The Pugilist Marksman 

The Pugilist Marksman is a unique initiative centered on the goal of fostering more capable and resilient individuals by promoting the training and principles of the warrior mindset.

Our Defensive Pistol Course draws from extensive experience in low-profile law enforcement and civilian training. The curriculum equips students, regardless of their shooting background or profession, with the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively carry, conceal, and utilize a pistol. Topics cover a broad range, including mindset, use of force, firearms selection, gear, carry considerations, pistol manipulations, marksmanship fundamentals, and positional shooting

* This course is not a basic pistol course and we requires participants to be confident in their safety, shooting and physical abilities. Pistol 1 is a prerequisite to this course completed by a reputable instructor or organization. 

The BDT Close-Quarter Combatives Program focuses on effective hand-to-hand defensive techniques for situations where using concealed weapons isn’t feasible. It explores understanding predator behavior, identifying pre-attack signs, and the verbal dynamics preceding physical confrontations, emphasizing a comprehensive defensive strategy. The program highlights the importance of safeguarding “Everyday Carry (EDC)” items, especially concealed firearms, during physical engagements. It integrates firearms instruction with combatives, emphasizing weapon retention and disarming tactics in close-quarter scenarios, essential for maintaining control and gaining the upper hand in high-pressure situations. This training is born from Coach Baker’s extensive experience in martial arts and coaching various law enforcement and security professionals.

The Pugilist Marksman presents a unique initiative to enhance individual capabilities and resilience through the warrior mindset. The program incorporates comprehensive training in low-profile law enforcement and civilian contexts, focusing on effective firearm use, concealed carry, and defensive tactics. It emphasizes the importance of mindset, legal aspects of force, and various practical skills for different scenarios.


Alan Baker & Dennis Rousseau

Alan Baker A.K.A “Dedão” or the “Big Toe” is a renowned figure in martial arts and self-defense, with over four decades of diverse experience in more than 25 martial arts forms under the worlds foremost instructors. He is the founder and chief instructor of Baker Defensive Tactics (BDT), The Civilian Tactical Association, And the Pugilist Marksman program where he imparts advanced defensive techniques, close quarter firearm skills, and edged weapon handling. He is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, and NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, a Certified Executive Protection Agent (PPS), His expertise is widely recognized by top security professionals, law enforcement agencies, and U.S. government departments. Baker also serves as the lead Defensive Tactics Instructor at prestigious institutions such as The Executive Protection Institute, Tactical 21, Jason Redman’s Overcome & Survive and The Vehicle Dynamics Institute, contributing significantly to the field.


Dennis Rousseau is a seasoned military veteran and active duty officer with over 16 years in Federal Law Enforcement. He’s a Primary Less Lethal Instructor, skilled in various combat techniques, including de-escalation, ground tactics, and firearms. Dennis, a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Tae Kwon Do, trains under Sifu Alan Baker and Sensei Erik Paulson. He founded Force Solutions, focusing on firearms training, hand-to-hand self-defense, situational awareness, and de-escalation, integrating his extensive martial arts expertise.


Firearms Training Day Will be held at Osprey Shooting Solutions

1165 Blacks Bluff Rd SW, Rome, GA 30161


Defensive Tactics Training Day Will Be Held At The Atlanta Martial Arts Center

180 Pkwy 575, STE 110 Woodstock, GA 30188

Hosted In Woodstock Georgia

Located just 30 minutes north of Atlanta, Woodstock has craft brews and chef-driven restaurants plus miles of trails and a vibrant music scene.

Woodstock, located in Georgia, exudes Southern charm and offers a delightful blend of history and a strong community spirit. The downtown area of Woodstock is brimming with energy, featuring a vibrant atmosphere and an array of exceptional dining and shopping options. With over 30 distinctive locally owned shops, you’ll discover a treasure trove of unique finds and exciting deals. Downtown Woodstock also boasts an enticing culinary scene, offering a diverse selection of locally owned restaurants that promise unforgettable dining experiences.

Adding to its allure, Woodstock is proud to be home to the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, Georgia’s newest premium outlet mall. Housing more than 100 world-class stores, shoppers can indulge in a delightful retail therapy experience.


Reformation Brewery (Woodstock)

Taylor Randahl Memorial Mountain Bike Trails

The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta

Two Full Days Of Training: $700

SAT, April 6, 2024, 9:00 AM EST – Sun, April 7, 2024, 5:00 PM EST

Course Is Limited to

Equipment Needed For DT Day:

Minimum Gear Requirements For Firearms Training Day

  • IWB (Inside the waistband) Holsters *No Serpa or leather only holsters
  • Reliable and sturdy EDC belt
  • Reliable EDC Pistol
  • At least 1 magazine holder for spare magazine
  • 3 magazines
  • 300 rounds of ammunition (If you bring more you can shoot more)
  • Quality Ear & Eye Protection 
  • Appropriate Clothing for Concealment and Weather
  • Knee and Elbow pads optional
  • Bring snacks and lunch so we can start back on time
  • Please properly hydrate the evening before and bring plenty of water, we will be moving

Physical Requirements

Participation in this program requires a fundamental level of physical fitness, including the capacity to kneel on one knee and return to a standing position. However, we understand that injuries and physical limitations can occur. They won’t entirely prevent you from training with us if you have any such concerns. We are committed to modifying and adapting exercises to suit your needs and conditions. Our primary goal is to provide you with a high-quality educational experience, ensuring all participants gain valuable skills and knowledge, regardless of physical constraints.

