“Train, keep training, carry your gun whenever you legally can.” – John Benner



In light of the Coronavirus mandates and recommendations we have decided to reschedule all of our classes for April. A number of our students and instructors are in the high-risk category for age, preexisting health issues or both and would be coming from all over Ohio as well as other states. There is too much potential for someone getting sick then spreading it over a huge area, or worse. The safety of our students and instructors comes first. It has been decided for our April classes to change the schedule as follows:


 April 2-3 FIST will be held October 29-30
April 4-5 FIST will be held October 31-November 1
April 17-19 Tactical Rifle I will be held June 26-28
April 24-26 Handgun I-III will be held August 21-23


Additionally, we have a Tactical Rifle I class July 24-26 with openings. We have Handgun I-III classes in September, October and November with openings. You may transfer to any of these classes if the revised dates above do not work for you.


 If you are registered for any of our classes in April you can transfer to another class, request a credit of your deposit to be held for a future class or request a full refund of your deposit. Please do not try to transfer your class on our website, as it will require a credit card payment. Please email tdiohio@gmail.com with your requests and I will respond as quickly as I can. Transfer requests will be on a first come first served basis until the class is full.


 We will update everyone with further information and/or changes as new information becomes available. Please continue to check our website at tdiohio.com and our Facebook page. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to let us know.


 Stay safe,
Tactical Defense Institute
What We Offer
Courses at TDI.

TACTICAL DEFENSE INSTITUTE has been training civilians, law enforcement personnel, military / federal agencies and corporate security teams in tactical firearms and physical self-defense since 1995.

Classes for Civilians
TDI offers classes for civilians. These classes cover a wide array of scenarios with various tools and tactics.
Classes for Law Enforcement
TDI offers classes for LEOs and their departments.
Featured Instructors

TDI has a growing team of experienced staff to help provide up-to-date training covering mindset, tactics, and tools.

John Benner

Chief Instructor

John Motil

General Manager

Forrest Sonewald

Lead Instructor
Featured Courses

Handgun Level 1-3

This course introduces you to the fundamentals of modern defensive shooting, handgun familiarization, and safe weapons handling techniques. Firearms are available for use at no cost.

Attending Levels I & II will exceed the Ohio CCW training requirements

Response to Active Killer/Shooter

This class is a “must do” for those armed and responsible for protecting others. Whether you are law enforcement, security personnel or that person who will stand and protect others in your environment, this class is essential to have.

Prerequisite TDI Level I-III Handgun or equivalent


Ammo Requirement 600 rounds

Tactical Rifle Level 1

A TDI favorite! Instruction covers loading, ready-carry positions, malfunction clearing, trigger management techniques for both semi-auto and select-fire weapons, quick-fire and precision shooting techniques, shooting on-the-move, and angle and position shooting.

NOTE: Civilians using Class III weapons must bring ATF paperwork for validation check.