Instructors

Tim Kennedy

Head Instructor

Tim Kennedy is a Green Beret, Special Forces Sniper, Army Ranger, and Professional MMA Fighter.

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Tim Kennedy’s legend began at his local Army recruiter’s office on September 12th, 2001. His training to earn his Green Beret was featured in the book “Chosen Soldier.” Kennedy is now a Ranger qualified Special Forces Sniper with deployments in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and multiple other deployments around the world. He is the only soldier to win the grueling 3 day All Army Combatives Tournament three times. Kennedy has a black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Modern Army Combatives. He is also one of the top ranked mixed martial arts fighters in the world, a position he achieved while simultaneously serving his country at the highest levels of special operations. Prior to his retirement from professional mixed martial arts, he was ranked among the top Middleweights in the UFC. Tim has been featured on many television shows, most recently “Hunting Hitler” on the History Channel.

Colton Smith

Instructor

Sergeant First Class Colton Smith is an Active Duty combat veteran with 10 Years of Service.

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Sergeant First Class Colton Smith is an Active Duty combat veteran with 10 Years of Service. He is Ranger, Sapper, Airborne, and Air Assault qualified. He won the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV and is currently a top ranked MMA fighter. Colton is Special Operations Combatives Program Certified, a Modern Army Combatives Program Level 1-4 Instructor, and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. He has worked alongside and instructed several Government / DOD agencies during OCONUS & CONUS assignments.

Mike Simpson

Instructor

Mike is a medical doctor and Green Beret with three decades of military experience, including some of the most elite assignments on the planet.

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Mike Simpson has served over three decades in the military as an Airborne Ranger, a Special Forces Operator, and finally as a Doctor of Emergency Medicine assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Throughout his career, Mike has deployed to 17 different countries, from counter-narcotics operations in the jungles of South America, to the Global War on Terror (GWOT) in Southwest Asia and North Africa.

Along the way, Mike has been trained as a demolitions expert, SWAT Sniper, High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) parachutist, civilian paramedic, Special Forces Medic, Operations and intelligence Sergeant, and finally, a board certified Emergency Medicine Physician.

Mike is also a martial arts enthusiast, who trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. His passion for martial arts motivated him to become a practicing fight doctor. As one of the foremost experts in both tactical trauma medicine and combat sports medicine, Mike is highly sought after as a lecturer and instructor, working extensively with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, law enforcement, and military organizations providing medical care and training. He co-stars with Tim Kennedy on Hunting Hitler on the History Channel.

Chris Max

Instructor

Chris is the Master Gunner (Infantry) for the State of Texas. He has extensive real world experience deploying over-seas, and has trained all levels of war fighters.

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Sergeant First Class Christopher Max is currently the Full-time State Master Gunner (Infantry) for the TXARNG with over 18 years of active duty service. His active duty time include seven over-seas deployments, Master Gunner Instructor, Sniper, First Sergeant, Infantry Platoon SGT, Combatives instructor, and military doctrine writer. SFC Max has trained and instructed foreign militaries, DOD agencies, Federal Law Enforcement agencies, and local law enforcement agencies on weapons ranging from pistols to sniper rifles to tanks. He is a certified ALERRT instructor and Texas License to Carry instructor..

Kris Perkins

Instructor

Kris is a BJJ Black Belt, Army Combatives Black Belt, and seasoned instructor of the United States Special Forces.

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Former Army SFC, FIST SGT (13F), and Drill Sgt. BJJ Black Belt, and Combatives Black Belt

Kris is a former Army First Sergeant and Drill Sergeant. He grew up in NE Oklahoma, where he got his start in wrestling. Later, when the Army began developing the Combatives program, Kris became one of the plank holders of the program. Kris is the only Coach to win 3 Army Combatives championships. Kris has trained the US Special Forces, as well as their Canadian, Slovakian, Polish, Iraqi, and Afghan counterparts.

Blake Hayes

Instructor

Blake is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Attorney at Law, and firearms instructor.

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Blake Hayes is Sheepdog’s legal use of force expert. He has been a licensed attorney for over a decade and has lectured on using deadly force within the law to thousands of people. Blake also has a lifetime of experience in various response training. He was an amateur boxer in his youth and has taught people to apply boxing skills to self defense for 20 years. Blake earned his black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in 2012, and has extensive training in Judo, Muay Thai, and wrestling. He teaches a combination of all of these skills at Sheepdog Jiu-Jitsu in Jenks, Oklahoma. Blake is also an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and Oklahoma Self Defense Act Instructor.

James Head

Instructor

James is a UFC Veteran and Unarmed Lethality expert.

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James is a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and an expert in hand to hand combat. James is also a high level pistol and rifle shooter, dedicated to being a well-rounded sheepdog. He helps teach our Unarmed Lethality techniques at our training events.

Alex Acosta

Instructor

Alex is an expert pistol marksman and sought after trainer.

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Alex Acosta has dedicated himself to the art of pistol marksmanship and has trained extensively with some of the world’s leading experts. Through his persistence and incredible talent, he has become an expert himself. He has been sought out by some of America’s most elite shooters who are looking for cutting edge training. They find it with Alex.

Tod Moore

Instructor
Tod is an Atomic Athlete coach and our expert in strength and conditioning.

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Tod Moore is the head coach of Atomic Athlete, a premier training facility in Austin, Texas.  Tod has had the privilege to coach Special Operations soldiers, UFC fighters and world champion Jiu-Jitsu players.  He brings a great deal of knowledge to Sheepdog Response about being faster, stronger, and harder to kill.

Jake Saenz

Instructor

Jake is a former Army Ranger and owner and head trainer at Atomic Athlete.

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Jake Saenz is the owner and head trainer at Atomic Athlete, the world’s premier training facility for combat athletes, tactical athletes, and anyone who wants to be bigger, stronger, faster, and harder to kill. Jake is a United States Army veteran, and served as a Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Jake is also an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor.

Marshall Luton

Instructor

Marshall is one of the most sought after firearms instructors in America and has been a police officer for more than 20 years.

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Marshall is an active duty police officer and has been in law enforcement for over 20 years. He has spent his entire career in the streets and is a state certified Rifle, Shotgun and Pistol Instructor. He has owned and successfully operated a professional firearms training school since 2000 and has assembled the finest instructor cadre in the industry. Marshall has trained countless numbers of police officers (worldwide), military personnel and civilians.

Marshall has participated in both the International Defensive Pistol Association (I.D.P.A.) as well as the United State Practical Shooting Association (U.S.P.S.A.). He holds 5 State Championships, 4 Regional Championships and 1 National Championship at the Sharpshooter/Stock Service Pistol Level in I.D.P.A. He is currently ranked a Master Level shooter in I.D.P.A and an “A” class shooter in U.S.P.S.A.

Students come from all over the world, including personnel from agencies and entities such as:

• U.S. Secret Service
• Federal Bureau of Investigation
• Central Intelligence Agency
• A.T.F.
• D.E.A.
• U.S. Pentagon Security
• U.S. Army Special Forces
• U.S. Army Rangers
• U.S. Army Infantry
• U.S. Marine Corps Personnel
• U.S. Air Force Personnel
• U.S. Navy Personnel including Team Commanders
• Multiple State Police Agencies
• Municipal police officers from all over the country
• U.S. State Department
• Deputies from Sheriff’s Departments all over the country
• U.S. Federal Probation and Parole
• and many others