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Meet Nicole Thurman
Director of the
Women's Training Institute at
Argus and A+R Tactics

Nicole is the co-owner of A+R Tactics, a co-owner of Argus Integrated Defense, an RN, and a Firearms and Combatives Instructor.  She loves working to connect individuals with information and training opportunities that can increase their ability to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. She is a Krav Maga black belt and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blue belt with experience in teaching Krav Maga, Self Protection, Combatives, Home Defense CQB, and has participated in amateur competitions. 

As an RN, she has authored and taught Civilian Trauma Response Training curriculum extensively. Nicole is also an NRA and USCCA Certified Firearms Instructor, Simunitions Certified Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer, Glock Armorer, Red Cross Certified Instructor, and TECC Trained. Nicole loves training firearms, Krav Maga, BJJ, grappling, and combatives.

Women's Training Institute

at Argus and A+R Tactics

Real world self protection training for Women seeking to grow their ability to keep themselves and their loved ones safe through effective training, relevant resources, and mutual support.

Women's Training Institute Monthly Self Protection and Shoot House Scenario Training

Do you worry about being able to defend yourself and your loved ones? How much different would your world be if you had been taught how to trust your instincts, identify and avoid threats, de-escalate, assert boundaries, and physically defend yourself? You are worth defending. The women and girls you know and love are worth defending. Women do not ask for, cause, invite, or deserve to be assaulted. Self Protection training “...can increase your options and help you prepare responses to slow down, de-escalate, or interrupt an attack. Like any tool, the more you know about it, the more informed you are, the better able you are to make a decision and to use it.” - National Coalition Against Sexual Assault


The Women’s Training Institute at A+R Tactics, WTI, is woman-led and teaches real world self protection that is evidence-based and trauma informed. This training will answer the questions you have about your personal safety, instill confidence, teach you effective physical skills, and revolutionize your decision making abilities and mindset. The physical skills WTI teaches are based on simple principles and instinctive movements. WTI’s reality based system is designed to teach tested self protection in an easy to digest and apply manner. We will also train the emotional, and intellectual aspects of self protection, including your ability to recognize and manage fear. When violence is eminent, your ability to defend yourself is greatly affected by your ability to control your emotions. WTI teaches you to function during the stress and psychological trauma of a violent encounter. Our training progression is designed to develop mental toughness and emotional resolve and help you gain power over your own fight or flight response. WTI will not tell you what you should or shouldn’t do, but help you develop options, techniques and a way of analyzing situations and applying strategies and actions that best suit you. You will leave it prepared and with a plan for likely situations of harassment, threats, stalking, sexual or violent abuse from strangers, and more often, from someone you know.

This course will be a rotating curriculum focusing on:

  • Awareness

  • Threat mitigation, profiling, & response

  • Deescalation & Preemption

  • Defense against common strikes, chokes, takedowns and grabs

  • Defense against weapons

  • Escapes from pins against a barrier and on the ground

  • Effective Striking

  • Controlling a subject

  • Home and travel safety

  • Mitigating Fear, Mindset, and Resilience

  • Trauma Shedding

  • Civilian Trauma Response Training

  • Interaction with Law Enforcement, EMS, and Accurate Reporting

  • CQB for home defense

  • Shooting on the move

  • Defensive use of a firearm in close quarters

  • Shoot / No Shoot Scenario Training in the Shoot House

  • What to bring:

  • Comfortable clothing - we recommend no tank tops or short shorts, but shirts that are sleeved, and bottoms that extend past the knee as we will be working on the mats, against the rough walls in the shoot house, and various surfaces

  • Tennis shoes

  • Mat shoes, if you would like, as shoes can’t be worn on the mats (going barefoot on the mats or wearing socks is fine as well)

  • Water and any snacks you would like

  • Any blade trainers that you use or would like to work with

  • You are welcome to bring your own holster if it is Glock 17 compatible 

* If you do not wish to train with a training firearm, you do not have to.  You can train the unarmed self protection training and also have your scenario training in the shoot house consist of scenarios and opportunities to use empty handed, or unarmed defense.  You do not have to train with a training firearm.  

Enjoy our Women's Monthly Training Membership for only $100 per session, or choose our drop-in rate at $150 per session.


