Company Information

We subscribe to and follow the Professional Code of Defensive Shooting Instructors.

1. I am committed to the safety of my students, and hold that the expected benefit of any training activity must significantly outweigh any known or perceived risk of that activity.
2. I believe that it is my responsibility to understand not just what I’m teaching, but WHY I’m teaching any technique or concept, or offering specific advice.
3. I recognize that defensive shooting skills, along with the drills and gear used, are inherently specialized and usually distinct from those of target shooting, competition and hunting endeavors.
4. I will encourage my students to ask questions about course material, and I will answer them with thorough and objective explanations.
5. I understand that Integrity and Professionalism are subjective traits and I strive to maintain high levels of both. I am capable of, and willing to, articulate the reasons for the way I conduct my courses and how I interact with students & peers.
6. I believe that it is valuable to engage my peers in constructive conversation about differences in technique and concept, with the goal of mutual education and evolution.
7. I believe that the best instructor is an avid student, and I will strive to continually upgrade my own skills and knowledge. As part of this belief, I understand that my own teachings need to be subject to critique and open to evolution.

Innovative Defensive Solutions (IDS), llc, is a Manassas, Virginia, based organization offering firearm and personal awareness training.  Though a majority of our courses are in the Northern VA area. We hold classes in VA, MD, DE, WV, PA, and TX. We travel to host ranges all around the country per request. Our mission is to further the development and education of all prospective students with particular emphasis in the following areas:

Firearm Safety

Self – Defense with a Firearm / Concealed Carry of a Firearm

Counter Ambush Scenarios

Pistol Marksmanship

Non-Lethal Methods of Self – Defense

Advanced Firearm Training

Instructor Development

Situational Awareness

Crime Prevention

IDS was created in response to the continuing need in the Northern Virginia area for quality and excellence in personal preparation intended for unforeseen criminal confrontations.  Several courses that are offered place particular emphasis on avoidance of these types of situations.

Even though there are numerous avenues for the local general public to pursue competing firearm / crime prevention educational alternatives, IDS has enjoyed rapid and consistent growth.  Classes are limited in size to guarantee individual competency and proficiency.  Our clientele continues to grow simply by the recommendations of former students.

IDS ensures that all existing / future staff members are experienced marksmen / instructors and insists that they maintain current certification with either the National Rifle Association (NRA), National Rifle Association Law Enforcement Division (LED) or the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice (DCJS).  The staff has participated in competitive shooting matches conducted by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) / International Practical Shooting Competition (IPSC) and they have attended numerous continuing education courses to maintain and further their skills.  The staff has a combined total of over 25 years of instructor / firearm experience.

We look forward to meeting you at one of our classes and thank you for choosing IDS as your number one provider for the vital skills necessary to confront today’s challenging environment.

Affiliations, Memberships &  Insurance

Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network Affiliated Training Company/Instructor Affiliated Training Company/Instructor

VCDL Affiliated Training Company/Instructor

NRA Affiliated Club / Business

Security Equipment Corporation / SABRE RED Affiliate

NRA Business Alliance Member

Associate Member of IALEFI, International Association of Law Enforcement Firearm Instructors

NRA Endorsed Insurance through Lockton Affinity, General and Professional Liability Coverage


IDS in the NEWS!

Innovative Defensive Solutions and Modern DC Business Magazine








Innovative Defensive Solutions on WUSA9 during our successful Groupon Campaign


Innovative Defensive Solutions on WUSA9 a week later in regard to Groupon pulling our Daily Deal!


Innovative Defensive Solutions, llc was featured in the May issue of Combat Handgun Magazine. The Article was titled “The ABC’s of Home Defense” though the course that the Author Intended was the NRA First Steps Pistol Course it discusses a women’s path to Home Defense, starting with the “NRA First Steps Course”.







Innovative Defensive Solutions, llc was featured in the June issue of Combat Handgun Magazine. The June issue is a Special Issue Called “The Complete Book of Auto Pistols 2013” The Article is titled “Combat Focus Shooting”. The article discusses the background of the CFS program and the writers perspective of the CFS course which is considered the Pinnacle of Defensive Handgun Instruction. The author took this course through IDS back in September in Percellville, VA.

As of 3-31-2013 this article is only available in the print version at your local gun magazine store location.





Our Mission

IDS focuses on teaching intuitive defensive handgun skills that lend themselves to efficiently handling a firearm in ways that are congruent with the body’s natural reactions under stress. This methodology allows us to better prepare our students for situations where drawing a firearm is a possibility.
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