Meet Our Instructors

Our instructors have diverse backgrounds in law enforcement, military, competition, and private industry, and their abilities and training go beyond what the state requires. Each has extensive training experience, offering practical approaches to instruction based on proven techniques, tactics and procedures. We are all passionate about helping students become more competent and confident with the defensive skills necessary to remain safe in today's society.

Aqil Qadir / Lead Instructor

Aqil’s background as a firearms instructor started at age 12, teaching urban youth in his father’s gun club. He followed in the footsteps of his father, becoming a NRA Certified Instructor at the age of 22. Together they have been teaching Handgun Carry Permit classes since 1993. He has over 20 years in Law Enforcement and more than half of that time as a firearms instructor. Although qualified to teach armed professionals, his passion is teaching responsible armed citizens how to protect themselves and their families.

Aqil's Instructor Certifications Include:

  • SAFTD Regional Master Instructor
  • NRA Certified Pistol/Rifle/Shotgun Instructor
  • NRA Certified in Personal Protection In and Out of the Home Instructor
  • NRA Refuse to be a Victim Instructor
  • NRA Home Firearm Safety Instructor
  • NRA Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Law Enforcement Pistol/Shotgun/Patrol Rifle Instructor
  • Rangemaster Pistol/Shotgun Instructor
  • Defense Training International Pistol Instructor
  • Yavapai Firearms Academy Certified Pistol Instructor
  • New York Certified Police/Armed Guard Instructor
  • New York Certified Armed Guard Instructor
  • Tennessee Certified Handgun Carry Permit Instructor
  • Tennessee Certified Armed Guard/Baton/OC Instructor
  • North Carolina Concealed Handgun Instruction
  • Federal Protective Service/DHS Approved Instructor
  • American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor
  • Sabre Red Civilian and LE instructor
  • IALEFI Master Instructor


Citizens Safety Academy

752 E. Northfield Blvd 
Murfreesboro, TN 37130