CCW-Concealed Handgun License

This class is recommended for those wanting to learn basic fundamentals and use; certificates of completion are only necessary if you do decide to apply for your concealed license.

The course also meets all the requirements set by the State of Ohio for persons interested in obtaining their conceal handgun license (CHL) also known as carry conceal weapon (CCW). 

This is an 8 hour course, involving 6 hours of classroom instruction with an additional 2 hours of practical “live fire” training and range instruction.

There will be a written examination and a live fire qualifying to complete the course.

Cost is $125 for the class, ammunition is the only other expense, we can sell you ammo if you need it that day.



Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills and Attitude Necessary to Shoot a Handgun Safely

  • Have an Understanding of Current Ohio Laws for CHL/CCW

  • Operation and Definition of Various Handguns

  • Firearm Safety

  • Ammunition Types and Handling

  • Basic Shooting Positions and Techniques

  • Maintenance

  • Storage

  • Identifying Firearm Malfunctions

  • Concealed Carrying Options

  • Use of Training Aids

Range Time

Targets will be provided.

Students should bring their own handgun.

If you don’t have one we can provide one for you, and if you would like to purchase one before the class please see one of our sales consultants before your class date.

If you have never purchased a firearm, please visit our store and we will help guide you toward a purchase or at least present options.

Also please feel free to stop in and see our classroom facilities and ask any questions you may have to help better prepare you for the upcoming class and any other needs.

How to Prepare

What to bring:

  • Current Valid State Photo Identification (driver license or ID card)

  • Lunch and snacks (we will have coffee and bottled water as well as a refrigerator and microwave for your use)

  • Comfortable attire and weather appropriate (some range events are outdoors – see date listing for details)

  • Handgun (optional, can be either a semi-automatic pistol or revolver)

  • 100 rounds of ammunition (if you don’t have any contact us ahead of the event and we can reserve ammo for your purchase)

  • Eye and Ear Protection (if you do not have these we can provide them)

  • Notepad and pen/pencil optional, however we will be covering a lot of topics during this class and we want to be sure to answer all of your questions

  • Holster optional, not necessary for the class however we will discuss types and options you may want to consider for future use

Knife Defense

12 Strikes

Like other Filipino martial arts, Eskrima employs 12 distinct strikes made with a stick, knife, or sword. Strikes #1, 2, 11, and 12 can be fatal and must be used with caution.

Horizontal strike to defender's left temple or neck

Horizontal strike to defender's right temple or neck

Horizontal strike to defender's left ribcage or upper arm

Horizontal strike to defender's right ribcage or upper arm

Angled thrust (coming from attacker's right side) to defender's navel

Angled thrust (coming from attacker's left side) to defender's navel

Angled strike to defender's left knee

Angled strike to defender's right knee

Angled thrust (coming from attacker's right side) to defender's left shoulder

Angled thrust (coming from attacker's left side) to defender's right shoulder

Angled downward strike to defender's left crown

Angled downward strike to defender's right crown

Oakland Eskrima Club documentary: a short introduction to the class.

Defense against knife thrust to torso.

Defense against downward stabbing attack.

Defense against horizontal slashing attack.

Defense against downward stick strike.

Master Reginald Burford is the Oakland Eskrima Club's lead instructor. He has over 50 years of experience in the martial arts and has taught Eskrima since 1987.

As a soldier with the US Army in Korea, he earned black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do under the instruction of Master Cho. As a military policeman at the San Francisco Presidio, he developed combat techniques for real-life situations. This began his focus on simple, realistic fighting techniques in combat and self-defense.

In 1985, Master Burford began his study of Modern Arnis with Clem Wings, and Remy and Ernesto Presas

In 1986, Master Burford joined the Berkeley Eskrima Club with Master Ed Abinsay and Guro Leo Fernandez. Master Burford adapted his knowledge of edged weapons from Hap Ki Do, and his understanding of balance, movement, and energy from Tai Chi, blending these techniques to form a unique interpretation of Eskrima.


In the 1980s and 1990s, Master Burford competed in Eskrima both nationally and internationally and won the titles below:


•             USA National Eskrima Championship San Jose, CA 1988 - 2nd Place

•             First World Eskrima Championship (NARAPHIL) Cebu City, Philippines. 1989 - 1st Place

•             Manila Arnis Eskrima Kali World Invitational Manila, Philippines. 1989 - 1st Place

•             USA National Eskrima Championship Fairfield, CA 1990 - 2nd Place

•             Second World Eskrima Championship (WEKAF) 1991 - 1st Place


During this time, Master Burford was introduced to Great Grandmaster Cacoy Canete and Doce Pares Eskrima. Over the years, Master Burford trained with and assisted Great Grandmaster Cacoy at numerous tournaments and seminars. During his time in the Philippines, Master Burford trained with Filipino Grandmasters Dionisio Canete and Filemon "Momoy" Canete, and Master Abner Pasa.


