12.4.18 Training

We now offer weekly Tier 4 handgun training classes.  If you are interested in the CCW class, the fee is $185.00.  You will need to sign up for the Tier 4, Mod 1 class and take the required on-line training and test.

6.7.18 DSOTG Announces summer training schedule 

Tier 4 Combative Handgun Letter of Instruction

13 July 2018                    1600-2000                      

14 July 2018                    0800-1200                    

27 July 2018                    1600-2000                      

28 July 2018                    0800-1200                    

10 August 2018             1600-2000                      

11 August 2018             0800-1200                   

31 August 2018             1600-2000                              

1 September 2018        1600-200      

Contact Dave Colon for more information

5.18.18  Upcoming events and training classes

Pulse Ohio Defense Academy LLC will now be “doing Business as” Distributed Security Ohio (DSO).  We have also formed Distributed Security Ohio Training Group (DSOTG).  This company will focus on the training and management of our planned Tactical Training Centers and Distributed Training Bases.  DSO will function as the business and management group to continue growing the company in Ohio.

Tier 4 Combative Firearm Instructor (CFI) classes are now forming:  If you are interested in joining our team, contact our Lead CFI, Dave Colon .

School Board Members – Free Webinar On Developing Safe And Effective Armed Security Teams For Schools:  Distributed Security, Inc. (DSI) announced today a webinar for school board members, administrators, teachers, and parents titled “How To Develop A Safe And Effective Armed Security Team”. This free webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 4:00pm CDT.

Distributed Security, Inc. offers armed security training programs for teachers, administrators, and staff. They have helped develop state legislation allowing teachers and administrators to carry weapons in class. DSI has a comprehensive curriculum integrating on-range, on-site, and on-line training specifically designed for schools.

Bill Tallen, Executive Vice President of DSI said this about the webinar:

“School board members across the country are facing increasingly difficult decisions when it comes to securing their schools. There is lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding the issue of armed staff in our schools. The purpose of this webinar is to give school officials, teachers, and staff a clear and concise road map to set up a their owned armed security team.“

This is a 1-hour webinar and will include a question and answer period at the end. Details for the webinar are:

DATE: Thursday, May 24, 2018
TIME: 4:00 – 5:00 PM CDT
COST: This is a FREE webinar.
REGISTER: Follow this link to register

A special Toledo Better Business Bureau Seminar:  How to Actively Defend Your Business Against Violent Attack on Friday, June 8th. 

A 4-Hour Seminar presented by DSI, Inc.

1. What are the new and emerging threats facing smaller enterprise?
2. How distributed security solutions defend against decentralized threats.
3. Why smaller enterprises should actively defend their employees and assets.
4. Doing a site analysis and vulnerability assessment for your business.
5. Interfacing with law enforcement and legal implications.
6. Room clearing (video) and emergency medical demonstrations.
7. How do you train to defend your enterprise?

This four-hour seminar is specifically designed for smaller enterprises interested in actively defending against violent attack. DSI principals conduct the seminar and attendees will receive the information and tools necessary to begin mounting a credible defense against new and emerging threats to the smaller enterprise.

Distributed Security, Inc. (DSI) specializes in the defense of business, church, and school. With operations in Northern Ohio (Pulse Ohio Defense Academy), the company provides comprehensive firearms and emergency medical training for individuals, teams, and units via integrated on-line, on-range, and on-site offerings.

ALL ATTENDEES will receive a complimentary 3-month Team membership in the Distributed Security, Inc. online defense Academy. ($269.85 value).This includes a buddy deal for first training course – Tier 4 – Mod 1. Pay for one, other gets in free. ($150 value).

Friday, June 8th. 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Registration begins at 8 AM. one 15-minute break. Seating is limited. Refreshments will be served

BBB Conference Center
7668 Kings Pointe Rd. off King Road, Sylvania Township

Cost: BBB Accredited Businesses $ 79, Non-Abs $ 99.

