Advisory Board:

 

Michael Babineau

Jimmy Bremner

Mark Drozdzowski

Steven Hayden

Dr. Steven Luel

Dr. Ari Malka

Wayne Maxwell

Steven Mosley

Michael Naseef

Frank Sepulveda

Dr. Frank Valentin

Troy Wideman

AJ Yolofsky

 

  Mike Babineau

Mike served thirty-five years with the Toronto Police Service.  He retired in May of 2008 having attained the rank of Sergeant.  Mike served 6 years with the Toronto Police Emergency Task Force (SWAT Team) as a supervisor of special weapons teams and a member of the Explosive Disposal Unit.  In this capacity he participated in the resolution of over 185 high risk incidents including gun and offensive weapon calls, hostage and barricaded person situations and high risk warrant service. 

Mike also has 22 years of experience performing general police duties including various uniform and investigative assignments.

Mike is the recipient of several awards including the Canadian Police Exemplary Service Medal and Bar. He is the recipient of two Commendations from the Chief of Police, as well as 37 letters of commendation.

Mike holds instructor ratings on numerous small arms and less-lethal weapons including O.C. spray and the Advanced TASER.

From 2000 until his retirement, Sgt. Babineau was the Senior Firearms Instructor for the Toronto Police Service and Administrative assistant to the Armament Officer and as such was responsible for developing and delivering firearms training and tactical training exercises for all Toronto Police Officers. 

In 2003, Mike was appointed a Provincial Constable for the Province of Prince Edward Island mandated to instruct firearms and Tactics at the Atlantic Police Academy.

In 2008 Mike retired from the Police Service and was recruited as a lead Tactical Instructor for a Nuclear Tactical Response Force Unit based in the Province of Ontario. He, along with the rest of the Tactical Training Section were tasked with the development of course training standards and designing, delivering and evaluating training for the Nuclear Tactical Response Force Unit teams.

Mike continues to consult and instruct for several professional organizations including Frontline Training and Tactical Products as well as CT 707.

 

  James Bremner


James Bremner has one of the most noted and respected names in the Police Tactical community in Canada.

James joined the Toronto Police Service in 1986 and began his duties as a uniform patrol Officer.

In 1989 James was selected for the Toronto Police Emergency Task Force (Toronto Police Tactical/SWAT Unit) and served as a Special Weapons Team member as well as an explosive disposal technician. Eventually James was promoted to a Tactical Team Leader and a Tactical Instructor.

He was one of the lead Tactical Instructors on the Emergency Task Force External Training Section where he was responsible for developing and delivering specialized training to Tactical Units from Police services across Canada.

In 2006, James was assigned to the Toronto Police Guns and Gangs Task Force as the Unit’s primary Tactical Instructor and firearms examiner. After 4 years with the Guns and Gangs Task Force, James was assigned to the Toronto Police College where he was appointed as Chief Use of Force and Officer Survival Tactics Instructor.

In addition to his extensive Tactical and Firearms background, James also has an extensive background in various Martial Arts.

 

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Mark Drozdzowski

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  Steve Hayden

Steve’s extensive background includes both Military and Police service.

Steve has 23 years of service in the United States Marine Corps and the United Stated Army in the following units: 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion Deep Recon Platoon, 142nd Long Range surveillance Unit, 1/105th Light Infantry Company, 1/20 Special Forces Group, 106th Regimental Training Institution, 27th Brigade Combat Team (individual combat advisor).

His duties during his Military service included Recon team member, recon assistant team leader, recon team leader, Scout/Sniper, squad leader, weapons sergeant, patrol leader, instructor, chief instructor, section chief. In addition, Steve has an extensive background in small unit operations performed in varied locations and environments under difficult conditions, 20 years of operational leadership in Infantry, Reconnaissance and Special Operations and instructor experience in all disciplines regarding small unit combat, marksmanship and personal combat. His Operational experience includes deployments and operations conducted in South America, South East Asia, Europe and Afghanistan.

Steve’s Police background includes over 22 years of service with the New York Police Department with service in the following assignments; 9th Precinct, 73rd Precinct, ESS 8, ESS 7, ESU Apprehension Tactical Team, ESS 10, ESU/Tactics Section.

During his service with the NYPD he spent 4 years on street patrol responding to all definitions of crimes and domestic situations, 4 years of Anti-Crime Plain Clothes duty addressing robbery and gun offenders. 14 years assigned to the Emergency Service Unit on patrol as a tactical Officer and Detective and has performed over 2000 high risk tactical operations to include numerous hostage rescues and participated in hundreds of technical rescues.

Steve has attended over 100 schools and training courses pertaining to military and police operations, instructor certifications in numerous disciplines and professional instructor development to include certification as a trainer and rater of the U.S. Army instructor training course.


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  Dr. Steven Luel

Dr. Steven A. Luel ,Ed.D, , L.P. is a Developmental Psychologist and Licensed Psychoanalyst.

For thirty years, Dr. Luel has specialized in the treatment of anxiety,panic, phobic disorders and traumatic stress. He has treated  survivors of trauma and critical stress incidents.

