Rob JenningsWhen you attend a training event at Get Trained Be Ready, you’ll notice quickly, the enthusiasm and respect that Rob puts into the training of students. It’s an important aspect of his way of doing things. He considers himself a steward of skills and knowledge that other students should have, and he makes it a point to be front and center to help students gain a new perspective on intuitive defense shooting.
It is his goal to bring to bear, his knowledge, experience, and understanding of the shooting industry, tactical and defensive training and general life experience to help those students who trust Get Trained Be Ready to get them to where they want to be. You’ll understand his passion at the end of the class, when you are worn out, but feel great about what you have accomplished and the capabilities you find yourself in possession of.
Rob is the type that works hard at what he does, he recognizes that not much of anything comes easy if it’s worth it, and his story of how he became the founder of Get Trained Be Ready proves that. It was in his private observance of his lack of skills and experience to protect his family at the highest level, when he first got married, that led him to spend many, many hours gaining, practicing and refining his skills in the areas of defensive shooting and situational response.
His natural charisma and sincere desire to see students succeed, becomes obvious quickly, and gives his classes a unique feeling, as students begin to understand why he takes this work so seriously. He sees so many other instructors in the industry simply using this work as a means to a paycheck and doing what he calls: “Hacking their way through it”. It’s why GTBR is so aggressive at improving course offerings, and refining content and curriculum. He doesn’t want any student under any GTBR trainer to feel like they haven’t gotten a legitimate value and improved their skillset comprehensively after a class with the company.
It is a constant “to-do” item for Rob, to find passionate instructors that can add to the success of students and continue to build a team of some of the top talent in the region for GTBR. He is looking forward to expanding content of training sessions to include specialized training for Church Safety teams, Instructor development for the company’s already substantial base of trainer-specific curriculum, and of course, more individual and team defensive shooting courses.
Rob has so many memorable interactions with the clients of GTBR, as he truly enjoys working with people to improve their safety, capability of response and technical skills. Two memories come to mind as rare treats for a trainer who is always looking to find a connection with their clients to bring the student to the next level.
The first was during a law enforcement team training that included high risk warrant servers and bounty hunters that work across the United States to track criminals that have “gone on the lam”. Rob encouraged them to train under the full load of gear that they would use in their normal course of operations, instead of in normal clothes. The enhanced experience helped the group to whittle down their gear options to improve functionality and helped them to refine their movement under legitimate loads and in a realistic scenario. You might think that’s a simple ask, but the group was surprised to be asked to bring their gear to train in. Other instructors never felt that it was important to train in real world conditions. It’s another little thing that GTBR knows about, communicates to the client, and incorporates into the training to bring professionals and civilians alike, up to their peak of performance.
Another time, a woman was particularly worried about attending a training with “Rambo types” and unsure if she would feel comfortable or be able to learn anything, considering the class might be geared to a higher level. After a couple of weeks of “hand-holding” over the phone, and a great two-day training, the woman was ecstatic about the outcome and her newfound confidence with handling a firearm. She also made friends.
Again, these instances might seem mundane, but every experience can be a huge benefit to some party to the experience. Get Trained Be Ready is structured to make sure that beneficial experience happens every time for every student. It’s about finding the way that each and every class member can reach a personal best in class and leave better than they came.
Rob is just a regular guy, in fact you might learn a thing or two about him by understanding his hobbies outside of teaching and shooting. He enjoys backcountry Jeep travel - unplugging, hiking, camping, seeing things most people don’t get to see in places most people don’t ever go. To him it’s about the trip – the weather isn’t so important. Hot, cold, wet, or dry. The journey is the adventure, not the destination. He knows that finding God in the backcountry is physically tiring, but spiritually exhilarating. He has visited the wild places in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, South Dakota. He’s had dust in his Jeep from all those places.
Rob Jennings is just a regular guy.
Because of that, Rob knows that for civilians, the one interaction they may have with their Concealed Carry Weapon in their lifetime is every bit as important as the frequent interactions that law enforcement or military will have with their duty weapons. He has trained all types of users. Everybody who needs to rely on a firearm and their defensive knowledge, deserves to be trained well, and have the tools necessary to stop a threat and react to a hard situation. It’s why the curriculum is constantly being refined, why trainers are selected from the best available and pushed to be better each day. It’s why Get Trained Be Ready is focusing on training new trainers that can run a legitimate training business and learn how to properly train others - and then being supported afterwards to help them succeed. It’s why GTBR is training Church Safety teams to react to potential concerns that are all too common anymore. It’s about the legacy of teaching the right way, by making sure each and every student gets what they came there for and leaves more capable than when they arrived.
Rob is an Intuitive Defensive Shooting Instructor under the I.C.E. company umbrella. He is a certified NRA Training Counselor, NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer, Refuse to Be A Victim Regional Counselor, Arkansas Concealed Carry & Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor, NRA Advanced Defensive Shooting Instructor, Certified School Security Officer (CSSO) Trainer, Church Safety and Security Team Instructor, ALICE Active Shooter Instructor, USCCA Instructor, and most importantly, a perpetual student.
Rob Jennings is the founder, owner, and lead instructor of Get Trained. Be Ready.
John BaileyJohn Bailey seems to be a composite representation of the intrepid instructors that Get Trained Be Ready seeks to work with – highly experienced, team oriented and looking for a team that offers structure and stability so that they can offer premium training and infrastructure to their students and expand their capabilities.
His training business is based out of North Dakota in the Fargo area, and he has skills that put him in the top tier of trainers nationally.
Notably, John is a Certified Instructor for NRA Basic Pistol and Rifle courses; Chief Range Safety Officer and Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading by the NRA. He also sits on the board of the largest shooting club in the region (Red River Marksmanship Center) and trains North Dakotans in Hunter's Education and Safety classes.
Mr. Bailey is not simply hoarding certifications though:
He's passionate about improving curriculum and helping students reach goals, and it goes beyond just being passionate – John has the background and experience that makes him a legitimate resource in the field. His time in the USMC had him competing in shooting competitions at the highest level where he is recognized as a Series High Shooter and a Rifle Expert.
