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Chaldean Self-Defense Training Now Being Offered
By CE&CC :: Saturday, December 29, 2007 :: 159401 Views :: Article Rating :: Living & Lifestyle, Career & Education, Law & Order, Community & Culture, Chaldean Education & Career Center

Michigan, USA - Many Chaldeans are often forced to work in dangerous neighborhoods and high crime areas.  Some feel the local city police apathetic concern for Chaldean businesses bolsters the criminal to act.    Although Chaldeans have taken wise precautions to reduce the threat of attack and robbery, Chaldeans remain victims.  With bullet proof glass, immediate armed robbery alarm systems, video surveillance systems, and armed security guards or employees Chaldeans remain at risk. 

Working to address these challenges the Chaldean Education and Career Center is working with other Chaldean organizations to help address these growing concerns.  Groups like the Chaldean Justice League, Chaldean American Bar Association, Chaldean Caucus, and the Chaldean Federation of America are consistently looking for ways to help reduce attacks against Chaldeans and their property. 

In that spirit, the Chaldean Education and Career Center is organizing a series of Advanced Small Arms Self-Defense Training near Camp Chaldean.  The CE&CC along with the Livingston Gun Club and Live Safe Academy will be holding a three Self-Defense training session. 

The advanced gun training workshops will be held on Saturday, February 16, 23, and March 15 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending around 6 p.m. in the evening.  The three sessions will consist of Sharp Weapon Use, Target Focused Shooting, and Unarmed Combat training respectfully.       

Chaldeans wishing to participate must be either a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) holder, 
Law Enforcement Officer or Military Personnel and complete the necessary registration forms and liability waivers. 

The Sharp Weapons training session being held on Saturday, 2-16-08 will present a no-nonsense, "real world" solutions to violent, life or death altercations.  This performance-based class is designed to develop life-saving skill with minimal training.  The skills taught are time-tested, relevant and easy to learn and retain under stress.  You will learn how to properly carry, conceal and rapidly deploy folding knives, pen, stylist and other common sharp weapons.  Topics will also include weapon selection, principles of sharp trauma and statistical considerations regarding the use of sharp weapons.
The Target Focused Shooting - Force-On-Force being held on Saturday, 2-23-08 is a workshop that will teach Chaldeans how to shoot effectively under realistic conditions. Most assaults are spontaneous, high stress, low light, close range and quick. The statistical norm is to be attacked by one to three assailants, multiple assailants being the rule not the exception. The majority of gunfights begin within 5 feet after an altercation that begins within 2 feet. Almost all gunfights are within 10'. Under these circumstances, you need combat proven methods that are based on physiological and psychological responses to survival stress, gross motor movements, natural / common motor skills and real world conditions like rapid movement.
In addition to the skill development inherent to all firearm-training programs, this program will incorporate interactive, man-on-man shooting exercises using protective gear and Gas-Blowback Airsoft training guns. You will also have an opportunity to participate in combat simulations, allowing you to test your skill and judgment against interactive assailants under realistic conditions.
The Unarmed Combat training session on Saturday, 3-15-08 will cover close unarmed attacks.   Most assaults are sudden and unexpected. The statistical reality is that even when armed, we may not be able access our gun in time to respond to a threat. Combine that with the facts that even those who are authorize to carry a gun often don't, that the law prohibits being armed in some areas, and that many assaults don't justify the use of lethal force and it becomes obvious that effective unarmed combat skills are needed.  The skills taught are realistic and easy to learn and retain.
Chaldeans don't have to spend years training in an expensive program to defend themselves. This no-nonsense, performance-based course will teach "real world" methods for everyday people.

The training sessions will be provided by Live Safe Academy (LSA).  Live Safe Academy is an approved Criminal Justice Training Provider by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcements Standards.  LSA is also a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, National Rifle Association Business Alliance and the Great Lakes Self-Defense Association Instructor Alliance Program.  LSA staff consists of law enforcement officers, attorneys, military personnel, registered nurses, and professional educators and trainers.  All of the LSA instructors are certified through nationally recognized organizations. 

