RGI 3-Day Conflict De-Escalation Certification Courses
The Ethical Protector
RGI 1-2018: April 4-6, 2018
New Jersey

"RGI Conflict Resolution Course" - Level I

What is the RGI Conflict Resolution Course?

  • Deal effectively with difficult, disruptive and dangerous people
  • Improve Community Relations
  • Avoid negative publicity and civil liability issues

The RGI Conflict Resolution course is a three day intensive training experience for protector professionals who want to enhance their ability to resolve physical, verbal and cross-cultural conflict. Top conflict resolution specialists from the law enforcement, military and martial art worlds will facilitate the course (please see bios).

Participation in the course results in a Level I certification in RGI Conflict Resolution Skills. It is a synergistic course covering the following elements:

Course Description

This 3 day certification course utilizes a combination of lectures, group discussion, and physical training scenarios.

As a participant you will:

  • Develop a better understanding of moral values and ethics as they pertain to your life and profession.
  • Understand the art of keeping the "moral compass" calibrated.
  • Learn to communicate better under stress to resolve conflict.
  • Learn how to deal more effectively with cultural differences regardless of whether or not you "know" the culture.
  • Enhance your tactical and technical physical defensive skills.
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Who Should Attend

This course is open to anyone:

  • Patrol Officers and Field Training Officers
  • Leaders in military, law enforcement, mental health, business, education, etc.
  • Martial artists and defensive tactics instructors.
  • Business and thought leaders who are interested in physical-moral leadership and ethics.

Note: Although physical in nature, the training does not require any special level of physical fitness or previous martial arts training.

Date: April 4-6, 2016
Time: 830am - 500pm
Wesley Hall

Mercer Ave & 4th St.
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Contact: 732-974-7582

Cost: $499 per person

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Scheduled Contributors (subject to minor changes)

Alex Carney
Alexander “Alex” S. Carney left active duty in 2017 after serving ten years in the United States Marine Corps as a decorated Special Operations Officer in the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC), as well as an infantry officer and joint terminal air controller in 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. Alex served as the ground force commander or joint terminal air controller for over 30 high-risk direct action raids in support of Operation Enduring Freedom across his career, led sensitive counter-terrorism missions in the southern Philippines, and served as the lead advisor to many foreign special operations units. He is the recipient of multiple awards for valor in combat, to include the Bronze Star.

Craig Gray
Craig Gray is a businessman, speaker, trainer and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for numerous law enforcement agencies, including the West Michigan Criminal Justice Training Consortium, the Allegan County Sheriff's Department, and many others. Craig is responsible for creating the MCOLES (Michigan Commission of Law Enforcement Standards) approved Self Defense for Law Enforcement Training Program. He is an adjunct instructor for hand to hand combatives and warrior ethics at the Homeland Security and Protective Services Academy.

Bruce Gourlie
Bruce Gourlie is a Special Agent of the FBI who has been certified as both a Firearms and General Police Instructor. Mr. Gourlie has written published articles on the subject of Law Enforcement Ethics and Leadership. Mr. Gourlie is a former U.S. Army Infantry officer and a long time practitioner of the martial arts.

Jack Hoban
Mr. Hoban is President of RGI. He is a speaker, writer and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the U.S. Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP). He has led over 500 workshops and seminars around the world. He has addressed the FBI, universities, and other government and private organizations on ethics and martial arts over the last two decades. His business and military experiences, as well as an extensive 30-year background in martial arts, give him a unique and interesting perspective. More...
Mitch Little
Mitch Little
Mitchell A. Little is Chief of the Toms River New Jersey Police Department. Inspired by his father, who rose to the rank of Deputy Chief of the Toms River Police Department, Chief Little began his career with the Toms River Police Department in 1986 and was soon named Ocean County Police Chief’s and Fraternal Order of Police Officer of the Year for his actions involving a motor vehicle accident. He is a 5th Degree Black Belt in Korean Tae Kwon Do and a Black Belt in Japanese Karate and Jujitsu. He developed the department’s defensive tactics program as well as the defensive tactics program at the Ocean County Police Academy where he taught for 10 years and was a six time recipient of the “Instructor of the Year” award. He graduated from Stockton State College with a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice and successfully completed the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. In 2005 he obtained a Master’s Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Brian Pensak
Brian K. Pensak is a retired 30 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. An infantry Marine with combat, Foreign Military Exchange Program, and Marine Security Guard tours in over 20 countries. He is Marine Corps Martial Arts Program Instructor Trainer and Subject Matter Expert (SME). He currently serves as the Executive Officer, Weapons Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. An eternal student, the Sergeant Major continues to learn from, and teach Values, Leadership, and Mentoring to Marines and others.

Joe Shusko
Joseph C. Shusko is a decorated veteran who served the United States Marine Corps for over 35 years. He is an accomplished aviator who spent the majority of his career flying helicopters. While serving as a White House Liaison Officer (WHLO) at HMX-1, he was designated a Presidential Helicopter Pilot under the Reagan Administration. In August of 2003 he assumed command of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Center of Excellence. He is now serving as the Deputy overseeing the Corps' Martial Arts Program. He is also a Stafford Sheriff Department volunteer Officer. He has taught "Values" throughout the United States and abroad. He has been instructing and participating in martial arts and physical fitness since the early 1970's. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Rider College. He is also a 3rd Degree Instructor Trainer in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.

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