He continues competitive shooting to hone personal skills to this day. He's a leader in industry and has strong leadership skills from time in commercial and military endeavors where he has multiple times, led more than 2500 individuals for long periods of time.
But perhaps none of his leadership experience is as important as being a Grandfather of 9 grandkids, where he can help them learn the ropes of self-protection, hunting, and just general life lessons. He tries to take that type of mentality to his students on the range too.
He doesn't stop learning – and is able to recognize where he can improve. He self-audits so he can always get better. That makes him a great fit for the GTBR team, as all the leaders and instructors are passionate about being their very best and helping students overcome plateaus.
When he isn't restoring MOPAR cars and drag racing them, you might find him playing ice hockey – something GTBR's Arkansas and Southern based Trainers are not able to generally participate in. But you will probably more often than not, find him on the shooting range, being told about the 6x6 Elk taken on his student's first hunting trip at 500+ yards, or helping a single mother learn basic defensive shooting skills.
The shooting range and in the classroom is where John Bailey feels he can do some of his best work.
Duke BenderLessons learned and experiences gained in his 25 years of being a pilot and a security specialist in the military has helped Duke Bender to understand the adaptation needed to be a top tier trainer. It's also helped him to be a team player that knows being a student is part of being a teacher. His focus is on improving his skills - always, in all ways, to provide better options to students who trust him with their success in firearms training.
Duke loves seeing students that are unfamiliar with training techniques when they come to GTBR – his success with new students has been excellent. More than that, the ability to help new students to improve exponentially is far more available.
He's confident that even traumatized individuals; complete newcomers and those who have had bad trainers in the past, can excel in the GTBR system. He's made it a point to reach out to these types of shooters because his skillset caters to that person.
His credentials are a mile long and his experience is exceptionally deep. Duke is an Arkansas Firearms Safety Instructor #15-1152 Basic and Enhanced Concealed Handgun Carry License Instructor.
His NRA training is top notch too. He is an NRA Certified Instructor; Pistol, Defensive Pistol instructor, and Personal Protection Inside the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home certified. He is also an instructor for Refuse to Be a Victim, and Metallic Cartridge Reloading. Duke is an NRA Range Safety Officer.
Furthermore, as a USCCA Certified Instructor; and a Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals, you'll find Mr. Bender has the type of diversity that shooters want to look for in a trainer; especially if they already have extensive training elsewhere. Duke's got the chops and the credentials to take you further.
The list of certifications doesn't stop there though, with the following courses being in Duke's arsenal too: Defensive Shooting Fundamentals - Level 1, Defensive Shooting Fundamentals - Level 2, Countering the Mass Shooter Threat
He is also a Law of Self Defense Instructor Program Graduate.
What's the takeaway when looking at Duke's resume? He's got skills, experience and know-how that can drive any shooter further. But he also has a passion for people that helps students to feel comfortable, confident and able to learn the fundamentals in an environment that showcases the team; and practical, fundamental skills.
Mitch BloomMitch enlisted in the Army National Guard in 2001 as an (11B) Infantryman. He served in a deployment in Baghdad, Iraq for more than a year. In 2006 he took a different career path as a Firefighter/EMT and worked as a first responder for 3 years. He served as a Combat medic in the position of Senior Line Medic for his infantry battalion for 7 years in the Army after he reenlisted in 2009. His years of experience and training led to his holding the position as a medic/instructor for the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, where his day to day includes range safety work and medical coverage for the people coming through the organization.
His involvement with the courses at that facility include the Small Arms Weapons Expert and the Squad Designated Marksman courses. It is this extensive body of knowledge that has made Mitch a highly sought-after trainer. His ability to seamlessly blend the practical knowledge with the realistic reactions to situations beyond the control of the individual, makes him a very good trainer.
He has noticed a trend of converging industries and technologies in the medical technology and military organizations, which he believes is carrying over to the civilian landscape, where in the wake of increasing mass shootings, terrorist events and global geopolitical changes, civilians and law enforcement are seeing an important crossover between defensive (combat) training, and medical related training. Mitch Also specializes in Advanced First Aid and Basic Life Support as well as Tactical Casualty Combat care (TC3).
He is working to implement new training courses with organizations and civilian trainees that come through Get Trained Be Ready, so they too can access the leading-edge training that is available now to experts in the field.
On the range or in training classes with Mitch you’ll be able to benefit from his many years of experience and his proficiency in all things medical related, whether it be a simple commentary as he helps in a class or whether you are taking a dedicated class in his proficiency. Whatever the case may be – in a Mitch Bloom class, you’ll find plenty of essential information that will help you to be a more capable human being, not just a more capable shooter.
He is a National Registry EMT-B; and a CPR and BLS Instructor with the American Heart Association as well as a U.S. Army Combat Medic (68W30) and is experienced in battlefield technologies and is a Rope Rescue Technician and an Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician. He is also instrumental in our Church Safety and Security Team training and our CPR, Basic Trauma, and Tactical Range Medicine training.
Mitch is a Medical Instructor for Get Trained Be Ready.
Shawn FrenzelShawn Frenzel’s resume is impressive. But the overarching concept you get when you hear about where he has been, is that he is focused and driven. He’s the type of person who persists until the goal has been reached. That’s the type of trainer he is too. He’s going to get you to where you want to be in his class.
He is also one of several instructors in the GTBR group that can point to extensive and varied experience in the corporate world which can be instrumental to reaching desired goals for certain clients and taking a broader approach to leadership training on the range. Defensive shooting classes can be a good place to focus on leadership training, especially because it can help you make decisions during difficult moments.
Shawn knows how to incorporate just the right amount of leadership training to keep it focused on making you the best shooter you can be; and the most capable in tough defensive scenarios.
Shawn is also focused on creating responsible gun owners and helping shooters to understand the human element of the defensive equation. His faith and his family help him to recognize the need to be aware of the importance of communication and building up students to help them move past internal hurdles.
