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American Survival Co. – Matt Tate & Joel Graves

(984) 377-2592||https://americansurvivalco.com

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Our mission is simple, prepare you for your worst day, so it won’t be your last day.

You’ve seen our instructors compete on Discovery Channel’s Bushcraft Build-Off and now you get to learn from them first-hand. They combine their experience as combat veterans serving in dangerous locations around the world with their love for adventure and bushcraft, to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience. Whether you are an avid outdoorsmen or never built a fire, there is something for everyone at our survival school.

Our instructors are dedicated to providing quality survival education and skills training, and we spend time with students individually to ensure their success. While we take our subjects and mission seriously, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. You will find in the midst of learning, you’re also laughing and truly enjoying the time you spend with our survival instructors, whether it is a group survival class, private survival training, corporate team building, a guided camping experience or another survival adventure.


World-Class, Combat-Veteran, Certified Instructors


Matt Tate American Survival CoMATT TATE, Owner of American Survival Co. & Integrated Survival Systems, Former Army Combat Engineer, NRA-Certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer, NRA Firearms Instructor

TRAINING LOCATION – War Eagle (1.9 Miles), Arkansas

You’ve seen Matt compete on Discovery Channel’s Bushcraft Build-off, but his love of survival started as young kid growing up in a Cherokee community where the old ways of hunting, fishing and bushcraft of the Native American culture are still cherished.

Today, he owns American Survival Co. and pursues his passion of teaching others life-saving survival techniques. Matt continues to raise the bar, training in wilderness skills both domestically and internationally. He holds a patent for a mission adaptable holster currently used by Tier One operators and has designed a knife with Dozier knives specific to survival training.

His survival experience is matched by his tactical experience; serving as an Army Engineer in Fallujah, Matt encountered heavy combat. He then went on to serve with the Oklahoma Military Dept, Employment Security Commission and the Executive Branch of the US Govt.

Today, Matt uses his wilderness and tactical experience to provide to civilian, military, and organizational training domestically and internationally. He lives in Arkansas, where he runs American Survival Co.

Joel Graves American Survival Co.

JOEL GRAVES, Former Naval Special Warfare & Owner of American Survival Co.

TRAINING LOCATION – Jacksonville, Florida

Joel brings an extremely extensive military and tactical background. Completing 355 missions as Naval Special Warfare EOD on Seal Team 2 & 4, which is arguably one of the most elite and highly trained bomb squads in the world. He has served tours in Iraq, Bahrain and Afghanistan, personally disarmed improvised explosive devices with minimal tools in some of the most austere environments in the world. He has provided secret service protection in multiple countries for President Bush, President Obama and VP Biden. Today, Joel leverages his tactical and combat experience to prepare civilians, military personnel and organizations for international and domestic threats. Training and consulting opportunities with Joel include: international traveler, SERE, active shooter preparedness, self defense and organizational security.

Joel’s bushcraft and survival skill set is as equally impressive. Following his retirement from special forces, Joel spent six months in a long-term survival program where he slept in the field for 5 months, living off the land and honing his craft.. Since a very young age, Joel has been hunting and fishing all over the country. He currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida and spends much of his time fishing on the coastal waters, gator hunting, building bows, and keeping his self reliance skills sharp. He also put up fierce competition in Discovery Channel’s Bushcraft Build-off and truly has a great love for teaching people of all ages the skills they need to survive!

Highlights: US NAVY EOD NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OPERATOR, MK16 rebreather and SCUBA diver, static line and military free fall parachutist, diving supervisor, demolition operation supervisor, helicopter rope suspension technique (HRST/CAST) master, the Shaw’s Mid-South Shooting Institute and advanced expeditionary combat graduate, emergency vehicle operators course (EVOC), supported numerous US Secret Service missions for POTUS and VPOTUS, extensive combat medical training and real world experience using them.

Explosive Disposal Team Leader on over 355 missions with SEAL Team 2 and Seal Team 4. 2 Tours in Iraq, 1 Tour Bahrain, & 1 Tour Afghanistan.

Explosive ordinance disposal operator for ten years worked with: army, infantry, rangers, marines, SEAL teams, Green Berets, Secret Service, FBI, and police bomb squad units. Joel personally disarmed improvised explosive devices with minimal tools in some of the most austere environments in the world!


May 2019

Simple Survival: 3 Tools to Meet 3 Basic Needs

May 25 @ 9:00 am - May 26 @ 5:00 pm
Florida (JAX) – American Survival, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
primitive wilderness survival american survival co

Simple Survival is about developing survival skills to meet basic needs in an emergency situation with a minimal toolset. Imagine, you get separated from your group and can’t get back to your camp. You have only what you carried on you to survive. There are three basic needs you will need to meet to survive...shelter, water, fire. Without all the tools back at your camp, could you make it? In Simple Survival, you’ll learn to meet these three needs with…

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July 2019

SERE: Urban Survival

July 5 @ 9:00 am - July 7 @ 5:00 pm
Florida (JAX) – American Survival, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
$350.00 – $600.00

Survival * Evasion * Resistance * Escape Train with former Naval Special Warfare EOD, Joel Graves in Jacksonville, FL.  Whether you are an international traveler or never leave your neighborhood, the threat of encountering hostile individuals is a reality for all of us. Learn valuable skills to put you at an advantage in event of situations like home invasion, assault, and kidnap. Our SERE course is developed from personal training in Naval special forces, omitting those elements which we are…

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