He has a special interest in survivors of the Holocaust . He is also a designated expert conducting evaluations of victims of torture seeking asylum in US Immigration Court. Dr. Luel is also Diplomat of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. 

In addition to his clinical work, DrLuel is an Associate Professor of Education and Psychology at Touro College in New York City.

Following 9/11, he developed and continues to teach Touro College’s advanced Psychology majors, the Psychology of the Holocaust and Terrorism.  

 

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Dr. Ari Malka

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Wayne Maxwell

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Steven Mosley

Steven Mosley has over 28 years of law enforcement work experience. He currently serves as the Director of Training for the Combat Hard Training Center and continues to actively work for the federal government in a Supervisory Law Enforcement capacity.

He has been involved in firearms and defensive tactics instruction for over two decades.  Steven is a graduate of some the top shooting schools in the United States: Thunder Ranch, Heckler & Koch, Smith & Wesson, Offshoots, Rogers Shooting School, Glock, FLETC, FBI and NRA. 

He is also certified by the Federal Law Enforcement Training
Center (FLETC) as a Law Enforcement, Arrest & Control/Defensive Tactics and Firearms Instructor. Steven is a Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT) Instructor-Trainer in Defensive Tactics, Tactical CQC,
Aircraft Countermeasures, Ground Avoidance & Ground Escape (GAGE) and Spontaneous Knife Defense.  

In addition to work-related experience, Steven has over 20 years of experience in martial arts and holds a first-degree black belt in Chinese Kenpo Karate, Filipino Kali and is a Senior Instructor under the British Combat Association.  Steven is also an Apprentice Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts & Jun Fan Gung Fu under Guro Dan Inosanto and is a certified instructor under Nir Mamam in Israeli Special Forces KravMaga. 

Within the fitness arena, Steven’s accomplishments include USA Weightlifting Club Coach and a Physical Fitness Coordinator for the federal government.  He is also a certified Advanced Boxing Fitness Trainer, an International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF) Certified Kettlebell Trainer, an American Kettlebell Lifting Coach, a Crossfit© Level One Trainer and an a Crossfit© certified Olympic Weightlifting Coach.  Steven is certified through the Battling Ropes Training System as a coach and is also a certified Warrior Diet/CFT Level Two Instructor.

Steven holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.

 

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Michael V. Naseef, Esq

Michael is an attorney admitted to practice before all courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

In addition to his law practice, Michael is currently a police officer with more than ten years experience.

Since 1984, Michael has trained in a myriad of martial arts and reality-based fighting systems,including Tae Kwon Do and Krav Maga, with an emphasis on close quarter tactics and combatives particularly relevant to law enforcement officers.

Much of his training and instruction has been focused on keeping police officers safe and alive. Michael’s formal education and practice as an attorney together with his experience as a law enforcement officer provides him with a unique perspective on issues regarding the use of force for both civilians and the law enforcement community.Whether its firearms or hands-on, Michael’s training and experience bridges the gap between the legal issues surrounding the use of force and its practical application on the street.

 

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Frank Sepulveda

Frank Sepulveda has a combined total of over 20 years experience in the law enforcement, military, security, and self defense fields.  He currently serves as a Detective with the Organized Crime Control Bureau Narcotics Division for a major metropolitan police department.  His law enforcement career has encompassed various assignments and operations some of which have included dignitary protection, patrol, street narcotics, field training officer, plain clothes, crime analysis, investigations, firearms, Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT), Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Defensive tactics instructor, and counter terrorism.

He is a military veteran and former non commissioned officer of the United States Air Force Security Forces where he served for six years, from 1998-2004, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant and operating primarily in the Middle East and European theatre of Operations.  He has participated in and provided direct support for NATO operations, Operation Northern Watch, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism.  He has conducted training and operations for and with various US military and NATO personnel as well as conducted two man team operations in austere regions of Eastern Europe.

His professional military experiences include operational knowledge in nuclear security, physical and information security, communications, chemical warfare, air base defense, ground combat, land navigation, military survival, military operations in urban terrain, air craft recovery, aircraft security, armed aircraft interdiction, protection of priority level resources, hand-to-hand combat, recapture operations, vehicular convoy operations, airfield seizure and security, small unit tactics, combat arms, armorer, K9 operations, base installation and security systems, weapons storage and security systems, anti-terrorism, force protection, personnel protection, asset management, surveillance and intelligence gathering operations.

Frank’s civilian experience includes personal security and protection services for celebrities and high value personnel, as well as estate security and management.  He continues to provide consultation and personal services in the fields of home defense, threat assessments, vulnerability assessments, firearms, firearm instruction, and self defense programs.  

 

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Dr. Frank Valentin

Dr. Frank E. Valentin -Figueroa of Puerto Rican descent and sephardic ancestry was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in the east coast for 10 years. Then his family moved to Puerto Rico. From a young age he demonstrated great interest in the martial arts and started training in ITF Tae Kwon Do.

Frank distinguished himself academically throughout his youth and was able to obtain a four year US Army scholarship. Frank was selected at Ponce School of Medicine and in his third year was selected into Alpha Omega Alpha, the only medical honor society in the world, and ranked first in his graduating class.

