Alain Burrese is a former Army Sniper, a fifth degree black belt, and a certified Active Shooter Response instructor. He is the author of 8 books and 11 instructional DVDs and teaches a common sense approach to staying safe and defending yourself through his Survive a Shooting and Survive and Defend programs and websites. He’s combined his experience, education, and training to design programs to teach you how to survive.


  • Certified Active Shooter Instructor (Safariland Group)
  • More than 4000 people trained
  • Appeared in PBS Documentary: Active Shooter: Are Montana Colleges Ready?
  • Creator of the Survive A Shooting course and website
  • 5th Degree Black Belt Instructor
  • Former U.S. Army Sniper and Sniper Instructor
  • Former U.S. Army Paratrooper – 82nd Airborne Division
  • Attorney
  • Author and producer of numerous books and DVDs on self-defense, including the upcoming book, Survive A Shooting: Life-saving Tactics and Strategies to Survive Active Shooters and Other Terrorist Attacks
  • Contributor to Black Belt Magazine, American Survival Guide, and many other publications
  • Speaker and expert commentator appearing regularly on radio talk shows on topics of security, safety and active shooter response

Alain has more than 20 years of martial arts experience in a variety of styles. His primary art is the Korean Art of Hapkido in which he holds a 5th degree black belt.

He served in the U.S. Army in Korea in the 82nd Airborne Division and the 2nd Infantry Division as a sniper and sniper instructor.

Alain’s passion has always been to focus on teaching practical street application of skills to help people increase their survivability in dangerous situations.

Alain has also been a contributor to Black Belt Magazine.

Alain is an experienced speaker, trainer, mediator and communicator who is passionate, approachable and effective at reaching audiences on the topics he cares most about – safety, security, self-defense and active shooter, and active threat response.

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Alain’s Martial Arts and Self-Defense DVDs