Student Review: 6 Day Combined CTT/Patrol Class. April 2015: Diomedes

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6 day CTT + CP Class review: By Diomedes

Caveats: I am a civilian who has been around guns since a young age shooting in the forest and on the square range for fun. I have done no tactical training prior to this, and no rifle training beyond Appleseed

REVIEW: First off Max is an asshole. This may sound harsh but it is not. It is in fact a good thing, and part of what makes Max a good teacher. He is confident, serious about combat and comfortable in his knowledge. The reason I mention this off the bat is that if you think you are a tier one mall ninja operator, or a special little snowflake Max is not the trainer for you. He will not cuddle you before you go to bed, or give you the warm fuzzies when you screw up or don’t listen. He is an asshole because he wants you to learn, and survive. He is one of the few teachers I have met who truly thinks a student’s failure reflects on the lessons of the teacher.

I got a lot out of the 6 day Combat Team Tactics + Combat Patrol class. These are my four key points

1. You are in worse physical shape then you think you are: I run every day.  I feel pretty fit. But that is not the kind of fitness that makes the most difference in a real combat situation. Just running does not prepare you for the gear you have to carry, the hills you have to climb with the gear, and going from prone to kneeling to standing to moving. If you are interested in being an effective fighter you need to train as you will fight. Max pushes you, but tailors it to your fitness. But one of the clear points is you need to not be a fat slob.

2. You need to use your gear to find what configuration works: Seems obvious no? Its amazing how much difference small changes in your gear can make when you have to fight under pressure. Max does not emphasize gear, but he gives you a good basic perspective on what you need and what is functional. A corollary of this is: know how to use the gear you have, buying it is not enough. Thus you need a course like Max’s to teach you.

3. You do not know how to fight from watching u-tube or reading a book. Nor do you know how to fight from shooting on a square range: One of the biggest strength of this course is that Max is actually teaching you how to fight, both as a small group and as an individual. From the malfunction drills, to setting up an ambush, and basic movement such as peels and break contact, the course content teaches you and then practices the things that will keep you alive and win a real world firefight. Max’s use of large open ranges and dynamic pop up targets cleverly arranged to simulate possible real world encounters creates a realistic combat experience. The use of live fire is done in a safe but realistic way, and allows you to develop some level of battle inoculation.

4. Whatever plan you had to defend you and yours in a bad situation, will not work: Part of what Max is teaching is that 90% of the ideas that people have about combat  and how they would defend themselves and their property is bullshit. Max teaches a more realistic way to fight, based in experience as opposed to some prepper fantasy.

I learned many more lessons from my six days, but in the end the bottom line is this: Max knows what he’s doing, he’s a gifted teacher, and he wants his students to learn. The stuff he is teaching is applicable to what what someone like me might encounter in this world, as a patriot, or as a prepper.
The course is well worth the investment of time and treasure.



  1. Easy says:


    gotta love any review that calls the main trainer an asshole!

    I suspect some chin ups are in order on his next visit Max.

  2. shooter says:

    LOL! Max is an asshole… I love it!!

    Actually, I thought Max was a super nice guy, but that may just be my perspective from having trained with others who really ARE assholes.

    Yeah, Max will jump your sh*t if you do something stupid, and he does try to ramp up the pressure, so you can start learning to function with a little stress, but I think any perceived “asshole-ness” serves a very specific and very premeditated purpose.

    Max is both a good instructor AND really does give a damn about helping people learn to survive if/when things go sideways… so he knows how/when/why to flip the asshole switch on and off.

  3. Diomedes says:

    Just to be clear; I loved training with max. The asshole comment, though true is not intended to be insulting. He is just not a warm fuzzy teddy bear. He’s not gonna give you a binky and tuck you in. I like tough love. Not everyone does.

  4. Palmetto says:

    What? An a-hole? No binky? No tuck-in? That’s disconcerting.

    Crud, cancel my reservation. I want my money back!


    • Max Velocity says:

      I tucked in the Doc on the first patrol class, in the patrol base…just saying…not this Doc though….he be mean.

  5. Diomedes says:

    Awww Max did I hurt your feelings? I feel like I did not get enough snuggles. I’m just lashing out. I must be an asshole….
    Already looking for another time to come train.
    Looking forward to failing at push-ups

  6. Boone says:

    Lmao…Excellent review. I’ve been to the combat team tactics with Max and this review is spot-on. I would emphasize gifted teacher…and i’ve had many between civilian and military life. Max’s teaching style is about as efficient and effective as i’ve experienced.

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