Tactical Defense Institute’s Instructor Cadre of MSP Endorsed Instructors


30 courses in firearms and physical
self defense training since 1985
Civilians – Law Enforcement – Military
West Union, Ohio

L-R: Pete Thompson, Forrest Sonewald, John Motil, and Jim Stitt

Forrest Sonewald, Lead Instructor

  • B.A. Criminal Justice from Kent State University 34th year commissioned law enforcement peace officer (semi retired)
  • Glock Armorer
  • OPOTA certified instructor for Pistol, Shotgun, Sub
  • Machine Semi-Auto Patrol Rifle, and Assault Rifle instructor for Impact tools (ASP), Less Lethal Munitions, Defensive Tactics, and O.C. Spray
  • Swat Team member 1994–2011, 2014-2016 Martial Artist with background in Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Krav Maga, Kali, and Eskrima.
  • TDI Adjunct Instructor Since 2003
  • Rangemaster Instructor Development 2020
  • MSP Endorsed Instructor 2022

John J. Motil, General Manager & Armorer

  • Retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2003 at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant after serving 21 years in various F-16 aircraft maintenance positions at 9 duty locations in both the U.S. and overseas.
  • Benefactor Member of the NRA
  • NRA Basic Rifle and Pistol Instructor Certification
  • Rangemaster Instructor Development
  • Managed ranges on military installations for base Rod and Gun clubs
  • Participated in USPSA, NRA Action Pistol, and IDPA with Expert rating in CDP
  • Former certified IDPA Safety Officer
  • Certified Armorer for Glock, S & W M & P, Sig 320, and Colt M-16/AR-15 Rifle LE/Mil
  • Lifelong involvement with shooting and hunting
  • B.S. degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • MSP Endorsed Instructor

Jim Stitt, Instructor

  • Owner and Chief Engineer of a consulting and contract engineering firm whichdesigns and builds broadcast and telecommunications facilities nationwide
  • Lifelong firearms practitioner – commenced training with TDI in 1996
    Trained with Massad Ayoob, Robert Vogel, Bill Rogers, Travis Haley, Chris Cerino, Frank Galli, Marc Taylor, Scott Jedlinski, and others
  • Participated in IDPA
  • NRA certified Pistol Instructor and Range Officer
  • Glock Armorer certification
  • EMT
  • Jim’s other passion is aviation, holding an FAA commercial pilot certificate and CFIIAME instructor and helicopter ratings, and FAST
  • Formation Check Airman
  • Commander of Cincinnati Warbirds Squadron 18
  • Founder of the Trojan Horsemen Flight Demonstration Team
  • MSP Endorsed Instructor

Pete Thompson, Instructor

  • Analytical chemist at a contract pharmaceutical manufacturer in the Cincinnati area
  • Trained at TDI since 2008
  • Trained with Scott Jedlinski
  • Certified NRA Pistol Instructor
  • Range Safety Officer for IDPA matches
  • Rangemaster Instructor Development
  • MSP Endorsed Instructor