James Banks, Owner / Instructor
James is a law enforcement officer with a federal agency, assigned to Field Operations Team 2. He has served his country as an infantry paratrooper in the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. ALL AMERICAN!!! His experience includes basic and advanced firearms, self-defense, and tactical training from multiple civilian, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, including multiple certifications from DHS (Department of Homeland Security), OPOTA (Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy), PPCT (Pressure Point Control Tactics), USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association) and NRA (National Rifle Association). James is an Instructor with his Agency, a certified semi-automatic pistol, patrol rifle, and shotgun Instructor through OPOTA (Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy), a certified Instructor with the USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association), and a certified Instructor and Range Safety Officer with the NRA (National Rifle Association). He has operated on fugitive, gang, and violent criminal task forces, arresting those that prey on the community. James is a current member of the OTOA (Ohio Tactical Officers Association). He loves to serve and has served the people of the United States for over fourteen years.
Ohio Peace Officers please contact us for Annual Qualification/Requalification. 440-219-0046
Michael Russo, Instructor
Mike is a former Private Investigator and is currently the owner of Eagle Communications, a nationwide public records research and retrieval company. His area of specialization is Corporate Due Diligence Investigations, servicing the corporate community in the area merger and acquisition research. Mike is also a sales distributor for Hydrus Performance Hydration, an athletic performance hydration supplement. Mike has 35 plus years of extensive training and teaching in the sport of Wrestling, Martial Arts and Firearms. Mike began his firearms training in 1992. Mike makes a point to take several firearms training courses every year and has trained with some to the best trainers in the business. People such as Mike Pannone of CTT Solutions, Kyle Defoor of Defoor Performance Shooting, Grant Timberlake of G&R Tactical, Executive Protection Expert Jason Collins, Renott Academy’s Michael Ruppert, and James Banks of Phase Line Defense.
Wrestling (Division I)
Kali: Marcial Tirada Kali (Tony Marcial)
Modern Arnis: Kelly Worden
Draw Point Knife I, II, III: James A. Keating
Knife Craft I, II, III: James A. Keating
Bowie Knife: James A. Keating
Jeet Kun Do: Ken Gillespie
Kenpo Karate: Terry Conrad & Brian Bracey (Tracy’s Kenpo – Solon Ohio)
Tae Kwon Do: Ed Celebucki (Mayfield Tae Kwon Do); Ray Szuch (Cleveland Academy);
Jamal Oden (Progressive Martial Arts Academy)
Muay Thai: Ed Kearney
Brazilian Jui Jitsu: Chris Chard (Ohio BJJ)
Handgun and Carbine; Specialized Certification and Training in the following:
5 Day Law Enforcement Protective Operations: Alexander Global Strategies
Covert Carry: Mike Pannone (CTT Solutions, LLC)
2-Day Pistol: Kyle Defoor (Defoor Performance Shooting)
Defensive Pistol: Grant Timberlake (G&R Tactical)
Defensive Carbine: Grant Timberlake (G&R Tactical)
Vickers Shooting Method I & II Defensive Handgun: Grant Timberlake (G&R Tactical)
Vickers Shooting Method I & II Defensive Carbine: Grant Timberlake (G&R Tactical)
Tactical Handgun Operational Reality (T.H.O.R.): Jason Collins
T.H.O.R. Personal Protection: Jason Collins
Renott Academy “Modern Weapons Reality Course” (Handgun, Carbine, Rifle,
Tomahawk, Knife, Empty Hand).
Renott Academy: Pepper Spray
Renott Academy: Defensive Handgun
Renott Academy: Defensive Carbine
NRA Certified Basic Pistol
NRA Certified Range Safety Officer
USCCA Certified Instructor
Executive Security International: Certified in Intelligence Gathering and Investigations (IGI)
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