Self-defense and firearms training for Jonathan Low -- 

Instructor Development, Front Sight
Instructor Development, Rangemaster 
Instructor Development, Defensive Training International 
Advanced Pistol Instructor, National Rifle Association 
(also Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Personal Protection, and CCW)
Tennessee Handgun Instructor 
South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor 
Riflery Coach Level 3 NRA / CMP / USA Shooting
Tennessee Armed Security Guard 

1981 – 1985 U.S. Marine Corps (active duty)
Expert Rifle Badge (4th award), Expert Pistol Badge (2nd award), Battalion Armorer (1st Radio Battalion, Fleet Marine Force Pacific).

1985 – 2014 U.S. Marine Corps (reserve)
2002  Military Police, Provost Marshal’s Office, New River Marine Corps Air Station, qualified in pistol, shotgun, submachinegun, baton, pepper spray, hand to hand defensive tactics (Marine Corps Martial Arts Program).  2006 Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, taught a basic pistol class while in intel school.

1997 – Present, Front Sight Firearms Institute, Pahrump, NV
Graduated from the following classes:  4-day Defensive Handgun (5 times), 4-day Practical Rifle, 2-Day Uzi Submachinegun, 4-day Select Fire M-16, 2-day Edged Weapons, 4-Day Front Sight Instructor Development.  Assisted teaching the 4-day Defensive Handgun class as a line coach.

2006 – 2011  Chief Instructor at the Palmetto Gun Club.

2014  Tactical Response, Fighting Pistol.

2015 December 6th, ASSERT, Rapid Assault Tactics.

Sheepdog Seminar, 1/3/2016, Chattanooga, TN

2016 Tactical Conference, Memphis, TN.

Hebrew Hogger Training Conference, 31 July 2016, Nashville, TN.

The Law of Self Defense Seminar, 20 August 2016, by Andrew F. Branca at the Nashville Armory.

Home Defense given by Bob Allen and Don Barnes at Royal Range in Nashville, TN.  1/14/2017

ALICE training, online, 1/22/2017

Law of Self Defense Level 2:  Tennessee and Kentucky, 2/26/2017
by Andrew Branca

Tactical Conference 2017, North Little Rock, Arkansas
Developing Force-on-Force Training Programs by Erik Pakieser et al
Active Killers by Tom Givens
Street Encounter Skills by John Murphy
Terrorist Bombers by Greg Ellifritz
Multiple Opponents by Paul Sharp
Use of Force Lessons / Cases by Emanuel Kapelsohn
Law of Self Defense by Andrew Branca
Problems 1 and 2 (legal justification) by Skip Gochenour
Training for the Fight by Kevin Davis
The Firearms Instructor as Expert Witness by Hayes and Ayoob

Coach Code of Conduct (online required course), USA Shooting, 12 June 2017 

Krav Maga, Gordon Jewish Community Center, Nashville, TN
24 August 2017 to 14 September 2017

Law of Self Defense, Simulator module, by Andrew Branca at the
Nashville Armory in Nashville, TN on 16 September 2017

Tennessee State Armed Guard (16 hour class) by Kent Harville
20 – 21 September 2017

Instructor Development course (3 days), Rangemaster 
by Tom Givens, 29 September 2017 to 1 October 2017 
in Bethel, TN.

MAG-20 by Massad Ayoob, Summerville, SC, 27-28 January 2018 A.D.

2018 Tactical Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas
Ladies Panel, led by Vicki Farnam
Pistol Skill Builder by Lee Weems
Defining the Threat by Tom Givens
Unconventional Wisdom by Massad Ayoob
Concealed Carry and the Modern Woman by Tatiana Whitlock
Between Harsh Word and Gun by Chuck Haggard
Officer Involved Shootings by Kevin Davis
Keep Your Piece by Fletch Fuller
1986 Miami Shoot-Out by Tom Givens
Violent Criminals, Justification Models, and Your Training by Skip Gochenour

"Active Shooter Threats" by 
Brink Fidler of Defend Systems,, at the 
Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, TN.  
27 September 2018 A.D.

