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American Survival Co. – Matt Tate & Joel Graves

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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.

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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

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 Integrated Survival Systems 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 Integrated Survival Systems.

Train with Matt in NW Arkansas or request a private training at your location.

 

Joel Graves American Survival Co.

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

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!

Train with Joel in Florida & Maine or request private training at your location.

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!

 

November 2018

Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk – Jacksonville, FL

November 24 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Jacksonville, FL – American Survival, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$20.00

Take a walk on the weedy and the wild side with American Survival Co. Trek through the woods and around our Jacksonville, FL base camp with our expert survival instructor, identifying edible and medicinal plants that are readily available in your area. Learn the benefits and modern uses for these plants, as well as how indigenous cultures used every day weeds as essential medicine and cooking ingredients. You will leave with a valuable knowledge of every day weeds that can…

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December 2018

Outdoor Navigation – Jacksonville, FL

December 16 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Jacksonville, FL – American Survival, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$40.00

Outdoor navigation skills are essential for adventuring and exploring the wilderness. It's easy to become lost without signal, rendering your GPS useless. Many modern navigation tools are excellent, but do you know what to do when they fail? Can you find your way without devices? In American Survival Co.'s outdoor navigation class you will learn multiple techniques for wilderness navigation, so you can get yourself safely to your destination. This class is great for hikers, backpackers, hunters, campers and adventurers.…

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Slingshot: Make one & learn to shoot it

December 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jacksonville, FL – American Survival, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$45.00

Make a slingshot with American Survival Co. and learn how to shoot it in this short class. We will use inexpensive, modern materials and common natural resources to construct a sling shot and learn proper shooting techniques in a half day class.

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Intro to Survival

December 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jacksonville, FL – American Survival, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$90.00

This one-day introduction class to basics of survival is perfect for anyone just starting to learn survival skills or an experienced adventurer in need of a quick refresh. We will examine the key components of survival: shelter, fire, water and food, students will also learn about survival psychology and signaling. This course is a great starting point, and the information can be life-saving in an emergency situation. Survival psychology and mindset are the single most important factor in determining someone’s…

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January 2019

Urban Survival: Civilian SERE – Jacksonville, FL

January 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - January 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Jacksonville, FL – American Survival, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$350.00

Survival * Evasion * Resistance * Escape 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 not legally able to provide to the civilian population. We further tailor…

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Build a Bamboo Recurve Bow from Raw Materials (2 Days) – Florida

January 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - January 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Jacksonville, FL – American Survival, 8220 Moncrief Rd West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$220.00

Make a high-performance, unique bamboo recurve bow and arrow from raw materials and learn primitive archery in two days. We have partnered with Dave Mead Longbows to provide hand-crafted kits for a unique, primitive bow with impressive quality at an affordable price. Students will have the benefit of shaping and tillering a bow, and the satisfaction of making a high-performance bow completely by hand.  Upon completion of our class you will leave with a great shooting bow, handmade arrow and…

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February 2019

Build a Bow with Mead Longbows and Learn Archery (1 Day) – Ozarks

February 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ozarks – American Survival, Country Rd SE9062
Powell, MO 65730 United States
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$90.00

Make a high-performance horse bow and arrow with your hands and learn primitive archery all in one day. We have partnered with Dave Mead of  Mead Longbowsto provide hand-crafted kits for a unique, primitive bow with impressive quality at an affordable price. Dave Mead will be at this class to help instruct users in building their bow and in using it. Upon completion of our class you will leave with a great shooting bow, handmade arrow and the skills required…

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