His research and experiences have taken him through many different worlds and disciplines. They have ultimately produced a body of knowledge which has been put to use by clients ranging from armed professionals to ordinary people who must operate in extraordinary circumstances.
Mike’s knowledge was first put to the test after he was injured in a climbing accident in 1984. This came just several months after he had left active-duty service as an Army paratrooper to attend the University of Arizona on an ROTC scholarship. With a broken back and screws holding his ankles together, Mike was discharged from military service.
This was hard to take for someone who had received perfect scores on every one of his Army fitness tests and had run his first marathon on a dare.
The next four years were a combination of discipline, experimentation, and disappointments. But through diligent study, pain and hard work, Mike had restored himself physically to the point where he could enter the field of law enforcement. As distinguished graduate of his academy class and with several academy fitness records under his belt, Mike was selected to attend a police fitness-trainer pilot program.
Mike excelled as a trainer, and would eventually become one of the most highly credentialed tactical trainers in the United States, with over 25 different Use-of-Force and Weapons Systems instructor designations to his name.
In 1995, concurrent with his law enforcement and training duties, Mike returned to military service in a part-time role. Following a rigorous selection process, he was accepted into the 194th Long-Range Surveillance (Airborne) Detachment and full ‘jump’ status.
This was a significant milestone for Mike, who had been told 11 years earlier by an Army surgeon that he would never run again, much less jump out of any more airplanes.
Post-9/11, Mike Gillette was been tapped to provide threat management training and consulting to a variety of high-risk public and private-sector clients. He is also recognized as a subject-matter expert for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the areas of counter-terrorism training and threat assessment. Mike’s current duties include regular assignments providing close-protection for CEOs and high net-worth individuals throughout the United States and abroad.
Often sought for his distinctive commentary, Mike has been featured by such media outlets as Forbes Magazine, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBS-TV and Fox Television’s “America’s Most Wanted.”
Mike Gillette has been active in the study of martial arts for decades, having earned advanced black belts in Japanese, Filipino and American martial arts styles.
In 2010, Mike was inducted into the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame. Mike has also, by necessity, pursued a life-long study of strength and conditioning methods and is considered a master practitioner of mind/body power. Through his sometimes unnerving public demonstrations, Mike provides real-time validation of his training methods.
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