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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
  • BCI Defense AR-15 M/16 Civilian Armorer’s School, Matt Blank

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

  • Certified Basic Pistol Instructor
  • Certified Home Defense Instructor
  • Certified Concealed Carry Instructor
  • 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


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