We are a small team of defense professionals, each with specific talents that enhance the training we deliver. Get to know our trainers below. We look forward to working with you!
Lead Self-Defense Trainer, Active-Shooter Response Specialist
Keith brings an extensive background in martial arts and active shooter response to DefCon’s training platform. After taking up martial arts in 1985, he taught his first self-defense class in 1989. A hiatus from training after college eventually led to training karate under an Isshinryu Hall of Fame instructor in Tarboro, NC.
A classroom English teacher by trade, Keith took each school shooting throughout his career to heart, starting with the Paducah, KY incident in 1997. When the Umpqua Community College attack occurred in 2015, Keith began to study the active shooter phenomenon as it relates to school safety. Dozens of books, hundreds of hours of training, and thousands of articles later, Keith’s breadth of understanding of defensive approaches to active shooters is top notch. He currently serves as the School Safety Officer for his employer and regularly presents to school leadership on the topics of school safety and security.
Fourth-degree black belt, Isshinryu Karate-do
UN Preparing and Responding to Active Shooter Incidents
FEMA Active Shooter: What You Can Do
Stop the Bleed – October 2018
First Aid/CPR/AED – March 2019
Military Tactics, H2H, and Firearms Expertise
Daniel served in the United States Army, stationed out of Ft. Bragg, NC with the 82nd Airborne Division. Prior to enlisting in the Army, Daniel was already proficient in firearms and weapons tactics. His Army training simply built on prior knowledge and made him a more efficient and knowledgeable tactician.
Daniel spent nine months deployed to Afghanistan, where he fulfilled his obligation to protect the interests of the United States in theater.
His expertise includes infantry and small unit tactics, close quarters combat training, anti-terrorism training, situational awareness training, how to set a baseline, and how to read body language. He is also designated as an expert marksman. Daniel is a second-degree black belt in Isshinryu karate, a close-quarters martial art, and has additional training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Army combatives.
In addition to his military background, Daniel is combat life saving qualified.
Women’s Self-Protection Trainer and Ammunition Expert
Alice has been training in Isshinryu karate for 13 years and holds the rank of 4th-degree black belt. She brings the female perspective to all things self-defense in our training curriculum. She’s been teaching karate for several years and was recognized in 2019 and 2022 as an Isshinryu Hall of Fame Finalist for Female Instructor of the Year.
Alice is a prolific writer in the fields of firearms, ammunition, wilderness survival, and outdoor sports, particularly the hunting of whitetail deer and wild turkey. Further, she has spent several years researching and writing about a wide variety of firearms and ammunition, making her exceptionally knowledgeable in those fields. She is regularly called upon by her clients to write reviews and analyses of various weapons platforms. See the breadth of her work on her website.
Finally, Alice is an accomplished competitive archer, having competed across the southeast in 3-D archery tournaments including the Rinehart 100 in Staunton, VA.