Instructor: Western NY Division
Brief info

I have always been interested in self-defense and as a kid I read many books and articles and tried to learn these skills thru them. At Aquinas High School, I fought in the Mission Bouts, known to many as Golden Gloves. Also while in High School I became interested in The Martial Arts and studied Karate for a few years here in Rochester.

My dad had firearms but we only spent a few times together shooting woodchucks or walking fields hunting pheasants. It was not until after being drafted into the Army in 1967 that I had a serious introduction to firearms.

I was deployed to Taiwan China where I continued with my Martial Arts training and became a Black Belt in Karate. In 1969 I was sent to Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division and served a 13 month tour. Upon returning to the US I did teach Karate for a while but gave it up due to work and family obligations.

I completed college at SUNY Brockport and really wanted to teach Physical Education. The job market and economy led me elsewhere. I spent 24 years at Eastman Kodak as a Tool and Die Maker, then furthered my education to become an Engineering Technician, and finally a career with General Motors working on the development of Fuel Cells.

Through it all I have been an avid shooter and enjoy hunting and training with my guns. For a long time I was unaware of all of the great opportunities in the area to shoot and especially to train. Then I was introduced to IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) and then on to Rochester Personal Defense, LLC  with Dave and the guys. It has been a great and fun experience so far and I expect that it will only get better.

With all of this past training I did learn that though training was important, mindset and planning were critical elements for self- defense skills to be effective. I have continued to train in many aspects of firearms and self-defense and believe I will never stop. It is that important to me. I love teaching these skills and find that I always learn something new every time I teach a class.

Philosophy

I believe strongly that the best defense and the best chance that you have to survive a violent encounter is to have a plan and to have practiced that plan, so that you will know how to react and how you will react. Action is always faster than reaction.

  • 1967. US Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training
  • 1968. Black Belt Wado Style Karate
  • 1972. B.S. in Physical Education, SUNY College at Brockport
  • 1983. Journeyman Tool and Die Maker
  • 1985. Engineering Tech Degree RIT
  • 2006. B.S. Business Management
  • 2009. NRA Certified Instructor for Personal Protection Outside The Home
  • 2009. NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Rifle
  • 2009. NRA Certified Instructor for Personal Protection Inside The Home
  • 2009. NRA Certified Instructor for Home Firearm Safety
  • 2009. NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Pistol
  • 2010. NRA Certified Instructor for Refuse To Be A Victim
  • 2010. NRA Certified Range Safety Officer
  • 2010. Red Cross First responder (CPR, AED, Basic First Aid)
  • 2012. Defensive Shotgun Skills 101 Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2013. Combat Focus Shooting from Rob Pincus of ICE Training
  • 2013. Defensive Pistol Skills 201 Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2013. Combat Focus Shooting from Rob Pincus of ICE Training
  • 2013. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2013. Defensive Pistol Skills from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2013. Defensive Pistol Skills 301 Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2014. NRA Certified Instructor for Shotgun
  • 2014. Completed Ret Lt Col Dave Grossman’s “On Combat” Online certification
  • 2014. Custom Rifle from Academi
  • 2014. Custom Defensive Pistol from Academi
  • 2014. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2015. Custom Rifle course from Academi
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Vehicle Operation course from Academi.
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Handgun course from Academi
  • 2015. Range Safety Officer rating for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 from The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Folding Knife 2 from InSights Training Center
  • 2015. Defensive Folding Knife 1 from InSights Training Center
  • 2016. FAST Handgun Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Custom Pistol Instructor Development Training from Academi
  • 2016. Custom Shotgun Instructor Development Training from Academi
  • Physical Education
  • Traditional Karate
  • Practical Karate
  • NRA Basic Pistol
  • NRA Basic Rifle
  • NRA Home Firearms Safety
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • NRA Refuse to Be a Victim Seminars
  • Rochester Personal Defense, LLC defensive pistol and shotgun courses.

At Rochester Personal Defense, LLC we believe in training you, the average person, who wants to be safe. Self defense is just that - defensive, not offensive in nature.

Hours

Mon - Sun: 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

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