Gypsum benefit to feature training in tactical gunfighting |

Gypsum benefit to feature training in tactical gunfighting

Tyler Koski, left, was picked to represent the U.S. in the international jujitsu championships next month in Paris. As a fundraiser, he and his dad, Rob Koski are hosting a tactical gunfighting training and hand-to-hand combat seminar Saturday at the Gypsum Shooting Sports Park. It starts at 10 a.m. and runs all day.

If You Go

What: A day of shooting skills and hand-to-hand training with Rob Koski, master SWAT instructor, and Tyler Koski, martial arts and Krav Maga instructor

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Gypsum Shooting Sports Park, on the north side of I-70 off the Gypsum exit

Cost: $50 per person

Information: You will learn to tactically move and shoot, angles of shooting, room clearing, physiology of combat and its effect on human perception, close quarters tactics and techniques. All proceeds to go to help send Tyler Koski to the international jujitsu championships. To sign up contact Matt Bayley at or 970-376-0644. To donate, go to

GYPSUM — Tyler Koski is competing for an international jujitsu title and there’s no silent auction – and nothing else silent – about the way he’s raising the money.

Tyler and his dad Rob are teaching tactical gun fighting and Krav Maga, the Israeli hand-to-hand combat system.

What you’ll learn

Tyler will be teaching what’s called gun disarms, and gun disarms with your gun drawn. You’ll learn to take a gun away from someone who’s pointing it at you, and then how to do it when you have your own gun drawn.

“It’s actually easy,” Tyler said, “If you know how.”

Rob is a master SWAT instructor and will be teaching live fire shooting scenarios, things like clearing rooms and shooting in a crowd.

You should know he holds a Medal of Valor and Distinguished Service Medal.

“You can shoot at paper targets all day long, but if you’re in a crowded room on an uneven or unstable surface, and you have a child hanging on your leg, that’s a more likely scenario,” Tyler said.

From whom you’ll learn it

Rob Koski is the owner and operator of Krav Maga of Southern Colorado. He’s the only Krav Maga instructor in Southern Colorado to have trained in at the invitation-only Wingate Academy.

Rob retired as the SWAT commander from Fountain-Fort Carson to teach all over Europe. However, he doesn’t have a natural aptitude for leisure, so he returned to resume his SWAT command and teach police defensive tactics to civilians, military and police.

Tyler holds three black belts, one in judo and two each in forms of jujitsu. He’s also a certified Krav Maga instructor.

He and Rob, his dad, have been coming to Vail for years to train with Matthew Bayley, which explains why they’re doing this at Gypsum’s Shooting Sports Park, where Bayley is on the board of directors.

World beater

Tyler competes with Team USA in Paris at the end of November at the International Jujitsu Championships. He was named to the national team in April, which is actually a pretty good story.

When he went to Ohio for a tournament with another competitor, but he hadn’t planned to compete. Once he was there he got talked into it – they didn’t have to talk too hard. He borrowed a uniform and dispatched his first two opponents in less that 30 seconds.

The president of that organization that hosted that Ohio event invited him to join the national team for the trip to Paris. That saved him the brain and body damage of having to fight his way on.

“It’s a much easier route,” Tyler said.

He’ll compete in the 155 pound class.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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