The instructor for the advanced sessions is Ian Kinder.  Kinder has actively studied the use of force since 1988, training throughout the USA and in Okinawa, Japan. He has been an instructor since 1990.   Kinder is a certified trainer in all aspects of personal combat.  He has trained thousands of individuals, young and old, male and female, and those with special needs, from the military, law enforcement and public in violence and crime prevention, the use of force, firearm safety and first aid.

The Advanced Small Arms Self-Defense Training will be held at the Livingston Gun Club in Brighton, Michigan (Livingston County, not too far from Camp Chaldean).  Registration for the event is required along with a fee of $300 for the three days of training.  Chaldeans who only wish to attend one or two of the training days can pay individually for each training session at cost of $125.

To register please e-mail the Chaldean Education and Career Center at for forms and payment options.  Registration will require a completed pre-registration form, a signed release and hold harmless agreement, a copy of valid concealed pistol license or police / military identification. 
To learn more about the Chaldean Education and Career Center please visit us on this website under the community pages section.

St. Thomas, MI USA

St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church
6900 Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Tel: (248) 788-2460
Fax: (248) 788-2153

Founding Pastor:
Rev. Hanna Cheikho

Current Pastor:
Rev. Frank Kalabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes, Retired  

Rev. Frank Kalabat

Rev. Frank Kalabat was born in 1970 in San Diego, California and entered St. Francis Seminary of San Diego, California.  The admission to the Catholic seminary made him the first born U.S. Chaldean to enter an American seminary.  In 1992, Fr. Kalabat continued his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.  In July 1995, shortly after graduation he was ordained as priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim.  

Fr. Frank chose Mother of God Parish in Southfield, MI. as his first assignment serving the Chaldean community as an associate pastor for half a decade.  In 2001, Fr. Kalabat was elected to serve as Pastor of St. Tomas Parish in West Bloomfield, Michigan where he remains today.   

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1942. Upon graduation Fr. Abrahim was admitted to St. Peter Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad, Iraq.  After a decade of studies and numerous degrees, Fr. Abrhim was ordained a priest in 1967.  He chose to continue ministering in Baghdad, Iraq.  There he was appointed the headmaster of the catechism at Mother of Sorrows Cathedral.  Fr. Abrahim also assisted St. Therese Church in Baghdad until 1978.  Afterward he was asked to assist St. Joseph Church in Baghdad and was appointed Parochial Vicar from 1978-1992. 

In 1992, Fr. Abrahim was called upon to assist the growing Chaldean population in Michigan.  Upon his arrival he was assigned to St. Joseph Church in Tory, Michigan.  Two years later Fr. Abrahim was asked to become the pastor of a Parish community in Windsor, Canada  where he remained the parish pastor until 2001.

Continuing demographic changes in Michigan required Fr. Abrahim to return to St. Joseph Parish in Tory as a Parochial Vicar, where he remained until 2006.  In 2006 he was elected to St. Thomas Parish as Parochial Vicar in West Bloomfield, MI. where he currently serves the Chaldean community.


Rev. Emmanuel Rayes

Rev. Emmanuel Rays was born in Araden, Iraq in 1930.  He studied at St. John Dominican Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1954.  The Chaldean catholic ambassador ministered in northern Iraq from 1954-1963, in Syria and Lebanon from 1963-1980, and in the United Stated from 1980 to the present day.
Form 1980-1983, he was appointed associate pastor at Mother of God Parish in Southfield, Michigan.  From 1983-1989 he served as pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  During the early 1990’s he ministered to the Chaldean community in Farmington Hills and was at St. Joseph Parish in Tory where he was Parochial Vicar until 2000.

Although Fr. Rayes retired in 2001, he remains active in serving the community.  He is the author of many articles in Arabic and is the editor-in-chief of the Al Mishal and Al-Tariq magazine.  He has translated and continues to translate many books from French and English into Arabic.