Real World Practice
Unlike traditional gun ranges, that limit you to shooting stationary targets, from a stationary position... not to mention prohibiting rapid fire, drawing from your holster, and shooting from any position not standing or in any direction not directly in front of you...we encourage the development and practice of the full spectrum of real world defensive shooting skills.
Real World Response
How you train is how you'll practice...and how you practice is how you'll respond! As such, getting high quality, personalized instruction is the first step. Practicing those skills until you've built the necessary muscle memory and confidence must follow however. Our unique Tactical Training Center helps you with both!
About Our Instructors
Ryan Sullivan - Owner / Founder
Ryan Sullivan left law enforcement in 2004 and founded Tactical Intelligence Group with the goal of bringing quality, practical firearms and self defense training to civilians, as well as the law enforcement community. Having served as a member of the Security Police for the United States Air Force, a Police Academy Instructor, and a Federal Law Enforcement Officer, he has had the honor and privilege of serving both his country and community through a variety of assignments, ranging from protecting the President and various government officials, to working side-by-side with federal and local law enforcement agencies.
Known for weaving the dedication, discipline, and various hand-to-hand and ground fighting techniques acquired from a life studying the martial arts, as well as military and law enforcement training, into his firearms and self defense courses, Ryan’s courses continue to be among our most popular. His enthusiasm is truly contagious! Students frequently tell us his stories and demonstrations are what made the training “click” for them, so they could see how to apply what they learned within their daily life or in an actual emergency situation.
Ryan continually trains with the country’s top instructors and training institutes to keep his skills sharp, as well as bring the most up-to-date and cutting edge material back to his students. He holds numerous licenses and certifications, including:
- NRA Certified Instructor: Basic Pistol
- NRA Certified Instructor: Personal Protection in the Home
- NRA Certified Instructor: Basic and Advanced Personal Protection Outside the Home
- Certified “Master Firearms Instructor”
- Certified “Low Light Conditions - Firearms Instructor”
- Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Level I: Mechanical Advantage Subject Control Certified
- Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Level II: Survival Force Reactionary Defense Certified
- Sabre OC Law Enforcement Instructor Certified
Ryan continues to set the bar high for all of T.I.G.’s instructors, ensuring the high level of professionalism, safety, and personalized instruction he is known for is found in every course we offer. He personally oversees the continuing education requirements of all of our instructors and is continually networking within the industry to ensure the latest skills and techniques are brought back and offered within the Greater Cincinnati Area.
Davina Eccard - Owner / Director of Operations
Although growing up in rural areas, hunting with her father and grandfather, she did not own her own firearm until many years later, when she found herself a newly divorced, single woman living in the urban core. Deciding to take charge of her own personal defense, she formally began her firearms training in 2006. Over the years she trained extensively with Ryan Sullivan, later joining T.I.G. as an instructor, and eventually becoming a partner in the business in 2012. She holds credentials from the University of Cincinnati, Boston University, and George Washington University and is a respected, active member of the small business community.
Davina is an advocate for women gun owners of all ages. She works to create a local community that encourages, educates, and empowers women to be their own best personal defense. As Greater Cincinnati’s first female instructor offering Female Only Firearms courses, she has helped numerous women become comfortable and confident in the handling and carrying of a firearm.
By creating a relaxed, non-judgmental environment where new shooters can ask questions, try out new skills, and receive personalized recommendations, Davina has become a widely sought after instructor for brand new shooters, shooters with special needs, women, and families. Students frequently tell us that her patient instruction and individualized recommendations made the difference in them qualifying to carry a firearm and actually feeling confident enough to do so!
Like all of our instructors, Davina participates in ongoing, advanced training to help keep her skills sharp. She is a NRA Certified Instructor for both Basic Pistol and Personal Protection in the Home. In addition, she holds current Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Level I: Mechanical Advantage Subject Control and Level II: Survival Force Reactionary Defense certifications, as well as maintaining her Sabre OC Law Enforcement Instructor certification.
