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.


Use of Force Analysis qualifications:

-Force Science Institute Certified Force Science Analyst

-Law of Self Defense verified instructor graduate

-Massad Ayoob Group MAG40 graduate and $5 Bill awardee


Empty-handed qualifications:

-13-year earned 2nd degree black belt in a derivative of Kenpo known as UMAS, studying under Professor Lawrence Robinson at Attitude First Martial Arts Academy. 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 and Certified Advanced Pistol Instructor; perfect shooting qualification scores on both FBI and Rangemaster qualification in basic, 99.6% on Advanced Qualification Test and 127.8 Score on the Core Skills Test.

– 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

-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 as well as the USCCA Expo, and was keynote speaker at the Rangemaster Instructor Conference

-Langdon Tactical Technology Hat Pin awardee

-Gabe White Pistol Shooting Solutions Dark Pin awardee

-Over 600 hours under professional instruction as a student in firearms use


Social Media:

-YouTube channel is among the most-viewed self-defense and firearms channels on YouTube.

-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.


Notable instructors who John has trained under and considers significant influences in his training and skills (this list is not exhaustive or ordered in any way):

Lawrence Robinson

Skip Hancock

Tom Givens

Scott Jedlinski

Gabe White

Massad Ayoob

Dr. Bill Lewinski

Brian Hill

Greg Ellifritz

Dr. Alexis Artwohl

Lee Weems

John Hearne

Ernest Langdon

John Johnston

Melody Lauer

John Murphy

Bill Blowers

Steve Fisher

Mike Seeklander

John Chapman

Cecil Burch

Larry Lindenman

Dr. William Aprill

John Lovell

John Farnam

Spencer Keepers

Mike Green

Mike Abramovich

Wayne Dobbs

Doug Marcaida