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Our Instructor

Norm Hood

Norman Hood retired as a Command Sergeant Major from the US Army after 24 years of service and then spent six years with the Alaska State Troopers before entering Government Security Contract positions. Norm has more than 35 years’ experience in operational law enforcement, training, logistical and support planning for private security companies, military and state police organizations. He is a certified instructor of law enforcement subjects by the Alaska Police Standards Council. He has Extensive “Use of Force” training experience with lethal and less-lethal weapons and 28 plus years conducting rifle, pistol and shotgun training,including Concealed Carry courses as an independent contractor with a private firearms academy in Alaska and as a former adjunct instructor at Blackwater Worldwide, Inc. Norm is a NRA instructor certified in Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Refuse to be a Victim, and Chief Range Safety Officer and holds the “NRA Distinguished Expert Pistol” rating. Norm has graduated from the Anchorage Police Department Citizens Academy, the South Bend Citizens Police Academy and the St. Joseph County Citizens Police Academy. Norm is a member of the Church Security Alliance and is an Affiliate Instructor, Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network. He is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and is certified by the State of Indiana as an Emergency Medical Responder, the State of Illinois as a Certified Firearms Instructor, Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor, UTAH Concealed Firearms Certified Instructor, GLOCK Professional as a GLOCK Armorer, and FEMA as an Active Shooter Responder Trainer. Norm is Shodan, 1st Dan (Black Belt) in Hojutsu-Ryu (the Martial Art of Shooting) and a student of Okinawan Shorin-Ryu karate.

Our Coaches


I started shooting 22s with Norm early in our marriage progressing to shotguns, skeet & trap, cowboy action, SASS, and defensive shooting with my M & P 9mm.  I have completed Norms’ Level 1 course and am a certified NRA Range Safety Officer, Utah Concealed Firearms Permit, and recently obtained my Indiana Concealed Carry License.  I feel compelled to help with training to promote safe gun handling skills for all who wish to protect themselves as well as their family.  I am a member of Community Baptist Church South Bend, & President of Royal Oak Estate Homeowners Association.


My shooting experience includes M16(AR-15) for 8 years in the Marine Corps, heavy and light machine guns as well as the Beretta 9 mm military issue pistol. I have attended several defensive shooting classes with a Smith and Wesson MP .40 and my Glock 34.


Don has been a gun owner since he received his first BB gun for Christmas at age 11.  However, like many gun owners, he had received no formal training in how to handle them.  Don is a product of Defensive Solutions' training, completing Level I and Level II Defensive Handgun courses, as well as Intro to Defensive Carbine.  He participates regularly in practice sessions, and volunteers his time helping others learn to shoot defensively and improve their skills. A dentist by profession, Don combines his love of shooting and his desire to help others learn to shoot with confidence and competence by assisting Norm with all levels of defensive shooting classes.  He is a member of the NRA and several local shooting ranges


Terry has been a practicing Physical Therapist since 1977, with emphasis on musculoskeletal treatment and human performance.  He has studied martial arts, both empty hand style as well as traditional weapons, since 1973, and is a 4th degree Black Belt in Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate.  He grew up in Nebraska, and has always “shot”.  He began formal firearms training, as well Hojutsu Ryu training, two years ago under Sensei Norm Hood and Soke Jeff Hall. Terry got his brown belt in Hojutsu Ryu in 2013. He has taken additional combative firearms training under Dave Spaulding, Norm Hood, and Jeff Hall


Debra has been a Physical Therapist for 28 years, currently practicing with Accelerated Rehab Services at SBO, Elm Road.  She has studied Martial Arts for over 17 years, receiving her first-degree black belt in 2003 and second-degree black belt in 2006.  The style of karate she studies in Okinawan, Shorin-Ryu, including empty hand as well as traditional weapons training.  She began formal firearms training as well as Hojutsu- Ryu training, 2 years ago under Sensei Norm Hood and Soke Hall.  Debra got her brown belt in Hojutsu-Ryu in 2013.  She has taken additional combative firearms training under Dave Spaulding, Norm Hood and Jeff Hall


I have a wonderful husband of 37 years, with 2 grown sons who are both awesome, a sweet daughter in law and two adorable grandchildren. I have been employed with OB GYN Associates for 29 years. I began shooting when I met my husband and have been shooting ever since. I met Norm and Pat with Defensive Solutions right after they moved here from Alaska when I took my first Level 1 course with them, which I successfully completed. I learned so much in that class that I wanted to be more involved in helping others learn and to continue to increase my knowledge. Therefore, I became a coach to assist with Norm’s classes. I went on to successfully complete a Level 2 class and am looking forward to attending more classes to improve my abilities. I do have to admit that my passion in sports resides in my golf game, so you may not see me around much in the summer, but otherwise I love to be coaching as much as possible.


Rich started shooting less than two years ago and has completed the following courses; NRA Personal Protection In the Home, Multiple private lessons covering personalized in-home defense, Defensive-handgun-level-one, Defensive-handgun-level-two (2x), Intro to Shotgun class (outdoors) (2x), Intro to Carbine class (outdoors), Dave Spaulding’s Enhancing Combative Pistolcraft and Reduced Light Course, Frank White's -Training Today’s Gunfighter and the Fighting Spirit, and is beginning training in Hojutsu-Ryu The Martial art of shooting.