Call Brenda or Denise at (419) 578-6000 or

Email Brendah@toledobbb.org. MC/Visa/AMEX/DISC accepted

Deadline for registration is Wed., June 6th.

Ron Danielowski is Executive Vice President – Chief Instructor. Prior to co-founding DSI he spent 25 years as a multi-agency accredited instructor, organizing, developing, implementing, and overseeing training solutions for numerous federal agencies including the Department of Energy, Federal Air Marshals, and the Department of State. Ron is a Distinguished Marksman and member of the “President’s Hundred” winner of the Marine Infantry Team Trophy Match.

Bill Tallen is Executive Vice President – Tactical Operations. Prior to joining the enterprise, he had a 20-year career with the Department of Energy, where he served as a Federal Agent, team leader, unit commander, training instructor, and manager in the agency which provides secure transportation of nuclear weapons and nuclear materials within CONUS.. Bill holds the degree of Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

Randy Bartlett is Vice President – Strategic Engagements and leads the development and implementation of corporate partnerships and joint ventures. He has over 30 years military and paramilitary experience as a commissioned Infantry officer, non-commissioned officer, and contractor.

Chuck Gbur, MD is Vice President – Tactical Medicine and leads the development and instruction of all tactical medicine content. He is a retired Navy Commander and currently an interventional cardiologist in Toledo, Ohio. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology and Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine. Chuck was active in tactical medicine training of Marines and Corpsman who were deployed in support of numerous combat missions over the last twenty years.

4.7.18  Learn how to save a life: The Combat Application Tourniquet

One of the many things that separates our CCW and Combative Firearms training from others is that we embed tactical medicine training into all of our courses.  All of our instructors have completed the DOD’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care course for all combatants, many have advanced training and are physicians, nurses, paramedics, and EMT’s.  Many are B-CON and TCCC instructors as well.  We hope you decide to train with us, but no matter where you end up, make sure you learn some basic life saving skills.

Lesson’s from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have shown that the leading cause of preventable death is massive bleeding from an extremity wound.  Numerous studies have shown that stopping the bleeding can save a life.  Keep in mind that someone can bleed to death in as little as 3 minutes.  The video below shows how to apply the CAT tourniquet to someone with life threatening bleeding from an extremity.  This video is from North American Rescue (NAR).  If you decide to purchase a tourniquet, and you should, be aware that their are many knock off’s out there that could fail when your life depends on it.  So make sure you purchase one from a reputable source such as NAR.

We will continue to post educational post, both for Tactical Medicine as well as combative firearms skills and tactics.

3.23-25.18 Distributed Security, Inc holds CFI certification course in Archbold, Ohio

Pulse Ohio now has 6 new Combative Firearms instructors.  Despite the weather, Ron Danielowski, DSI’s chief instructor visited Northwest Ohio to certify DSI’s newest instructors.  David Colon, Mark Hagans, Robert Bohmer, Rafea Hasan, Dan Flave and Todd Osugi spent long days on the range to become CFI’s.  Dave Colon will assume the role as lead CFI for Ohio and will be assisted by Raf Hasan.  Now that we have a larger instructor pool, we will soon be publishing our training calendar for the rest of 2018.  We will be offering our Ohio and Michigan CCW classes, Tier 4 Combative Firearms and our Tier 3 Individual Tactics courses.  We are in the process of building our own outdoor live fire range and training building to conduct our Tier 4 course as well as our Tier 3 reality based training courses.

12.14.17 It’s been a long time

I realize that it has been months since we have updated our blog.  A lot has happened over the last six months.  Under the auspices of Distributed Security Inc. and our NAEMT Training Center we offered a TCCC-MP, TCCC-AC, and a TECC course.  We have several new instructor candidates for our TACMED program, which will allow us to offer courses more frequently and at more locations.  We are in the process of setting up courses in Davenport, Iowa for this spring.  We are also developing a DSI Tactical Medicine course for law enforcement as well as a K9 TACMED course.