"Home Defense" by Ken Alexandrow of Agape Tactical,, at the 5.11 store in Nashville, TN. 
6 October 2018 A.D.

“Point of Injury Trauma Care” by Kevin Hunt of 
Prepared Medical Response, at 
Military Systems Group in Nashville, TN on 
16 October 2018 A.D.

“Basic Tactical Trauma Care” (5.5 hours)
by Josh Black and Jason Rader, at the Goodlettsville Church in 
Goodlettsville, TN on 
8 December 2018 A.D.

Tactical Conference 2019, New Orleans, LA; March 15 - 17, 2019
MacGyver School of Medicine by Dr. Sherman House
Controversial Acquittals by Massad Ayoob
Surviving the Extreme Event by John Holschen
Domestic Defensive Handgunning by John Farnam
Street Encounter Shooting Skills by John Murphy
Self Defense Ammunition by Dr. Martin Topper
Police-Citizen Contacts by Chief Lee Weems
Technical Skills for Tactical Success by Gabe White

"Use of Force" class by attorney Marcos M. Garza, 7 June 2019
sponsored by U.S. Law Shield,

Stop The Bleed class sponsored by the American College of Surgeons 
Committee on Trauma.  16 July 2019

Law of Self Defense, live online class by Andrew Branca 
10:00 to 17:00, 24 August 2019.

NRA CCW class, Citizens Safety Academy, Murfreesboro, TN 
6 September 2019.

NRA CCW Instructor certification class, Citizens Safety Academy, Murfreesboro, TN 
7 - 8 September 2019.

DTI Instructor Development
Royal Range, Nashville, TN
5-6 October 2019.

Must-Know Law for Gun Owners 101
Nashville Gun Club hosted by Tennessee Firearms Association, Nashville, TN
8 October 2019.

Active Shooter seminar
presented by Brink Fidler of Defend Systems  
held at Ramsey Solutions in Franklin, TN
21 January 2020

Carry with Confidence (online webinar due to the virus)
by Tatiana Whitlock
13 April 2020

Intermediate Carbine 
by Jonathan Leverette, Strategic Edge Gun Range
14 November 2020

Emergency Trauma Response
by Brian McLaughlin
December 28, 2020

Tactical Conference 2021 
Armed Movement in Crowds by Moses, McBee, and Schnizler
Safe Travel in Dangerous Places by Greg Ellifritz
Lessons from Recent Self Defense Shooting Cases by Massad Ayoob
Practical Concealed Carry by John Murphy
Performance Under Fire (Part 2) by John Hearne
Diagnostic Skills for Instructors by Tim Herron
Moving and Shooting by John Holschen
Defensive Ammunition: A Systems Approach by Chuck Haggard
Avoiding Range Accidents by Jeff Gonzales
Principles Of Performance For The Armed Citizen by Brian Hill
26 to 28 March 2021

Michael Mann's class on "Protecting Soft Targets". 
(8 hours of continuing education credit, ASIS certified, 
American Society for Industrial Security)
6 April 2021

Counterterrorism for Private Security
given by Michael Mann Security Services
Mondays, August 9, 16, 23, 30 of 2021 A.D. 
6:00 PM to 7:30PM (CDT)
6 hours total

Tennessee Armed Guard Renewal
given by Warren Smith at Royal Range
12 September 2021

Counter Terrorism for Security Professionals
given by Michael Mann Security Services
30 August 2021

Instructor Camp conducted by Lee Weems of First Person Safety
October 23-24, 2021

