Dr. Art Joslin, Lead Instructor/CKM Instructor
Art Joslin is a recent graduate in Force Science Analysis from the Force Science Institute, a USCCA Certified Firearms Instructor, an NRA-appointed Training Counselor, NRA Advanced Pistol Instructor, MCRGO Master Instructor, and a Level 4 Commando Krav Maga Instructor (Black Belt) teaching personal protection skills to hundreds of firearm instructors, LEO, Armed Security, and civilians each year. Art was recently certified as a Handgun Instructor by IALEFI (International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors).
A professional educator since 1978, Art brings his decades of experience in educational methodology to every class he teaches. He approaches his training courses with a high regard for competency in a nurturing environment. Art specializes in training shooters of all ages, especially women and persons who are disabled. Art has trained members of law enforcement, military, federal security, and civilians in all aspects of personal defense.
Awarded the Distinguished Expert in Pistol, and Distinguished Expert in Defensive Pistol I & II, Art has been an avid shooter for over 40 years (learning to shoot from his father; a former law enforcement officer and combat-wounded veteran of the Korean Conflict), a life-long student of the martial arts (Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Jujitsu, Hapkido, Commando Krav Maga (CKM)), and is a Level 4 CKM Instructor. He has trained in close-quarters tactics, executive protection and security, counter-ambush techniques, Intuitive Sighted Shooting techniques, Reality-based Scenario training, graduate of the MAG-40 and MAG 30 (Massad Ayoob Group), and multiple training courses in defensive pistol techniques and tactics. Art is also a Graduate of the Law of Self Defense Instructor Program (having studied under Andrew Branca) and teaches the 8-hour Michigan Self Defense Law seminar which was launched in early 2016.
In 2016, Art completed the Deadly Force Instructor training course taught by Massad Ayoob of the Massad Ayoob Group and Marty Hayes of the Armed Citizen's Legal Defense Network. Art served 22 years as a Firefighter/EMT, Fire Training Instructor, Dive Team Leader & Training Officer, and has trained at the National Fire Academy. He is an Affiliate Instructor with the Armed Citizen's Legal Defense Network, an Associate member of the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors, NRA Life Member, Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners, IDPA , Michigan Gun Owners, International Association of Law Enforcement Firearm Instructors, and holds graduate degrees from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
A former university professor, Art is a Court Officer in Michigan & Reserve Police Officer. He is an Armed Protection Officer, Executive Protection Specialist, Bouncer, and a Field Supervisor for one of the largest private security companies in Michigan with multi-state coverage. In 2014, Art began to offer his services as an expert and consulting witness in the Dynamics of Violent Encounters, and use of force cases (www.michiganlethalforceinstitute.com). He is an affiliate member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the Pistol Director at the Howell Gun Club, an a member of the Brooklyn Sportsmen's Club.