KR Training October 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to the KR Training October 2019 newsletter!

November and December are quiet at the A-Zone Range out of respect for our deer hunting neighbors, but we’re still training. I’ll be teaching a 2-day Active Shooter class with Richard Worthey of RW Defense November 7-8 in Lubbock. Closer to home, KR Training Assistant Instructor Sean Hoffman will teach a Texas LTC course in Liberty Hill November 16. We’ll kick off December at the A-Zone Range with a full day of medical training on December 7 with Caleb Causey of Lone Star Medics. There are a few spots left in that block of classes, so register now before it sells out. Due to high demand, I’ve also added another session of my Advanced Handgun course on Monday, Dec 8 hosted in Bandera, Texas by TDR Training.


KR Training Assistant Instructor Paul T. Martin will host a special Preparedness Meetup at 7 p.m. November 14. Participants will meet at “The Quads” at Riverbend Church, 4214 Capital of Texas Highway in Austin.

Click here to download a PDF map of the church campus.

This meetup will focus specifically on the growing crime problem in Austin. Representatives from the Greater Austin Crime Commission will provide citizens with a better understanding of the problem, how citizens can prepare and avoid becoming victims, city council actions regarding the camping ordinance, and concerns about first responder staffing and response times. A representative from the Austin Police Department will be on hand to answer questions.

Skip the Line for Hunger Franklin Barbecue event promotion image


Tickets are selling quickly for the annual Central Texas Food Bank “Skip the Line for Hunger” fundraising event at Franklin Barbecue in Austin January 22 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

If you’re not familiar with Franklin Barbecue, you should be. Billed as “the best barbecue in the known universe” by Texas Monthly Magazine, the Austin staple might be best known for the line of people that forms before the restaurant opens each morning. The line stretches sometimes for blocks and stays that way until the BBQ is sold out in the early afternoon.

Paul and his wife Kendel serve as a host couple for the fundraiser, and Paul also serves as auctioneer.

“For those of us who think the government should do less, it necessarily means that individuals should do more to help our community,” Paul says. “The CTFB does so much to help so many, and we are proud to support them.”

Purchase a ticket or host a table now for the chance to skip the famous Franklin Barbecue line, enjoy barbecue plates and craft beer, and participate in the live auction. All proceeds benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. Only 50 tickets will be sold, and prices increase January 1. Don’t wait!

“THE OCHO” – 2020 Preparedness Weekend

For the past seven years, Paul Martin and KR Training have offered preparedness training on the first weekend of each year. The 2020 conference, called “The Ocho”, will span 3 days and offer 5 blocks of training focused on emerging problems facing urban areas (increasing numbers of homeless on the streets, and civil unrest related to politics).

  • Friday, January 3. Chuck Haggard of Agile Training will teach a one day pepper spray instructor course. $300
  • Saturday morning, January 4. Chuck will teach a half day student pepper spray course.
  • Saturday afternoon, January 4. Paul will present lectures on The Second Civil War, Austin in Crisis, and Preparing for Civil Unrest. After dark there will be a night vision equipment demo from Third Coast Thermal.
  • Sunday morning, January 5. KR Training Instructor Dave Reichek will provide hands on training in managing communication, position, movement and body language when interacting with unknown individuals in public places.
  • Sunday afternoon, January 5. Karl Rehn and Wendell Joost will teach a session of Defensive Long Gun Essentials.

Attend any half day session for $100. Two sessions for $180, three sessions for $240, or all four sessions for $280. Payment in full in advance is required for registration for The Ocho.


Starting January 1, 2020, registrations for all courses will require payment in full in advance. This change was necessary to decrease bookkeeping workload, reduce errors related to tracking partial payments, and eliminate payment processing on class days.


Here’s a list of links to articles we’ve shared since our last newsletter. See links as we post them by following KR Training on Facebook or Twitter.

As training season slows down around the holidays, it’s a great time to take inventory of your current skill sets and determine what type of training you need to fill in knowledge gaps so you have a well-rounded mental toolkit for personal defense and safety. Knowing what you need to learn, you can take a look at the 2020 class schedule and register for classes to plan your training year. Any class that is on the schedule is open for registration, and some of them will sell out well in advance. If anyone asks what you want for Christmas, training and ammo are always good answers.

If you aren’t already a subscriber, to receive this newsletter each month, subscribe here or follow this blog (right) for more frequent posts and information. You can also follow and interact with us on Twitter or Instagram. I will be unavailable for private lessons in November, but will have very limited weekday availability in December. KR Training instructors Sean Hoffman, Tina Maldonado and Tracy Thronburg also offer private training on request.

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We look forward to training you!
Karl, Penny and the KR Training team

A testimonial from Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training about Karl Rehn and John Daub's book, Strategies and Standards for Defensive Handgun Training.