Bo Sabrowsky - Staff Instructor, Firearms
Bo Sabrowsky has spent years aquiring his advanced defensive pistol skills, training with numerous instructors across the Midwest. In doing so, he has encountered some of the best and worst our industry has to offer, helping him form a unique, personal teaching style that helps set students at ease, while still pushing them beyond their current comfort and skill levels. Bo began training with T.I.G. in 2012, pleased to find quality firearms training, right here in is his own hometown. Drawn to our high quality training and individualized coaching, he immediately began training with us extensively.
In addition to being a NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor, Bo has trained and acquired advanced skills such as House Clearing, Force-On-Force, Stairs/Stairwells, Working In/Around Vehicles, Extensive Low Light/No Light Conditions, Flashlight Training, Shooting While Moving Under Physical Stress, Active Shooter Training, Extreme Close Quarters Gun Fighting, and Defensive Knife Techniques.
Bo joined T.I.G. as an instructor in 2014. His straight shooting, personable style is appreciated by our students, while his continual personal skill development helps ensure our courses continually evolve and incorporate the latest in training techniques.
Jason Spurling - Staff Instructor, Firearms
Jason Spurling first began his firearms training with T.I.G. in 2012. Drawn to T.I.G.'s personal coaching style, he went on to complete extensive defensive pistol and rifle training, as well as various other defensive techniques, with us. Jason is a NRA Certified Pistol and Rifle Instructor and when he's not teaching courses for T.I.G., he's assisting our staff instructors with a variety of firearms courses. He helps ensure our students receive the consistently high quality training they have come to expect from all of our courses.
Burt Roberts - Staff Instructor, Law Enforcement Liaison
Burt Roberts is an active duty law enforcement officer, with fifteen years experience as SWAT Team Leader, and is a current instructor with a local police academy. In addition to serving his local community through law enforcement, he had the honor and privilege of serving his country as a member of the United States Air Force. As well as being a State of Ohio Firearms Instructor, he also holds a State of Ohio Adult Education Training Certificate.
Burt joined T.I.G. as a staff instructor in 2014. Like all of our instructors, his personable coaching style is welcomed by those that have been exposed to some of the area’s “it’s our way or the highway” style instructors. Along with our other instructors, he helps create a relaxed, personalized learning environment, even in the midst of high-adrenaline training drills.
Nick Peterson - Staff Instructor, Law Enforcement Liaison
Nick Peterson is an active duty law enforcement officer and a State of Ohio Firearms Instructor for multiple disciplines. Nick joined T.I.G. as a staff instructor in 2015. In addition to leading all of our Law Enforcement Rifle Courses, he helps us continue to raise the bar on law enforcement and civilian training standards.
Nick's mild mannered approach is refreshing. He manages to create a relaxed, personalized coaching environment, even in the midst of high-adrenaline training drills. Whether you are new to the rifle or have many years experience, he will help you hone your skills and technique, while customizing the training to your particular needs.
Jon Blanke - Staff Instructor, Tactical Rifle
Jon Blanke is a combat veteran who served with the United States Marine Corps. He has trained extensively with rifles, pistols, knives, and improvised weaponry. His marine combat training included urban combat, building clearing, and special weapons systems. As a civilian, he has continued his training pursuits. In addition to traditional weaponry, he has recently added the study of Krav Maga to his repertoire.
Jon joined T.I.G. as an instructor in 2013. His high energy and passion for all things rifle and training related is highly infectious. Always the first to roll up his sleeves and get dirty with his students, his hands-on style makes your training immediately applicable, intuitive, and enjoyable.
Chris Eccard - Staff Instructor, Tactical Rifle
Fresh out of the United States Marine Corps, Chris Eccard joined T.I.G. in 2013. Having served as Infantry Squad Leader, he was directly responsible for the lives and training of many of his fellow Marines. He holds both Rifle and Pistol Qualifications by the USMC and he has received extensive training in Urban Combat / Close Quarters Battle, Designated Marksman, Nonlethal Weapons and Tactics, and other Special Operations training. He continues to seek out training opportunities as a civilian and works to merge combat and civilian tactics into real world training scenarios.