Welcome to Phoenix Rising Defense,

My name is Dawn, and I am the owner of Phoenix Rising Defensive Training.  I am a certified instructor for The Well Armed Woman, the USCCA and the NRA in Basic Pistol and Personal Protection in the Home as well as a certified NRA Range Safety Officer.  I am currently teaching firearms training in the western suburbs of IL.

I took my first private shooting lesson in November 2012, to scratch it off my bucket list.  I had never shot a gun, never even held one and I wanted to try it.  I absolutely loved it, “ Wow, what a rush!” I scheduled a second lesson before leaving the range, and I haven’t stopped training since.  Within 2 short years of that first lesson I started shooting IDPA, got my first NRA certificate  and began teaching regularly.  I also joined The Well Armed Woman and earned my instructor certification with them.

I realized soon after I started training that it is empowering to be able to defend myself.  My goal for Phoenix Rising is to help other women find that empowerment through education, training and community.  I am currently only teaching firearm safety and use, but not for long.  In the near future, I will be growing Phoenix Rising into so much more than just firearms training…