MEET the instructor
Lead Firearms Instructor
Lead Personal Defense Trainer
My name is Brian,
I got my first rifle when I was 8 years old and a year later I started martial arts classes. That's when it all started.
Through my martial arts life I achieved the title of Ohio State Karate Champion with a bronze medal and to follow the next year a silver medal placement. I also continued to hone my skills as a marksman, while shooting the back out of a spent shotgun shell from 20 yards. It used to make my Dad laugh with pride. At 19 I joined the United States Navy because I wanted to serve my country. After I came home I started training in MMA and started to help instruct in Judo and Karate at the studio to the young and old. I have done many private one on one training sessions in defense tactics to include weapon disarment. I have since trained many people in self-defense and in firearms.
I became a DOD contractor for 3 years and currently hold an active secret clearance with the Department of Defense as well as an AT level 1 ( Anti-terrorism awareness level 1 training), CTIP ( Combat trafficking in person) and SERE 100.1 ( Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) certifications. When I began to train my family in firearms and personal defense is when it became clear that I wanted to pass on over 30 years of firearms and defense training to the masses. I became a NRA Basic Pistol shooting instructor, NRA Range safety officer (RSO) and a personal protection inside the home (PPIH) instructor. I also became an active member in the Eustis Gun Club.
Which brings us to why you are reading this bio?
My focus as the Owner, Lead personal defense trainer and Lead Firearms Instructor at Defensive Arms U.S.A, LLC is to provide a safe, encouraging environment that will allow students to learn effective marksmanship, gun handling skills and self-defense whether they are a beginner or advanced. My professional and unique training techniques provide our students with a strong foundation that will allow them to build their firearms skills, defense skills, understand the legal issues surrounding the use of lethal force and provide them with critical training that could potentially save their life or the life of a loved one. It is my goal to teach you the knowledge, skills and attitude to defend yourself in any situation.
As an instructor, I have the highest commitment to safe and effective training in the full range of firearms and self-defense disciplines. I have over 30 years of firearms experience with pistols, rifles and shotguns of all types. In addition to firearms, I have significant experience in hand to hand fighting and self-defense techniques from my years of Martial arts and MMA training.
In order to improve my own skills, I devote over 100 hours each year to my own training and professional development.
I look forward to seeing you in the class and on the range.