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About Us

Who We Are

Kodiak Firing Range & Training Facility, Inc was founded to fill a large void in the self-defense and shooting market in the Michiana area. We are a full service training facility, offering everything from traditional martial arts to armed and unarmed personal protection, as well as a full range of defensive pistol classes and marksmanship courses. Our Facility also provides a gun shop, 20 Pistol lanes open to the public on an hourly basis, two class rooms, a martial arts room, and training range.


John E. Pemberton
Manager/Chief Instructor




AboutTraining Background

John has taught tactical and personal defense skills for over 10 years. He is currently the Manager and Chief Instructor for Kodiak Firing Range. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps with over 5 years of service in which he served as a Team Leader for Signals Intelligence and as a First Degree Black Belt instructor for the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP).  John also holds Black Belts in Karate-Do and JuJitsu.

He is also the Owner and Chief Instructor for Spartan Dynamics LLC, a company dedicated in providing realistic and practical personal protection in unarmed and armed defense. He is open-minded, and constantly evolving to more efficient and more effective methodologies for personal defense.  John is also a graduate of several tactical and personal defense programs some of which include, MAG-40 with Massad Ayoob, Extreme Close Quarter Concepts (ECQC) and Edged Weapons Overview (EWO) with Shivworks’ Craig Douglas and Paul Sharp and is a NRA Instructor in multiple disciplines. Click “Training Background” for John’s complete training background.

Military Experience – United States Marine Corps

  • Signals Intelligence Operator/Team Leader
  • Close Combat Instructor (MCMAP)

Military Awards/Achievements

  • Honorable Discharge
  • (4) Letters of Appreciation
  • Certificate of Commendation

Educational Background 

Indiana University

  • General Studies w/ Minor in Criminal Justice

Sonoran Desert Institute (Currently Attending)

  • Associate of Science in Firearms Technology

Armorers Courses

  • Glock Armorers Course, Freshly
  • Smith & Wesson M&P Armorers Course, John Houghton
  • Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 Armorers Course, John Houghton & Steve Huey
  • Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Armorers Course, John Houghton & Steve Huey
  • Sig Saur 1911 Armorers Course, Dennis Carroll

Martial Background

Martial Arts/Self Defense & Combatives Training

  • 1st Degree Black Belt Instructor Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP)
  • Granted 1st Dan Karate-Do (1st Degree Black Belt)
  • Granted Shodan Jujitsu (1st Degree Black Belt)
  • Modern Arnis (Pilipino Stick Fighting)
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

National Rifle Association (NRA)

  • NRA Certified Instructor
    • Refuse to be a Victim
    • Home Firearm Safety
    • Basic Pistol Instructor
    • Personal Protection in the Home
    • Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • Chief Range Safety Officer
  • Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading

United States Concealed Carry Association

  • Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals

Massad Ayoob Group, Massad Ayoob

  • MAG-40

Shiv Works, Craig Douglas and Paul Sharp

  • Extreme Close Quarters Conflicts (ECQC)
  • Edge Weapons Overview (EWO)

Sharp Defense, Paul Sharp

  • Level One Defensive Pistol Course
  • Edged Weapons Defense Part I Training, Paul Sharp and Dan Meshenky (South Elgin Budokan Martial Arts)

Mindset Laboratory, Shay VanVlymen

  • Intro to Force on Force
  • Vehicle Force on Force Scenarios

Brite-Strike® Training Academy

  • Tactical Flashlight Instructor

Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI)

  • Utah Concealed Carry Permit Instructor

Personal Defense Network Academy, Rob Pincus

  • Counter Ambush Concepts: Physics & Physiology
  • Counter Ambush Concepts: Preparing Your Response

Paladin Combatives LLC, Mike Swisher and Josh Haines

  • Managing Confrontations

Defensive Solutions LLC, Norman Hood

  • Defensive Handgun Level One
  • Basic Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Training (OCAT)®
  • Firearm Retention
  • Use of Force
  • Basic Revolver
  • Intro to Defensive Shotgun
  • Force-on-Force: Defensive Pistol

Our Safe Home

  • Diamondback Db9/DB380 Operators Course
  • Self Defense Fundamentals
  • Intermediate Pistol

Dave Grossman Academy

  • On Combat

ILEETA Academy/Relias Learning

  • Knife Tactics and Safety
  • Use of Force and Deadly Force

Sabre Tactical

  • The Center Axis Relock (CAR) eLearning Course

Law Courses

  • Legal Aspects of Personal Defense, Mike Peterson, Senator Jim Tomes, Bryan Ciyou & Robert Gevers
  • Deadly Force Webinar, Bryan Ciyou
  • Essentials of Indiana Gun Law, Guy Relford
  • Criminal Law, IUSB

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Active Shooter: What you can do
  • Workplace Security Awareness
  • Retail Security Awareness Understanding the Hidden Hazards

Allied Barton Security Services (ABSS) Courses

  • Master Security Officer V
  • Safety Officer Specialist (SOS)
  • Patrol Techniques (SSO)
  • GSA Arrest & Detainment
  • GSA Firearms
  • GSA Civil Disturbance & Hostage Situation
  • Patient Restraint
  • Managing Conflict
  • Preventing Workplace Violence

Misc. Firearms Related Training

  • Managing Conflicts 101, Josh Haines
  • (2) Training Today’s Gunfighter & The Fighting Spirit, Frank White
  • Firearms Safety Course, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department
  • LASR Affiliate Instructor Program, John Wallace (LASR Team, LLC)

Medical Training

  • American Red Cross First/CPR/AED Instructor Course
  • American Heart Association CPR/AED
  • Combat Life Savers Course
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) Course
  • Indiana EMR-Emergency Medical Responder
  • Ballistic Injuries Seminar

James (JD) Davis 

AboutTraining Background

James (JD) Davis
JD is an Army Veteran with two tours in Iraq during Operation Iraq Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). He served as an Army Combatives Instructor (Level 4), and as a Primary Marksmanship Instructor. He is certified to teach Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, and Gracie Jiu Jitsu. He is currently enrolled in Sonoran Desert Institute pursuing a degree in Firearms Technology and Gunsmithing.

Military Experience

United States Army

  • Logistics
  • Close Combat Instructor (MACP)
  • Primary Marksmanship Instructor

Military Awards/Achievements

  • Honorable Discharge
  • (3) Army Accommodation Medals
  • (4) Army Achievement Medals

Educational Background 

Sonoran Desert Institute (Currently Attending)

  • Associate of Science in Firearms Technology

Armorers Courses

  • Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 Armorers Course, John Houghton & Steve Huey
  • Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Armorers Course, John Houghton & Steve Huey
  • Glock Armorers Course, Freshly

Martial Background

Martial Arts/Self Defense & Combatives Training

  • Modern Army Comabtives Program (MACP) Level 4 Instructor

Medical Training

  • Combat Life Savers Course



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