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ADTA: Building Practical
Self-Defense Skills

Who are we?

We help people learn practical self-defense in a safe, empowering and supportive environment.

Our members are people who shoot, or want to learn to shoot, in an engaging and supportive social group.

New Shooter Training


We bring together the generosity of our members to help our neighbors, friends and communities be safer.

Monthly Free Public Training Workshops

Benefits of ADTA

  • Greater confidence in defending yourself and your family
  • Learn at your own pace with mentoring from experienced members
  • The excitement and enthusiasm from participating in interesting and challenging live-fire practices every month

Monthly Live-Fire Practice Events

Training for beginners

Our New Shooter 101 training program is designed for beginners with no previous firearms knowledge.

You learn at your own pace by watching videos at home, then attend our FREE public workshops, where you'll find New Shooter 101 training curriculum throughout the year.

Instructors, Mentors, and Range Safety Officers are present at every event

Live-Fire Practice

We provide shoot-on-the-move and low-light defensive practice that you cannot get on your own at the range.

Experienced shooters: Gain satisfaction and personal growth from helping others develop their own skills.

Experience live-fire shooting you cannot get on your own at the range

To shoot or not to shoot?

We believe that using a firearm for self-defense should be your last resort, after all other methods have failed.

Besides helping you learn how to shoot, ADTA also trains you how to AVOID shooting.  We call this Layers of Safety, which is included in most workshops.

Voice defense is one of ADTA's Layers of Safety


We sponsor 48 training events per year

Visit our UPCOMING EVENTS to find out more!

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Live-fire practice:
Shooting on the move

Real-life defensive situations present themselves under pressure and without warning.  This live-fire practice session led by instructor Wu Chin gets you accustomed to reacting swiftly and accurately.  This type of training is one of the unique benefits of ADTA membership! 

Live-fire practice:
Shooting in low light

Many real-life defensive situations occur in low light.  But how often do you get to practice that?  In ADTA's low-light practice scenario you learn how to hold a flashlight while shooting accurately.  Led by instructor Chad Hiatt, this is one of our most popular events! 

Beginner's training:
New Shooter 101

Do you want to learn to shoot?  Find out what ADTA has to offer by attending one of our New Shooter 101 workshops.  Not only do we show you how our beginner's training program works, we give you some hands-on experience in basic handgun operations.

Hands-on workshop:
Pepper spray

Pepper spray is one of ADTA's Layers of Safety.  Our pepper spray workshop gives trainees exposure to the basic types of pepper spray, using inert practice canisters.  Pepper spray can be an effective defensive option when using deadly force is not warranted by the situation.

Hands-on workshop:
Voice defense

Voice defense is another of ADTA's Layers of Safety.  Our demeanor, our fighting spirit, and our face, are the most empowering tools we have. Every serial rapist, every serial killer, is looking for a passive victim. They don’t want to take on somebody that looks they’re going to fight back. 

Armed Defense Training Association (ADTA)
A 501(c)7 non-profit organization, founded in 2011
Federal Way, Washington, USA
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