M. O'Neal Mitchell
A life-long student of the Japanese martial arts, holding black belts in Jujitsu, Judo and Karate, Mitchell's unique approach to firearm training and instruction is heavily influenced and characterized by concepts observed in these arts. Much like how the ancient warrior Samurai class regarded the sword, both in his practice and instruction, Mitchell embraces methodologies that support and promote the concept that the gun should be regarded as an extension of your body. This ideology not only helps Mitchell's students adopt a more complete and earnest understanding of the gun, but also makes his classes uniquely fun and exciting.
In addition to being a NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and having earned numerous tactical firearm certifications from elite training schools, He's also worked as a private security contractor and Close Protection Specialist for nearly 15 years, having guarded Fortune 100 company executives, natural disaster relief workers, and celebrities. He also served as the National Training Director for the National African American Gun Association (NAAGA), responsible for creating and advancing the organization's New Member's Orientation Class (NMOC) and firearms training programs. Mitchell currently also serves as a committee member on the NRA's National Training Board where he helps devise, maintain and implement the organization's training programs. 
Also a Certified Personal Trainer, Mitchell recognizes the critical importance for firearm owners to also commit to maintaining good health and fitness in order to be truly effective in developing their defensive shooting skills. Therefore, in an effort to truly aid his students to progress beyond fundamental marksmanship skills to dynamic defensive shooting tactics, Mitchell developed ARCFIT™, a firearm focused, High-Intensity Interval (HIIT) fitness system.