Your Premier Membership Perks, Details, and Cancellation Policy for the Duration of Your Membership:


  • Unmatched Special Pricing: As a member, enjoy each monthly session at an exclusive rate of only $100, offering substantial savings compared to the standard rate of $150.

  • Flexible Cancellation Policy: Understanding the unpredictability of life, we offer a cancellation policy to match. Notify us 48 hours in advance to cancel a session, and we'll transfer your fee to the following month, safeguarding your investment.

  • Ability to Put Membership on Hold: If life requires you to pause your training, we offer the flexibility to put your membership on hold. Notify us at least 48 hours in advance of your next scheduled class, and we will place your membership on hold until you're ready to reactivate it.

  • No-Fuss Membership Cancellation:  At A+R Tactics, your satisfaction is paramount. You have the freedom to cancel your membership at any time, with no hidden fees or complications.

  • Exclusive Discounts on A+R Tactics Offerings: Enjoy a 10% discount on all other A+R Tactics memberships, training sessions, and our wide range of merchandise and gear as a token of our appreciation for your dedication.

  • Complimentary Point Blank Range Membership: Elevate your training with a FREE Range Membership at Point Blank Range Matthews, providing you with unlimited range time monthly.  You need only provide your ammo and targets.

To ensure an optimal experience for all of our clients and the efficient operation of our business, while respecting our instructors' time and dedication, please note the following Cancellation Policy for A+R Tactics Women’s Monthly Training Members:

  1. Policy for Late Cancellations: To maintain fairness and efficiency, cancellations made less than 24 hours before your scheduled class time will result in the forfeiture of that class's payment.

  2. Cancellation Methods: We have streamlined the process for canceling or rescheduling your training reservation by offering two convenient methods:

  • By Phone: Call us at ‭(980) 819-8790‬ 

  • By Email: Send your cancellation or rescheduling request to

Firearms 101

Are you brand new to firearms or would you like a refresher course?  Would you just like to learn how to handle a firearm, check if it is loaded, and be able to unload and store it safely?  would you like to train basic home defense with a firearm?  Would you like to learn how to clean and care for your firearm?   Schedule with Nicole for this private training and we'll help you meet your training goals in a safe, non-pressured environment.  Sessions are 60 min and a training pistol and ammo used for the training are included.  $100 per session. Buy 4 sessions and receive the 5th for FREE! (Session passes are valid for a period of six months from date of purchase, and are exclusively for a single user and are non-transferableFamily and small group discounts available.

Private Self Protection Training

Do you worry about being able to keep yourself and your loved ones safe?  Our Private Self Defense Training focuses on several important aspects of personal safety: Mindset, Awareness, Threat Mitigation Profiling & Response, Deescalation, Preemption,  Effective Striking, and Grappling for Retention and Draw and going to higher force such as neck knives, or firearms.  We teach effective striking and how to defend against common strikes, chokes, and grabs.  Essentially, learning how to assess real or potential conflicts and danger, and how to respond. $100 per session.  Buy 4 sessions and receive the 5th one FREE! (Session passes are valid for a period of six months from date of purchase, and are exclusively for a single user and are non-transferable) Family and small group discounts available.

Handgun Fittings and Live Fire Private Training

Conducted at Point Blank Range.  Ladies, before you purchase a firearm for home defense or concealed carry, take the opportunity to test many and find the right fit for you.  We will meet you at the range for your lesson and you can try any pistol off their rental wall and look for the best match for your needs. (Call before booking since this will be an off-site lesson).  $100 per session.  Buy 4 sessions and receive the 5th one FREE! (Session passes are valid for a period of six months from date of purchase, and are exclusively for a single user and are non-transferable). Family and small group pricing available.

A+R Tactics' Cancellation Policy for Firearms 101, Private Self Protection Training, and Handgun Fittings and Live Fire Private Training is designed to ensure efficient operation and respect for our instructors, while providing the best experience for our clients. All reservations must be canceled at least 48 hours in advance to effectively manage seating and allow others to participate. Cancellations can be made by phone at (980) 819-8790, email at, or online at We do not offer refunds, but if you cancel before the 48-hour deadline, your account will be credited for future use, offering flexibility. Please note, cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to the class will result in a loss of payment, as part of our commitment to fairness and resource optimization. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation, helping us provide high-quality services and fair opportunities for all our clients. Thank you for choosing A+R Tactics.

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