Todd Fossey is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor (# 193379500), NRA Range Safety Officer and NRA Certified Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor specializing in Extreme Close Quarters Combat (ECQC). Todd is an Instructor in the Krav-Maga hand-to-hand defense system and earned his Black Belt in Fit To Fight’s Defensive Options System (Aug. 2017) with an emphasis in Weapons Defense, Weapon Takeaways, Active Shooter (Mass Shooter) Scenarios, Counter Terrorism, Timeline Defensive Strategies and Law Enforcement Defense.  Mr. Fossey has assisted in training firearms and tactics for Burnsville SWAT and has assisted in training Minnesota State Highway Patrol and Minneapolis PD SWAT in Counter Ambush in Small Unit Tactics.

Mr. Fossey is also the Founder, Creator and Director of the Fit to Fight FireARMED curriculum and instructor certification program.

In addition to his work in combative’s and firearms instruction, Todd has a 15-year background in psychophysiology, natural psychotherapies, and behavioral medicine offering him special insight into the psychological, physiological and perceptual effects of high-stress critical incidents.

Mr. Fossey spent many years working as a bouncer and head of security at high profile Hollywood nightclubs and during that time experienced and secured numerous real world violent and dangerous incidence.

Michael Pilhofer is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor (# 101000189220301), and NRA Range Safety Officer.

Michael, a Senior instructor in the IDS Instructor Certification Curriculum, has been a teacher/coach nearly all his life with over 25 years helping to decipher and communicate complex subjects in a clear, thoughtful manner. Most recently Michael has 12 years as a Strength and Conditioning specialist.  He would characterize himself as a life long learner, always looking to better himself, rarely satisfied with the road commonly taken.

In addition, Michael is an ongoing student in the Fit to Fight Defensive Options program and has a background in Martial Arts having studied Tae Kwon Do and more recently Jiu Jitsu.


Larry Hotchkiss is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor (# 101000189220291) and NRA Range Safety Officer.

Larry is also a Senior instructor in the IDS Instructor Certification Curriculum. Larry is an ongoing student in the Fit to Fight Defensive Options program and is working toward various Fit to Fight instructor certifications. Larry has also spent years studying various martial arts including Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Bagua Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do and Judo.

In addition, Larry has been a lifelong “student of the iron” specializing in functional strength with an emphasis on Kinesiology and nutritional supplementation to help support over 3 decades of lifting experience.



Jake Gribble has been a police officer in the Twin Cities metro area for seven years and is currently a SWAT officer and department firearms/defensive tactics instructor.

Prior to serving in law enforcement, Jake was an active-duty Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps infantry. He completed two deployments to Al Anbar province in Iraq (2006, 2007-2008), where he was decorated for leading Marines on various operations. He also served as a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program instructor.

Outside of the military and law enforcement, Jake has trained in Krav Maga for eight years, starting in a traditional Krav Maga gym and then transitioning to IDS. In competition shooting, Jake holds a Master classification in IDPA’s Stock Service Pistol Division. He has trained with numerous prominent instructors and institutions including Kyle Defoor, Craig Douglas, Robert Vogel, Kyle Lamb, Gunsite Acadamy, Direct Action Resource Center, John Farnam, etc.