Mike Seeklander

Currently, Mike Seeklander is owner of Shooting-Performance LLC, a full-service training company. Mike is the co-host of The Best Defense, the Outdoor channel’s leading firearm instructional show, and also Rapid Fire, an exciting and fast-paced show covering a spectrum of fully automatic machine guns.

Previously, Mike was Chief Operating Officer, Director of Training, and a Senior Instructor at the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, OK. He was directly responsible for the development of all U.S.S.A. training programs. Prior to that, as an employee of the Federal Government, Mike served as the Branch Chief and Lead Instructor for the Firearms division with the Federal Air Marshal Service and was a Senior Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).

He has extensive formal training and experience in all phases of military and law enforcement training. Mike is a highly sought after tactical and competitive trainer, and a high level performer on the competition handgun circuit. Currently a nationally-ranked competitor on the practical handgun competition circuit, Seeklander has authored/produced instructional books, and DVD’s, and has developed hundreds of lesson plans specifically related to basic and advanced firearms training.

As a local law enforcement officer with the Knox County Sheriff’s Department and the Knoxville Police Department, Mike worked in corrections, patrol, and with the Organized Crime division. Mike is the recipient of numerous awards and honors in the law enforcement community, and as a semi-professional shooter.


Match History

  • Over twenty IDPA and USPSA Section and State Championship Wins (OK, TX, SC, NC, GA, AR, AK, TN)
  • USPSA Areas Champion (Area 1, 4, 6, 7)
  • USPSA National Championship Top Five Finisher (numerous times)
  • 2007 European Championships (2nd overall, high in class)
  • 2011 Steel Challenge Production Division World Champion
  • 2013 and 2014 IDPA BUG (Back Up Gun) National Champion
  • 2018 IDPA ESP Division National Champion
  • 2019 IDPA ESP Division World Champion
  • 2023 IDPA World Championship 2nd Place ESP Master, High Iron Sight Senior

Having competed in the shooting sports nationally, Mike adds to this experience with more than 15 years of experience in various martial arts holding multiple ranks including a Black Belt in Okinawan Freestyle Karate. Find Mike on Facebook or Instagram

Mike is also the owner of the American Warrior Society and Co-Host of The American Warrior Show Podcast.

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