ARMADA Training Courses

About the Academy

ARMADA's training courses are unlike most industry training classes. Traditional training deals primarily with the immediate threat, whereas our reality-based methods are wide ranging, including prevention, mitigation, preparedness, protection, response and recovery.

ARMADA’s training classes are presented in both lecture and hands on format. The method of teaching is, Explain, Demonstrate, Practice, then Apply the concept. Training in this fashion helps ensure the students are not just fed information (which they can easily forget), but allows the student to begin building muscle memory and reflective responses. In addition, the training techniques are reinforced by having the students participate in real life training scenarios or exercises.

ARMADA can customize training courses to meet your specific industry's needs and/or to meet a specific course length.


Check out Armada's finest list of instructors

Defensive Tactics

Samuel Faulkner, Instructor  

Mr. Samuel Faulkner has been a Certified Police Officer since 1983, having served as a Law Enforcement / Corrections Training Specialist for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA), a section of the of Ohio Attorney General’s Office from 1987 – 2009. Mr. Faulkner is currently the Chief of Police for the Village of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Additionally, Mr. Faulkner has served as an expert witness in over 300 national Law Enforcement and Corrections cases involving Response To Resistance, False Arrest, Tactics, Arrest Practices and Procedures.

Randy Thatcher, Instructor  

Mr. Randy Thatcher has over 30 years law enforcement and security related experience. Over the past two years, he has been an Instructor with ARMADA for the United States Marine Corps Violence Prevention (VP) Program. Mr. Thatcher is an experienced training manager and program/course developer with more than 19 years of preparing and delivering informational and instructional programs for adults using instructional design model. He is experienced in performing training needs analysis, identifying training objectives, determining content, defining scope and lesson sequence, plan methodology, and course/program evaluations to ensure learner success and to control individual learning problems

Emergency Management

Lee Foster, Instructor  

Mr. Lee Foster has over 6 years of experience in program policy, development and implementation. His background includes a combination of emergency management, judicial system and investigative experience as well as completion of Masters level coursework in Criminal Justice, specializing in Homeland Security Administration.


James Jarvis, Instructor  

James Jarvis is an Executive Protection Specialist, Risk Mitigation and Counterintelligence Expert, and Force Protection/Defensive Tactics Instructor.

Joshua Rock, Instructor  

Mr. Joshua Rock has over 14 years of experience in various security related fields. He is a skillful security specialist and leader with extensive capabilities gained through time served in the U.S. Army and as a government contractor working in theaters of operation comprising of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan.

Jeff Podracky, Instructor  

Jeff Podracky is the Chief Operating Officer and co‐founder of ARMADA, Ltd. In this role, he oversees all business operations and customer service functions. Mr. Podracky is considered a subject matter expert in security operations, business continuity planning, workplace violence program development, executive protection and security technology integration. He regularly provides consulting services to area business, Universities, school districts, and public agencies

Tim Creedon, Instructor  

Mr. Creedon’s 24-year career as an FBI Special Agent allowed him to serve in three different states where he gained a wide range of investigative and critical incident response experiences. In his varied assignments, Mr. Creedon worked with local, state and other federal agencies widening the scope of his investigative and special assignments. He worked foreign counterintelligence and organized crime in New York City. While assigned to Dallas, Texas he investigated general criminal matters that included fugitives, murder, drug organizations, organized crime, bank robberies and kidnappings.

Sylvester Pocius, Instructor  

Sylvester Pocius has over 25 years of experience instructing numerous firearms courses. Sylvester is a retired Marine Corps Veteran with operational experience from multiple overseas deployments. Assigned as a Primary Marksmanship and CQB instructor, Sylvester was responsible for training marine units in subjects such as Pistol, Carbine, Shotgun, Precision Rifle and Close Quarter Battle.

Saturday, August, 02, 2014  -  Saturday, August, 02, 2014

This course provides the training necessary for individuals to apply for a State of Ohio Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit. This special offer course is for fathers and daughters, boy friends/girlfriends, and husbands and wives. He buys his registration fee and she gets hers for free.

Saturday, August, 09, 2014  -  Sunday, August, 10, 2014

This course provides skills training related dynamic active threat response. The curriculum is geared towards individuals and law enforcement/military professionals that want to learn how to establish and implement a hasty plan to effectively respond to a variety of dynamic active threat scenarios. ARMADA’s live fire shoot house will be converted to replicate a home, store, school, office building, etc. The instructor team developed a variety of scenarios for individuals and “hasty teams” of responders to respond to and test your abilities to effectively neutralize active threats. In addition, students will participate in a series of immediate action drills designed to mimic the stresses of a dynamic threat situation while employing the critical thinking necessary to respond effectively.

ARMADA Training Courses

Sunday, July, 06, 2014  -  Sunday, July, 06, 2014

Closed Course

Saturday, July, 12, 2014  -  Sunday, July, 13, 2014

This course provides skills training related to the carbine rifle inside a structure (live shoot house). The curriculum is geared towards individuals and law enforcement/military professionals that want to continue to improve their carbine rifle skills while operating in a CQB environment. Instructors will guide students through individual and team movements and tactics as part of close quarter battle scenario training.

Saturday, July, 19, 2014  -  Sunday, July, 20, 2014

Ever wonder what you'd do if a psycho with a knife charged at you? Or how you'd really handle a multiple adversary situation?


Force on Force is the future of personal combat training. This course is Pure CQB Gunfighting Skills, and will connect what you do on the range with what you must do on the street to win a fight.

Typical marksmanship-based gun training leaves many questions unanswered. There is a great deal that you still don't know about street combat if all you've done is shoot paper targets on a shooting range. Even the many "shoothouse" exercises at many gun schools are still woefully inadequate in preparing you for a street confrontation. But in this class, the training is pure street reality featuring high intensity, short duration combat at close range against live human beings with modern force on force technology. It is specifically designed for the private citizen and focuses on civilian street situations. Learn to defend against a single adversary bent on cutting you with a training knife, as well as against multiple adversaries suddenly drawing guns and firing at you. Learn what it takes to overcome home invaders, takeover robbers, hostage takers and active shooters! In today's environment, everyone has a need to know.

The training is open to ALL civilian students AT ANY SKILL LEVEL, and is the sort of class you can attend over and over again to maintain your edge!! Fight-focused NOT Gun-focused!

Friday, July, 25, 2014  -  Sunday, July, 27, 2014

This course provides skills training related to the use of semi-auto pistol and carbine rifle. The curriculum is geared towards law enforcement/military professionals that want to improve master the fundamentals related to their weapon systems.

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January (3 events)

Febuary (1 events)

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April (6 events)

May (5 events)

June (7 events)

July (4 events)

August (4 events)

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November (1 events)

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