In 1990, Master Burford took over instruction at the Berkeley Eskrima Club, renaming it the Oakland Eskrima Club in 2000. In the summer of 2003, Master Burford was recognized for his unique adaptation of Doce Pares Eskrima when he received the high honor of Master of Doce Pares Eskrima from Grandmaster Dionisio Canete.


Master Burford continues to train students in his unique style of Doce Pares Eskrima, telling his students, "Learn the techniques and make your mistakes in class, not in the street. Keep it simple: 'simple' works. Keep your training in the realm of reality.

Upcoming Classes


Advance Handgun 1

Drawing from a Holster

Advance Handgun 1

This course is designed for the shooter with a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of marksmanship and wish to take their skill set to the next level.

This is not a class for the novice.

This course will give you the fundamental skills to be able to draw and engage targets in addition to the knowledge to be able to tactically clear malfunctions on your firearm.

Holster Presentation

  • Learning the concept of the four point draw

  • Magazine exchanges

  • Malfunction clearance drills

  • Proper presentation if the firearm

  • Varied shooting positions


  • Pistol with a minimum caliber of 380

  • At least three magazines

  • 150 rounds of ammunition

  • Comfortable shoes

  • Sturdy belt

  • Minimum age of 18

  • Basic understanding of your firearm

  • Moderate physical ability


Advance Handgun 2

Defending from Multiple Threats

Advance Handgun 2

This course is designed to expand your tactical skills with a handgun. 

This class covers the basics of shooting from cover, shooting on the move, the proper manipulation of the handgun while moving, and shooting from retention.

This class will be at an outdoor range. 

You will be performing multiple drills while moving around obstacles and addressing multiple targets while moving.

Multiple Threats

  • Addressing multiple targets

  • Moving from cover

  • Moving to cover

  • Perform firearm manipulations while moving


  • Successfully completed our Advance Handgun 1

  • Three Magazines

  • Magazine carriers

  • 150 rounds of ammunition



Become a certified USCCA Instructor

Teach CCW/CHL classes

Steps To Become A Certified Instructor

Call 1-877-577-4800 to purchase your eLearning module and to order your toolkit. Instructor candidates can purchase these together at a discounted price. (You will receive your toolkit after completing Step 3, the USCCA Instructor Certification Course.)
 CLICK HERE to sign up for the Instructor Tool Kit


1. Activate and complete the USCCA Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals eLearning module. 
CLICK HERE to sign up for the E-Learning Module
At this time, you will also purchase your USCCA Instructor Toolkit which includes your classroom presentation PowerPoint, 10 copies of Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals by Michael Martin, a classroom poster, 10 copies of Concealed Carry Magazine, and a USCCA Instructor Polo and range cap.
2. Sign up for the USCCA Instructor Certification class with me as your USCCA Training Counselor. 
CLICK HERE to sign up with me as your Training Counselor
3. Attend my USCCA Instructor Certification course with me as the USCCA Training Counselor and qualify by passing both live fire and written examinations. You will receive your toolkit after completing the USCCA Instructor Certification Course.

Thanks, Todd Karam
USCCA Training Counselor # 600422


The USCCA Instructor Toolkit includes: Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals; complete 235-slide, eight-lesson PowerPoint Presentation; 14 professional quality classroom videos that enhance the subject being discussed; and one classroom poster printed in high resolution color, using the same incredible graphics from the book and PowerPoint.

To add even more value to the Instructor Toolkit, we’ve also included 10 issues of Concealed Carry Magazine, a USCCA branded Instructor polo shirt, a USCCA branded range cap, and 50 postage-paid Concealed Carry Magazine subscription postcards for you to use to gain extra revenue!

  • Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals Presentation Package

    The Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals Presentation Package includes a 235-slide, 8-lesson PowerPoint Presentation including 14 professional quality classroom videos that enhance the subject being discussed.

