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 European martial arts, C. Allen Reed was a firearms, baton, police combatives and TASER instructor in a Federal law enforcement agency for close to twenty-five years. Allen also served as a uniformed officer in a campus police department for six years.
Allen is a member of the Association for Women’s Self Defense Advancement (AWSDA) and a certified instructor for AWSDA’s Women’s Self Defense Workshop.
Allen holds the rank of Kaiden (7th dan equivalent) in Paracombatives Jujutsu which he taught at the Northwestern University Jujutsu Club for close to twenty years.
Allen studies and teaches the martial arts of Medieval and Renaissance Europe as well as 19th century American and English martial arts. Allen is Headmaster of Gallowglass Academy, Inc. Gallowglass Academy offers classes in Western Martial arts as well as modern self defense. Allen has taught multiple classes on Historical Combat in the Society for Creative Anachronism. He was also been an instructor for the International Bartitsu School of Arms in 2011 and 2012. Most recently Allen was invited to teach at the Fight Camp Historical European Martial Arts conference in England in 2014 and 2015.
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