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Welcome to YouTactical Nation

In a critical incident, YOU are your own first responder. Are you ready for your defining moment? Here at YouTactical, we train people to develop the skills, proper perspective and mental toughness needed to break through barriers and achieve more than they thought possible.

YouTactical Nation is a community committed to being prepared to overcome and survive during a crisis. We don’t cut corners, we are not victims and we prepare ourselves, so we can be the solution. A solid training foundation instills confidence and confidence empowers us to not only survive a critical incident but thrive in the chaos. Welcome to the YouTactical Nation.

Prepare to protect what you love! Prepare to FIGHT BACK!

What we do

Unfortunately, these days organizations are having to take unprecedented action to combat new threats on their employees and clients. With attacks occurring in churches, restaurants, shopping malls, social events, office locations, and schools the need to develop and train your organization on rapid response, security, and safety is paramount. Dave Acosta can help you unlock your organizations potential with his years of Corporate Consulting and quick reaction training. As a retired police officer, member of SWAT, and personal protection specialist, he brings years of experience that can help your organization develop the capability that you need. Dave provides targeted instruction, consulting, team development, and can even help qualify and re-qualify your team, if required. Dave will also put together a team and support your event by providing security as a complete package.
Join us to learn new, or expand existing skills from firearm safety basics, tactical movement, close quarter battle, personal protection, survival, abduction prevention, emergency medical and much more. Our goal is to make training available in a comfortable, inclusive environment. All Classes are taught personally by Dave Acosta, with support by other trained and experienced experts.
Do you know that kids are happy because they don’t know that there are limits, boundaries or rules? Dave believes that we place too many boundaries and rules on ourselves, and this limits our ability to perform at a level we know we are capable of. He is widely recognized for his ability help elite athletes, professionals, and corporations embrace new perspectives, shift their paradigm, and expand their focus and performance. His innovative approach and passionate commitment have an immediate effect on participants. One of the most common phrases used by participants to describe the impact of Dave’s coaching is “Life changing!”
You may not be comfortable in a hands on class yet, or know someone who doesn’t take their personal defense seriously yet. Or perhaps you just don’t quite know if YouTactical is right for you. Don’t sweat it, as Dave puts on a number of events and seminars (often at no cost) that may give you an opportunity to see what we are all about. These short, informative sessions are packed with a ton of information (No hard sales! Seriously!) and engage the audience with a variety of topics related to emergency response and protection for yourself, your family, organization, or community. Dave also is available for more formal public speaking events as a guest speaker, subject expert, or to participate in forum discussions. Media personnel, please see the About Us page for more information.

Upcoming Classes and Events

To learn more click on the below class title, or go to the “Classes” page.

Postponed - Women's Empowerment and Personal Defense

Postponed, to be rescheuled

Cost: $45 per person

Who: Women, age 12 and up

This is a presentation that will empower you with knowledge and tools to protect yourself and your family. We will discuss the importance of mental toughness and how to achieve it. We will show you how to elevate your level of awareness and defeat an assault or prevent an abduction.

We will also address the subject of abusive relationships and how to overcome, escape and survive the trauma (physical and emotional) that result from continuous assaults on your body and soul. Everyone deserves to be happy and safe. If you have been a victim or are currently a victim, this class will help you reclaim your self-worth.

There will be an open forum so you can ask questions. There will be hands-on demonstrations

of the simple fight back and escape techniques we teach and you will have an opportunity to try

these techniques out on a real person.

Dave has trained over 4500 teachers in these simple, yet highly effective techniques. The word most often used by women to describe the course is “Empowering”. Come and learn to live Prepared, not Paranoid.

 Payment Info

  • You can use PayPal or Venmo to secure your spot.
  • PayPal is Keygroupsp@gmail.com
  • Venmo is @dave-acosta
  • Text Dave to confirm your reservation. 801 369-1931.
  • Make sure and leave your name and contact info in the Venmo or PayPal note.

 

Postponed - Defensive Handgun (Gunfighter 101) - Intermediate

Postponed, to be rescheduled

Cost: $100

SUBJECTS ADDRESSED

  • Personal Weapon options
  • Ballistics
  • Carry options (tier1 concealed)
  • Dynamics of a gun fight/deadly force encounter
  • Tactical mindset required to win
  • Tactical shooting position/grip/presentation

First 100 rounds

  • Instinctive shooting drills
  • Weak hand combat shooting
  • Mag Changes

Second 100 rounds

  • Draw to shoot
  • Multiple targets
  • Shoot and move
  • Shooting from cover
  • Critical incident management (seeing the big picture/avoiding tunnel vision)

Requirements

  • 200 rounds of ammunition
  • Hearing protection
  • Eye protection
  • Holster and belt
  • Please dress appropriately and come prepared for the weather. Sunblock, dress in layers, comfortable shoes that will allow you to maintain stable footing in loose/uneven ground.

