Sat, May 29 | 1416 Acquoni Rd

Anti-Kidnapping & Hostage Survival Course (Part 1)

Escape restraints, become a hard target, evasion from recapture. Whether you are an international traveler or local the skills you will learn are invaluable for these volatile times. The instructor’s are a 30 year, Special Forces veteran with 9 combat tours and a former highly trained Special Agent.
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Anti-Kidnapping & Hostage Survival Course (Part 1)

Time & Location

May 29, 9:00 AM EDT – May 31, 6:00 PM EDT
1416 Acquoni Rd, 1416 Acquoni Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719, USA

About The Event

Description by Instructors Billy Jensen & Check Freedman:

This course is nearest and dearest to our hearts. This is the core and the essence of what we do. In this course, you will learn the psychology of captivity and survival, becoming a hard target, situational awareness, blending into the baseline, self-defense from a weakened state, intelligence gathering, protecting your assets, escape from restraints and facilities, evasion from recapture, acting and compliance with the authorities, repatriation and much more.


Check Freedman is the Chief Operations Officer of Captive Audience Prevention Training and Recovery Team. Check comes with decades of operational experience including Executive Protection of clients in overseas locations, surveillance, counter-surveillance, survival, evasion, resistance, escape, armed and unarmed combat. Check holds Black Belt and/or instructor rank in eleven Martial Arts styles and is currently training in her fourteenth style. Check is a Technical Scuba Diver, a Multi-Engine Instrument Pilot, Crisis Hostage Negotiator, Private Investigator, Private Detective, Certified Missing and Exploited Child Investigator, Locksmith, Author, Critical Incident Stress Debriefer, Emergency Medical Response Instructor, Search and Rescue Ground Team Leader, Technical Writer, and Facility/Personnel/Travel Security, Specialist. Check is currently the NHQ, Senior Program Manager for Critical Incident Stress Management and Resiliency for the United States Air Force Auxiliary (Civil Air Patrol).

Billy Jensen CEO of Captive Audience Prevention Training and Recovery Team was honorably retired from the United States Army in 2013 and continued to work as a deployable defense contractor (Irregular Warfare Analyst) until 2018. Billy served the last thirteen years of his career in the Army in US Army Special Forces (Green Berets) and his five years as a contractor supporting Special Operations Forces. Billy has spent over half of the past seventeen years deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other crisis areas of the world. Billy holds a Masters in Arts in Diplomacy and a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis (Suma Cum Laude) from Norwich University in Northfield Vermont. Billy is also a Private Investigator, Certified Missing and Exploited Child Investigator, a trained Crisis (Hostage) Negotiator, and is a Critical Incident Stress Debriefer. Billy is well versed in Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape, and has over a decade of experience directly working to bring people home from captivity.

Registration is required. Due to limited space, trainees must commit to attending the entire three-day course. Certificates of completion will be given to individuals completing the class with full attendance. This is part one a two-part course, the latter half is scheduled for June 12-13, 2021.

Disclaimer: Some of the portions of this class involve close contact with others. FireKeepers International, its instructors, personnel, volunteers and course attendees will not be held liable for any accidents, injuries, or the contraction of any illness. By registering for the course, you agree to this disclaimer.

Food and drinks: You may bring your own lunches or there are a couple of nearby restaurants (pizza and a grill).

General schedule: 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

9:00 AM ET - noon. Morning Session

Noon - 1:00 PM ET. Lunch Break

1:00 PM ET - 6:00 PM ET. Afternoon Session

7:00 PM ET. Optional Spiritual Gathering for Shabbat

Sunday, May 30, 2021

9:00 AM ET - noon. Morning Session

Noon - 1:00 PM ET. Lunch Break

1:00 PM ET - 6:00 PM ET. Afternoon Session

Monday, May 31, 2021

9:00 AM ET - noon. Morning Session

Noon - 1:00 PM ET. Lunch Break

1:00 PM ET - 6:00 PM ET. Afternoon Session

Detailed Schedule:

Saturday, May 29, 2021 - AM

AKHS MODULE 00 Introduction - 60 Minutes

Meet and greet

Introductions of instructors and students

Ground rules

AKHS MODULE 01 Pre-Departure - 60 Minutes

Life at home

Developing a family/company crisis plan

Social Media

Pattern of life

Communication plan

AKHS MODULE 02 Enroute - 90 Minutes

Airport and airplane security

Taxi Security

Hotel Security


Saturday, May 29, 2021 - PM

AKHS MODULE 03 At the Destination - 60 Minutes

Regional Geopolitical Overview

Cultural awareness

Life in the grey

Color conditions


Classic kidnapping pretexts

Every Day Carry

Early Warning Systems

Social Engineering

AKHS MODULE 04 Self Defense -120 Minutes





Knife Attacks

Gun Threats

Stick/Pipe/Bat Attacks

Ground Fighting

Sunday, May 30, 2021 - AM

AKHS MODULE 05 Kidnapping - 60 minutes




Quality of life


Living conditions

Psychology of captivity


AKHS MODULE 06 Surviving a Terrorist Attack - 60 Minutes

Spotting classic signs

Cover vs Concealment



Active shooters


Low crawl

High crawl


3-5 second rushes

Movement in urban terrain


AKHS MODULE 07 Care Under Fire - 60 Minutes

Self- Aid