He has an affinity for church safety programs and wants to empower congregations to protect what they hold dear. He is passionate about the culture of things. He believes that fostering the appropriate culture in the training industry has a massive impact on continued success. Preparation and theory also play a strong role in training success for him.
Back to his impressive resume: Shawn has worked with the SWAT team in Shelby County, TN to improve his integrated tactical skills; has taken courses from the best training facilities in the region and is an affiliated trainer with GTBR.
He holds the following certifications and licenses: NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, an NRA Range Safety Officer, and Arkansas Concealed Carry & Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor.
Doug GlennDoug occasionally recounts the old joke: “What do you call a medical student who graduated last in their class?” The answer is “(still a) Doctor”. Every graduate gets the title no matter how well they performed. Doug believes that if given the choice, everyone would pick the best in class service provider (doctor, firearms trainer, etc.). He also believes that there is a problem with the current state of affairs in the firearms training industry. Just because someone has a credential or a license, doesn’t mean they are the best one for the job and it certainly doesn’t mean they will be able to put students into a position of competence or confidence. Too many instructors use fear-based tactics or rely upon accomplishments from long ago to get students to believe they are the right trainer for them. Not Doug. He wants to prove that old fashioned hard work and personal improvement on behalf of a trainer will produce better students and offer more to those who come to a company like Get Trained Be Ready.
It was this fear-based, egotistical type of training that served as the catalyst for Doug to make the transition into training at the highest level. He was dissatisfied with the arrogance of some trainers, the abuse they sometimes heaped upon new students and the general lack of respect towards the end user consumer that can be prevalent in the industry. He knows that most students are highly competent professionals in other endeavors even if they are newcomers to firearms. He has made it a personal goal to push other instructors and himself to a level of understanding and competence that rises above the industry average and treats people with the respect they deserve.
Instead of trying to impress students with past accomplishments and tough guy talk, Doug wants to train students with realistic, proven knowledge that simply seeks to better the instructor and student instead of inflating an instructor’s ego.
Doug understands when you are steeped in logic and reason in the classroom and on the range, that there is no room for myth and opinion when it comes to the fundamentals. He also knows that this type of training can be a deeply personal event for a shooter and that there is a human part to this process. He recounts a story of a woman who had, in her past, dealt with a firearm related tragedy. It was exceptionally difficult for her to even hold a gun in class, without being brought to tears. It was through Doug’s calm, encouraging demeanor that her previous scars were softened, and she was able to learn effectively. Her performance and achievement in the class and beyond, has been exceptional.
It’s this type of approach that makes the work so interesting to Doug. He truly feels that this industry can embrace the human element more effectively and he has made it his mission to help that along; to create better students through effective use of communication, understanding and patience.
Doug is an NRA Pistol Instructor, NRA Rifle Instructor, NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home, NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor, a Range Safety Officer, Church Safety and Security Team Instructor, Arkansas Concealed Carry & Enhanced Concealed Carry and Intuitive Defensive Shooting Instructor. Doug is also a USCCA Instructor and ALICE Active Shooter Instructor.
Doug Glenn is an Instructor and RSO with Get Trained Be Ready.
Billy GoldstonBilly Goldston is a team player. You get that sense from him when he talks with great respect about the mentors and peers he has in the firearms training industry. He’s got a burning desire to bring more and more inexperienced shooters into his world, so they can feel confident about the way they handle their guns and how they carry themselves in real world situations. He’s dedicated to doing what it takes to get to the point where he feels he can have his desired effect on students.
Preparation for that moment comes in the form of gun training and non-gun training, ranging from pursuing his MBA with a BA in homeland security to having 40 years of experience in the gun industry with 30 years of personal professional firearms training under his belt.
His systemic approach to the business of firearms training helps to ensure standards are met across the board and that the team can extract the maximum benefit from working together at GTBR. He’s the type of guy that pulls more than his own weight and holds peers to a high standard. That’s a great quality for clients he interacts with, because there is no fluff and continual improvement.
A big proponent of protecting our Second Amendment Rights, he greatly respects this country, its founding ideals and its flag. He loves to train with members of the armed forces. You might also hear him say a famous quote about the brave service people in the military; maybe something like - “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” (Churchill). He’s got a great respect for the sacrifices of military personnel. His patriotism is infectious.
Billy Goldston is a driven shooter that does a lot to keep his own training and education at peak levels. He is an Affiliated Trainer with GTBR and functions as an Arkansas Concealed Carry & Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor, and has training as an NRA Pistol Instructor and an NRA Chief Range Safety Officer.
Kenny HollisKenny Hollis represents the well-rounded trainer group at Get Trained Be Ready exceptionally well, because he would be considered to be a well-rounded trainer in anyone’s book. He has a legitimate grasp on the legalities of defensive shooting scenarios; law enforcement reaction; emergency medical care and decision making in use of force situations. That’s just the beginning of what Kenny has trained in. It’s a small portion of the integrated training that you get when you work with him and GTBR.
Knowing what exists in theory and how to use it in practice is a theme for Kenny and the other Affiliated Trainers and GTBR. You will get that early on when you’re in the classroom with him. He is aware of the brain trust that GTBR has assembled and looks forward to not only being a key part, but to being able to glean more and more knowledge from talented contemporaries, in order to deliver results for clients.
Knowing what will happen during and after a defensive shooting is a crucial component to the type of training Mr. Hollis wants to give to students. So many trainers aren’t aware or don’t have experience enough to teach students how to prepare emotionally, legally and physically for a defensive shooting. His training is likely to help you avoid a use of force situation altogether. He believes it is better to be prepared and never need the training than to need it and not be prepared.
He is an avid hunter and shooter and is fully enveloped in that community in Arkansas; it’s a way he connects with family and friends. He is serious about having a large supply of top-quality coffee in class and near the range; but not so serious that he can’t take a joke. He is all for trainers who don’t take themselves too seriously, while simultaneously delivering the content in a respectful, comprehensive and serious way. Humor is welcome at his training sessions.