 Payment Info

  • You can use PayPal or Venmo to secure your spot.
  • PayPal is Keygroupsp@gmail.com
  • Venmo is @dave-acosta
  • Text Dave to confirm your reservation. 801 369-1931.
  • Make sure and leave your name and contact info in the Venmo or PayPal note.

We will send you a location link on maps

(3hr/200 rounds)

Sat. Aug 15, 8 AM - Intro to Handgun - Beginner

Friday August 15th 8am-11am     Location:  Santaquin, UT

Cost: $80

The handgun 101 is a three hour beginner course. Students are required to supply their own ammo (150 rounds). If they do not have a handgun and want to use one of ours we need to know ahead of time so we can make arrangements. Safety is our priority. This class moves at a deliberate pace. In this class we will focus on subjects such as gun functionality, loading and unloading, proper grip and stance, front site target acquisition and trigger squeeze. All students will leave more comfortable handling a firearm and with an increased level of confidence.

Requirements

  • 150 rounds of ammunition
  • Hearing protection
  • Eye protection
  • Please dress appropriately and come prepared for the weather. Sunblock, dress in layers, comfortable shoes that will allow you to maintain stable footing in loose/uneven ground.

Payment Info

  • You can use PayPal or Venmo to secure your spot.
  • PayPal is Keygroupsp@gmail.com
  • Venmo is @dave-acosta
  • Text Dave to confirm your reservation. 801 369-1931.
  • Make sure and leave your name and contact info in the Venmo or PayPal note.

(3hr/150 rounds)

*CANCELED* Sat. Aug 22nd, 8AM - Tactical AR (All Day Course) - Advanced

Saturday August 22nd 8am – 4pm (Lunch Included)    Location:  Diamon Fork Canyon, UT

Cost: $300

Includes Certificate of Completion

 

Are you an intermediate to advanced shooter?

Are you proficient with both your handgun and an AR15 (or similar carbine)?

Are you open to new information, techniques and tactics?

If you answered yes to these questions, then this all-day tactical shooting course is for you!

The morning will consist of a quick refresher and proficiency assessment. We will discuss tactical application of each weapon platform and related gear (vest, battle belt & slings). You will learn how to transition between systems and resolve any problems that may arise during the exercise. Training distances will range from 5 – 300 meters. 80% of the training/shooting will be focused on your primary weapon (AR/carbine).

After lunch (provides by YT) you will move on to the scenario based exercises and proficiency testing/course qualification.

You will run both your carbine and handgun in this afternoon session and will be required to transition back and forth between the two weapon systems. The scenarios include physical stress and require good verbal communication during the course of fire. This course is meant to push you mentally and physically as you work to maintain discipline and control over your shooting fundamentals.

This course is physically demanding. Be prepared for that!

*Extreme heat and altitude.

Requirements

  • AR15, AK or similar carbine platforms

  • 3 mags

  • Sling (load bearing vest optional)

  • Handgun with holster and mag holder

  • Battle belt would be best

  • 3 mags

  • Minimum of 200 rounds per weapon

  • Ear and eye protection

  • Hat

  • Sunscreen

  • Hydration and snacks

  • Camp chair

  • Dress for rugged hot training environment

Payment Info

  • You can use PayPal or Venmo to secure your spot.
  • PayPal is Keygroupsp@gmail.com
  • Venmo is @dave-acosta
  • Text Dave to confirm your reservation. 801 369-1931.
  • Make sure and leave your name and contact info in the Venmo or PayPal note.

YouTac Academy

  • 6 Week Course – 1 Event per week (Wednesday)
  • 1 Evning Per Week (Wednesday)
  • Subjects 1st 4 Weeks:
    1. Range Night – Gunfighter Course
    2. CQB – Home Invasion or Active Shooter
    3. Surveillance/Counter Surveillance
    4. Body Language/Micro-Assessment
  • Vot on 2 of the following options for the last two weeks:
    1. Tac-Med in Unique Environments
    2. Tactical Mission Planning and Pre-Mission Advance Work.
    3. SPD or EP (detailed explanation forthcomming)
    4. Escape & Evade

Typical Course runs from 6:00-9:00pm (some nights will run longer).

Cost: $450 per person

Does not include range fee or ammunition.

 

Payment Info

  • You can use PayPal or Venmo to secure your spot.
  • PayPal is Keygroupsp@gmail.com
  • Venmo is @dave-acosta
  • Text Dave to confirm your reservation. 801 369-1931.
  • Make sure and leave your name and contact info in the Venmo or PayPal note.