    Classroom Videos Included:

    1. Explaining the “Reasonable Person Test”

    2. Clearing Semi-Automatics

    3. The Slap, Rack and Roll Drill

    4. Clearing Three Types of Semi-Automatic Failures

    5. The Isosceles Stance

    6. The Weaver Stance

    7. Why Not to Give Your Side of the Story

    8. The Miranda Warning and Search & Seizure Laws

    9. Stopping Severe Bleeding

    10. The Miranda Warning and Search and Seizure

    11. Drawing from the Holster

    12. The FBI Flashlight Hold

    13. The Harries Flashlight Hold

    14. The Surefire Flashlight Hold

  • 10 Copies Of The Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals Textbook

    Working in collaboration with expert photographers and illustrators, Michael Martin created what’s now considered to be the industry standard for concealed carry and home defense textbooks. More than 100,000 responsibly armed Americans have already purchased Michael’s book.

  • Classroom Poster

    You’ll get one classroom poster printed in high resolution color, using the same incredible graphics from the book and PowerPoint. As an affiliate instructor, you can purchase additional posters to enhance the look of your classroom.

  • 10 Copies Of An Issue of Concealed Carry Magazine

    More than 100,000 responsibly armed Americans read every issue of Concealed Carry Magazine from cover-to-cover. With insight from nationally-known trainers and self-defense experts and no-holds-barred, politically incorrect commentary, Concealed Carry Magazine is The Ultimate Resource For Anybody Who Carries A Gun.

  • USCCA Branded Instructor Polo Shirt and Range Cap

    The USCCA and 5.11 Tactical have teamed up to bring you the exclusive USCCA Affiliate Instructor Polo which will help you to look as professional as your presentation. Wear the USCCA exclusive Affiliate Instructor Range Cap at home, the classroom, or the range.

  • 50 Postage-paid Concealed Carry Magazine
    Subscription Postcards

    As an Affiliate Instructor, you will receive 15% of the revenue on any subscription postcard returned to the USCCA with your name and instructor number on it! As a bonus, you’ll also be paid 15% of the membership fee for any of your students that upgrade to a USCCA membership!

USCCA eLearning:
Your Complete Personal Defense Master Plan

Here’s Exactly What You’ll Learn…


Developing a Personal & Home Protection Plan

  • The purpose of having a personal and home protection plan

  • Conflict Avoidance and why it’s so important

  • Colonel Jeff Cooper’s Color Codes of Awareness

  • Observing your environment

  • Evaluating your home security


Self-Defense Firearms Basics

  • The Universal Safety Rules

  • Clearing handguns

  • Understanding a handgun’s action

  • Understanding revolvers and semi-automatics

  • Defining which handgun is right for you

  • Ammunition components and defining calibers

  • Defining common malfunctions and how to clear them

  • Introduction of shotguns and AR-15 platforms

  • Other use of force options


Defensive Shooting Fundamentals

  • Defensive Shooting vs. Marksmanship

  • Explanation of muscle memory

  • Establishing proper grip

  • Discovering your natural and neutral shooting platform

  • Aligning the muzzle to the target

  • Point/Instinctive shooting

  • Flash sight picture

  • Precise sight alignment

  • Trigger control


The Legal Use of Force

  • Reasonable Force and Deadly Force

  • The "Use of Force Continuum"

  • How will a prosecutor evaluate your case?

  • Defense of home and property


Violent Encounters and Their Aftermath

  • The physiology of fight or flight

  • Adrenaline and endorphins

  • Visual, Auditory, and Memory Distortions

  • Recognizing a threat

  • Issuing commands and evaluating your options

  • When you’re left with no other choice…

  • The immediate aftermath

  • When the police arrive

  • The financial aftermath


Gear and Gadgets

  • Holsters

  • Tactical flashlights

  • Laser sights

  • Gun safes & storage


Basic and Advanced Skills

  • Creating a training program

  • Dry fire training

  • Fundamental drills

  • Speed and accuracy drills

  • Drawing from the holster

  • Flashlight holds

  • Virtual training


Inside School Shootings: What We’ve Learned

  • Active Shooter Events by the numbers

  • Factors that did or could have affected the outcomes

  • Why currently proposed solutions won’t work

  • A four point plan for preventing school shootings

  • What could have been done differently in well-known events

  • The math behind ineffective new gun laws

Just Released!LESSON 9:

Emergency First Aid: Become Your Own First Responder

  • Learn how to accurately assess a patient when seconds count

  • Get detailed instruction on how to deal with life-threatening issues—such as serious bleeding, a compromised airway, spinal injuries, broken bones, and much more

  • Learn how to take on traumatic emergencies when paramedics are unavailable

  • And get informed on how to sustain someone's life until they can be delivered to the emergency room