DSI has announced the dates for the next Combative Firearm’s Instructor class to be held in March.  I have several potential candidates that will be attending that course.  This should allow us to offer the Tier 4 training on a consistent and regular basis.

There have been way too many mass shooting event and terrorist attacks that have made national headlines.  I am currently working with several local hospitals to obtain grant money to purchase B-CON training kits and to equip their hospitals with bleeding control stations and “blow out” bags in the event the hospital comes under attack.  As we have all witnessed this summer and fall, it appears that the “No Gun” stickers on the doors are largely ineffective.

We will also be able to accept Bitcoin for payment of our course and provisions in the very near future.  Bitcoin will become our currency of choice and we will offer a discount if payment is made in bitcoin or we will charge a processing fee if credit cards or USD are used.

Make sure you follow DSI and Warriorcapitalist for breaking information and training opportunities.

06.14.17 Another day, another shooting

There have been 21 people shot and killed in Toledo so far this year.  There is almost a shooting every other day.  We witnessed two major active killers today, fortunately an active shooter (the good guys) were able to stop one.  Read the post by Chuck Gbur on Warriorcapitalist.com Smoke, mirrors, and connecting the dots”.  That post was yesterday, and today we witnessed an assassination attempt on several Republican congressman in Washington.  The anti-gunners have already taken yet another tragedy and are attempting to limit your right to defend yourself or your family.  LtCol David Grossman’s book On Killing talks about killing.  Normal humans have an aversion to killing, especially their own species.  However, there is that 2% of the population, the true psychopaths that don’t care.  If you take away the guns, they will kill you with a knife, a truck, a bomb, a rock or whatever they can find.  This is the root cause, not the gun.  Buy a gun.  Get trained.

Chuck Gbur, Distributed Security, Inc. Vice President of Tactical Medicine was on The Scott Sands show today on WSPD.  Listen to the interview below.  Pulse Ohio and DSI are extremely grateful to WSPD and Scott Sands to help us to make people aware of steps they can take to save a life.

05.16.17 B-CON Toledo

Many thanks to 1370 WSPD and Fred LeFebvre for having Chuck Gbur on his show this morning.

Today we live in a world where terrorism, the actions of unstable people, and the dangerous impulses of friends and relatives are very real and becoming increasingly more frequent.

Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event where a response is delayed can result in death. Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, the public must learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, within five to 10 minutes.

However, anyone at the scene can act as immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do. Distributed Security, Inc. and PulseOhio  support the presidential  policy directive for national preparedness (Presidential Policy Directive 8), which targets preparedness as a shared responsibility of the government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens.

DSI is a NAEMT training center and offers B-CON training along with Tactical Combat Casualty Care,  Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, and Law Enforcement First Responder-Casualty Care.  Dr. Chuck Gbur is donating his time to offer B-CON training to the Toledo area.  His goal is to develop an extensive instructor pool that can then help pass down the training to the community.  They can then bring the training to their own schools, churches and community organizations.  There is no “fee” for these classes, but he is asking for donations to cover the cost of the supplies to provide this training.  If you would be willing to support this initiative, you can make a donation on GoFundMe.  If your school, church or organization is interested in having him provide the B-CON training to your group, you can email him at chuck [at] pulseohio [dot] com.  If enough money is raised, it will be used to purchase bleeding control kits and stations which will be given to schools, churches and other non-profit organizations.

Our shared goal is to provide you with a one-stop, online resource to credible information on bleeding control. We hope you will never need to use this information, but if you do, at least you will have the assurance that the information is credible and timely.

