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    Stiletto Spy School unleashes inner Bond girls

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    Stiletto Spy School unleashes inner Bond girls
    Women learn to shoot, survive, sip martinis — and come out more confident


    By Michael Inbar
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    Be careful around that soccer mom sitting next to you. She may just be a trained killer.


    TODAY’s Amy Robach (left) and Natalie Morales (right) underwent training in everything from shooting and hand-to-hand combat to gambling and mixing martinis at Stiletto Spy School in Las Vegas.

    Courtesy of the Stiletto Spy School, ordinary women around the country are channeling their inner Bond girls — learning everything from hand-to-hand combat to seductive dancing, SWAT team-style firearm skills to keeping a poker face among high rollers at casinos. Based in both Las Vegas and New York, the school puts women through vigorous weekend training sessions that come straight out of tongue-in-cheek Hollywood action thrillers — but are designed to help its students feel confident and empowered in the real world.

    TODAY’s Natalie Morales and Amy Robach entered the shadowy world of intrigue by enrolling at the weekend spy school’s Las Vegas campus. While the pair struggled a little with the necessary component of selecting their spy names (Morales went with the generic “Bond Girl,” while Robach, after much waffling, chose “Steady Aim Amy”), they successfully completed the course along with a group of everyday women seeking to awaken their dormant femme fatale personas.

    Fun with a purpose
    Stiletto Spy School founder Alana Winter told TODAY that while her project is largely fun and games, she has a serious goal — to increase self-confidence and self-esteem in workaday women, and to release their untapped potential.

    “I went out around the world, looking for top experts in the field who had incredible knowledge — who could deliver that knowledge in a fun, incredibly effective, precise way, so that the girls in a weekend can get an incredible take-home value,” Winter said.

    The Stiletto Spy School originated in Las Vegas and recently expanded to New York City, with the goal of eventual expansion around the country. While the school offers plenty of mirth, the real-life skills offered weren’t lost on the participants who went to spy school with Morales and Robach.

    After engaging in a spirited bout of knife-fighting with her daughter Raychal, participant Shary Moxley (code name: Betty Ballcaulk) told TODAY she believed her daughter was truly earning her stripes at the school.

    “I think it’s empowering women and giving them confidence and the ability to protect themselves,” Moxley said. “It helps at any age to know how to protect yourself in the world.”

    Soccer mom no more
    It also allowed one participant to step out of her more mundane — albeit fulfilling — life as a civilian. South Dakotan Sharon Parker Wilde told TODAY her transformation into a Charlie’s Angel was a dream mission accomplished.

    “I feel like such a soccer mom,” she said. “Not that there’s anything wrong with soccer moms, but I want to be something a little bit different — I wanted a little edge to the soccer-mom thing.”

    As for founder Winter, the Stiletto Spy School is the culmination of a lifelong curiosity about what she saw in the larger-than-life ladies of TV and big-screen fantasies.

    “I saw these female icons in the movies — from Diana Rigg in ‘The Avengers’ to Uma Thurman in ‘Kill Bill’ — and they were cool, calm and collected,” Winter told the New York Daily News. “They knew just enough about everything to get out of almost anything.

    “I just thought: ‘Where do they go to learn all that?’ ”
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    And here is a photo of Amy about to slice her thumb open on the slide when she fires that semi-auto:


    NBC’s Amy Robach gave herself the Bond girl nickname “Steady Aim” after taking shooting training at Stiletto Spy School.
    "Run for your life from the man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another-their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun."

    Who is John Galt?

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    Yep...that's going to hurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerinWstuff View Post
    And here is a photo of Amy about to slice her thumb open on the slide when she fires that semi-auto:

    look out lady!
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    Women that can not only bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan, they can also shoot it, strip it, make it into Jerky, and package it for the kids lunch.

    My only question is, where do I meet women like this

    I almost feel sorry for the first guy that decides he's gonna mug these soccer moms in the Wally World parking lot..... Almost
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    If they aren't teaching these women the correct way to protect themselves then they aren't doing them any favors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlockGal View Post
    If they aren't teaching these women the correct way to protect themselves then they aren't doing them any favors.
    I think you hit the nail on the head.

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    Since I'm new to shooting, I hope this isn't a stupid question, but here goes!!

    Is this real or did I miss something. I looked at the picture and watched the video on the website. Are the guns in the picture real or are these some type of practice guns? No one has on ear protection and in the video the "guns" appear to shoot water and air??
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    Quote Originally Posted by DM2 View Post
    Since I'm new to shooting, I hope this isn't a stupid question, but here goes!!

    Is this real or did I miss something. I looked at the picture and watched the video on the website. Are the guns in the picture real or are these some type of practice guns? No one has on ear protection and in the video the "guns" appear to shoot water and air??
    I didn't watch the video and didn't catch the lack of hearing protection in the photo either.
    "Run for your life from the man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another-their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun."

    Who is John Galt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerinWstuff View Post
    I didn't watch the video and didn't catch the lack of hearing protection in the photo either.
    Airsoft guns
    FAKE,FAKE,FAKE
    Did you think anyone in the media would get real training with guns?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GlockGal View Post
    If they aren't teaching these women the correct way to protect themselves then they aren't doing them any favors.
    +1
    Thats what I was thinking too.
    Zoe: "Preacher, don't the Bible have some pretty specific things to say about killing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASSA9 View Post
    Airsoft guns
    FAKE,FAKE,FAKE
    Did you think anyone in the media would get real training with guns?
    I didn't take it serious. They just didn't seem to be serious. They seemed more interested in making poses from the movies and going to get margaritas. Plus the one lady pointed the "gun" directly into the camera. That's cause for being kicked out of the range I go to. Those of us who take our safety and the 2A serious know better.
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    They go to school for an entire weekend?
    --hand-to-hand combat
    --seductive dancing
    --SWAT team-style firearm skills
    --keeping a poker face among high rollers at casinos

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    they could teach them some basic handgun skills with fake guns but this is just total CRAP! Proper stance, grip, sight picture, etc... but ohhhh no, it's more important to look like a poker player and dance like a stripper ..... I wonder if they really think they are learning any life saving skills......... This kinda ticks me off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerinWstuff View Post
    And here is a photo of Amy about to slice her thumb open on the slide when she fires that semi-auto:

    don't over look the fact that she appears to be seeing her sights with the top of her head.

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