Announcing Resilience Development

| January 2, 2017 | 2 Comments

Congratulations to our friends Robin Godolphin and Jameson Nelms. They successfully rebranded their Onalaska, Wisconsin-based training company to Resilience Development.

I encourage you to read about why they changed their name, as well as their $10 fundamentals classes and law enforcement officer scholarship program.

Robin and Jameson have been very active over the last five years. They have gone through some significant instructor development programs, hosted key specialists, and taught a wide array of students many of the core competencies necessary for the civilian defender.

The name change is significant to those of us who belong to the future of the self defense community. Some call us “Gun Culture 2.0,” but in short we represent a larger, more diverse demographic than the stereotypical gun owner.

A big part of this new 2.0 culture is being inclusive, and encouraging more people to take responsibility for their own physical safety.

If we are going to get our coworkers, friends, and family to start training along side us, we must acknowledge that not everyone wants to be — or wants to identify with — switched on, super-tactical, door kicking badasses.

The transition from “Ungentlemanly Training” to “Resilience Development” is part of a growing trend to change the perception of our industry, and reframe how people think about us and what we do.

We are fortunate to be affiliated with many companies and individuals with similar mindsets. I applaud this re-imaging, and encourage you to follow Resilience Development on their Facebook page. Look for upcoming training opportunities with them in 2017.


About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

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  1. Randal S. Ripley says:

    I enjoy your stuff Short Barrel but this is ridiculous in my opinion. When someone is faced with defending themselves, most likely it is going to be the ugliest situation they have ever been in and will take the attitude that they will do ANYTHING necessary to survive.

    Instead of finding ways to make defending yourself sound politically correct and not as ugly as it can get, we should always encourage anyone who thinks about defending themselves with a firearm or knife to really search themselves to be sure they are not only capable of violence but are they capable of whatever it takes to survive.

    No matter how many times you call ugly (beautiful), it’s still ugly.

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      Hi there!

      The training is still the same stuff you’d expect in fight focused training classes. The mindset and marketing is what’s more inclusive.

      Things like pre-fight techniques and trauma care lead some people to take more fight-oriented classes, whereas marketing ONLY towards fight-oriented classes results in them not taking *anything*.

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