Associate Protection Professional, ASIS International
January 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, 
February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and
March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th of 2022.
Given by Michal Mann Security Services
BeAware Training given by Secure Community Network
Feb 17, 2022 19:00 Central Time
"Defense of Property"
" Self-Defense 'Insurance' "
"Lawful Defense Against Rioters, Looters, and Arsonists"
"Law of Self Defense, Level 1 Core Class"
"Law of Self Defense, Level 1 Class South Carolina"
"Law of Self Defense, Level 1 Class North Carolina"
"Law of Self Defense, Level 1 Class Tennessee"
by Andrew Branca
20 April 2022 A.D. 
1st and 2nd of May 2022 A.D.
21 May 2022 
live webinar, 10:00 to 18:00, 
Rutherford room, Stephens Valley Church

"Pro Sports Training Secrets For Self Defense Gunfights" by Mike Ox
21 June 2022 at 12:00 Central Time 
Saturday, 27 August 2022
09:00 - 12:00 
Church security class at Royal Range taught by Bob Allen
Guardian Conference
September 16th to 18th, 2022
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Pistol Intelligence by Riley Bowman
Vehicle Defense for Armed Guardians by Todd Fossey
Detect | Deter | Defend - The 5 Stages of Violent Crime by Todd Fossey
Fight IQ by Todd Fossey
Weapons-Based Clinch Fighting by Todd Fossey
The Next Step Beyond Shooting; Decision Making by Melody Lauer (excellent class) 
Low-Light Pistol by Matt Little
Essential Skills and Drills by Wayne Dobbs
Mastery of Shooting On The Move by Mickey Schuch 
CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training by Frank Gaddis
18 January 2023, 08:00 - 17:00
Skyline Medical Center, Nashville, TN.
School-Focused Study of an Active Shooter: Planning & Training with Ed Monk
A School-Focused Study of the Active Shooter Threat: 
Planning & Training to Minimize Victims
Fri, January 27, 2023, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM CST
1930 Air Lane Drive Nashville, TN 37210
Critical Law Enforcement Lessons-Learned from Active Shooter Attacks
by Ed Monk
Friday, January 27 · 1 - 4:30pm CST
1930 Air Lane Drive Nashville, TN 37210
A Study of the Active Shooter Threat & How We Can Minimize Victims 
by Ed Monk 
Sat, January 28, 2023, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM CST
1930 Air Lane Drive Nashville, TN 37210
Combative Pistol Skills, Rangemaster course taught by Aqil Qadir
Sat, Feb 25, 2023, 9:00 AM – Sun, Feb 26, 2023, 6:00 PM CST
4803 Old Hickory Boulevard Nashville, TN 37076
Fundamentals of Church Security 
by Randy Harris and Joe Gilbert
Saturday, March 4th 2023, 8:30 AM – 5:30PM EDT (Eastern Time Zone!)
Sunday, March 5th 2023, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM 
The Ridge Shooting Range, Dayton, TN
11534 US HWY 27
Dayton, TN 37321
"Stop the Bleed"
by Joey Story, EMT-P
12 March 2023
"Ballistic Trauma
Heart Saver CPR"
by Joey Story, EMT-P
12 March 2023
at Strategic Edge Gun Range
2613 Hwy 270
Chapel Hill, TN 37034
"Effective Assistant Instructor" 
by Tiffany Johnson, Aqil Qadir, Tim Reedy, David Roberson, Carson Baldree
PART 1: Assistant Instructors in the Classroom
PART 2: Assistant Instructors on the Range
PART 3: Practical Exercises for Assistant Instructors
22 April 2023
"Active Shooter", state mandated training for armed guards
It was an AVERT class given by Edward Gaddis
15 June 2023
"Active Shooter Response", state mandated training for armed guards
Given by Bob Allen, Joe Shelton, Beau Smith, Eric Miller, Joseph W. Smith, Warren L. Smith
28 June 2023
Royal Range
"What to Expect Following the Use of Deadly Force" by Daniel Necci
13 July 2023
Royal Range
Security Operations Summit 2023
Thursday, July 27, 2023 at 8:00 AM CDT
Saturday, July 29, 2023 at 1:00 PM CDT
The Journey Church
1240 Leeville Pike
Lebanon, TN 37090
Guardian Conference 2023
Oklahoma City Gun Club 
12465 NE 234th St, Arcadia, OK 73007 
Friday, Sept 15th, 2023; 7:15 AM - 5:30 PM 
Saturday, Sept 16th, 2023; 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM 
Sunday, Sept 17th, 2023; 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM 
"Handgun Performance" by AJ Zito
"Interactive Trigger Management" by Wayne Dobbs
"Handheld & Weapon Light Manipulations" by Erick Gelhaus
"Extreme Precision Pistol for the Guardian Citizen" by Kaery Dudenhofer
"Rule 4 Defensive Pistol" by Wayne Dobbs
"Ready Positions & Better Outcomes" by Erick Gelhaus
"Never Let / Be Sure - Practical Application of Rules #2 & #4" by Erick Gelhaus
"Square Dancing in a Minefield: The Anatomy of a Self-Defense Prosecution" by Don West
"Rule 1 Guns and Gear" by Bryan Eastridge and Chuck Haggard
Narcan training by Jeremy Reese
5 October 2023
08:30 - 10:30
Gordon Jewish Community Center
801 Percy Warner Boulevard
Nashville, TN