04.08.17 Distributed Security, Inc. is now offering Tactical Medical Training.

Earlier this month Chuck and Carolyn Gbur completed the requirements to become NAEMT Tactical Combat Casualty Care Instructors as well as Stop the Bleed instructors through the American College of Surgeons.  Chuck also became a Physician EMS instructor for Ohio.  They are currently working to establish 4 DSI NAEMT Training Centers (TC) to offer Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC), Law Enforcement and First Response Tactical Casualty Care (LEFR-TCC).  Two training centers will be in Toledo, one will be at Davenport Guns, in Davenport, Iowa and the fourth will be at The Site in Mt. Carroll, Illinois.

They are currently working to have all DSI Combative Firearm’s Instructors to become Stop the Bleed instructors.  This training will be integrated into all of DSI’s firearms instruction.  In September of 2014, NAEMT announced a new education course to teach civilians evidence-based, life-saving bleeding control techniques shown to dramatically increase casualty survival. Called “Bleeding Control for the Injured,” aka “B-Con,” this course was developed in response to the Hartford Consensus led by Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, and at the request of Dr. Norman McSwain, who served as a member of the Hartford Consensus working group.  B-CON has evolved into Stop the Bleeding and now falls under the auspices of the American College of Surgeons.  Recently, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) launched a new website, bleedingcontrol.org that includes a new instructor portal for the B-Con course.  This short course is meant for non-medical personal to have the basic skills to save lives in the event of a shooting.

Sadly, there are shooting reported almost on a daily basis.  DSI fundamentally exist to train individuals, churches, organization, schools and businesses to face the and overcome the violence that permeates society.  The Tactical Medicine training is a vital part of DSI’s offerings. Chuck and Carolyn will be offering the “B-CON” training to schools, churches, businesses and organizations throughout the Toledo area.  Their goal is to pass on this life savings skills, but also to help develop a critical mass of instructors in the area.  If your organization is interested in obtaining this training, contact Chuck at chuck@pulseohio.com.  There is a nominal fee of $10.00 per person to cover expendable supplies used during the training.

03.07.17 Distributed Security, Inc (formerly Pulse Firearms Training) actively developing Tactical Medicine Training.

Tactical Medicine or Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) originated within the special force operating community in the mid to late 90’s.  CAPT Frank Butler was instrumental in the development of TCCC.  TCCC has now become the standard of combat trauma care across all US Armed Forces.  These lifesaving skill sets have slowly permeated to the civilian sector, but unfortunately is generally limited to EMT’s and paramedics that work within the law enforcement community. Distributed Security, Inc (DSI) realizes that in the current volatile world in which we live in, these life saving skills must be made available to the average person on the street.  Chuck Gbur as a Naval Medical Officer served as a Battalion and Regimental Surgeon with Marine Corps Infantry units and provided this training to his Sailors and Marines.  He is now preparing to bring that same training to the general public.   Chuck has assumed the position of Vice President for Tactical Medicine within DSI and is now actively developing the training curriculum.  Like all of the training opportunities through DSI, there will be on-line, on-site and on-range training programs offered.  The first classes are expected to be published early this summer.

Chuck and Pulse Ohio are working with Nick Corbin Productions to develop the required training videos that will be used within DSI’s Pulse O2DA Defense Academy.   Our first “draft” video has been filmed, so we are going to give you a sneak peak of what is to come.

03.01.17 Pulse Ohio announces the next Women’s Self Defense Seminar date 03.30.17! 

Sign up now for the next Women’s Self Defense Class.  The class will be from 2000-2200 Hrs on 30 March 2017.  For more information, go to our Femme Fatale page. You can register by following this link: Women’s Self Defense Seminar. Don’t be a victim.

02.11.17 Are you willing to do what it takes to save your life or your loved ones?

Pulse’s chief instructor Ron Danielowski (left) along with other Pulse Combat Instructors participating in a webinar with Dustin Salomon (right) on applying neuroscience research to develop state of the art training systems to offer to our students.

