John Valentine is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Modern Army Combatives under the “Father of Modern Combatives,” Matt Larsen. He served as an assistant instructor to Matt Larsen for several years.  He now focuses on firearms and reality based simulation training.

John taught for various organizations and units, providing training for service members, law enforcement, and everyday Americans. He began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2007 and has attended ~600 hours of formal training in firearms and combatives to go along with over a decade of active military service.

As a competitor, John is an international submission grappling medalist with experience in Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, and competitive shooting. Additionally, John has been a concealed carry license holder since 2013 and has experience with various carry methods, equipment, and applications.

John’s instructor certifications are:
Red Zone Empty Hand Knife Defense Instructor.
Rangemaster Pistol instructor development graduate.
RDS Instructor certified by the Modern Samurai Project.
Ultimate Training Munitions LE Instructor.

Find John on Instagram @johnv_actual and John Valentine on Facebook.   Also look for opportunities to train with John @

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