Todd Fossey is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor (# 193379500), NRA Range Safety Officer and NRA Certified Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor.
As an official member of Team Funker Tactical, Todd Fossey is charging onto the national scene as a top tier disruptive innovator and champion for the citizen defender. In 2017, Fossey became the founder and Chief Firearms Instructor for Fit To Fight’s highly anticipated FireARMED program and is the CEO and Chief Instructor at Integrative Defense Strategies in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Specializing in Extreme Close Quarters Combat for Armed Citizen Defenders, Fossey earned the esteemed Fit To Fight Defensive Options Black Belt in August of 2017 with and emphasis in Weapons Defense, Weapon Takeaways, Active Shooter (Mass Shooter) Scenarios, Terror Response, Timeline Defensive Strategies, Defensive Tactics for Law Enforcement and Force On Force Training.
Fossey continues his extensive MMA and submission grappling training under legendary MMA Coach Greg Nelson at The Minnesota Martial Arts Academy. Fossey is actively involved with training Force on Force Scenario, Active Shooter and SWAT Training for various Law Enforcement Agencies and Departments. In addition to his work in combatitives, firearms and tactical instruction, Todd has a 15-year background in psychophysiology, offering him special insight into the psychological, physiological and perceptual effects of high-stress critical incidents and human performance. 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 incidents.
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.
Chris Sankey is a USCCA Certified Training Counselor (#327466) and USCCA Certified Firearms and Home Defense Instructor. He completed Int’l Combative Concepts Extreme Close Combat Shooting course, Force Recon Marine Chris Graham’s curriculum, and Mike Oxner’s 21 day Alpha Shooter programs. He currently sits on the Board of Directors at the Minnetonka Sportsmen’s Club and manages the 50-yard pistol range.
Chris is the President and a Senior Instructor at IDS with three decades training in the martial arts including Filipino MA and JKD Principles (Minnesota Kali Group), Panantukan, Muay Thai, Tang Soo Do (Wick), and TKD. He continues to learn and train in modern-day self-protection from Target Focus Training (TFT), Guided Chaos Combatives and received his CQC instructor certification in 2015 (Pizzo). Chris remains active as a hockey player and trained professional hockey players in on-ice fighting tactics from 2001-2003.
Prior to IDS, Chris founded “Conditioned Response – Principle-Based Personal Defense and Firearm Training.” where they certified prospective USCCA Firearm Instructors and provided training to citizens in Fear Management, Unarmed Protection, Permit to Carry and Defensive Handgun courses.
Chris brings a strong and extensive business background to IDS. He was previously the President and co-owner of Microm Inc. from 1997-2017. Served as the Executive Director – Hockey at Triple Crown Sports from 1993-1997, the largest amateur sports event production company in the United States. He is the founder of Quiet Pride LLC. providing Peak Performance, Mental Game, and Command Presence coaching and training.
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.