Most people answer yes, of course.  Of course most people also say they want to to get more firearms training or to go the gym or to lose weight.  How many New Year’s resolutions have been made and are already broken?  If you are one of those people, don’t feel bad.  More often or not you have the wrong goals and you have never been taught how to achieve your goals.  There are a lot of organizations, companies, gun shops and programs out there that teach people to shoot a weapon.  The Pulse O2DA Defense Academy is different. Our goal is to teach individuals, groups, and businesses the necessary skills to successfully defend life and property.  Quite frankly, non of us are very impressed with your ability to put holes in a static paper target at the range.  Even if you are an experienced shooter, do you have the knowledge, skills and mindset to win a gunfight?

If you are considering taking the next step in your training or even if you are a new shooter, we can help you to acquire the skills to be a gunfighter and have the ability to win.  We can help you to set and achieve your goals if you are willing to put in the time and the effort.  We have the system and the resources. We have online material, printed material and manuals, and training protocols that will develop the skills you want, the skills you need.  Our training is based on modern neuroscience research which has been pioneered by people like Dustin Salomon.  Many schools brag about the number of rounds you shoot.  We brag about the skills you acquire and the gunfighter that we will turn you into.  As stated in Dustin Salomon’s book, Building Shooters ” The ‘shoot more rounds until you get better’ method is like using a misting sprinkler to fill up a glass of water from ten yards away.  It will fill the glass, given enough water and time; however, it is certainly not an optimal use of either resource.”

So you need to take the next step.  First, buy With Winning in Mind  by Lanny Bassham and read it. You can find it at you local bookstore or on Amazon.  Then sign up with the Pulse O2DA Defense Academy.   Then develop you own personal “smartsheet” training plan (STP).   Then give us a call.  If you don’t take the time and effort to complete these simple task, then you are like the person who buys the gym membership but never goes.  The only winner is the gym owner.

12.14.16 Alexandria Gbur becomes first certified woman instructor for Pulse O2DA. 

alex Gbur CFI B W Photo

Alexandria “Alex” Gbur recently became the first woman to qualify as a Pulse O2DA certified combative firearms instructor.

Alex comes from the Northern Ohio Gbur dynasty otherwise known as Toledo Tactical. She is a member of the NRA and is a certified NRA instructor. She has taught basic hand gun skills and CCW classes since January of 2013.

Alex recognized the need for practical, real world firearm training and became a CFI in October 2016. Her goal is to encourage and empower women to learn life-saving skills to defend themselves and their families. More information on their courses will be listed here soon.

12.13.16 Should I buy a gun?  A primer for the prospective gun buyer.   

Americans are unnerved by current events. Political unrest, terrorism, immigration, mob violence, police ambushes dominate their headlines. Gun sales are at all time highs as many Americans consider purchasing a gun in order to defend their life and property. Should you buy a gun? This short primer is designed to help you answer this question, and will describe:

  1. The critical issues to consider before buying a gun for self-defense.
  2. The firearms training necessary for self-defense.
  3. The gun and accessories you should purchase.

Click this link to download the PDF “Should You Buy A Gun”.  This PDF includes a free 5-day all-access pass to the O2DA Defense Academy and a specially discounted $19 per month on-going membership.  You can find out more information by contacting Toledo Tactical at (419) 913-2715 or visiting our on-line store at toltac.com.

The Pulse Ohio Defense Academy, LLC is a Toledo based company that is an authorized training partner of Pulse O2DA    Pulse O2DA is a private security firm training and mobilizing individuals, teams and units to defend life and property.  We are Pulse Combative Firearm Instructors and will offer training packages for the defense of individual, home, business, church, school and community.  Along with Pulse O2DA we can offer on-line, on-site and on-range training. NOBODY TRAINS YOU THE WAY WE TRAIN YOU. Our courses and programs are for individuals, businesses, schools, churches and communities. Pulse O2DA offers the most comprehensive private firearms training resources worldwide.
Our instruction is delivered via an integrated curriculum consisting of on-range, on-line and on-site options. Nobody has a more comprehensive curriculum than we do.  The skills and techniques you learn on the range, in the shoot course or sims house are available for later reference via our innovative online defense academy where you can access our videos, online courses, manuals and other references 24/7 365 days a year. You can create and monitor your own training plan, join an online defense group and work with our world-class instructors on-line, after your on-range experience.