He’ll frequently pair with other trainers to lighten the mood in class and ensure students can jive with one of the instructors at a very high level. His master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management offers some insight to holistic planning and situational awareness and brings a different level of cohesion to his training sessions.
His class list as a student is diverse and impressive: Blackwater, the DEA Tactical course, Gunsite and several other top tier programs. He’s decided to affiliate with Get Trained Be Beady because he’s confident in Rob Jennings’ (and the other Instructors and Management) ability to deliver on promises and create a unique, effective program for shooters of all types.
His 21 years in the USAF and many years as a law enforcement officer have given him unmatchable life experiences and provided him the opportunity to train with some of the best minds in the arena. He is a committed and loyal supporter of the law enforcement and military communities.
His training resume, certifications and licensure reads like a novel and no one who meets him is unimpressed by his accomplishments and his genuine nature, not to mention his humor.
Kenny Hollis is an Arkansas Concealed Carry & Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor, #15-1159; a Glock Armorer; Law Enforcement Trainer (and Firearms Instructor); ALERRT Instructor; is an NRA Certified Instructor in the Pistol, and Personal Protection Inside the Home and Outside the Home disciplines; NRA Range Safety Officer, Church Safety and Security Team Instructor, and has his Senior Law Enforcement Certificate. He is an Affiliated Instructor with Get Trained Be Ready.
Tim JenningsTim Jennings knows that sometimes a client will just need some extra help. Sometimes you lose a little bit of money if you look at the hours spent for the money gained. But that is OK, because the end result is a credible interaction with a student that is now more capable than ever before. And that is what’s important in the grand scheme of things. One particularly memorable experience with a Get Trained Be Ready Client showcases Tim’s spectacular one on one training capabilities. His student was just struggling so much, with overcoming bad habits from previous courses and past training. The extra time and helpful one-on-one coaching managed to bring this student over the hurdles and to the end goal. He was able to overcome the bad habits and improve his capabilities significantly. Tim and the student both credit it to the additional one-on one time they spent together to ensure the old habits could be replaced with new ones that actually made sense.
While he is flexible for clients that need a bit of extra help, Tim understands the importance of methodical planning and adherence to best practices. He prefers optimization over wholesale shifts in technique. Small, simple improvements will vastly improve capabilities, when compared to shifting fundamentals around. He is proud to be a structured, professional trainer. He knows that “tried and true” is exactly that, until it isn’t. And just because something is trending, it doesn’t make it worthwhile or applicable, until it’s proven valuable. Tim is interested in the best information available to transfer to the student and he realizes that information is always evolving based on what the human body does naturally. To help new shooters and seasoned shooters alike, realize the best practices in the field and help them to refine techniques instead of changing it up with every different direction the wind blows, makes Tim a happy man.
He is also dedicated to his craft. He spends a significant amount of time in training sessions himself. He pushes himself to train as often as he teaches. While it isn’t possible all of the time, a significant portion of his “downtime” is spent honing his craft with industry peers and top-level trainers.
He is Rob Jennings’ (the GTBR founder’s) son, but he knows his dad doesn’t treat him any differently than any other instructor. What’s best for the student is best for Get Trained Be Ready. He’s aggressively working towards adding additional credibility and capability through receiving more training certifications himself and bringing to the classroom and the range, that personal touch that he knows he is very good at delivering.
A class with Tim means you are getting a close look at what it means to take the work seriously. He is going to help you improve, even if it means he’s got to step up to meet the gap between existing skills for the student and what is possible with GTBR and commit to spending the extra time and going the extra mile with you on your journey to self-reliance and capable defensive shooting.
Tim is an NRA Certified Instructor in the Pistol, Rifle, and Personal Protection Inside the Home and Outside the Home disciplines, an NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, Church Safety and Security Team Instructor, and he is also CPR Certified. Tim has some tactical range first aid training as well.
Tim is an Instructor and CRSO with Get Trained Be Ready.
Dusty JohnsonDusty Johnson is a one of a kind of a dying breed of old school gun people. He’s a trainer that has a Gunsmithing background. When it comes to in-depth firearms knowledge he is a great resource for the GTBR team. His proficiency in metalworking and welding has helped him to be a legitimate gunsmith and not just a glorified parts changer or armorer. That type of understanding can help students find better fitment; understand how the tools help them and learn faster.
Speaking of students, his preference is working with new students; those who are sponges looking for information and direction. He prefers these students because they are the ones that he feels that can achieve the biggest improvements and can stand to benefit the most from a great trainer in a standardized setting. He loves explaining the value of top-quality training and being able to deliver such a high-quality experience, regardless of the skill level of the student. He knows that optimization after years of training for some shooters is as important as the basics.
Dusty is a “straight shooter”; passionate about God, Guns and Family. He’s excited by the prospect of convincing other trainers affiliated with GTBR to combine their skills into a competition shooting team.
While he brings a lot of important background skills to the table with the extensive gunsmithing and customization experience he has; he is also a well-qualified teacher.
Dusty Johnson is a Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer who also has extensive hunter and boater education experience.
Dusty is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, an NRA Range Safety Officer, and Arkansas Concealed Carry & Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor, and an Affiliate Trainer with GTBR.
Steve JonesSteve Jones wants GTBR to be a household name – specifically, he wants defensive shooting skills to be a mainstream offering to the general community to help people with confidence and in building the capability of defending themselves adequately. In fact, one of his primary drivers is to bring the community closer together through shooting.
You get the feeling that he wants to teach without ego when he starts a class, but your respect for him grows when you realize that by the end, he has managed to move the collective group forward with respect and a comprehensive approach that leads you all to be better people; not just better shooters. He doesn’t just appear to be grounded – he delivers on that notion. His calm, focused methods are probably a direct benefit from his frequent meditation and reflection in his own life.
