An independent contractor by trade…Salvitti is the plumber behind The Plumber Slap. He is also the trainer who has studied, innovated, and taught in the field of hand-to-hand real-world combatives for 40 years. His background includes TaeKwonDo, Akido, and boxing; Seven Star Praying Mantis kung fu, Arnis Filipino stick fighting. He is a Sayoc Kali instructor. Combining all these with years of real-world combatives experience, Salvitti developed an open-hand power strike combatives program and has instructed it to Ranger and S.W.A.T. teams, as well Special Forces, Secret Service, and Tier One Operators.
The Colonel is the outcome of Salvitti’s 40-year focus on advancing simple and effective tactics, techniques, and tools in the study of combatives that can be used by the highly-trained and the novice practictioner.
Tom Spooner, NorthernRed
Tom has dedicated his adult life to serving our country. His military career began in the 82nd Airborne where he served his first deployment as a private in Operation Desert Storm.
His career lead him to 7th Special Forces Group as a Green Beret with deployments to Central and South America and culminated with 10 years at 1st SFOD-D.
As an Operator, Tom spent 40 months in combat, conducting over 1300 direct action missions. Tom’s experience-base includes Hostage Rescue, Kill/Capture and Helo based vehicle interdictions. He served as both an Assault Team leader and Sniper Team Leader in combat. Tom’s extensive experience in executing missions that were often opposed by the enemies' most hardened fighters created his passion for teaching the application of marksmanship and tactics in real world scenarios.
Nico has been training in martial arts since he could walk. He has trained in TaeKwonDo, Brazilian Jujitzu, Kali, Muay Thy, and boxing. He is a practitioner and instructor in Sayoc Kali. Nico has instructed open-hand power strike combatives to Tier One Operators, Rangers, and Special Forces teams, and law enforcement groups with his father for seven years.
J.D. Potynsky, NorthernRed
JD is a former green Beret from the US Army's 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a decorated veteran
with multiple combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. His experience includes planning, advising, and leading unilateral and joint force assaults, combat patrols, and reconnaissance missions, as well as training the United States and indigenous forces in small unit tactics, combat skills, and foreign and domestic weapon systems. After leaving the Army he deployed again to Iraq as the Country Manager for a security company.
J.D. recently teamed with Tom Spooner in their latest venture NorthernRed, bringing relevant combat proven tactics and training to military, law enforcement, and responsible citizens. Their focus is opposition-based training, real world application of marksmanship and tactics, and American Warrior Class Training and Security.