourth lesson for half off!
  2. New gun? Lets’ get acquainted with the gun of your choice or come for several lessons and we’ll help you make the proper choice for a firearm that fits your needs/interest.
  3. Female shooter? We have female instruction or book with National Firearm Celebrity Mary Polkowski for semi or private lessons. Very popular: booking the entire range for your very private session; area celebrities often use the option to obtain the discretion and privacy they need and demand.
  4. Need a remedial with your firearm qualification or just need to hone your skills before your qualification? We have worked for over 26 years for 100% success rate for these officers who request our expertise to pass firearm testing at their department or Police Academy.

Pistol/Revolver Cleaning Class: New handgun? Or just want to keep you firearm in the best functioning condition it needs to be. Bring your handgun unloaded in a case with instruction manual with the proper cleaning kit (available in advance from UPA) for an informative learning experience where you get to know the proper way to maintain your firearm for peak performance.

Advanced Handgun Courses

Drawing from the Holster Level One, Two and Three: One- Classroom introduction to equipment, recommendations, fitting of your gun to holster (if available) and convenient ordering of holsters required for next levels. Two- Live Fire range learning and practicing the UPA four step safe and defective drawing method. Three: Live fire range learning and practicing drawing from a variety of concealment garments.

Shooting on Steel  Level One and Two: one- learni about and practice shooting a variety of highest quality steel targets from the shooting stalls with frangible ammunition. Two- same as above except shooting down range at a close range including competitive exercises.

Low – Light Course: 85% of officer involved shootings and violent attacks to civilians occur in reduced light or no light conditions. Are you truly prepared to protect yourself and your family? Our advanced tactical range has the ability to adjust lighting to a variety of levels to simulate ‘Reality Based’ training.

Guest Celebrity Instructors: In 2005, 5, 6 and twice in 2010; FBI-DEA-A.T.-D.T.I. , Air Marshal and Sig Arms Academy Director of Training honored us with advanced training courses. We have several Guest Instructors who continue to teach at Police Academies, Law Enforcement Seminars around the nation and to many institutions. Rave Reviews… you don’t want to miss!  Schedule To Be Announced…

Force on Force Training Area with non-lethal ammunition and standard weapons: Our decision making, environmental training area is for the most advanced defender who desires to be challenged at the highest level of decision making skills in a dynamic situational course simulating active response to possible deadly force scenarios. Projected completion- Summer 2018.

Master FBI/DEA Instructor receives Award for Outstanding Training At UPA Range in Masters Handgun Course he Instructed
Master FBI/DEA Instructor receives Award for Outstanding Training At UPA Range in Masters Handgun Course he Instructed

AR-15 or AK-47 Rifle Courses

AR-15 or AK-47 Rifle Courses

Level One and Level Two: Including but not limited to: parts, accessories, functions, disassembly, cleaning, reassembly.  Level Two is live fire range to sight properly and safely load, fire, unload and sight-in your weapon.

Shotgun Basics: On range training of how to load, fire and unload your weapon safely and effectively. Limited to slugs only.

This Expert Explains the ‘Importance of Training” for responsible Citizens!

by Sheriff Jim Wilson – Saturday, April 13, 2019*

“Recently, our little town was shaken by a particularly vicious murder. It was some 30 hours before the suspect was found, deceased, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. What was even more shocking was watching and listening to people trying to figure out what to do to protect themselves and their families while the manhunt was going on. It was clear that the vast majority had never given any thought to this sort of thing—and really didn’t have a clue as to what to do. Too many people think that they live in a nice town or nice neighborhood, and that sort of thing just doesn’t happen where they live.

 

Crooks fleeing from law enforcement are either looking for a place to hide or a means to get away. They really are not concerned about the quality of life or the economic status of the location they hope will make them safe from arrest. Regardless of where a person lives or their station in life, they may well have to deal with the potential for extreme violence in their neighborhood. Probably the worst mistake an armed citizen can make is to assume the police need your help in hunting down the suspect(s).

 

Any good police agency will already have a plan in place for manhunts, and this doesn’t involve having strangers with guns wandering within their perimeter. In addition to uniformed personnel, the search party may include plainclothes detectives and/or off-duty police officers who have rushed to the scene without getting into uniform. The armed citizen won’t have all the details and simply won’t know the good guys from the bad guys.

