Meet Our Instructors

Our instructors have deep and diverse backgrounds in teaching people how to protect and defend themselves. Drawing from extensive training experience in civilian, law enforcement, military, competition, and private industry; their abilities and training go beyond what the state requires. We offer practical approaches and 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:

  • NRA Training Counselor
  • 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 Regional Counselor
  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
  • Tennessee Certified Handgun Instructor
  • Tennessee Certified Armed Guard/Baton/OC Instructor
  • North Carolina Concealed Handgun Instructor
  • 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
  • Federal Protective Service/DHS Approved Instructor
  • American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor
  • Sabre Red Civilian and LE instructor
  • IALEFI Master Instructor


Marvin Smartt / Instructor

Instructor Marvin Smartt is a combat Iraq war veteran who served in Airborne Special Operations. He served his country and was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor.  He is a retired Corrections Officer who was involved with Emergency Response teams. He has been involved in the weapons and self defense industry for over 25 years. He has had training in the security and personal protection industry as an armed Guard and has held concealed permits in several states. He was the founder and President of Spokane Personal Defense Alliance a IDPA affiliated shooting club. He has competed in IDPA Pistol and F-Class long Range shooting competitions. 

Marvin's Instructor Certifications Include: 

  • NRA Pistol/Rifle/Shotgun Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside/Outside the Home
  • Rangemaster Certified Handgun Instructor
  • Tennessee Certified Handgun Instructor
  • NRA Certified Range Safety Officer
  • IDPA Certified Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor
  • NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor


Jam Martin / Instructor

Brother Jam is an assistant firearms instructor with Citizens Safety Academy who specializes in pistol marksmanship skills. With over two decades as a government security contractor, and a degree in Criminal Justice, Jam brings a plethora of knowledge that not only includes firearms and law, but also personal security and situational awareness.

Brother Jam's Instructor Certifications Include:

  • NRA Pistol/Rifle/Shotgun Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside/Outside the Home
  • Rangemaster Certified Handgun Instructor
  • Tennessee Certified Handgun Instructor
  • NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor
  • NRA Certified Range Safety Officer


Citizens Safety Academy

752 E. Northfield Blvd 
Murfreesboro, TN 37130