Deeds of Arms

Next Level

Combatives & Firearms
Integrated Training

Courses Offered

Defensive Combatives

This course covers the defensive shooting and effective use of a full-sized to a compact-sized pistol. You will learn foundational skills for advanced shooting.


Pistol / Knife Combatives

”Make space and go to your tools” is much easier said than done. These courses teach defensive weapons skills and how to FIGHT with or to your tools.

Ground Combatives

The world knows how powerful and dangerous grappling can be. Students will learn weapons-based grappling to keep their posture and return to their feet!

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Integrated Combatives

This intensive clinic covers pistol skills, pistol/knife self-defense skills, validated with marking cartridges, and knife fighting. A course for meticulous students!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Prerequisites will be referenced explicitly in the course description.

The courses are designed for new students, but it is strongly encouraged to take an introductory firearms safety course.

Deeds of Arms, as practiced in medieval Europe, were mock battles for knights and warriors. 
Similarly, the force-on-force scenario drills you conduct with the combatives training will simulate real-world situations using non-lethal training rounds.


However, the majority of these courses are physically demanding.

Consult your doctor or primary care physician to address concerns before attending.


For hosting inquiries, email with “HOSTING” in the subject line.

Include the date and course you would like to host in the email.


About the Instructor

John Valentine is a distinguished expert in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Modern Army Combatives, and firearms training. He holds a coveted black belt under the tutelage of the “Father of Modern Combatives,” Matt Larsen. Additionally, he has completed the Rangemaster Instructor Development Master Course with honors as “Top Shot” and “Top Gun.”
With a degree in Criminal Justice, John combines his extensive training and experience to deliver exceptional instruction on self-defense and firearms use. With years of experience as both an assistant instructor to Matt Larsen and a primary and associate instructor for premier private training companies. Companies such as Green Ops, Hill Country Combatives, and Sheepdog Response. John is also the lead instructor for the Lift, Shoot, Fight Camp put on by Starting Strength. John is dedicated to sharing his knowledge with others. He has attended thousands of hours of formal training in fitness, firearms, and Combatives John is approaching two decades of active military service, including deployments supporting OEF and OIF. John’s passion for self-defense and training shines through in his dynamic and engaging instruction.
JohN Valentine, Deeds Of Arms


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