Lead Instructor Combatives Instructor
Professionally, HB Instructors are federal law enforcement officer and a Firearms/Defensive Tactics (Use of Force) Instructor for my agency. They also teach firearms and the use of force for private industry. They maintain and certify firearms, restraint and combative teaching skills regularly, including armed (gun/knife/baton) and unarmed defensive tactics.
HB Instructors are also certified through the province of B.C. through the Justice Institute of British Columbia (J.I.B.C.) as a Firearms/Use of Force Instructor and Range Officer as well as a Simuntiton Force on Force Facilitator through Setcan Canada. I have diplomas in Dignitary Executive Protection (close protection), several other J.I.B.C. security and reality-based defensive tactics accreditations and have been engaged in some form of martial arts training since taking up karate at the age of 11 - well over 30 years of continual training.
Through HB Combatives, they study and teach modern combative from a multitude of sources; primarily Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) with Michael Janich as an Associate Instructor and through my interpretation of the work of modern combative masters like Kelly McCann, Craig Douglas (Shivworks), the late Bob Kasper and Lee Morrison among others. The classic WWII combatives greats such as William Fairbairn, Eric Anthony Sykes, Dermot Pat O'Neil, Col. Rex Applegate John Styers (to name a few) also have a serious influence on HB Combatives. They travel and learn from other instructors whenever possible in order to keep the training fresh and relevant.
HB Instructors currently also practice MMA (Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiujitsu base), and have practised several other combat sports - Judo with the Vancouver Police Judo club, boxing, kickboxing and grappling/jiu-jitsu to supplement my personal training. HB Instructors have also studyed classical Japanese martial arts and some still retired a yondan (4th deg.) black-belt.
I treat the training environment more like a club than a ``school``. We are just a group of like-minded individuals gathered to work through options for defending ourselves and our loved ones. We're pretty informal and I consider myself an eternal student. I don't teach but rather guide the class and I always participate in the training session. If I can't do it, I can't expect you to do it so I try to lead by example.