The Sotis Group, LLC.

The Sotis Group is a US-based consulting company recognized globally as expert instructors in self protection for government, military, special forces, civilians, corporate executives and martial arts schools utilizing a range of self defense mechanisms, including (but not limited to) edged/blunt weapons, empty hands, firearms (short and long), restraint and removal and active shooter. We also teach and undertake corporate and individual security risk assessments, corporate risk management and business continuity.


Whom We Train

Government Agents
TSG training fully integrates edged weapons with close quarters shooting creating seamless actions when transitioning platforms in fluid combat. TSG training is customized for agents and operatives to engage single or multiple adversaries with knives, push-daggers, and improvised instruments. Using blade-based actions with the pistol to strike and disarm (as well as shoot) in close quarters combat opens a whole array of tactics. TSG utilizes a sophisticated series of structured problem-solving experiences which imbeds skill in a remarkably short interval.

Military Operators
Complimenting primary rifle and secondary pistol systems, a tertiary edged weapon system heightens the operators’ sphere of readiness when integrated into their total weapons system.  TSG training is customized for operators to be combat-effective with knives, machetes, push-daggers, tomahawks, ice picks, and improvised instruments. Training is conducted in operational kit, executed in real time, and as permitted, under similar environmental conditions.

Law Enforcement
TSG trains Law Enforcement in effective counter-measures consistent with the use of force continuum and specific demands of their profession. Our training offers invaluable protective coverage for agents, investigators, and detectives especially those working in low profile, high-risk environments. In many situations undercover agents cannot conceal a firearm and edged weapons skill goes a long way to empower and protect them. We also train Counter-terrorism, SWAT, and Special Response Teams in edged weapons tactics germane to counter-assault, dynamic entry, hostage rescue, and self-rescue.

Personal Protectors
In the field of Close Protection, one of the most under-rated tools at the disposal of a protector is an edged weapon. As a psychological tool in deterrence, its capacity to escalate/de-escalate, when advancing in foreign lands, to dominate the protective zone around a principal, if swarmed by aggressors, at high-density events, and consider this – a lot of protectors work alone and experienced professionals know solo protection is a complex and challenging task. There are times when a solo protector has multiple Principles who want to use varied modes of public transportation to unknown destinations, through rapidly changing environments with a high occupancy exchange, against a wide range of threats, and without back-up, where he/she may not speak the area’s language.  Solo Protection is a science of solutions unique to its challenges and while no one weapon can solve every conceivable situation, protectors trained by TSG have more problem-solving potential than any other means.

Athletes and Celebrities
Professional athletes and coaches are at risk from stalkers, deranged and obsessed fans, competition, criminals, enemies, rivals, and an assortment of strangers who harbor ill intent. Athletes are also subject to elevated levels of everyday personal violence unrelated to their status like road rage, assault, and robbery because of their highly mobile careers and lifestyles. Everyone wants to be lucky in the lottery of violence and every coach and athlete knows that luck occurs when opportunity meets preparationAs Royals starter Paul Byrd said, “It doesn’t matter how much you beef up security, anybody can get by at any minute.” TSG can maximize their personal safety factor and significantly reduce liability by training athletes how to safeguard themselves from violent threats. TSG’s training offers the most powerful threat deterrent, adjustable use of force providing the widest range of self-protection, reducing reliance on high-liability firearms, and enhancing peace of mind.

Business Personnel
TSG trains business personnel seeking maximum personal safety in minimal time. TSG will teach you effective and versatile self-rescue tactics. Remember, the equalizing power of a knife means you don’t even have to be in good physical condition to be effective. People trained by TSG enjoy the peace of mind that comes from the confidence in knowing they are highly response-able.

High Risk Groups and Individuals
A wide range of public figures attract a variety of personal threats because they are, by their very nature, publicly exposed, and matters of emotional or controversial issues typically carry a higher risk.

Also in the high-risk category are travelers and jewelers who are targeted by robbers who frequently batter their victims even when it is unnecessary. As one might expect, members of persecuted groups are often victims of violent crimes and hate-inspired assaults can be particularly cruel.