 

The exception to the rule of staying out of the manhunt is when law enforcement specifically asks for help. This might happen on extremely rare occasions, such as in remote areas with limited access. In these cases, it is important that the citizen get critical, specific instructions as to what exactly is being asked of them. And, it is preferable to be in the company of a uniformed officer while assisting in the hunt so the citizen is not mistaken for the suspect. Most importantly, once the task is completed, the citizen then ceases active involvement.

 

When a manhunt is going on in a person’s neighborhood, the most important thing the citizen can do is to secure family and home. Family comes first. If the crook steals a car or hides in that unlocked storage building while the family is secure it is unfortunate, but no lives have been lost or endangered.

 

Once the family is accounted for and secure, the home should be locked down. Doors and windows are checked to make sure that they are locked and all outside lights are turned on. And, until the area has been cleared by police, you make do with whatever is in the pantry.

 

The other common goal of crooks trying to avoid the police is finding a means to get out of the area. This could mean that a carjacking is very possible. Do you resist? Do you let him have the car? Do you have a plan for dealing with such incidents? Just as when dealing with a home invasion, having a personal-defense plan is critical to your survival. The greatest help that citizens can be to law enforcement during a manhunt is to be a good witness. Today, most police agencies have developed ways to communicate with the citizens in their  community, whether by social media or other means. The citizen can get a description of the suspect(s) and keep a lookout for them from the security of their home. Reporting suspicious activity will help bring the manhunt to a successful end.

 

Years ago, we were looking for some bad guys and had put their description and that of their vehicle out over the police scanners (no social media back then) that just about everyone in town had. We soon got a call that a pickup matching the description had just gone down behind a house and was parked behind a nearby deserted barn. Five minutes later, we had suspects in custody.

 

When a manhunt is going on in one’s immediate area it is not the time for the armed citizen to try to play hero. Too many bad things can happen, and the police are probably not going to look kindly on that person’s efforts. It could even involve handcuffs and a cold jail cell.

 

Instead, the smart thing to do is to secure home and family, get as much information as possible and keep a lookout from the security of the home. Having a defense plan to deal with home invasions, car-jackings or hostage takings adds to that security. In short, you do your job and let the police do theirs.”

 


 

Note:

*Former Reserve Deputy Al Polkowski, owner of UPA Range, emphatically suggests : Citizens – take our NRA Certified “Refuse To Be A Victim” Class taught be NRA Certified Instructors!

The best and most ‘affordable’ education for community safety that exists! See www.ccwtraining.com for dates and times.

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Officer and UPA Instructor, Matt Robinson, with Live Fire Commands Preparation
Officer and UPA Instructor, Matt Robinson, with Live Fire Commands Preparation
This is the exclusive training system that UPA, the first and only Trainers that have been involved since the company started offering its special & unique lead free/no recoil/live action/ in class room or on range real firearm conversion gear with effective training results since 2007!
This is the exclusive training system that UPA, the first and only Trainers that have been involved since the company started offering its special & unique lead free/no recoil/live action/ in class room or on range real firearm conversion gear with effective training results since 2007!
Mary, Macomb County Michigan’s first Female CCW/CPL Instructor teaching Concealed Carry Courses at a remote location in 2001, just after she successfully influenced MI Legislators to pass MI first CCW Law
Mary, Macomb County Michigan’s first Female CCW/CPL Instructor teaching Concealed Carry Courses at a remote location in 2001, just after she successfully influenced MI Legislators to pass MI first CCW Law
Mary, Macomb County Michigan’s first Female CCW/CPL Instructor teaching Concealed Carry Courses at a remote location in 2001, just after she successfully influenced MI Legislators to pass MI first CCW Law
Mary, Macomb County Michigan’s first Female CCW/CPL Instructor teaching Concealed Carry Courses at a remote location in 2001, just after she successfully influenced MI Legislators to pass MI first CCW Law
Mary, Macomb County Michigan’s first Female CCW/CPL Instructor teaching Concealed Carry Courses at a remote location in 2001
Mary, Macomb County Michigan’s first Female CCW/CPL Instructor teaching Concealed Carry Courses at a remote location in 2001
Mary & Sterling Hgts FTO Police Officer as they prepare for her ‘Ride- Along’ Patrol as part of the SHPD ‘Citizen’s Police Academy’ in 1996
Mary & Sterling Hgts FTO Police Officer as they prepare for her ‘Ride- Along’ Patrol as part of the SHPD ‘Citizen’s Police Academy’ in 1996
One of UPA’s Laser training systems in our Dry-Fire/Laser Room
One of UPA’s Laser training systems in our Dry-Fire/Laser Room
Mary teaching off site a CCW class in 2001
Mary teaching off site a CCW class in 2001