Max Joseph

Training Director

MaxMax is the founder and training director of TFTT Direct Action Group. Max has been involved in Special Operations and training non-stop for the last 27 years. He has trained and worked with Counter-Terrorist officers and troops from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South America. In addition to running TFTT/Direct Action Group full time, Max also proudly served as the Senior Instructor for the Tactical Explosive Entry School from 1993-2005 both in the United States and Brazil. He is recognized as a subject matter expert in explosives for Tactical Breaching and other Special Operations. He also has extensive experience in Executive Protection and has worked details in Central America, South America, Eastern Europe and Afghanistan. He is currently still operational in several capacities both in and out of CONUS. His qualifications include:

  • Founder/Director Tactical Firearms Training Team
  • Founder/Director Direct Action Group
  • Senior Instructor – Tactical Explosive Entry School
  • Senior Instructor – TEES Brazil
  • Instructor U.S. Dept. of State Anti-Terrorism Program
  • Seven Years Marine Corps Reconnaissance Companies (SGT.)
  • Graduate USMC Scout Sniper Instructor School
  • US Army Ranger / Airborne
  • USN Survival / Evasion / Resistance / Escape School
  • BSR Anti – Terrorist Driving School
  • SPIE / Rappel Master Instructor
  • Reconnaissance Indoctrination Program Instructor
  • Diplomatic Security Consultant
  • Diversionary Device Instructor
  • Writer for several Military / Police Publications
Tim Scarrott


Tim has been with DAG for 17 years and tasked with implementing training programs as a primary instructor.  Tim has worked with hundreds of military and law enforcement personnel throughout the US and has served as a guest instructor and guest speaker at several SWAT conferences.  He served as a full time police officer for 13 years with experience in patrol, investigations, Special Victims Unit, violence suppression and various other assignments.  He also spent 6 years in the 1-184 Nightstalker Battalion with a combat tour to Iraq in 2005, conducting counter insurgent operations.  Tim is also responsible for development of instructor curriculum and course material, research, marketing, sales, logistics and public relations.

  • 17 Years DAG Instructor
  • Publications Author
  • Guest Instructor / Guest Speaker
  • US Army Infantry Team Leader
  • US Army CIB / SDM / CLS
  • US Army PMI / BRM Instructor
  • Certified Explosive Handler / Explosive Breacher (TEES)
  • MOUT / CQB Instructor
  • PSD / VIP Protection
  • Various Law Enforcement Training Courses
  • Defensive Tactics / Officer Survival / Edged Weapons
Tony C.


Tony C. has been a sworn law enforcement officer for the past 14 years.  He has extensive knowledge and expertise in firearms, tactics, use of force and hand to hand combat.  He has been an operator with his department’s SWAT team for over 10 years.  He has also been assigned as a canine handler, gang and narcotics investigator, defensive tactics instructor and field training officer.  Additionally, he has over 26 years of various martial arts experience and has been training military, law enforcement and civilians in close quarters combat for over 14 years.  His qualifications include:

  • 14 years law enforcement experience
  • 10 years experience as SWAT Operator
  • 5 years as patrol/SWAT canine handler
  • CA POST Firearms/Sub-Gun Instructor
  • CA POST Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • NTOA Diversionary Device Instructor
  • Use of Force Subject Matter Expert
  • Inducted into martial arts “Masters Hall of Fame”
  • Published author of several martial arts/tactics articles
  • Creator of several POST certified arrest and control courses
  • Combat Conditioning Instructor
  • Founder of Cortina’s Combatives & Conditioning
Joel Bateman


Joel is a U.S. Navy veteran and currently a full-time law enforcement officer in the State of Wisconsin. Joel has over 16 years law enforcement experience ranging from patrol operations to investigations; as well as 14 years assigned to SWAT, serving in the capacity as team leader for the past 6 years. Joel is a certified use of force instructor with the State of Wisconsin holding over 30 instructor certifications in various use of force disciplines. His qualifications and training include:

  • United States Navy-Surface Rescue Swimmer, shipboard Security Alert Team
  • TEES- multiple course graduate
  • TFTT/DAG- multiple course graduate
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Tactical Operations graduate- LSU Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education
  • Blauer Tactical Systems- multiple course graduate
  • Certified State of Wisconsin Use of Force Instructor- Defense and Arrest Tactics, Firearms, Vehicle Contacts, and Tactical Response
  • Officer Survival, Advanced Patrol Techniques, and Patrol Response to Violent School Incidents instructor
  • Certified Explosive Handler and Explosive Breacher
  • Martial Arts and Combatives Experience- CQB/Simulations Instructor, Ground Combatives, Tactical Weapon Control, and Edged Weapon Defense
Pete Forbes



Pete is a dual citizen of the United States and New Zealand and has over 10 years of law enforcement experience.  He currently is employed as a full-time Sheriff’s Deputy in Wisconsin and is also a member of the Level 1 ALERT Regional SWAT team.  He is an entry team assaulter, sniper and an explosive breacher.  Pete has been training with TFTT/DAG since 1999 and has coordinated numerous training seminars for law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin.  In 2013 he was chosen to be a sniper team leader for SWAT and in 2014 he was awarded the SWAT Team Commander’s Award.  His qualifications and training include:

  • TFTT Multiple Course Grad
  • TEES Explosive Breacher
  • TEES Mechanical, Ballistic and Thermal Breacher
  • LFI Multiple Course Grad
  • FBI Basic Sniper – Great Lakes Naval Training
  • NTOA –Tactical Team Leader
  • Operational Experience with High Risk Search Warrants, Barricaded Subjects and Hostage Situations.
  • Tactical Firearms Instructor
  • Law Enforcement Operations/Field Training Officer
  • Background in Muay Thai and Boxing
John Taylor



John Taylor has been a sworn law enforcement officer for over 16 years.  He has worked a variety of assignments in high crime areas.  He has extensive knowledge in tactics, use of force, and firearms.  He has 11 years of experience with his Department’s tactical team and is currently an element Team  Leader.  He has testified as a firearms expert and he is a certified instructor in multiple firearms, tactics and breaching skill sets.

  • Over 16 years of Law Enforcement Experience
  • 11 years experience Department Tactical Team
  • CA POST Firearms Instructor (pistol, shotgun, rifle)
  • CA POST Instructor Less Lethal
  • Tactics Instructor
  • Mechanical Breaching Instructor
  • CA POST Diversionary Device Instructor
  • Explosive Breacher Certified
  • Subject Matter Expert in Firearms