Personal Protection Academy

Instructor Qualifications

Michael Bender



Law Enforcement Officer Firearms Training (Wisconsin Department of Justice)

Graduate of Madison Police Department Civilian Police Academy

Founder of XCOM (Xtreme Combatives Empty-Hand Fighting System)

Certified by the State of Minnesota to train Instructors for its permit to carry a firearm

Certified by the State of Minnesota to train Students for its permit to carry a firearm

Former Permit to Carry a Pistol Instructor Training (Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification)

US Training Center Carbine Instructor Training (formerly Blackwater USA)

US Army Combat Rifle Training (M14 and M16)

Colt Defense Law Enforcement & Military Armorer Training (M16/AR-15 Rifle)

NRA Personal Protection Instructor

NRA Pistol Instructor

NRA Firearm Safety in the Home Instructor

NRA Distinguished Expert Marksman (Handgun)

NRA Certified Range Safety Officer

Civilian Defensive Handgun Tactics Training

Born in 1949

Widower, with one adult son

Resident of Madison, Wisconsin