Handgun 3 by Jonathan Leverette
28 October 2023
08:00 to 18:00
Strategic Edge Gun Range
Chapel Hill, TN
"Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why" by John Hearne
Friday, November 17, 2023
9am - 6:30pm CST
Tactical Response 
116 Wood Avenue Camden, TN 38320
Vehicle Tactics
Friday, December 15th, 2023
17:00 - 22:00
Royal Range
Tactical Conference 2024
Friday-Saturday, April 5-7, 2024
Dallas Pistol Club
1830 West Belt Line Road, Carrollton, TX 75006
Classes taken:  
Tactical Civics by Lee Weems
Movements During Lethal Force Encounters by Phillip Groff
How to Write a Lesson Plan by Tiffany Johnson and Aqil Qadir
Becoming The Civilian Defender: Philosophy and Best Practices by Dr. Sherman House
25-Yard Pistol Diagnostic Techniques by Jeff Gonzales
Recent Research Studies by Erick Gelhaus and John Hearne
Principles of Effective Instruction by John Farnam
Under-Trained Concealed Carry Tactics by Gabe White
Ballistics Lab: Defensive Ammunition Selection by Chuck Haggard
Integrating the Perception-Cognition-Decision Cycle in Handgun Training by John Holschen

Books that I have read and would recommend:

"The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, written about 2400 years ago.

"The Book of Five Rings" by Miyamoto Musashi, 1644.

"On War" by General Carl von Clausewitz, unfinished at his death in 1831.

“Principles of Personal Defense” by Jeff Cooper, 1972.

"Dry Practice Guide" by Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, 2002.

"The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning", 2nd Edition by John S. Farnam, 2005.

"Women Learning to Shoot: A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers" 
     by Diane Nicholl and Vicki Farnam, 2006.

"Combat Shooting" by Massad Ayoob, 2011.

"How to Shoot Like a Navy Seal" by Chris Sajnog, 2013.

“Deadly Force:  Understanding Your Right To Self Defense” by Massad Ayoob, 2014.

"In the Name of Self-Defense" by Marc MacYoung, 2014.  

"Teaching Women To Shoot A Law Enforcement Instructor's Guide" Second Edition 
     by Vicki Farnam & Diane Nicholl, 2015.

"Fighting Smarter" by Tom Givens, 2015.

"Gunfight" by Richard Nance, 2016.

"Defensive Handgun Training Skills and Drills" by Michael R. Seeklander, 2016.

"The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting" by Robert K. Campbell, 2016.

“The Law of Self Defense” 3rd Edition by Andrew Branca, 2016.

"Three-Day Firearms Instructor Development & Certification Course" 
     by Tom Givens, (I don't know the publication date.  I took the course in 2017.)

"Concealed Carry Class" by Tom Givens, 2019.

"Strategies and Standards for Defensive Handgun Training" 
     by Karl Rehn and John Daub, 2019.