Meet the SDS Team

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East Tennessee Firearm & Gun Training Courses

Your self defense and firearm training starts right here with Self Defense Solutions, LLC! Get to know our highly trained, certified staff – we have the experience and expertise to give you knowledge, confidence, and safety when it comes to your legal firearms.

Don G. Charest-Sr. Instructor:

  • State of TN- Certified Handgun Instructor
  • State of TN-Private Protective Services-Certified Trainer
  • State of TN- Certified Trainer-Chemical Spray, Baton, Handcuffing, SICD
  • NRA- Certified Basic Pistol Instructor
  • NRA-Certified Home Firearm Safety Instructor
  • NRA- Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor
  • NRA-Range Safety Officer
  • APPS- Active Shooter / Intruder Instructor
  • FEMA- Mass Fatalities and response
  • FEMA- Emergency Management Fundamentals
  • Dept. of Homeland Security- CERT Response Team
  • Dept. of Homeland Security-Terrorism Prevention for Law Enforcement
  • Armour College- Church Security Instructor
  • SDS- Surveillance, & Detection
  • Certified Glock Armorer
  • Member Int’l Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors

 

 

Rodney L. Cathey – Sr. Instructor

  • Post Certified Firearms Instructor
  • Post Certified Shotgun Instructor
  • Monadnock – MEB Instructor
  • Monadnock – Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • State of TN – Certified Handgun Instructor
  • TN Certified Instructor – Baton, Handcuffs, SICD, Chemical Spray
  • Martial Arts Instructor
  • State Certified Trainer – Private Protective Services
  • State Certified Trainer – Armed and Unarmed Security Guards
  • Former US Army-Military Police Officer
  • USAMP – Hostage Negotiator
  • USAMP – Special Response Team (SWAT)
  • Knoxville Police Department Instructor Development
  • State Certified Police Trainer
  • Former Police General Departmental Instructor
  • Former US Marshal Service Special Deputy Marshal
  • Law Enforcement Officer 1995 – Current

 

 

Raymond Kough – Instructor

  • TN State Certified Handgun Instructor
  • NRA Certified Instructor – Basic Pistol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Crisp

  • Retired McMinn County
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • State of TN Certified Handgun Instructor
  • NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor

 

 

 

 

Neil Denham Certified NRA Firearm Training InstructorNeil Denham – Instructor

  • State of TN – Certified Handgun Instructor
  • NRA – Certified Basic Pistol Instructor
  • Range Safety Officer
  • NRA- Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor
  • Certified Instructor – Active Shooter/Intruder Awareness
  • NRA Certified Instructor Personal Protection-Home
  • NRA Certified Instructor Personal Protection- Outside Home
  • Former Law Enforcement (SWAT)

 

John M Wrighter – Instructor

  • State of TN – Certified Handgun Instructor
  • Certified Glock Armorer
  • SDS- Surveillance & Detection Seminar

Kesha Badgett – Instructor

  • State of TN – Certified Handgun Instructor

Jimmy Quenemoen – Instructor

  • State of TN – Certified Handgun Instructor
  • AR-15 Instructor
  • Advanced Weapons Instructor

Timothy Williams – Gunsmith/Instructor

  • TN State Certified Handgun Instructor
  • Certified Gunsmith
  • Certified Glock Armorer
  • Armour College – Instructor in Church Security
  • SDS – Surveillance & Detection Seminar

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