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Condition Yellow Academy
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 125 reviews
 by Michael S
Defensive Pistol 1 Class

Great class, excellent instructions, in my opinion absolute must if you considering concealed carry. A lot of good and practical drills, safe environment and yellow academy instructors made it fun and positive experience. Thank you!

 by Brad Underwood
CYA Defensive Rifle I Course Review

I attended Condition Yellow Academy's Defensive Rifle I Course on Saturday, June 18, 2022. The training was held at their outdoor range near Braidwood, IL, and the weather was perfect.

We began the day by zeroing everyone’s rifle. Once everyone was confirmed zeroed, then the instruction began.

Because safety is of paramount importance, the first thing we were taught is how to properly hold the rifle on our slings when we are NOT shooting. Muzzle direction awareness and using the techniques outlined are everything. Then we learned how to hold the rifle in different “ready” positions, practicing going from these different positions to being up on target and then back down again. Live fire practice followed.

We covered emergency and tactical reloads and discussed when you would use them. Then we practiced these procedures, including inspecting your weapon at various stages of the reloading process to determine the appropriate actions to take. Instruction and practice was followed by live fire drills.

Additionally we learned about malfunction clearing, and how to address and fix various issues that might come up. After this lesson, we were told to keep our rifles running during the exercises, and to ‘stay in the fight’ if you had a malfunction. Instruction and practice was again followed by live fire drills.

We then moved on to more comprehensive live fire drills where we put all of this instruction together into a cohesive training exercise. Students moved from one station to another, listening for the commands given by the instructor, addressing their target when it was a threat, and going to ready when the threat was down, all the while dealing with reloads and malfunctions as needed.

Besides my CCW, this is the third standalone class that I have taken with Condition Yellow Academy, and I cannot speak highly enough of the quality of the instruction, and the attention to detail that Instructor Steve Watson brings to these courses. This training was of extraordinary value to me, and I would recommend it to anyone seeking a solid foundation upon which to build your skills with an AR or AK style rifle.

Thanks again to Steve for taking the time to teach such an outstanding course.


 by Norbert Ertel
Just to say thanks again to these two

Its Memorial Day Weekend. I just ran into our county sheriff for the third time in a week and a half. He was just re-elected two weeks ago. He carries a Smith M 586 4". I had told him I have one in six inch with the factory adjustable front sight. I was just leaving a local range yesterday when he came in. Most of the guys there are X-Vets. All of them are great guys. He asked me what I was shooting. I had been shooting a 4" M 686 and a Sig 365XL (I have 2 of them metallic and red dot.) I am living in NC now. That last conversation with him has me thinking about my training with the two greatest sincere in teaching in defense training that I will ever know. If you are considering your training with Condition Yellow Academy, please I ask you not to hesitate in picking them. If there is a "10" as an absolute score, I give them a "12". Bless these two who will always be in my thoughts of those that I will remember in my life.

 by Pete I.
Top Class Instructors and Training

Recently took a class with Condition Yellow and was very pleased with the knowledge of all the instructors and staff. The course was well taught. They provided the knowledge needed and went beyond to help improve my abilities. Great Job CY!

 by Daniel Guy

I am so glad i took this class. The young lady and the assistant, on the 8th of January, they were great. Everyone felt comfortable and they were very informative and very professional and very helpful. And we had some laughs. And what can i say about Mr. Peter Widitz, the 2nd day, he made the class the most interesting and informative class i ever took and I have taken a lot over the years, he was excellent! I have a whole new education about CCL thanks to him. I would recommend this class to anyone, and I will do that. Thank all of You : Dan Guy

 by Brad Underwood
CYA Defensive Pistol Night Shoot Course Review

I attended CYA’s Defensive Pistol Night Shoot Course on Saturday, November 20, 2021. I have previously taken two other CYA classes which were both excellent, so I had high expectations for this one as well.

Safety was the primary concern, so the first thing Instructor Steve Watson did was run us each through a holster draw review and skills check.

Once that was complete, we moved onto the lessons portion of the class. We learned a variety of different skills, including a number of flashlight/pistol holds. We practiced each skill, first dry, then live fire.

Before the sun set, we ran through a tactical shoot/no shoot course, requiring us to apply all the skills we were taught earlier. This prepped us for what we would be facing for the night shoot portion of the course.

After the sun set, and before the moon rose, it was REALLY DARK. Flashlight use was necessary to see anything. We ran through the course several times, and for each run through, the targets were changed & moved around to keep the course new and challenging. For each target, we had to use cover effectively, use our flashlight to positively identify a shoot/no shoot target, and shoot accurately to stop the threat.

Before this class, if you had asked me how low-light shooting differs from well-lit shooting, I would have answered that you just have to use your flashlight. Now, having had this training and experience, I have a much more fundamental understanding of the challenges that are inherent with low light shooting, and I look forward to improving my skills in this area.

I definitely feel that I got my money's worth from this training. I highly recommend this class for anyone who is comfortable drawing from a holster and shooting, and who wants experience shooting in low light environments.

Thank you Steve, for your time in teaching this course. I look forward to the next opportunity to train with you and CYA.

 by Michael Rozental
Defensive Pistol 1 course

I took the Defensive Pistol I class and back in September and was highly satisfied with how the training was built and handled. It was well structured from simple to more complex tasks with enough iterations to build upon basic skills. It was very educating as well as entertaining. I'd recommend taking the class to everybody who wants improve their firearm skills.
Great job Condition Yellow Academy!

 by Allan C
Excellent instruction

On 10/10/21 I completed my req. IL CCL training with Bill Shannon as the instructor. Bill was excellent and I highly recommend Condition Yellow for you to obtain your CCL.

 by Peter Serena
Realistic Training

I took the Defensive Pistol I class and overall the training was superb and very professional. If you are looking to mastering your firearm, this course is for you; highly recommended!

 by Brad Underwood
CYA Defensive Shotgun Course review

I attended CYA’s Defensive Shotgun Course on Saturday, August 7th, 2021.

I have previously taken CCW training with Condition Yellow Academy, and I am happy to say that the instructional content in this Shotgun course is every bit as solid, helpful, and real world applicable as the last one. In fact, I got so much good information in class, I was still making notes of what I learned on the following day.

Additionally, I liked the outdoor Private Range where the class was held. It is an ideal location for instruction on a variety of firearms, especially the shotgun.

Finally, Instructor Steve Watson’s personable teaching style, along with the time he took to thoroughly answer my questions, as a well as noticing even subtle ways for me to improve my shooting technique made me feel as if I were the only student in the class.

This course was an outstanding value to me, and I definitely plan to look for more training opportunities with CYA.


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