Ben has over 14 years of experience working with the U.S. Government and Private Security sectors, with a focus on training, physical security, and vulnerability assessments. He has deployed multiple times to austere locations including the Middle East and South America, as well as numerous at sea deployments providing training in vessel security aboard commercial ships transiting high-risk waters. Ben was the Assistant Team Leader on a US Department of State contract supporting humanitarian operations in Bolivia and Peru, conducting site security surveys and PSD operations in areas of civil unrest. He further provided physical security and personnel escort duties while attached to Task Force 3-10, working alongside U.S. military personnel at a forward operating base in the Konduz Province of Afghanistan.
Ben has provided courses of instruction in combatives to the: Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Cambell, Kentucky; Joint Special Operations Command personnel in Afghanistan; various law enforcement agencies and a personal security detail for a senior general officer at Central Command in Tampa, Florida. He is also one of the primary self-defense and hand-to-hand combat instructors for Tactical Intelligence International, a military defense contractor in Orlando, Florida. He holds the rank of 3rd degree black belt in brazilian jiu-jitsu from Fabio Novaes of the Carlson Gracie Academy in Brazil, as well as numerous competitive accomplishments.
Finally, Ben possesses over 20 years of experience in the fields of civil and structural engineering design and holds a formal education in Intelligence Studies from American Military University, with advanced certifications in Counterintelligence. He is the founder of Redbeard Combatives and the developer and inventor of the Redbeard Combatives Force on Force Helmet used worldwide. Since 2019 Ben has held an important position as tactical advisor with Naval Special Warfare Advance Training Command – SEAL Combatives, enhancing and ensuring the modernization of combatives tactics for all Navy SEAL teams before wartime deployments. He is a certified protection specialist, weapons instructor and guest writer for numerous security publications.
PAST CLIENTS HAVE INCLUDED:
MEMBERS OF THE US SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND (CONUS AND OCONUS)
MEMBERS OF THE US ARMY 101ST AIRBORNE
MEMBERS OF THE US ARMY COMBATIVES INSTRUCTOR CADRE
MEMBERS OF LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
NUMEROUS PRIVATE MILITARY COMPANIES
NUMEROUS CIVILIAN CLIENTELLE
US NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE ATC - SEAL COMBATIVES
I trained with Ben 3-4 days per week... I had such confidence in his abilities as an instructor, I solicited his instruction for the personal security detail of an active duty senior general officer. Additionally, Ben also taught combatives to my Soldiers prior to deployment to combat. A year later, my Soldiers still talk about the high quality of training.
Lt. Col. James O'Brien - US Army
I recently completed his EDC combatives course. Of the half dozen or so "tactical" type classes I have taken, this was by far the best. The level of realism in this class is so far above anything else you are going to get. You learn even when you don't realize you are learning. If you carry a firearm or even a knife, please take this course.
Chet Palumbo - FL
Words really cannot explain the eye opening of reality of this course. I have trained a few different arts and this instructor is one of the most realistic instructors I have seen.
The cost of this course is minute in comparison to the fundamentals we learned. I will be signing up and attending this course again no doubt.
I HIGHLY recommend anyone with an interest in self defense or defense of their families and loved ones, anyone wanting to learn what fights are really like especially when weapons are introduced, anyone who into CCW or just reality based defensive shooting, I could go on and on but point is.....Take this course, I believe it was vital.
Thanks again RBC!
Shaun Chastain - FL
I have the privilege of training with "Red" a couple days per week as well as serve with him at our local church; he is extremely knowledgeable and a patient instructor that I am proud to have teaching me BJJ as well as combative skills.
Phillip Moore - FL