Sheepdog Instructors

Our instructors are some of the best operators, medics, fighters, and law enforcement in the country.  Come learn from the best.

Tim Kennedy

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.

Mike "Doc" Simpson

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.

Travis Lloyd

Travis is a retired Special Forces Weapons and Senior/Operations Sergeant, with over twenty years of Infantry and Special Operations experience. He has served on multiple combat rotations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo; as well as many additional deployments to other areas around the globe.

He is a U.S. Army Certified Instructor/Trainer and has served as an Instructor at the US Army’s Ranger School. Travis is a seasoned and experienced leader and instructor. He is well versed in teaching small unit tactics and marksmanship skills from novice to advanced levels.

Colton Smith

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.

Jeremiah Futch

He is currently the Head Combat Marksmanship Instructor for 1st Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Committee.

Jeremiah is also a retired professional MMA fighter, a competitive olympic lifter, and one the current top ranked USPSA and 3 Gun competitors in the country.

Travis Joyner

Travis Joyner is a seasoned law enforcement officer, professional MMA fighter, and expert in defensive tactics for police officers.

Travis is a native Texan who has been studying martial arts from a young age. He continued his training as an adult and has primarily focused on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, and Muay Thai. Travis holds rank in several marital arts and received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2011. Travis has been competing as an adult since 2004, and has competed successfully in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, No-Gi grappling, Freestyle Sambo and has fought professionally in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

Travis has over 10 years of Law enforcement experience in an urban environment. During that time Travis has attained numerous certifications related to police defensive tactics and firearms training. Travis has taught law enforcement defensive tactics for several years and is also a firearms instructor. Travis has been teaching martial arts for over a decade. Travis brings an insight into close quarters weapon based fighting and it’s application for civilians and law enforcement.

James Head

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.

Trevor Prangley

Trevor Prangley is a South African mixed martial artist, hand to hand combat expert, and avid shooter. He has fought in the UFC, Strikeforce, and Bellator, among others. Trevor competed in the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions, winning multiple highly regarded championship titles. Trevor brings a unique perspective to situational awareness and violence of action.

Dennis Jones

Staff Sergeant Dennis Jones is an Army combat veteran with over 10 years of active service within the Military Police Corps. His certifications and specialties include Airborne, Air Assault, Modern Army Combatives Levels I-IV Instructor, Special Operations Combatives Program Instructor, Protective Services Training Course, Anti-terrorism and Evasive Driving Course, and Gracie Survival Tactics Trainer. As a Military Police Soldier he has conducted supervisory community policing operations within the CONUS environment, supervisory tactical policing operations within the OCONUS and combat environments, and served as the Team Commander for an installation level Special Reaction Team at one of the U.S. Army’s largest CONUS installations.

Dennis was selected for assignment to the U.S. Army’s only executive level protection unit in the Military District of Washington where he developed and implemented a unique Unarmed Defensive Tactics program specifically tailored to the mission of personnel protective operations. He most recently was assigned to the an Executive Protection Unit in the DC area, where he created a Defensive Tactics program specific to the PSD mission set.

In addition to his military specific endeavors, SSG Jones holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, competes in both military and civilian MMA tournaments, and participates as a Competitive IDPA shooter. He has worked and trained alongside a number of specialized Army and DoD Agencies in diverse environments and in uniquely varied tactical capacities.

Jeff Mullenax

Jeff Mullenax is a combat veteran from the Unites States Marine Corp. He has spent 13 years as a law enforcement officer in Texas. He is a TTPOA advanced SWAT Operator, advanced SWAT Sniper, and Current Drug Interdiction K9 handler with Troy PD. Jeff has dedicated his career to helping fellow officers remain fit and proficient in defensive tactics. Jeff is a BJJ Brown belt, Professional Submission Grappler, IBJJF NoGi world champion, and USAW National Weightlifting Champion.

Kris Perkins

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.

Guest Instructors

Johnny Primo

Johnny Primo: Founder and CEO of Courses of Action.

Johnny Primo: Founder and CEO of Courses of Action. Johnny is former US Army Special Forces soldier, and top tier instructor with an extensive combat deployment resume. He is renowned for his physically and mentally challenging firearms and tactics instruction for Military, First Responders and responsible gun owners across the country, and around the world.

Jim Miller

Jim is a world-class mixed martial artist who has tangled with many of the best fighters in the world, and currently sits at third all-time for wins in the UFC’s lightweight division. Building off his base as a wrestler, Jim has added world-class Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai to his repertoire, all topped off with the ability to maintain a high pace from bell-to-bell.

Jeremy Horn

American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Middleweight division. Although Horn is perhaps best known for fighting in smaller American promotions, he has also competed in some of the premiere mixed martial arts organizations around the world including the UFC, WEC, PRIDE, Bellator, Pancrase, the IFL, King of the Cage, and the International Fighting Championships (IFC). Horn is the former King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Champion. Horn has also competed in the Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight divisions.

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