YFA is no longer operating.


Louis passed away on June 24, 2014. We want to thank everyone, for your many years of support and friendship.
I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all our students and friends who have called, written, emailed and texted with their condolences, support and offers of help. In a difficult time such as this it is truly comforting to know that those of you who have been there through the years are still there for me now if I need to reach out. I believe that Louis would have been very touched by and appreciative of all the support I've received.
In my life with Louis I learned a great deal about what he held dear. Personal integrity took second place to nothing. He valued commitment, humility, and proficiency. For ten years I listened to him praise the teaching ability and weapon craft of Steve McDaniel at Alaska Tactical. It is with this knowledge and my own experience that I recommend Steve as an exceptionally fine firearms instructor.
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.
— Snake (AKA Leigh)

YFA made a tremendous difference in the lives of shooters and students of self-defense. Louis Awerbuck taught an essential skill, and sometimes forgotten ancient thinking in a modern world that needed both. Leigh Lambert contributed the administrative and organizational backbone that made their work possible.

We who benefited from thousands of YFA training sessions salute you and will always remember you both fondly and with heart-felt thanks.

— Your devoted students

Louis AwerbuckLouis Awerbuck served in 1 Special Services Battalion in the South African Defence Force, and was a member of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA). He was employed by Colonel Jeff Cooper at the original Gunsite Ranch as Chief Rangemaster until 1987, attaining the title of Shooting Master.

With his many decades of instructional experience, Louis became a contributory adjunct instructor to the Marine Corps Security Force Bn Atlantic combat smallarms program and an adjunct firearms/tactics instructor for the Central Training Academy, Department of Energy. He trained extensively in the police and civilian firearms field, and instructed military personnel from various United States bases, including Special Forces units.

Awerbuck authored five books, "The Defensive Shotgun", "Hit or Myth", "Tactical Reality", "More Tactical Reality", and "Plowshares Into Swords", co-produced three videos including "The Combat Shotgun", "Only Hits Count", and "Safe at Home", and was Tactical Consultant and a contributing author to SWAT magazine.