Steve carries that Zen demeanor with him throughout life and is fully committed to functioning as a student as much as he is a teacher. His commitment has helped others at Get Trained Be Ready to recognize the power of positioning themselves similarly. This concept of achieving a higher plane of reference is key to his success and can help clients and trainers affiliated with GTBR to achieve goals whether they are short-term, intermediate or long-term goals.
Steve is also pushing for a more robust female shooter program to help those women who want to learn or improve their shooting skills and defensive mindset, to have access to world class training not normally available in the region.
His holistic outlook will help GTBR and Affiliated Trainers to improve their offerings; deliver more value and attract new clients that wouldn’t ordinarily be looking into this type of training.
Steve Jones refers to himself as a trainer and a cheerleader for GTBR. His training as a Combat Engineer in the Army Reserves and his varied job experiences, including as a personal trainer and as an entrepreneur, push him to develop interesting content and engaging training sessions. He also has had some success as an NRA High Master, High Power Rifle Shooter.
He holds the following certifications and licenses: NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, an NRA Range Safety Officer, and Arkansas Concealed Carry & Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor, and a Certified Refuse to Be A Victim Instructor, and a precision rifle instructor, but don’t expect him to stop there, he’s already working on more training as a student so he can deliver more value as a teacher.
Marvin KelleyMarvin Kelley is a man of few words when speaking about himself and his accomplishments. In fact, you might hear him say less words in a training session than the words it takes to describe his credentials in the self-defense and shooter training arenas. That may not be the best way to portray his character, because he does have extensive training credentials – and talking a lot doesn't denote expertise necessarily.
On top of these credentials, the 4 children he parents as a single father have given Marvin the type of experience that makes the most sense for training the public and interacting with people who are new to his specialty training skillset. His foundations are rooted in religion and competitive sports and shooting. To many, this is a perfect fit as a role model. His former and current students generally feel a certain kinship to Marvin. His familial attitude and similar background helps his students feel his investment in them.
And that type of investment is what makes the trainees that Mr. Kelley trains know that they have gotten legitimate value from working with him. Forget that he is an Arkansas Law Enforcement instructor; a CHCL instructor (and enhanced CHCL) and credentialed by the NRA in Pistol and RSO specialties – what matters most to students isn’t what an instructor knows but how well they can transmit their knowledge and experience.
That's Marvin's sweet spot. He knows that every shot counts. Throwing lead downrange does not a proficient shooter make. If the student understands the impact of each shot they take and how each one can be improved upon, then that student will know what is possible and have the catalyst to make it to that apex.
It’s the same type of character that he tries to instill in his children – if his training style in any indication, his students and his children can all learn a lot from him.
John MillerJohn Miller thinks he can make a different kind of impact on you when you train with him. Based on how passionate he is about honing his craft and other things that are important to him, we’re inclined to believe he can.
John knows that many students who have taken industry standard firearms training don’t come back for more training because they didn’t get a great instructor on their first run. He wants to change that. The diversity of course offerings and this instructor’s desire to improve on all facets of the training program make Get Trained Be ready a perfect place for a trainer like him.
If you were ever to catch him in his living room standing up shouting at the television while he watches a soccer game, you might get a sense for the ravenous appetite for improvement and accountability that he has. It’s part of his regimen when he trains so hard month in and month out to pick up nuance and comprehensiveness in his own skillset.
He’s innovative in his thinking and pushes himself beyond his limits to continuously improve on what he can do when training hard on difficult skillsets. He’ll probably put a few thousand rounds more through the barrel than most other instructors in the region each year. He attends varied coursework on things like medical combination training on the range (he’s a certified First Aid/CPR/AED trainer with the Red Cross as well).
He also wants to help shooters become familiar with their surroundings and make comprehensive plans to help them in home defense scenarios through prior planning and spatial awareness. The satisfaction he gets from helping people realize a best practice and be able to implement it flawlessly is enormous. He’s been drawn to the collegial, familial aspect of the training industry because it’s so rewarding to teach hard skills to a wide variety of people and see it click for them.
He’d like to be able to call all his students his friends and know that they have the ability to defend themselves in a variety of difficult situations when they leave his classes.
Look to John Miller to be a driver of continuous improvement for the rest of the GTBR team and help implement innovative courses and resources into the mix while he helps individuals achieve their shooting goals.
John is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, an NRA Range Safety Officer, Certified Refuse to Be A Victim Instructor, Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor and Arkansas Concealed Carry & Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor #18-1380, Church Safety and Security Team Instructor, and an Affiliate Trainer with GTBR.
Darrin ParkerDarrin Parker thinks that everyone should feel comfortable worshipping in church. He is a diehard supporter of the improvement of church safety team training and the proliferation of this type of training. He’s spent a lot of time working with congregation members to help them fine-tune defensive strategies as active shooter events at places of worship increase year after year. He’s driven to help build that aspect for the GTBR team.
If you ask him what’s most important to him, you get the sense he’s a protector. He loves his kids and his family and his churchgoing acquaintances. He wants to help empower people to be capable in times of urgency and danger. His style of training is deeply rooted in the idea of self-sufficiency through proper understanding and varied skill exposure.
He feels a deep connection to those that came before him and those who he comes in contact with – it is his plan to help instill confidence and control in the students he trains with, whether that is one-on-one, or in larger group settings. What you get with Darrin when you train with him is a unique sense that you are the only two people on the range or in the classroom. He wants to make sure you understand things in the way that helps you to improve the most.
It is this type of training optimization that Darrin feels will be a benefit for him as an Affiliate Trainer with Get Trained Be Ready. He specializes in training those who wish to build up and protect their fellow churchgoers in the congregation whether they are there on a Sunday or for any other event. His passion for the church training program that is continually improving at GTBR will help to make it a top tier offering in the training industry. You can be sure of that.
Darrin is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, an NRA Range Safety Officer, Church Safety and Security Team Instructor, Arkansas Concealed Carry & Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor #19-1415, First Aid/CPR/AED Trained, and B-Con (NAEMT) Trained.