He then graduated from a transitional internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and was selected to proceed to Brooke Army Medical Center to study Ophthalmology and become an Eye Surgeon. After graduating in 2002 he was assigned to the 121 General Hospitalin Yongsan Korea and served as the Ophthalmology Chief for 4 years. Despite his busy schedule he obtained a second degree black belt in WTF Tae Kwon Do and a black belt in Hapkido. Frank also trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and obtained the Modern Army Combatives Level 1 certification.

His interest in the Israeli self defense systems due to its well known effectiveness in addressing gun disarms , knife disarms and counter terrorist tactics led Frank to train in an Israeli based system obtaining Instructorship level in 2005. Frank won the Meritorious Service Award medal in 2007 for serving as the sole Ophthalmologist in Korea and volunteering his free time training soldiers in Israeli based self defense. One of his students was awarded the NATO Medal of Honor for employing the Israeli based tactics, saving his life and of his fellow soldiers.

After a four year assignment in Korea he was selected to proceed to a Pediatric Ophthalmology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital graduating in 2007. Currently he is serving as the Pediatric Ophthalmology Chief, Assistant Chief of Ophthalmology and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio.

Dr. Valentin is board certified in ophthalmology and is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology. Frank is fluent in Spanish, English and is currently learning Hebrew. In May 2010 Frank obtained his Blue Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Josh Lauber, Relson Gracie Black Belt.

He trained with Sergeant Major Nir Maman in March 2011 obtaining Instructor level in Israeli Special Forces Krav Maga. LTC Frank Valentin has taught self defense to active duty members and their dependents at Fort Sam Houston for four years free of cost.

 

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Troy Wideman

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Troy has a Policing background that spans over 21 years and encompasses several fields of expertise.

He began his service as a Uniform Patrol Officer with the Halton Regional Police Service. Troy then joined the HRPS’s Tactical and Rescue Unit/SWAT team where he served for 10 years specializing in several areas including High Risk Entries and Explosive Forced Entries.

Troy also spent 14 years of his service as an instructor for his Department in the subject matters of Use of Force, Firearms and Tactical Shooting, and Tactical/SWAT operations.

In addition, Troy has an extensive Martial Arts background that spans over 35 years and includes an Instructor level in Israeli Special Forces Krav Maga, a 6th Dan in Genbukan Ninpo, a 6th Dan in Kokusai JuJutsu, a 3rd Dan in Bujinkan Tai Jutsu, and a first degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do.

 

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AJ Yolofsky, Esq

A.J. Yolofsky is a member of Greenspoon Marder’s Litigation Practice Group and concentrates his multijurisdictional practice in U.S. Federal Court Litigation and International Arbitration & Litigation. Additionally, he previously served as a mediator for the 800 MHz Transition Administrator, helping parties resolve more than 80 disputes.

In addition to his legal work, Mr. Yolofsky has an extensive military background, serving in as an officer in the United States Marine Corps for more than a decade. He graduated from several Marine Corps schools that focused their curriculum on training in international affairs, security operations analysis, and logistics planning. This combination of knowledge, first-hand experience, and work ethic gives Mr. Yolofsky a unique approach to legal representation that includes strategic thinking, contingency planning, lead development, and an acute attention to detail.

Mr. Yolofsky has ample experience in various U.S. Federal Court proceedings, representing clients in a wide range of civil litigation matters. He has successfully represented individuals in many types of Internet law and technology-related matters, including e-discovery, electronic forensics, copyright and trademark infringement, and First Amendment bloggers’ rights.

In corporate litigation, he represents clients on issues involving trade secrets, contract disputes, land use disputes, and trademarks. His experience also includes representation of a pharmaceutical company in a trial case involving misappropriation of trade secrets, which, for his client, effectively resulted in one of the largest verdicts ever in the State of Florida; and the successful defense of an international orthopedic implant distributor against claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and tortious interference. He also handles numerous employment discrimination matters under USERRA, ERISA, and FLSA, including the successful settlement of a potential employment class action case against a client for less than 1% of the claimed amount.

In addition, he has served as general counsel to government consultants and security specialists, including serving as a mediator for the 800 MHz Transition Administrator in connection with the movement of a major telecom provider to new frequency bands. The realignment, designed to eliminate interference to public safety radio operations and other licensees, is the largest such realignment of radio spectrum in the history of the FCC. Mr. Yolofsky was responsible for licensees in multiple jurisdictions including Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, and North Carolina.

Mr. Yolofsky has represented international clients in a wide range of matters, including international contract disputes, international arbitration, trade secrets, and non-competition agreements. Working extensively in the Middle East, he has represented consulting groups in Dubai and Qatar, and also served as lead counsel to an Iraqi construction company in an international arbitration case involving a contractual dispute, resulting in an ICC settlement.

In addition, drawing upon his military and legal knowledge, Mr. Yolofsky worked with a team in the development of an infrastructure security plan for a water-based community in the Middle East, which included control of people, boats, support equipment, and the implementation of waterway traffic control measures. The comprehensive plan involved integration of law enforcement and security elements at the municipal, provincial, and national levels.


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