What is our program all about?

P.O.P (Protecting our People)

This is our introductory prerequisite class that gives you the chance to see what we're all about. 

This class demonstrates the basics of armed and unarmed self-defense, and gives you an insight into our program and reality-based training structure, and it's a ton of fun!

The POP class can be taken as a complete stand-alone class and is open to the public with no membership required.

Once you complete the POP class and you're ready for more, you can start a membership and begin the full Able Shepherd Program. 

The Able Shepherd Program

Following completion of the POP course, you can begin to progress through the Able Shepherd Program which consists of 4 "Phases". 

Phases 1, 2, and 3 teach you continually advancing skills with a pistol, rifle, and special tactics for the live shooting range and simulation room entries in teams.

Each Phase ends with a test to ensure your skills are retained and you are prepared for the next level. 

Following the completion of Phase 3 you are eligible to test for the status of Able Shepherd, and progress to advanced training and special events in Phase 4.  Practice classes, drills and private training sessions are available eat any time to help you hone your skills before a test.

You can purchase a membership of two classes for 1/2 price rates, or sign up for classes individually.

The Process

Take the POP Course

This 4-hour class is the prerequisite to the entire Able Shepherd program.  Learn the basics of self-defense and gain an insight to reality-based simulation training.  Open to the public with no membership requirement.

Purchase a Membership

Once you’ve taken the POP class we promise you’ll be hooked and ready for more!  Purchase a membership or sign up for individual classes as you go.

A membership gets you 2 classes per-month for the price of one!


Sign up for a Class

Now that you’ve completed the POP Course and purchased a membership, it’s time to dig in!  To register for a class you must first log in to the calendar.

One of the Best Courses I have Attended.

“One of the best courses I have attended. In law enforcement, it is crucial to test new skills while under simulated stress to imprint long lasting muscle memory.”

J.P. Burt / Larkspur, Colorado

We Learned to Communicate as a Team.

“We learned to communicate as a team with one common language. The course exposed many areas of weakness and makes me only want to learn more. The training is second to none.”

Chad Davies / Castle Rock, Colorado

I have the Confidence to make a Difference.

“I now feel that I have the confidence to make a difference and save lives. I highly recommend that anyone and everyone should consider training with Jimmy Graham.”

Chris Waterman, President of Waterman Group Mortgage / Castle Rock, Colorado

Curriculum that was second to None.

“Jimmy listened to our needs and created a curriculum that was second to none. He integrated well with the students and was able to gain their trust very quickly. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend Jimmy and DTA for any force-based or tactical law enforcement training.”

Rob Heide, Retired Police Officer and Owner/Lead Instructor,186 Training and Consulting LLC.  Virginia

Training for Tough Decisions.

“Training for tough decisions under Jimmy’s expert eyes prepares you and your family for what life will unexpectedly bring—with confidence.”

Kevin Cullis, Author and Owner of MacStartup.com / Littleton, Colorado

I Gained far more than what I Invested.

“Jimmy’s leadership, confidence, and ability to effectively communicate maximized the time we spent together. I gained far more than what I invested.”

Shay Miles, Founder/President of The Cowboy Academy 

Black Forest, Colorado

The Best Training Money can Buy.

“If you want the best training for armed and unarmed conflict, this is it. This IS the best training money can buy.”

Brett Boness, Operations Manager, Ora Labs

Parker, Colorado

Don't be a Potential Victim.

“Friends, EVERYONE would benefit from taking one of these classes! Don’t be a potential victim! An added benefit: IT’S FUN!!!!!!!!!”

Lynn St. Peter / Fort Collins, Colorado



Who Runs this Program?

The Able Shepherd program was developed and is directed by veteran US Navy SEAL and CIA Global Response Staff Instructor Jimmy Graham.  


Is this Program for Me?

You are your best ‘first responder’ — no one is more capable of providing a first line of defense for you, your family, and your community, than you. If you have an interest in increasing your own capability and cognizance in a threatening situation, then the Able Shepherd Program is for you.


Why do I need this Program?

According to the FBI, Active Shooter Incidents are on the rise and the majority of them occur in places of business, churches and schools. Active shooter response training offers comprehensive preparedness for life-threatening situations.


How do I Get Started?

The P.O.P Course (Protect our People) is our entry course into the program.