Darrin is an Instructor and RSO with Get Trained Be Ready.
Stephanie PerryGet Trained Be Ready is proud to have an excellent female trainer on the team in Stephanie Perry. She’s one of only a handful of female talents dedicated to helping shape the training for shooters of all types. Her attention to detail is awe inspiring. She’s looking forward to helping build out the female saturation in the instructor pool at GTBR and the training industry as a whole. She knows the characteristics of good female trainers just work so well for certain segments of the shooter population. She’s serious about building her role as a leading trainer in the area.
Some might look at Stephanie Perry and dismiss her as an overachiever who just wants letters next to her name (she has a lot), but they’d be wrong. She’s in the game for a lot more than that. Her unique perspective and holistic training approach which combines mental, physical and technical skills far exceeds most of her peers. It’s leading her to be able to “walk the walk” instead of just talking.
She’ll tell you: “It’s not just about pink guns anymore.” Women shooters are a real thing and she knows serious female shooters can achieve the same results as their male counterparts. Besides, who’s going to tell her she doesn’t know what she’s talking about? Have you seen her credentials and resume?
Stephanie is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, an NRA Range Safety Officer, and Arkansas Concealed Carry & Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor #18-1391, Notary (for E-CHCL), and a Certified Refuse to Be A Victim Instructor, and Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED.
Starting with a love for firearms and a desire for learning how to defend herself and her loved ones if needed, Stephanie started with concealed carry instruction. She wanted to offer training from a different perspective, she considers herself as just a regular girl with a passion to teach safely and proficiently in a non-confrontational, fun way. She especially loves to meet students that start training nervous about anything firearm related; she enjoys getting them into class, and watching their confidence grow as she trains them to “be ready”.
Stephanie loves antique vehicles, and motorcycle rides. Don’t discount her on the Jeep trails either, she loves to off-road. When she isn’t training full time on the range or working on her skills, you’ll probably find her enjoying an activity surrounding live music, cars, motorcycles or off-roading.
She is highly interested in improving hunter’s safety training at the youth level and in a wider channel than it currently exists. She also has a passion for developing resources for women facing issues with domestic violence to help them build sound strategies (both firearm and non-firearm related) to move past these types of environments. Her commitment to these causes is admirable. She has several emotional stories of women who have been victimized previously; turning into survivors who are strong and capable. She’s excited to help with that journey to empowerment on the range and beyond it.
Stephanie Perry is an Affiliate Trainer with Get Trained Be Ready, and she will be found pushing the GTBR program all around Arkansas.
Phil RobinsonHaving been in an Army family growing up, Phil got to travel around the world and see what the military had to offer from an early age. After marrying his high school sweetheart and graduating from Oklahoma State University, Phil decided it was time to reconnect with his military roots – he joined the Air Force, where he served in a distinguished career for 21 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
The core of his career in the Air Force was focused mostly on Aircraft maintenance where he saw frequent assignments to work on The C-17, C-130 and the B-52. He also worked on training aircraft to keep them in tip top shape to keep pilots learning safely. It’s a theme with Phil, that he loves the safety and personal aspect of what he does. He is a natural leader, who has commanded two squadrons, and served as a deputy group commander. Phil served a deployment in Qatar, where he wore many hats to support the military efforts and joint operational work in the region.
During his time in the military, he felt a certain pull to civic duty as well, where he volunteered as a part time firefighter and worked in areas including Arkansas, South Carolina and Louisiana. He is currently serving as the Cabot, AR Fire Chief/Fire Marshall, where he feels honored to be able to continue to serve his community. He has established deep roots in Cabot and some members of his family continue his military legacy by serving in capacities that take them to other locations around the globe.
Phil serves as a(n) RSO (Range Safety Officer) and Instructor for Get Trained Be Ready and holds the following certifications applicable to his work with the company: NRA Instructor (Pistol, Rifle, Home Firearm Safety, Personal Protection In/Outside the Home), He is an Arkansas Concealed Carry & Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor, Church Safety and Security Team Instructor, CPR Instructor, CRASE Instructor, Active Aggressor Integrated Response Instructor, and a Stop-The-Bleed Instructor. He is also a key player in our Tactical Range Medicine Program.
His insights and understanding of crucial aspects of today’s most valuable training skills include a deep specialty knowledge of Post Incident Recovery, rapid evacuation and physical security, as well as pistol handling.
One of Phil’s favorite stories regarding the type of work he does with Get Trained be Ready, was helping to coach his wife through the process of obtaining an AR CHCL (Arkansas State Concealed Handgun Carry License) A condition with her eyesight made qualifications difficult. Proudly they can both recall just how well she did.
Phil tries to stay on the pulse of the industry and trends within it, and is always working with students to keep them abreast of the latest developments that might give them an advantage in a real world defensive scenario. When he isn’t in a class helping to teach students how to excel in defensive shooting, you might find the devoted Christian, dropping some mechanical knowledge on an engine somewhere, Scuba Diving or flying.
Phil is an Instructor and RSO with Get Trained Be Ready.
Mike SiskMike Sisk has been shooting since he was 6 years old. He’s been competitive on the State, Regional and National circuits for 20 years, where he has won titles. He’s a USPSA Master Class Shooter. His shooting and training resumes are remarkable. His presence on the Get Trained Be Ready team helps to present GTBR as a premier training provider that has a wide range of styles and methods and includes competition-proven team members. Mike is a humble service provider though, and you’d be surprised that someone with such an impressive shooting background is so grounded.
Most days he’s trying his best to hang out with his grandkids or take a motorcycle ride with his wife. Shooting is a way of life though, and he has cultivated that industry and personal experience and now has quite a well-established community surrounding him and his love of guns. You can catch him talking about guns or the industry often. It’s been a way of life at the highest level for decades for him.
Before he was a Trainer Affiliate with GTBR, Mike was a client. He doesn’t rest on his laurels and is always improving his own skillset so he can deliver more impact for the many clients he services. He will often travel across the region and even the country to get a more diverse perspective on shooting, defensive techniques and to enhance his exposure.