The Pulse O2DA “Training Ladder” is at the core of our training resources. Our training ladder moves a firearms novice through four stages of skill development:

1. Developing basic firearms fundamentals with handgun, shotgun, and rifle.
2. Applying these skills to individual maneuver for self-defense.
3. Developing team tactics necessary to defend business, church, and school.
4. Learning small unit tactics for defense of neighborhoods and communities.

Nowhere is the old adage “you get what you pay for” more appropriate than firearms training.  You don’t need to take a second mortgage to pay for good training, but you better be prepared to a least spend what you do on your cable bill each month.

We find it interesting how some people are willing to pay hundreds of dollars each month on cell phone usage, health club memberships, nice restaurants, green fees, etc. Yet bridle at the notion of having to pay for firearms training.

We know where some of this sentiment comes from.  Many of us grew up with a father, uncle or family friend showing how to fire a weapon. You went out in a field and learned how to shoot. You didn’t pay them. It was a skill passed down generation to generation.

But there is a difference between learning how to shoot tin cans in a field or static targets on a range, and having the skills and mindset to dominate a lethal force confrontation.

Teaching the firearms skills is actually the easiest thing we do.  What sets us apart is we teach basic skills, but we also teach the mindset and the psychology that will allow you to react to a life threatening encounter.  And there is so much more that sets us apart.

To be able to defend yourself you need to be killing-enabled, because regardless of your skills, if you haven’t been killing enabled and can’t kill another – you won’t.

One can only make proper decisions in lethal force engagements by way of orientation, and orientation only comes via experience under conditions closely approximating the reality of a lethal force confrontation.

To accomplish proper orientation training, we focus on training to maneuver safely via situational awareness and aggressive actions on contact initially learned on the range with both dry and live-fire drills and then reinforced during progressively more difficult scenarios.


We are able to offer reality based training or RBT in partnership with Pulse O2DA.  Reality based training is a type of simulation training that better prepares individuals for future performance through experiential learning (learning by experiencing and doing).

Our RBT scenarios will pit you against well-trained role players (trained actors) who painstakingly follow pre-selected scripts crafted to derive specific responses and achieve selected training goals from the scenarios being played out for your benefit.

Because of the immersive nature of the training, the mind and body absorb and process the experience as if it were actually occurring, therefore these realistic scenarios will quickly help you gain the experiences and confidence you need to dominate a lethal force encounter in real life.

RBT is to the gunfighter what Topgun is to fighter pilots; RBT is the apex of firearms training, there is no substitute, and nothing prepares you better for the fight of your life than quality reality-based training.


The reality of firearms training is that like any other critical skill, it requires skilled instructors to train the skill. Just because somebody is on the SWAT team, or a retired Navy SEAL, does not mean that they can instruct and train. Quite often the best practitioners are the the worst instructors.

We train both novices and experienced gun owners, how to win the fight of their life. In order to do this safely and effectively you need skilled instructors supported by a comprehensive curriculum and world-class training resources.

Our curriculum has been developed over the past 10 years at a cost of several million dollars by some of the most experienced military and law enforcement operators in the world. Nobody has more real world experience than our instructors and developers.


A cornerstone of our training system is the development of Private Defense Networks or PDN’s.

We are in the process of developing PDN’s in the Toledo area.  If you have an interest in investing in your security and wish to become part of our PDN, contact Chuck for more information.

This is the best training system I’ve come across in almost 30 years of training soldiers and civilians.”
Retired Army Drill Sergeant, Tank Commander and M1A1 Master Gunner

“The Pulse O2DA manuals are far better than the outdated doctrine presented in most US military manuals.”
Father of Fourth Generation Warfare