John Correia, founder and owner, Active Self Protection


John founded Active Self Protection in 2011 to teach people in all walks of life to develop the attitude, skills, and plan to defend themselves and their families from harm.


Empty-handed qualifications:

-10-year earned black belt in a derivative of Kenpo known as UMAS. Continuous training since 2006, with goal to be under instruction at least 100 hours a year annually.

-Presenter at national martial arts gatherings specializing in empty-handed skills for firearms carriers and firearms skills for martial artists


Pistol and related qualifications:

-Rangemaster Certified Pistol Instructor

– Sig Sauer Academy Semi-Auto Pistol Instructor graduate and patch holder with perfect qualification score

-NRA Certified Pistol Instructor in Home Firearm Safety, Basic Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, Defensive Pistol, Personal Protection Outside the Home, Refuse to Be A Victim (Mike Seeklander) Firearms Instructor Development graduate

-State of Arizona certified Armed Guard instructor

-UTM Professional Training Organization certified

-Law of Self Defense verified instructor graduate

-NRA Range Safety Officer certified

-Certified Civilian TASER Trainer

-Daily CCW carrier since 2006

-National speaker on real-life defensive encounters; in 2017 and 2018, was invited to speak at the NRA Carry Guard Expo and keynote speaker at the Rangemaster Instructor Conference


Social Media:

-YouTube channel is among the most-viewed self-defense and firearms channels on YouTube, currently garnering between 25 and 30 million channel views monthly

-Known for narrating defensive encounters caught on surveillance video for lessons learned for self-defenders of all kinds

-Facebook page reaches 1+ million per week with content to help self-defenders better protect their families.


Related education and qualifications:

-96-hour Masters Degree in a Communications field (MDiv, Phoenix Seminary, 2006)

-9 years classroom experience teaching both undergraduate and graduate students

-Honorable Discharge, United States Navy (Electronics Technician [Nuclear], First Class {E-6})

-Narrated Defensive Encounters used by multiple LE Agencies and Academies, MIL LE posts, and hundreds of firearms and combatives trainers around the world.