About Us & Instructor Bios



Karen, born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, is a veteran of law enforcement with a career in the Chicago Police Department and Federal Air Marshal Service  (FAMS) respectively. 

Now since making her home in Arizona, she has taken up real estate across the valley. 

During her tenure with the Chicago Police Department she was assigned to Patrol, Plain Clothes Tactical Team (Tac Team), and finally with the Marine/Helicopter Unit. Karen is a PADI Certified Advanced Open Water, Dry Suit, and SCUBA Rescue and Recovery Diver as well as US Coast Guard Certified Merchant Marine Officer. 

During her tenure at the Federal Air Marshal Service she traveled the world amassing over 2 million miles providing covert security and safety to countless passengers and airline crew.


In addition to an operational Federal Air Marshal, she was a Department of Homeland Security Certified Firearms Instructor, Law Enforcement Fitness Coordinator, Defensive Measures (Defensive Tactics) Instructor, and a graduate of the Law Enforcement Instructor Development Program and Reid and Associates Behavioral Recognition/Reid Interview Technique of Interview and Interrogation. 

Karen, since leaving law enforcement, has continued her passion for teaching and serving as an NRA Certified Firearms and Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor by providing the lessons learned over decades of training and experience to clients of all backgrounds. 

Her vast knowledge and experience of firearms, tactics, and laws is available to anyone willing to learn. Karen desires to be an ambassador to women who have aspirations of their first firearms experience and wish to learn more about the safe handling and carry of firearms.

She believes wholeheartedly in collaborative learning. She hopes to see you out on the range or in the classroom.

Instructor J


Instructor J is currently a Certified POST peace officer and former police officer in North Dakota. 

Following service with the USAF, where (as a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF’s Security Forces Academy), he was a member of the Tactical Response Force (TRF) providing Group- and Squadron-level Tac Team security for nuclear weapons convoys, “Rapid Response” to nuclear ICBM sites. 

Instructor J is a Smith & Wesson M&P and Glock pistol armorer. Instructor J is also an POST certified Field Training Officer and POST certified General Instructor. 

Instructor J is an NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Pistol, Home Firearms Safety, Refuse to be a Victim, and a Certified Range Safety Officer. Also, Instructor J is a DPS Armed Security Guard Firearms Instructor. In addition to his civilian firearms instructor certifications, Instructor J is an POST Firearms Instructor, POST Patrol Rifle (AR-15) Instructor, and DPS Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) Firearms Instructor. Lastly, Instructor J is a Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) Active Shooter Threat Instructor.

J is an instructor for Haley Strategic Partners.

Instructor J currently holds an Associates of Applied Sciences Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor's of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice. He is planning to start his Masters Degree program in fall.

Instructor J is also a SDI Open Water Certified Diver and enjoys traveling the country and world diving.

Instructor J has a passion for teaching. Whether it's teaching citizens in safe and responsible gun ownership, carrying, and/or self defense, law enforcement officers in sound tactics to ensure they return home safely or military personnel in combatting terrorism, he loves learning from everyone all the time, from every opportunity whether he is in front of the class or in the student's chair. His goal is not to be an expert, but a master at his craft.

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