About Able Shepherd
Who We Are
Able Shepherd is an elite level self-defense program utilizing armed and unarmed skills. Our goal is to make you and those around you safer.
Our Director/Lead Instructor, Jimmy Graham, is a veteran US Navy SEAL and Master Training Specialist who is committed to your overall preparedness.
Our facility includes a training classroom, open training floor, simulation room, live-fire multi-lane shooting range and debriefing lounge. We also regularly utilize off-site venues to further enhance your response skills and capabilities.
Our Core Values
To be Ready and Able to Serve
To demonstrate the ability to shoot, move, and communicate with team members under stress.
To Aspire to a Higher Standard
To hold ourselves to the highest of moral, ethical and tactical standards.
To Be Accountable
We agree to be accountable to one another, and to take responsibility for our own safety and that of our family.
Jimmy spent over 15 years in the US Navy SEAL Teams earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E7). During that time, he earned certifications as a Sniper, Joint Tactical Air Controller, Range Safety Officer for Live Fire, Dynamic Movement and Master Training Specialist. He also served for 7 years as an Operator and Lead Instructor for an Elite Federal Government Protective Detail for High-Risk and Critical environments, to include; Kirkuk, Iraq, Kabul, Afghanistan, Beirut, Lebanon and Benghazi, Libya. During this time, he earned his certification for Federal Firearms Instructor, Simunition Scenario Qualified Instructor and Certified Skills Facilitator. Jimmy has trained law enforcement on the Federal, State, and Local levels as well as Fire Department, EMS and Dispatch personnel. He has traveled across the nation training communities in order to enhance their level of readiness in response to active shooter situations. Graham and his team of experts provide hands-on training in both armed and unarmed solutions to terrorist attacks, active shooter threats and potential life-threatening situations.
When I attended the opening of the Active Shooters Response Training Center (ASRTC), I was instantly hooked; both to it and Jimmy Graham. I achieved the Able Shepherd rating 14 months later. I’m amazed that I was able to accomplish this, and I still hold the record for being the oldest to do it. While I have always felt a great need to provide for and protect my loved ones, I never knew I could attain such skills to assist me in this endeavor. After finishing a 38-year career as an executive in construction, it is my honor to be the COO of this program.
Skip has been a student of defensive shooting for over 25 years. He served as an infantryman with the 10th Mountain Division from 1989-1993. During this time, he deployed to Panama (twice) and to the Middle East. Skip owned a CrossFit gym for 14 years, teaching efficient human movement to everyone from soccer moms to Olympic athletes and everyone in between. On the competitive CrossFit side, he has coached over 30 different athletes to the CrossFit Games. Those athletes have earned a total of 6 podium finishes. Skip is also a multiple Iron Man finisher. Skip was involved with the Able Shepherd Program since the beginning and was the 4th person to earn the Able Shepherd qualification. He became an ASP Instructor shortly after. As an instructor, Skip provides hands on training in both armed and unarmed techniques, active shooter response training, and shoot/no-shoot training. He is both an NRA Range Safety Officer and a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor. Skip currently holds the ranking of Master in the following IDPA divisions: Stock Service Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, and Compact Carry Pistol.
Parker achieved Able Shepherd certification in 2017, and has been trained directly by Jimmy Graham, Veteran Navy Seal. Parker became a certified RSO (Range Safety Officer) late 2017 and became certified NRA Instructor shortly thereafter. At the beginning of 2018, Parker achieved the rank of Instructor in the Able Shepherd program. As an instructor, Parker provides hands-on training in both armed and unarmed solutions, active shooter threats, and potential life-threatening situations.
Our facility includes a training classroom, open training floor, simulation room, live-fire multi-lane shooting range & a debriefing lounge. We also regularly utilize off-site venues to further enhance your response skills and capabilities.
Our large training classroom is equipped with projector and sound giving us the ability to benefit from presentations, real-world video clips, and online references to aid our instruction and discussions.
Open Training Floor
Our large open training floor provides us with enough room to get on our feet and perform the drills necessary to learn skills in a manner that is fun and effective.
Designated Simulation Room
In our Simulation room we can specifically design realistic scenarios to validate the skills learned that day. Students will engage real people with non-lethal training rounds to demonstrate split second Shoot or No-Shoot responses.
Designated Live-Fire Multi-Lane Shooting Range
Our 6 lane, indoor, Live-Fire shooting range is equipped with programmable turning targets allowing us to train year-round, rain, snow or shine.
The Debriefing Lounge provides us with a location to unwind and discuss lessons learned after an “exciting” experience in a scenario. Any mistakes are respectfully addressed for future correction and successes are reinforced for retention. The only way we get better is to honestly evaluate our capabilities, strengths and weaknesses in training… and then improve them for ‘what if’ situations in the future.
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