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There’s a lot more to prevailing in a self-defense situation than just shooting skills. At Integrated Personal Defense, we don’t just teach you how to shoot; we teach you how to fight.

Shooting is a big part of this, but so are a wide range of other skills. Skills that will help you avoid a fight and place yourself in an advantageous position before the fight starts. Learn how to fend off an attack with empty hands until you can get to your gun, keep from getting shot while you stop your attacker, and be prepared to deal with additional threats after you think the fight is over. Not to mention the knowledge you need to remain free and fiscally solvent after you defend yourself. We teach you all of these skills, integrated seamlessly so you will be able to apply them in the real world, not just on the range.

Together with Training for Life LLC, Integrated Personal Defense provides Suarez International training classes in South Carolina. We offer a full range of handgun and rifle classes. We have courses for everyone from the novice shooter looking for their first self-defense class to the experienced operator looking for advanced skills. Come train with us.


Chris Upchurch has trained extensively with Gabe Suarez and other top instructors.  He has been certified as an instructor by both Gabe Suarez and John Farnam.  He began teaching defensive firearms use in 2007 and joined the Suarez Staff in 2010. Chris has also written extensively on self-defense topics.

Training Resume

Suarez International

Close Range Gunfighting

Force on Force

Close Range Rifle Gunfighting

Snub-nose Seminar

Extreme Close Range Gunfighting

Trauma Care for Shooters

Combat Pistol Instructor School

Point Shooting Progressions

Advanced Point Shooting Progressions

Kalashnikov Rifle Marksmanship

Advanced Kalashnikov Rifle Gunfighting (twice)

Kalashnikov Rifle Force on Force

CQB: Fighting in Structures (twice)

0-5 feet Pistol Gunfighting (twice)

Low Light Force on Force

CQB Instructor Course

Shotgun Gunfighting

Long Gun Point Shooting Progressions

Applegate Combat Point Shooting System

Guerrilla Sniper

AR15/M4 Armorer

Trauma Medicine for the CCW Operator

Dynamics of the Shotgun (twice)

Terrorist/Active Shooter Interdiction

Team Tactics

Guerrilla Sniper II

Defense Training International (John Farnam)

Fighting with a Handgun

Defensive Urban Rifle

DTI Instructor Course

AMOK! (Tom Sotis)

Accessing Under Attack

Tactical Counter Footwork

Functional Traps and Snares

Managing the Kill-Zone

Disarming Using Edged Weapons

Knife vs. Knife

In-Fight Accessing

American Tactical Shooting Association

2010 National Tactical Invitational

National Rifle Association

Basic Instructor Training

Basic Pistol Instructor

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