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      Edwin Pantoja (Founder)

      Ed is first a husband and father of two beautiful children. His extensive law enforcement experiences lead him to partner up with one of the best in the business of martial arts and self-defense! He has a passion for teaching LEO’s and Security Officers defensive tactics techniques and civilians how to defend and protect themselves in this not so safe world we live in.


      • Detective Sergeant (ret.) NJ.
      • 28 years of Law Enforcement experience.
      • 10 years as a Police/Detective Supervisor.
      • Certified Police Instructor.
      • Instructor in report writing and courtroom testimony
      • 19 total years as a Detective/Det. Supervisor assigned to the investigations of Robberies, Burglaries, Thefts, Narcotics, Sexual assaults and more.
      • Operated in an undercover capacity for many years purchasing illegal drugs, firearms, murder for hire cases and infiltrated street gangs in the NJ/NY metropolitan area that led to significant numbers of arrests and convictions of criminals and their illicit enterprises.
      • Was on loan for almost a decade to the County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force.
      • Was highly sought after undercover working with/for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Homeland Security and numerous other state, local and federal agencies.
      • Undercover Detective Instructor (For the N.J. bi-annual Top Gun and Undercover Narcotics Investigative Training Schools) teaching both LEO’s and members of the Military.
      • Was a member of the agencies Active Shooter Response training program.
      • Defensive tactics instructor for LEO’s and Security Personnel.
      • LEO Use of Force instructor.
      • Trained at Earle US Naval Base in the detection/recognition and response of explosive devices.
      • Civilians Situational Awareness & Active Shooter Event Preparedness Instructor.
      • Civilian Security Instructor
      • Home & Business Security Expert
      • Certified by the NYPD in Executive (VIP) Protection (Bodyguard/Personal Security Training)
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      Cesar Olavarria

      Cesar is a loving husband and father of two wonderful children. Since the age of five he’s had a passion for martial arts that has taken him around the world to train and compete. Besides the US, Cesar has trained in China, Portgal and England, just to name a few. His commitment to his family, law enforcement profession and teaching the arts is both inspiring and extraordinary!


      • Current Law Enforcement Supervisor.
      • 23 Years of Law Enforcement Experience.
      • Founded Institute of Defensive Methods in September 2008 (website link) http://idmnj.com/
      • Full Instructor in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do under Sifu Paul Vunak, descendant of Dan Inosanto, Bruce Lee’s number one disciple.
      • Full Instructor in the Filipino Martial Arts under Sifu Paul Vunak.
      • Guro in the Filipino Martial Arts under Sifu Rick Tucci, descendant of Sifu Dan Inosanto.
      • Master Instructor in Wing Chun Kung Fu under Grandmaster Samuel Kwok “IP Family” Descendent of Grandmaster IP Ching and IP Chun(sons of legendary Grand Master IP MAN).
      • Black Belt Instructor in Doce Pares Eskrima under Dioniso Conete and Dong Cuestas.
      • WTF 5th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo under Master Jiho Choi, President of Pan American Tae Kwon Do Union.
      • Instructor in Pekiti Tersia Kali under GrandTuhon Supremo Leo Gaje Jr.
      • Member, World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation.
      • Member, USA—Taekwondo.
      • Member, Suwanda Academy – Mande Muda Penjak Silat.
      • Tactical Commander Weapons of Mass Destruction—Department of Homeland Security.
      • Law Enforcement Police Sniper—Blackwater USA—America’s most comprehensive & most prestigious Military/LE training facility.
      • Close Quarter Defense Operator—Blackwater USA
      • Trained at Earle US Naval Base in the detection/recognition and response of explosive devices.
      • LEO Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Subgun Instructor, Active Shooter Response Instructor, Use of Force Instructor, Less than Lethal Instructor, OC Aerosols, Chemical Munitions, Distration Device Munitions.
      • Certified “ALICE” Instructor (Active Shooter Civilian Response Trainer)