This type of continuing education has opened his eyes to a deficiency in the market in Arkansas and beyond: a shortfall of qualified carbine and rifle programs relative to the number of guns sold in the market category. He’s looking forward to bolstering the programs at GTBR to improve the amount of options in this and other defense shooting techniques.
Mike Sisk is an Intuitive Defensive Shooting Instructor, a Defensive Carbine Instructor, an NRA Pistol Instructor, and an NRA Range Safety Officer, and has competed at the highest level of USPSA as a Master class shooter. He also teaches competitive shooting and is involved in our program as a Church Safety and Security Team Instructor
Mike is a great trainer and has a wealth of experience with a perspective that spans a broad swath of the market. His experience and knowledge help to boost the capabilities of GTBR trainers and clients alike.
Dirk WaldropWith his long history of finding ways to connect with students and getting them to the next level, Dirk Waldrop likes to showcase historical wins with students because it helps others understand concepts easily. One such win, was taking an entire support company (non-infantry type jobs in the military) from the Alaska National Guard, through basic rifle training on the M-16 rifle with astonishing pass rates. No small feat. What it proves, is that Dirk understands how to reach students that might not otherwise have the capabilities to move forward in training.
Prior experience and success are always helpful in finding creative ways to help students meet goals they set for themselves. But it's not just about reflecting on the historical wins. Dirk knows it takes hard work to hone new skills and an open mind to find ways to improve upon skillsets to keep them pliable and growing.
You can see this ambition with the backdrop of his civilian certifications: NRA Certified Pistol; Range Safety Officer; Arkansas Concealed Carry and Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor. This is the basis and carries him through as a highly trained instructor where he can help you to reach goals in advanced pistol, rifle and shotgun training; and combat medicine (he's a trained combat lifesaver and CPR/SED certified by the American Red Cross).
Dirk's background is heavily leveraged in the personnel management area, too, so large group classes and team teaching are where he thrives. With GTBR's emphasis on this style of training for many classes, he fits in well. He has a desire to see further refinement of the curriculum and has a long history of optimization in curriculum. This is important, because GTBR is focused on optimization, and is constantly improving experience and offerings. It's a symbiotic relationship.
Mr. Waldrop doesn't like giving credence to those that haven’t paid their dues and masquerade as instructors. That's why he has chosen GTBR, and why he takes the process so seriously. His goal is to help you be your best self, and learn practical, usable techniques from trainers who are capable and credible.
His tendency to push himself to keep skills sharp and gain new skills constantly, extends to his personal life, where he keeps his kids super active in extra curriculars, and also competes in the tournament scene regionally, playing tennis. He is a licensed pilot, has a deep respect and loyalty to the U.S. Constitution and is legitimately passionate about the administrative functions of training. This may help to explain the type of individual he is – genuine, driven, competent, focused and ready to deliver on promises.
Chris WatkinsChris Watkins has certifications. But to him, the volume of certifications is arbitrary paper because if a teacher cannot reach and influence students based on proper and compelling ideas, what's the point? He focuses on getting to the heart of the matter and providing students with real-world, usable information, not just an impressive resume. But his resume is pretty impressive, nonetheless.
He counts among his certifications, NRA Pistol Instructor; NRA Pistol Marksmanship Simulator Course Trainer, Arkansas Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor, and RSO. He’s also involved in the Private Security business. But he's constantly striving for more usable knowledge and a practical slant to all of the training he pursues, so he can utilize that body of knowledge to greater effect with students who train with him. And to Chris that's the point: to work together to accomplish realistic competency.
If all that seems a bit lackluster, consider this: When you're paying good money for a course, don't you want the maximum effect? Forget about disinterested instructors who simply follow the hottest trend. Chris wants to ensure you are capable at every level and that you can peel back the onion layers of training and the underlying fundamentals, so that when it comes down to it, you can operate under extreme conditions and execute your desired outcome. He makes sure that communication is the core principle in training with students.
It goes back to his days as part of the 101st Airborne, 25th Infantry Division. There was no outcome that was good if unfettered communication wasn't a part of it. He's about the team, but also about individuals surpassing their own expectations through hard work and adherence to realistic programs that focus on fundamentals to carry the student through to the more progressive training techniques.
Forget about just offering a course for the sake of having it on a list of options. Mr. Watkins is a security professional. That's part of what he wants to bring to the table in the coming months and years to the GTBR team: a strategic focus on helping other security professionals reach the next level in their progression. But you don’t have to be a security industry professional to train with Chris, you just have to be willing to get better and communicate while you're doing it. His mantra: GTBR options because they are well developed and advantageous to clients.
He's pushing to make sure that every instructor that becomes part of the GTBR team is a valuable asset that understands that professionalism, drive and knowledge are crucial parts to being a good teaching organization. He is passionate about teaching and pushing his own limits.
When he isn’t on the range or working in private security, he loves to fish, hunt and travel with his two daughters and his wife of 18 years. He's entrepreneurial and focused on optimizing his strategies and capabilities daily. That means you get an invested trainer. That's the type of team member GTBR is proud to have in the fold. Chris knows that as GTBR and instructors like him keep redefining the limits and refining their processes, that the highest standard can be set for the team and the students that train with them.
Rick WatkinsIt warms an instructor’s heart to work with a multi-tour combat veteran and then receive praise about the comprehensiveness and quality of training and hear that they were the best the student has ever had. Such is the case recently for Rick Watkins (and his co-trainer on the course, Mike Sisk), after a carbine course ended for a proficient student who had seen multiple tours in Iraq. It’s not the first time it’s happened. But it’s still special, every time he learns that he is exceeding the level of some of the most comprehensive training on firearms in the whole world.
