CSA Instructors

Meet the Crew

CSA Instructors

Our instructors have extensive and diverse backgrounds in teaching people how to protect and defend themselves. Drawing from years of training experience in civilian personal defense, law enforcement, military, competition shooting, and the private security industry, our instructors’ qualifications far exceed state requirements. We offer practical, accessible instruction based on proven techniques, tactics, and procedures. We are all passionate about helping students become more competent and confident with the defensive skills necessary to remain safe in today’s society.

Aqil Qadir

Aqil is the founder and lead instructor of CSA. His background as a firearms instructor started at age 12, teaching urban youth in his father’s gun club. He followed in his dad’s footsteps, becoming an NRA Certified Instructor at the age of 22. Together they have been teaching Handgun Carry Permit classes since 1993. Aqil has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, and more than half of that time was spent as a police firearms instructor. Since leaving law enforcement, his passion has been teaching responsible citizens how to protect themselves and their families.

  • NRA Training Counselor
  • NRA Certified Law Enforcement Pistol/Shotgun/Patrol Rifle Instructor
  • NRA Certified Pistol/Rifle Instructor
  • NRA Certified Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor
  • NRA Certified Personal Protection Outside the Instructor
  • NRA Refuse to Be a Victim Instructor and Regional Counselor
  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
  • Tennessee Certified Handgun Instructor
  • Tennessee Certified Armed Guard/Baton/OC Instructor
  • North Carolina Concealed Handgun Instructor
  • Rangemaster Certified Pistol/Shotgun Instructor
  • SAFTD Regional Master Instructor
  • Defense Training International Pistol Instructor
  • Yavapai Firearms Academy Certified Pistol Instructor
  • New York Certified Police/Armed Guard Instructor
  • New York Certified Armed Guard Instructor
  • Federal Protective Service/DHS Approved Instructor
  • American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor
  • Sabre Red Civilian and LE instructor
  • IALEFI Master Instructor

Tiffany Johnson

Tiffany is a “late bloomer” who underwent a 180-degree-conversion in the world of firearms. She grew up subscribing to common fears and misconceptions about guns and gun owners. After college, she reluctantly enrolled in a Rangemaster handgun safety course, and she was hooked. Her interests and training have expanded from handguns to shotguns and carbines. In addition to being mentored by Tom and Lynn Givens and other Rangemaster instructors, Tiffany has also trained under Jim Higginbotham, John Farnam, Craig Douglas, Massad Ayoob, Jeff Gonzales, Marshall Luton, and several respected veterans of the self-defense community. She is member of the NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation, and she has earned instructor credentials from the State of Tennessee, the State of Mississippi, the National Rifle Association, Massad Ayoob Group, and Rangemaster (Advanced Instructor Certification).

  • NRA Training Counselor
  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Certified Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor
  • NRA Certified Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor
  • NRA Refuse to be a Victim Instructor
  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
  • Tennessee Certified Handgun Instructor
  • Mississippi Certified Handgun Instructor
  • Rangemaster Instructor Certification
  • Rangemaster Advanced Instructor Certification
  • Massad Ayoob Group Certified Deadly Force Instructor

Marvin Smartt

Marvin Smartt is a combat Iraq War veteran who served in Airborne Special Operations and was awarded the Bronze Star. He retired from an extensive career as a corrections officer working with emergency response teams. Marvin has been involved in the weapons and self-defense community for over 25 years. He is trained as an armed guard and holds concealed carry permits in several states. A longtime IDPA Pistol and F-Class long range shooting competitor, Marvin founded the Spokane Personal Defense Alliance, an IDPA-affiliated shooting club in Washington State.

  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Certified Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor
  • NRA Certified Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor
  • Rangemaster Certified Handgun Instructor
  • Tennessee Certified Handgun Instructor
  • NRA Certified Range Safety Officer
  • IDPA Certified Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Certified Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor
  • NRA Certified Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor

Jam Martin

Jam Martin is an assistant firearms instructor with Citizens Safety Academy who specializes in pistol marksmanship skills. With over two decades as a government security contractor and a degree in Criminal Justice, Jam brings a plethora of knowledge that not only includes firearms and law but also personal security and situational awareness.

  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Certified Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor
  • NRA Certified Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor
  • Rangemaster Certified Handgun Instructor
  • Tennessee Certified Handgun Instructor
  • NRA Certified Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor
  • NRA Certified Range Safety Officer

752 E. Northfield Boulevard
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Info@CitizensSafety.com
(615) 801-8007

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