Before engaging in any physical activity, including this event, it’s advisable to consult with your doctor for guidance and to ensure it’s suitable for your health and fitness level.

Refund Policy


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In a world where violence is increasingly common, there’s a growing need for individuals and families to be better prepared. This rising demand for self-defense and readiness has led more people to seek high-quality training. Our objective is to equip you with the practical skills and the warrior mindset necessary to navigate life’s challenges.

Joining a community with shared goals is a highly effective way to educate yourself. That’s why we’re building a community focused on enhancing preparedness and training. This initiative aims to elevate our collective ability to be better prepared through shared learning and practice.

“There’s a growing need for individuals who will be ready to step up in times of chaos and violence. My goal is to cultivate more of those fighter mindsets out there.”

– Sifu Alan Baker

We are dedicated to delivering exceptional, comprehensive training that meets the growing needs of modern self-defense and sets new standards in the industry. Our focus is on nurturing modern-day warriors through a combination of advanced training, fostering a resilient mindset, and cultivating a strong community. Our team of instructors is dedicated to providing top-notch training to those looking to enhance their skills and build confidence. Catering to all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned marksmen, our instructors tailor their approach to match your pace, focusing on helping you achieve your personal shooting goals.

  • Deadly force and the Law
  • Warrior Mindset
  • Importance of proper clothing and gear
  • Firearms considerations
  • What are you carrying (EDC)
  • Holster placement and considerations IWB vs OWB
  • Proper concealment of firearm
  • Weapons safety
  • Safe draw/holstering of firearm
  • Grip and presentation 
  • Utilization of body alignment
  • Sight alignment and sight picture
  • Two hand pistol fundamentals
  • Safe pistol manipulations
  • Reloads
  • Common malfunctions and clearing
  • Transitions
  • Single hand shooting and manipulation
  • Single hand reloads
  • Tactics dictated by proximity
  • Close quarter engagements
  • Alternative shooting positions 
  • Concealment and cover
  • Moving and shooting/ Moving then shooting
  • Movement to cover
  • Introduction to low light
  • Tourniquet 
  • Aftermath and dealing with Law Enforcement
  • Pre-contact physical and verbal posturing applications.
  • Control methods for low-level resistance.
  • Force methods for non-lethal scenarios.
  • Principles of socially and legally appropriate defensive actions.
  • “Everyday Carry (EDC)” considerations in self-defense.
  • Combatives and firearm control in close-quarter situations.
  • Weapon retention and disarming techniques.
  • Understanding body language and predator behavior.
  • Importance of appearance and perception in defense scenarios.
  • Coach Alan’s Universal Principles from his combat arts experience.
  • Tactics for handling elevated unarmed force levels.
  • Negotiating aggression from single or multiple threats.
  • Introduction to Dog Boxing for out-of-position fighting.
  • Skills for fighting in challenging environments like against walls, vehicles, or on the ground.
  • Multi-tool principle for high-stress decision-making.
  • Combat Blueprint and predatory mindset principles.
  • Visual appropriateness and social acceptability in self-defense.
  • Introduction to common ground positions in grappling.
  • Defensive techniques against violent attackers on the ground.
  • Creating distance and time for effective defensive measures.
  • Counter grappling and ground fighting concepts.
  • Differentiating between sport-based grappling and self-defense grappling.
  • Techniques for ground engagement, including defensive and offensive guard options.
  • Mechanics of ground movement and survival.
  • Handling various ground scenarios like side control and mount.


  1. Enhanced Self-Defense Skills: Participants will gain practical knowledge and techniques for effective self-defense, especially in situations requiring concealed carry.
  2. Improved Firearms Proficiency: The program emphasizes safe and skilled firearms handling, enhancing participants’ shooting accuracy and confidence.
  3. Mindset Development: A key focus is cultivating the warrior mindset, which is critical for effective self-protection and situational awareness.
  4. Legal Knowledge: Participants will learn about the legal aspects of self-defense and the use of force, equipping them with the necessary knowledge for responsible firearm usage.


  1. Comprehensive Training: The program covers a wide range of topics, including defensive tactics, firearms training, and legal aspects of force.
  2. Expert Instruction: Led by Sifu Alan Baker and Coach Dennis Rousseau, seasoned experts, participants will receive training rooted in extensive experience and knowledge.
  3. Practical Application: The curriculum is designed for real-world application, suitable for both law enforcement and civilian contexts.
  4. Interactive Learning: Participants can expect a blend of theoretical learning and practical, hands-on training.

Hampton Inn Atlanta/Woodstock

450 Parkway 575, Woodstock, GA 30188•(770) 592-2323


Comfort Suites/Woodstock

340 Parkway 575, Woodstock, GA 30188•(770) 517-9650


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Atlanta Woodstock

455 Parkway 575, Woodstock, GA 30188•(770) 926-4669


Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Woodstock/Atlanta North

305 Molly Ln, Woodstock, GA 30189•(678) 738-0001


This course represents a significant time and financial commitment for both participants and organizers. It has a strict refund policy due to high demand and limited spots. Cancellations made over 30 days before the class are fully refundable. Between eight and thirty days prior, tuition isn’t refundable but can be applied to another program within 12 months. Cancellations within a week of the class result in forfeiture of tuition. If a class is canceled by the organizers, enrolled students will receive a full refund.