Rick Watkins is an Intuitive Defensive Shooting Instructor, a Defensive Carbine Instructor, an NRA Pistol Instructor, and an NRA Range Safety Officer; United States Practical Shooting Association Production Class Grand Master and specializes in Defensive Handgun and Carbine Training/Competitive Practical shooting. Relatively close to retirement at his day job, Rick is not interested in going quietly into “retirement”. He’s still able to deliver a hardcore training experience and he is looking forward to staying busy with GTBR during the last few years of work and beyond. He also works as a Church Safety and Security Team Instructor, and teaches Competitive Shooting.
He is a veteran of the Practical Shooting Sports arena (with 20 years of top level exposure); but he is certain that he has a place in the defensive training world and that he is a needed entity, with more and more people gaining access to guns without the necessary training to make them proficient with them. He’s a proponent of the realistic scenario-based training styles because they leave a big impact on students and help to clarify the importance of training in real world settings and thinking like a real person would be thinking.
Very few people, instructors included, have put as many rounds through guns as has Rick Watkins. He has sent countless thousands of rounds down range between competitions and day-to-day skill refinement and tactical training. His experience is hard to beat. He’s also a great team teacher and can bring a certain level of understanding to a class that smooths out individual student’s struggles.
Having Rick as an Affiliate Trainer in the GTBR team is a welcome addition.
Dwayne WilsonDwayne Wilson is a funny guy. He's also a man of few words. It would be only fitting to approach his bio the same way, short and sweet and full of dry humor, but we know there's a deeper story here that needs to be told. Dwayne's general understanding of life and the training he provides make it easy to be someone who only speaks when necessary to stay concise.
He's the type of trainer that will watch. He will listen. Two ears and one mouth – he'll tell you exactly what you need to know after digesting all of the available information and applying his special set of skills to help you improve.
Those skills come in part, from real life experience, including credentialing as an NRA Pistol Instructor, Range Safety Officer and Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor . You'll find him talking about reloading more often than many other topics – when he does talk. You'd probably find him outdoors doing outdoor things including hunting, hiking or camping when he isn't working or shooting.
Mr. Wilson, who might jokingly refer to himself as a "general slacker" if you ask him his job title, also pulls no punches when it comes to striving for excellence and pushing for completeness. There is always room for improvement in his book; and he has a tight regimen of ongoing training to do just that as an individual.
He also recognizes the extreme value of the team – part of the reason he is a trainer with GTBR. His exposure to guns all his life and his undying push to get more and better skills makes him a great trainer for those who would rather listen and learn than talk about it.
Lynn YandellYou might envision Lynn Yandell as a bit obsessive if you look at his various skillsets and the passion with which he operates on a daily basis. But that’s a compliment, and a testament to the extreme care and specialization that he takes as a trainer and as a citizen of his community. Knowing you are training with someone who takes his own achievements and training so seriously is a boost to your journey as you try to soak up the experience and knowledge that someone like Lynn has.
He has been in the trainer scene in North West Arkansas for a long time and he has paid close attention to the evolving training landscape. He has chosen to partner with Get Trained Be Ready because he recognizes that he fits in well with the caliber of trainers and Management that he sees in the GTBR crew. His eye for detail and his ability to assess a situation are top level attributes that you’ll notice early on when training with Lynn. It’s this type of attention to detail and high-level understanding that will help a good shooter to become a great shooter.
Guys like Lynn who are passionate for training people how to be their best in bad situations, have basically forged the industry in his neck of the woods. He is a veteran trainer that takes clients by appointment everyday of the week. It doesn’t take much to find him either – his reputation speaks for itself. His individualized, strategic approach to each client makes word of mouth easy to come by.
Lynn is in relentless pursuit of perfection, and he may someday get there, but for now he and his many students are happy with the impeccable training he has provided over the years that continually gets more refined and optimized.
With the recent increase in active shooter scenarios, Lynn has identified an industry inadequacy. His oversight and ability to see the bigger picture will help GTBR to deliver a world class program to train for these types of situations, that only gets better each time they run the class. Having him and the GTBR team able to train clients comprehensively in this type of event means that fear and discomfort are a thing of the past. He embodies the concept and the namesake: “Get Trained Be Ready”.
Lynn Yandell has served in multiple technology roles for the City of Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas, and Wal-Mart Inc. Lynn holds multiple training certifications from the NRA, Microsoft, and the State of Arkansas and holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Arkansas College of Engineering. Lynn has also lobbied in Washington D.C. for Trout Unlimited and the National Wildlife Federation. He and his wife Melissa are avid fly fishers and live on their 315 acre hobby farm in West Fork, Arkansas where they share a love of the outdoors with their horses and dogs. He is also a huge proponent of wildlife habitat improvement and conservation.
While his role at GTBR is mostly as an instructor, his vast experiences and many passions helps to round out this Affiliated Trainer.
He lists the following certifications and skillsets as pertinent to his time with students at GTBR:
Certified Home Firearm Safety; Certified Pistol; Certified Refuse to Be A Victim; Chief Range Safety Officer; Personal Protection in the Home; Personal Protection Outside the Home
He is an Arkansas Enhanced CHCL Instructor (#13-841)
Lynn is an NRA Certified Instructor in the Pistol, Personal Protection Inside the Home and Outside the Home disciplines, an NRA Range Safety Officer, Certified Refuse to Be A Victim, and Arkansas Concealed Carry & Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor #13-841.
If that list doesn’t denote competence and a well-rounded resume, then we don’t know what to say.
Lynn is an Affiliate Trainer with GTBR and has students all over Arkansas with fond memories of his training time with them.
And OthersWe have a large group of ad hoc instructors and partner companies we have alliances with that provide extended training in a lot of different areas. We are connected to Security Companies, Reality Based Scenario Trainers, Senior Instructors from the I.C.E. and Intuitive Defensive Shooting teams, Medical Personnel, Law Enforcement, and many others.
We are constantly striving to find the best training and the best instructors to affiliate with our company to bring you the best training experience possible whether it is for Instructor Development, Church Safety Team Training, Commissioned School Security Officer Training, Concealed Carry and Defensive Shooting Instruction, CPR and Basic Trauma, or other courses we offer.
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