John enlisted in the United States Coast Guard September, 2001. Trained as a Surface Rescue Swimmer, Boarding Team Member, and Advanced Fire Team Member. He received ribbons for firearms handling, War Time Service, and Commandants Letter of Commendation. John has spent significant time involved in inner city youth ministry in NYC, and as a resident counselor at a young adult recovery center located outside of Concord, NH. He has an extensive history in the martial arts, starting at age five, he continued training through his late teens, only taking larger portions of time off for military service, ministry, and further educational development. John started professionally teaching firearms safety and weapons handling in 2007, which includes pistols, carbines/rifles, and shotguns. He also teaches Women’s Personal Defense, Tactical Trauma Casualty Care, Boxing, Combatives, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.