Jerry Wetzel is the founder of Red Zone Threat Management. He has been training exclusively in reality-based combat for over 15 years. In 1999, he founded Centerline Gym; an organization dedicated exclusively to researching the realities of violence and developing tools and tactics to deal with them. He has appeared in magazines and numerous instructional videos. Jerry is dedicated to discovering the TRUTH in combat. Not the fantasy of combat, not the Hollywood image of combat, and not the ritual of combat. To do this, he believes it is of utmost importance to take biological, psychological, emotional, and behavioral factors into account and then apply them to a resisting opponent under realistic conditions.
Born in Rome, Italy 1974. Lives in Los Angeles, USA since 1995. Practices Martial Arts since 1987. Martial Arts Experience: -Traditional Shotokan Karate-do -Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Savate -Brazillian JiuJitsu, Judo, Wrestling -JKD, Kali/Escrima, Panantukan, Silat -Kapap/Krav Maga
Contact: Maldonado Martial Arts & Fitness – 145 E. Church St., Ukiah, CA
Creator Pressure Trap Gun Def. Level 2 RZ Knife Instructor
Nathan Wagar is Co-Instructor at Fortitude Tactical Group (FORTAC) and department head of integrated combatives and small unit tactics (SUT). Nathan was a former U.S. Army Infantry team leader with the 101st Airborne Division. He served two combat tours to Hawijah and Bayji, located in the “Deadly Triangle” of northern Iraq. As a member of the hand-selected “headhunter platoon,” he has served numerous missions in conjunction with Special Forces as well as CIA operatives. His mission experience includes nine combat air assaults, riot control, indigenous Iraqi force training in room-clearing and small unit tactics, small kill teams, reconnaissance, convoy security, personal security detachment, and house-to-house raids of over five hundred structures in the course of missions designed to retake portions of Hawijah. His platoon conducted a series of targeted raids culminating in their capture of the #2 High Value Target of Northern Iraq in ’07-’08. He completed school for massage therapy at PIMA medical institute, and is certified in Level 1 of Erik Dalton’s Myoskeletal Alignment. He is currently a Pro-Trainer in the Crazy Monkey Defense Program under Rodney King, a level 2 certified Red Zone knife defense instructor under Jerry Wetzel, is pursuing licensing in EMP mental game coaching, and as of this writing is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Roberto “Tussa” Alencar and Rafael “Barata” Freitas. He is the creator of TARMAC, the official conceptual approach for the CM self-defense physical curriculum, as well as the “Pressure Trap” gun disarm system for the Red Zone program. He trains the Secret Service in NM assigned to the Albuquerque field office, and is the owner of Crazy Monkey New Mexico gym.
Cliff Byerly has been a Marine for over 20 years (with 12 years of active duty). The majority of his military career has been serving as a reconnaissance team leader. Mr. Byerly has done several deployments as a Marine, to include Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 & 1991 and in 1992 to Somalia. Mr. Byerly finished his active duty service in San Diego as a drill instructor. In 1996, Mr. Byerly left active duty and joined the Los Angeles PD. During his time as a police officer, Mr. Byerly has worked patrol and with gangs and narcotics. In 2003, he took a break from police work to deploy to Iraq for OIF 1. In Iraq, Mr. Byerly was a team leader with 4th Force Reconnaissance. Mr. Byerly is a Certified LAPD Arrest and Control Instructor, S.P.E.A.R. System™ and S.P.E.A.R. Tactical Ground Combatives Instructor. He is also trained as a: Combat Focus Shooting Instructor, Red Zone Weapons Defense Instructor, Krav Maga Force Training Division Police Instructor, Military Combat & Marksmanship Instructor, Certified Range Safety Officer, Certified Level 1 Crossfit Trainer. Mr. Byerly is the Lead Instructor with the Police & Military Division for BTS.
Steve Moses is a reserve deputy constable and Texas licensed Level 4 Personal Protection Officer/ Instructor. He has provided close protection for a high-profile televangelist, state, national, and international politicians, and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. He was a member of a multi-precinct Special Response Team for over 10 years. Moses has been teaching defensive firearms courses since 1994, and currently holds an International Defensive Pistol Association Expert rating. He is the Director of Training for the Citadel Training Group, which offers instruction in defensive pistol and carbine training.
Steve believes that persons are best served by having a working knowledge of empty hand, defensive knife, and practical firearms skills. His martial arts background includes Tae Kwon Do, Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, Krav Maga, and Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu. He was recently certified as a Red Zone Threat Management Empty Hand Knife Defense Instructor.