Our Team

  • Philip Toppino

    W.O.F.T. Founder and Instructor

    Philip formed W.O.F.T. in 2015 after many years of private training.  Being a concealed carry permit holder since 1998, the more he learned about firearms and studied safety concepts, the more he realized how much he did not know.  One can neverRead more

  • W.O.F.T. Staff

  • Kimberly Treat

    V.P. of Operations

    Kimberly was raised around firearms most of her life and is a strong believer in everyone learning gun safety and being your own first responder. Prior to joining the WOFT family, Kimberly spent several years promoting gun safety as anRead more

  • W.O.F.T. Instructors

  • AL Matos

    Retired Special Forces Warrant Officer, Former Narcotics Agent and SWAT Officer In NC, Former Government Contractor in the Middle East, Retired Florida Deputy Sheriff, former Narcotics Agent, and Special Deputy U.S. Marshall in F.L.  Currently contracting in Latin America trainingRead more

  • Brian Martin

    Brian is a former U.S. Marine and has spent 19 years as a law enforcement basic instructor and 17 years as a defensive tactic’s instructor and firearms instructor, 2 years Police K9 Instructor. Brian is currently actively working for theRead more

  • Michael Cullen

    As a salty 30-year veteran, Michael is a fiercely loyal ambassador of W.O.F.T. who has validated our training through decades of learnings and real-world experiences. He specializes in hand-to-hand combat leveraging multiple systems and is a four-stripe purple belt inRead more

  • Ben Zaharias

    A lifelong native of Florida, Ben Zaharias has studied multiple Martial Arts over the past 36 years and continues to be a lifelong student and self-defense advocate. • Tae Kwon Do, black belt/instructor 1991, Master H.Y. Kim • FCS Kali,Read more

  • Raymond Strickland

    A 10+ year SWAT & Narcotics Detective within the State of Florida (Ret.) Marketing & Advertising Sales Executive of 8 years entering Logistics as a new endeavor. I was blessed to have the opportunity to train across the state withRead more

  • Brendan Tomlin

    Brendan found his love of shooting at the age of 7, shooting recreationally with family and friends. Upon returning home from college, he began his career in the firearms training industry at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute. While at FrontRead more

  • Melina Dury

    Melina’s family has been involved with recreational shooting for years. After taking their first defensive shooting course at Front Sight, the family was hooked. Melina took classes as a student for years. After going to college and getting licensed asRead more

  • Drew Prosser

    Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Drew bought his first handgun from a local gun show from a dealer called The Glock Doctor, and then spent the next five years working and traveling the gun show circuit with them.Read more

  • Dave Ellis

    Dave served 8 years in the Marine Corp as a Heuy and Cobra Crew Chief, Weapons trainer, and Squadron rescue instructor. Served in Desert Storm and Somalia. Dave was also certified as a commercial helicopter pilot. • Certified Scuba RescueRead more

  • Craig Reuter

    Craig grew up with a father that was a Marine and police officer, he has been shooting firearms as long as I can remember. I have traveled and trained with multiple different instructors. • NRA – Basic Pistol Instructor •Read more

  • Melainie Villeneuve

    Melanie Villeneuve has over a decade of medical experience.  As a surgical technologist in level one trauma hospital, ambulatory centers, and private assist for a maxillofacial surgeon.   Transitioned into occupational therapy assistant with another occupational therapist working in our own clinic. ToRead more

  • Dannel Roman

    Dannel was Born in Charleston, South Carolina on a Navy base. Traveled the world due to his father being in the Marines. Dannel was introduced to martial arts at an early age. He is currently a black in Tae KwonRead more

  • Guest Instructors

  • Rob DellAquila

    Rob works as a Police Officer in New Jersey and has spent the last 16 years dedicating himself to learning and teaching the most effective self-defense/combative systems available to deal with the modern-day threat.  His curriculum has been taught toRead more

  • Nanci Robinson

    Nanci Robinson has an extensive medical background that spans across two decades and includes both pre-hospital EMS/Trauma Care and ICU/Critical Care for hospitalized patients. Nanci teaches Dirt Medicine, Stop the Bleed and CPR classes across the United States and theRead more

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