Training, Tradition, Defence
Gallowglass Academy, Inc.
P. O. Box 201
Leaf River IL 61047
Gallowglass Academy, Inc., provides an eclectic
variety of short classes and seminars to the Student of Defence.
Law Enforcement Officers and their Agencies will find a range of Police Combatives and Firearms Training Seminars.
Civilians also may choose among Martial Arts and Firearms-related classes.
The Scholar of Western Martial Arts will find classes on Rapier, Sidesword, and a variety of 19th-century styles, as well as workshops with guest instructors expert in other historical combat styles.
Gallowglass Academy, Inc., is happy to work with Writers, Actors, Book Groups, and Convention Planners to tailor special seminars and demos to your needs.
C. Allen Reed
Bringing over 30 years experience in law enforcement, Oriental and Western martial arts, Gallowglass Academy's Head Instructor is a firearms, baton and police combatives instructor for a Federal agency. He is a State of Illinois certified defensive tactics instructor, certified TASERtm instructor, and certified Pepperballtm instructor. He belongs to the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, the Illinois Tactical Officers Association, and the National Tactical Officers Association.
Allen also holds the rank of Kaiden (equivalent of 7th dan) in Paracombatives Jujutsu, which he has taught at the Northwestern University Jujutsu Club for over 17 years.
Allen studies weapon arts of Medieval and Renaissance Europe, as well as 19th-century combat styles of Bowie knife, tomahawk, and Bartitsu. He is a past member of the Chicago Swordplay Guild, and has taught the Western Martial Arts for more than 10 years. He has taught the Rapier, and the Bowie knife, at Highland Community College in Freeport, IL.
Allen is an American Red Cross Authorized Provider/Instructor in First Aid, including CPR and AED. Complete resume and references available on request.
Big Picture: Relative to the well-known landmark of Chicago, it's about 100 miles northwest -- south and west of Rockford, north of I-88.
Electronically: Here's the general idea of Leaf River, courtesy of Mapquest.com
"You can get here, but you have to work at it"
Driving directions to the area:
1) to RIVER VALLEY COMPLEX (our favored training venue):
2) to Mount Morris Coliseum (an occasional training venue):
3) to Gallowglass Manor (our house*):
*By the way, Mapquest seems to think that "Gallowglass Manor" is north of Route 72, up on the gravel road. It's not, it's SOUTH 1 MILE, ON THE BLACKTOP! but let's just let that stay our secret, eh? We don't need to help the terrorists win, and the cows that graze that field can practice their social skills on the occasional visitor.
management in 2004!
Mount Morris Motel, Ridge Rd at Rt 64 east, Mt. Morris, IL 815-734-4114 ($36 single occupancy -- $41-51 double). Rooms are smaller than the Big Chains, of course, but freshened up! and now they've got a WWWeb presence! http://home.insightbb.com/~mtmorrismotel/wsb/html/view.cgi-home.html-.html
White Pines Forest State Park (7 mi west of Oregon IL), 815-946-3817 (lodge $79 dbl occ) www.whitepinesinn.com
Blackhawk's Trail Lodge (on the Rock River, Rt. 2, 4.5 mi north of Byron IL), 815-234-5544 (no pets!) www.blackhawkstraillodge.com
Lake Louise, Byron IL (815-234-8483) www.lakelouisellc.com (cabins $70; hookups available)
Paddle Wheel Inn (Rt. 2 north of Oregon IL) 800-468-4222. "Standard" rooms $99 (incl 2 queen-size beds, contintental breakfast, mini-bar, use of spa & sauna)
Chateau Lodge, 1326 N. IL Route 2, Oregon IL 815-732-6195
Pinehill Bed & Breakfast, 400
Mix St. Oregon IL 61061-1113
$80-145 Phone: (815)732-2067 Fax: (815)732-1348
The property has 5 total guest accommodations with private bath, 3 with fireplaces. http://www.pinehillbb.com/
Upon request, we will schedule any class for women only, or for seniors only. Just ask – please!
Everyone – from teenagers to senior citizens – has the right to defend themselves, their friends and their families from violence. This one-day class teaches one method of basic, unarmed self-defense that is easy to learn in a short time. This 8-hour class can be broken up into shorter sessions on request.
Dressed for Success
We must find ways to keep ourselves safe, particularly at a time when we all are concerned about urban crime and other threats to safety, and despite stringent security regulations. This one-day class focuses on the use for self-defense of everyday items that are legal to carry anywhere. This class can be broken up into shorter sessions on request.
First Aid / CPR Adult-Child-Infant
Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR, including AED.
Defensive Use of the Lockblade Knife
Many people carry a lockblade knife as an everyday tool, as well as a defensive weapon. In addition to tactics and techniques, this class will emphasize legal considerations for the defensive use of these knives.
"Some Like It Hot" OC Spray Techniques
Pepper spray for effective, legal, and non-lethal personal defense.
"Hand Me Down My Walking Cane"
An ordinary cane, easily available at drug stores, is rarely challenged as a weapon, even at the airport. Yet it can save your life in an assault. We present some easily-learned strikes, deflections, and locks you can use -- even if you rely on a cane for ordinary walking.
It's plastic, it fits in your hand (or pocket or purse), it does not look like a weapon, and it's not expensive. But within a few hours, you can learn how to grip The DefenderTM and strike with it to control and repel even the largest attacker. Class fee includes The DefenderTM and instructions.
Dan Maloy of Iowa for an insightful and complimentary review of 5/1/09 Bartitsu class -- read it at paciowa.blogspot.com/2010/04/bartitsu-at-gallowglass-academy.html