I am the owner of Vanguard Personal Defense, where I teach students modern self defense, both armed and unarmed. My interest in self defense and martial arts began when I was 15 and started training in Karate and self defense, and earning my Black Belt in 1995. During my early training days I was introduced to Bruce Lee’s philosophies on training in the martial arts for self defense and was drawn to his thoughts on using what “works” and rejecting what does not work. That lead me to looking for or developing training systems that would be useful and worked in real situations. While always looking for training programs that work, that eventually lead me to traveling to Virginia Beach in April 2010 to attend Tony Blauer’s Personal Defense Readiness instructor development course and become certified to teach that program. While I was in Virginia Beach, I met Rob Pincus and had a discussion with him about Combat Focus Shooting and its concepts and principles and I was immediately hooked. What Rob was telling me about his program made perfect sense and I knew I had to teach what he was talking about. Soon after that in 2012, I attended a course taught by Rob and became certified to teach I.C.E. Training’s Defensive firearms coach program. In 2013, I became a certified NRA Basic Pistol instructor and was also certified with the Illinois State Police as an Illinois Concealed carry Instructor. In 2015, I attended a Combat Focus Shooting Instructor development course and became a certified instructor in the program.
I have always been the person seeking what “works” in personal defense. While teaching unarmed self defense, I kept getting the question from my students, “do you teach firearms?”
At the time, I did not teach any firearms training, and quickly came to the conclusion that to be a complete personal defense instructor, I needed to provide realistic firearms training that worked.
I began researching different firearms training programs, but none impressed me. Until one day I was watching a show on television called The Best Defense and that is where I first learned of CFS. Shorty after that, I met Rob Pincus and was very impressed with his realistic approach to firearms training. The concepts and principles found within the CFS program are hands down the most realistic and pragmatic that you will find. The program uses logic, reason, science and empirical evidence to justify its training process. Some of the best reasons for “why CFS” is that the program integrates the bodies natural reactions that are likely to occur during a dynamic critical incident into the training and should have a huge affect on our training. In short, CFS works well with what the body does naturally during a dynamic critical incident.
CFS is the shooting program that I will teach my loved ones to defend them selves with a firearm.