Mike Seeklander-Owner Shooting-Performance
Most people know me as a nationally ranked competitor on the practical handgun competition circuit, but fail to realize that I have extensive formal training and experience in the military and law enforcement, as an operational officer/Marine as well as in all phases of training development.
I actually began my competitive shooting training to increase my skill level to better prepare myself for the tactical environment I found myself in. After getting my feet wet I found myself training to win national competitions, while analyzing and applying those performance rules to key areas of a performance. I have authored more than 20 lesson plans specifically related to basic and advanced firearms training, and am trained in curriculum design. I have chaired numerous curriculum development conferences. In addition to developing curriculum for federal agencies, I am a published author with two books and one DVD on the market, and will soon be releasing a third. (Please see the books and DVD’s page for more information)
Previously I was the President, C.O.O., and the Director of Training at the United States Shooting Academy. I am a federally certified instructor, curriculum developer, and adjunct instructor and have extensive experience teaching firearms, combatives, tactics, and control tactics. Previously, I was a Senior Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, S.C. Prior to that I served as the Branch Chief and Lead Instructor for the Federal Air Marshal firearms division, as well as instructing in the tactics and physical training divisions at the Federal Air Marshal training center in Atlantic City, N.J. I was responsible for the development, implementation and supervision of all firearms and tactical shoot-house instruction for the Federal Air Marshal service basic training. In addition, I was credentialed as a Federal Air Marshal, providing counter-terrorism security to commercial American air carriers nationwide.
I am A combat veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm, with five years of active duty and four years of reserve duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, as an intelligence specialist and primary marksmanship instructor. Prior to receiving my honorable discharge in 2000, I was attached to a federal multi-agency task force investigating large-scale international drug trafficking. From 1995-98, I was employed by the Knox County (TN) Sheriffs Departments Corrections division and was a member of its highly trained Special Operations Response Team. From 1998-2001, I worked as a police officer for the Knoxville (TN) Police Department where I was assigned as a patrol officer and also as an investigator for the Organized Crime section, investigating narcotics and vice-related crimes at the local, state and federal levels.
I am the recipient of numerous awards and honors in the law enforcement community, and as a semi-professional shooter. While training part time, I have placed highly in every major practical type championship on the circuit and have more than a 25 titles at major matches including state and area matches in IPSC and IDPA style matches including two national championships at the I.D.P.A. (B.U.G.) gun nationals and a world championship (Steel Challenge production division). I am currently ranked as a grandmaster (the highest rank obtainable) by the United States Practical Shooting Association. Shooting has not been my only passion, and I have more than 15 years of experience in various martial arts holding multiple ranks including a Black Belt in Okinawan freestyle karate.
Erik Lund, Senior InstructorErik Lund joined the United States Shooting Academy in 2006 as a member of the USSA Shooting Team. Lund is ranked as a Grandmaster by the United States Practical Shooting Association and specializes in three-gun (Pistol, Shotgun, and Rifle) style competitions. He has several State, Regional, and National level, three-gun titles to his credit. Lund developed several beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses for pistol and three-gun competitions, many of which have received critical accolades from several top, nationally ranked competitors. One of Lund’s training courses was featured on the syndicated television show, Sighting In. Lund is the author of several magazine articles relating to competition equipment, training, and performance. Recently, Lund was featured in an episode of the television show Shooting Gallery with Michael Bane, demonstrating some training segments of the Tactical Rifle 230 program. The Shooting Gallery website also features several additional five minute training segments with him.
Lund has over 19 years Law Enforcement experience with over 17 years as a Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Use of Force Instructor, Baton Instructor, and Less Lethal Weapons Instructor. Lund started his Law Enforcement career as a Virginia State Trooper. He was assigned to Fairfax County, Virginia, for 8 Â½ years before accepting a position as a Federal Agent with the Office of the Inspector General. Lund is a graduate of the Virginia State Police Training Academy (Nationally Accredited) and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC.)
Lund has numerous professional certifications to include, FLETC Certified Weapons Operator, FLETC Submachine Gun Instructor, FLETC Reactive Shooting Instructor, FLETC Search Warrant & Raid Execution Instructor, FLETC Use of Force Instructor, FLETC Non-Lethal Training Weapons Instructor, ASP Baton Instructor, Sig-Arms Certified Armorer, Colt M-16/M-4 Armorer, Benelli Shotgun Instructor Program, FBI Firearms Instructor Development Program, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) General Topics Instructor, and Virginia DCJS Pistol and Shotgun Firearms Instructor. Additionally, Lund has specialized training in the following areas:
- One hand shooting techniques
- Defensive shotgun
- Tactical use of the shotgun
- Urban rifle
- Advanced urban rifle
- Tactical rifle
- Low-light tactical rifle
- Sub-machine gun operators course
- Tactical sub-machine gun
- Low-light officer survival techniques
- Close quarters battle (CQB) techniques
- Extreme CQB and edged weapon tactics
Lund is a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), The United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA), and has several years of martial arts experience in Kito-Ryu Jujitsu, Sambo, and Submission Grappling.
Steve Aryan,, Senior Instructor
Steve Aryan trained at the US Shooting Academy from 2006-2010 while working in the security industry. Steve’s drive to be the best lead him to be an instructor and work under Mike Seeklander at the US Shooting Academy in 2011. Later that year Steve took the role of Senior Instructor. In 2012 Steve moved to the position of Director of Training at USSA. While there he spent several thousand hours training civilians and various tier one groups. This has pushed him to start developing ideas into products as he teamed up with industry partners to develop his ideas. Steve is also a competitive shooter in both handgun, carbine, and precision long range rifle. He has competed in multiple team sniper matches since 2006. Some of the things that has helped him become a top performer is:
- Reading wind
- Positional shooting
- Moving targets
- Hold overs
- Stage planning and preparation
Ultimately his ability to communicate, demonstrate and his dedication to making students better makes him a valuable addition to our instructor team.