Our mission:

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

What is our product?

  • We offer practical training in self-defense skills and mindset, in a safe, empowering and supportive environment.

Who are our members?

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

What makes us unique?

  • We are a member-led, member-instructed, non-profit organization, which brings together the generosity of our members to help our neighbors, friends and communities be safer.
  • We provide shoot-on-the-move and low-light defensive practice that you cannot get on your own at the range.

What benefits do our members gain?

  • 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.
  • The satisfaction and personal growth gained from helping others develop their own skills.

Our politics:

  • We are non-political by design, and do not endorse any political parties, candidates, or viewpoints.
  • We support the Second Amendment, and believe the right to bear arms is an individual right.

Our core values:

  • We believe in the right to defend yourself and your loved ones against death or grave bodily harm.
  • We believe that using a firearm for self-defense should be your last resort, after all other methods have failed.
  • We believe that you must practice your self-defense skills regularly, or you will lose them.
  • We believe in the beneficial values of community service and personal growth through helping others.

About gun ownership:

About teaching vs. learning:

  • We try to avoid "teaching" to our members.  
  • We prefer to "help them learn" through group participation and mentoring.

About practice vs. training:

  • Practice is when you exercise a skill  you already know.
  • Training is when you work on skills you have not yet mastered.
  • We encourage our members to do both, at least once or twice monthly.



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