Course Description: 

Our Image Based Decisional Drills coursework is delivered by IBDD Certified instructor Daniel Pierson 
To quickly make ONE good FIRST decision based on visual stimuli & instantly act on it. Be confident, decisive, efficient, & explosive.

Our Image Based Decisional Drills “THE CLASS” stems from our dry practice or live practice Image Based Decisional Drills learning system. This is a well thought out KIT with a deck of 21 Image Cards that provide IMAGES that will help you to recognize danger and to make smart decisions ahead of time. Our image based learning system is another beneficial step on your way to making good decisions quickly.

“THE CLASS” offers personal GUIDES to help strengthen your decision process,  diagnose what’s happening, and make the correction. With the use of an interactive PowerPoint presentation and a ‘hands on” prop table, we will guide you to good decisions and then encourage you to PRACTICE DOING THAT!”

Who Should Take this Course:

  • Anyone 13 and older
  • No experience? COME! A lot of experience? COME!
  • Under the age of 18: Must be accompanied by an adult and able to follow the coaches’ instructions. NONE of their scenarios will involve a “lethal” decision or the use of a SIRT training pistol.
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“Recognition -prime decision (RPD) is a model of how people make quick, effective decisions when faced with complex situations. In this model, the decison maker is assumed to generate a possible course of action, compare it to the constraints imposed by the situation, and select the first course of action that is not rejected. RPD has been described in diverse groups including trauma nurses, fireground commanders, chess players, and stock market traders. It functions well in conditions of time pressure, and in which information is partial and goals poorly defined. The limitations of RPD include the need for extensive experience among decision-makers (in order to correctly recognize the salient features of a problem and model solutions) and the problem of the failure of recognition and modeling in unusual or misidentified circumstances. It appears, as discussed by Gary A. Klein in Sources of Power, to be a valid model for how human decision-makers make decisions. READ IT!


Anthropologist Edward T. Hall defines four distance zones maintained by healthy, adult, middle-class Americans in his book, The Hidden Dimension. This is an intriguing book explains “proxemics” and the difference in “distance awareness” among many cultural groups. There are several “aspects” of proxemics. The one that Hall writes about is the distance maintained between people when they are communicating. He named these distances or zones Public, Social, Personal & Intimate. Because of Halls framework, we KNOW people can FEEL the pressure of whether the person belongs in that ZONE/SPACE. People have a hard time managing distances so in IBDD we will touch on pairing the decisional process with the lack of time and managing space. We need to think about how fast violence happens, limited choices and making the BEST decision based on the space and time available. Standing still is a bad idea but we are presenting this way to help you understand how TIME and SPACE effects your ability to respond. In self protection distance management, we can use Hall’s research to our purpose by measuring the violence options available to THE BAD PERSON and measure the options available to US to react + act = respond. We have named these spaces  “Reactionary Zones”, MOST time (25 feet and beyond), SOME time (12 feet to 25 feet), LEAST time (6 feet to 12 feet) and NO time (under 6 feet).


Image Based Decisional Drills will help teach you to you access the situation using a mental simulation for a plausible course of action, allowing you to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the strategies in the content of the scenario. You may experience Altered Perceptions, like Auditory Exclusion, Stalling, Embellishment and more. What a wonderful gift of knowledge, to KNOW that is possible and learn from it.


If you are your first responder, then you are responsible for a wide array of skill sets. Seeing, recognizing, and believing danger is the first task. Having a plan for avoidance, deselection, and escalation are next. The first time you have to use verbal commands, put an object between you and another person, deal with a nuisance, identify a possible threat in the dark, or use non lethal or lethal force should NOT be when your safety is on the line. You MUST practice all of these skills ahead of time.


There are very few home training, self protection training for professionals or students, dry practice or live fire range exercises for the private citizen that focus on making lethal, less than lethal and non lethal decisions quickly. Our Image Based Decisional Drills are intended to fill in the gap in learning how to make decisions using images to provoke a response, decide which TOOL to use, and then ACT on that decision. From the time that a bad guy chooses you, you will have a very limited amount of time to make a decision. THEY choose how and when. Your actions need to be confident, quick and decisive. In all scenarios the image is happening to YOU, in front of YOU, beside YOU or behind YOU. YOU are your first responder and decisions need to be made quickly.”
  • “Visual cueing, pre-need decision making, tool cycling, distance management, and strategy changes that can be practiced on the range.
  • Pressure testing under realistic time constraints with feedback for improvement.
  • IBDD can be beneficial ON or OFF the range. The actual mechanics of shooting can be practiced separately while the IBDD drills will help with tool handling and selection, therefore a BLUEGUN, plastic trainer, or SIRT Training Pistol is a suitable substitute.
  • When you work in a group you not only get the experience your own scenario but you get to mentally work through theirs as well
  • We use SIRTs (training pistol with LASER for immediate feedback)
  • All levels of experience are welcome. The benefits are the same for everybody. The more experience you have, the more “tools” can be introduced. If you have training in additional areas of self protection like jacks, saps, movement, edged weapons, etc. then add these to your scenario. Also, your cognitive stacking may be quicker and easier so challenge yourself!
  • This NOT a combatives class or close quarter class
What Is Provided

“We supply everything you will need to participate in our non-live fire Image Based Decisional Drills “THE CLASS”


  • Dozens of different IBDD Image Cards
  • 8 OPTION Cards (+the rare 9th option: Force on Force where skills and training requirements MUST be met in order to “use” this card)
  • Inert Pepper Spray = TRAINING UNIT
  • Eye protection (if applicable)
  • Flashlight
  • Prop Phone
  • Simple Steps to Apply a Tourniquet
  • IBDD Decision Options Sheet​
  • SIRT Training Pistol”
What To Bring
  • “An open mind
  • Bring “note taking” abilities”

– Brian and Shelly Hill, The Complete Combatant | Learn More >

Course Info




Course Length

This is an 8-hour course


Lesson Topics

Lesson 1 – Measure your decisional process right off the bat with images on the screen and a 10 second timer. FUN WAY TO GET YOUR GEARS TURNING

Lesson 2 – Go over the 8 most common “decisions” and the importance of the less popular “9th” option

Lesson 3 –Each option is discussed in detail. We will visits the of pros and cons, why proxemics are so important, distance relative decisions, capability, tool cycling, learning to “see more”, recognizing changes in your environment, pre assault cues, and so much more

Lesson 4 – Use our custom and unique IBDD OPTION CARDS to help you make decisions quickly, plus learn a few techniques to add to your “tool box”

Lesson 5 – Are you a good witness? What is your moral compass? Do you have altered perceptions?  What is your arousal level and at what point can you work through the adrenaline rush and confusion?

Lesson 6 – Crawl, walk, run and then sprint with quick cognitive stacking of decisions and tool cycling