Workshops & Training

MMA’s Workplace Active Threat Defense Webinar sponsored by Maine Municipal Association – 12/2/20

Location: Remote Access – Live Webinar via ZOOM
Time:  10:00am-12:00pm
Cost:  MMA Member: $45; Non-Member: $90
Presenters: Joseph Hileman and Terry Choate, Jr., Blue-U Defense

Active Shooter, Practical Personal Defense and Understanding Violence

Presented by former police officers now running a company called Blue-U Defense, this course on “Surviving the Life or Death Gap,” starts with building a necessary foundation and establishing a high level of understanding of what we face during an unplanned incident of violence, and how our natural reactions affect our ability to respond. This session will also address how to recognize signs of violence in advance and how to become proficient in de-escalation techniques. These skills are critical as they can be the most important factors in either calming or fueling anger levels. Joe and Terry will also teach practical personal defense skills that will help prepare you for an incident of violence primarily through awareness, avoidance, and mental strength building.

Who should attend: This session is aimed at municipal employees at all levels. Everyone, from elected officials to newly hired staff, should consider attending. Important note: This is NOT about police tactical response. It IS about general workplace safety.


Presenter Bios:

Joseph Hileman

Joe Hileman is a Co-Founder and Training Specialist for Blue-U Defense. He served as the Assistant Team Commander of the Monadnock Regional Special Response (SWAT) Team and for 15 years as a Detective/Police Officer with the Jaffrey (NH) Police Department. Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, he served as Security Supervisor at the corporate management level of a Fortune 500 company. Mr. Hileman holds two A.A. degrees in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Corrections, Probation, and Parole. 

Terry Choate, Jr.

Terry is Co-Founder, CEO and President of Blue-U Defense. He was a law enforcement officer and SWAT Team Commander for 15 years and has all of the associated training and experiences that come with this profession. He was also a Homeland Protection Professional; has high levels of executive protection education and training; stalking and dangerous human behavior; recognizing signs of violence and de-escalation; tactics; FBI Crisis Negotiator School; plus a 20-year executive -level corporate career behind him that he voluntarily ended prior to becoming a law enforcement professional.


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*Registrants will receive their Zoom registration, including meeting details and the link to access the webinar, no later than 24 hours in advance.

Cancellations for MMA Zoom Webinars:
Cancellation notification must be provided in writing at least 3 business days before the session begins in order to avoid a financial penalty. Cancellations received within that 3 day window will be charged a $15 cancellation fee. Please visit or email to cancel. If you have any questions please contact the Educational Services Office at (800) 452-8786 or (207) 623-8428.


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