This category also includes prominent people who remain at risk from stalkers, obsessed fans, competition, rivals, criminals, enemies, staff, and unfortunately, on occasion from people they trust. Prominent people tend to attract mentally unstable or otherwise undesirable persons who often harbor ill intent and the potential to encounter them never goes away. The families and children of prominent people also attract threats that would associate with them to gain information, as an entry point to their lives, or as a lever to influence, intimidate, or blackmail the family.

Every day innocent persons are beset upon and brutalized without any provocation whatsoever, very often suffering physical and/or emotional scars for life. The high-risk category includes all persons between the ages of 16 and 24 who experience more crimes of violence than any other age group – more than auto accident injuries! Every person wants to be lucky in life’s lottery of violence; and even more so, parents want this for their children, no matter what their age.

TSG teaches pro-active measures of avoidance and escape whenever possible and when that is not successful or possible, decisive use of reactive measures.  Employing a highly interactive hands-on experience, TSG specializes in coaching people to be conflict-effective, efficiently and with respect to their individuality. TSG will maximize anyone’s safety quotient against the lottery of violence.

Our Team

Executive Team

Tom Sotis – Weapons and Combatives
* In 1994 Tom Sotis became the first American combatives instructor to visit Russia, was immediately challenged by the Spetsnaz and subsequently contracted for training. Tom trained the famed Russian Spetsnaz / Counter-Terrorism teams where he was made an Honorary Member of the Red Berets, Special Adviser to Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Instructor of Russian CID Homicide and Major Crimes.

* Tom has since traveled to 20 countries pioneering the forward evolution of edged weapons combatives through extensive travel and research. His work experience includes but is not limited to: Cambodian Special Forces, Mexican Prison Guards and Riot Control, Greek Coast Guard, New Zealand Prison Guards, Norwegian Law Enforcement, South African Military Forces, and Spanish Law Enforcement.

* Tom established the world’s leading edged weapons training company and, having taught over 1000 seminars, is the world’s most experienced instructor of knife combat. In addition to international travel, Tom’s work in the USA includes training personnel and teams for the United States Government and Military, as well as Federal, State and Municipal Law Enforcement, and various Corrections Departments.

Gregory Cruz – Gunfighting

* Currently the owner of Interactive Gunfighting and the Chief Instructor at Smith & Wesson Academy, Greg was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for Valor for his actions in combat. Greg’s background includes (but is not limited to) working for the Defense Intelligence Agency and Defense Intelligence Support Office-Afghanistan (DISO-A); Operation Enduring Freedom, United States Air Force, Rhode Island Air National Guard, Team Leader of Protective Services Detail (PSD), Department of Homeland Security, Wyatt Detention Facility, Charlestown Police Department, United States Marine Corps Sniper Instructor.

* An accomplished and highly motivated military, law enforcement officer and instructor with over 20 years of civilian and military experience marked by efficiency, innovation, and increased responsibilities.  A dedicated, focused, and results-oriented team player with proven expertise in civilian, military, and multi-national law enforcement and military operations.  Thrives on challenging tasks and changing situations.

* In depth knowledge, experience and background on infantry weapons, tactics and security concerns. Knowledge of internal, mid-range and terminal ballistics. Experienced armorer and gunsmith leading to an enhanced understanding of the technical and mechanical workings of various military, law enforcement, and civilian weapon systems. Certified weapons repair specialist for many factor systems. Deep interest in weapons, machine guns, suppressors and explosives in the role of support to Military and Law Enforcement operations.  Emergency Medical Technician /Cardiac, First Aid, AED and CPR Instructor, Martial Arts, Weapons, Military vehicles and gear, SUCBA and competitive and recreational shooting. Advanced training in military and Law Enforcement operations in a CBRNE environment.

Andrew Smith – Risk Management

* Andrew has extensive experience in risk management, having worked with (but not limited to) the Australian Federal Police, the Office of Transport Security, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the Department of Environment, the Department of Climate Change, ACT Health Business and Infrastructure, Housing ACT and numerous industry groups.

* Andrew has facilitated several international conferences on issues related to climate change, including the Coral Triangle Initiative, which involved six regional countries as well as the USA, the Asian Development Bank and international donor agencies. He also facilitated the APEC Climate Change Symposium in Australia involving five regional countries and senior representatives from the Australian Government and the Australian National University.

* Andrew is comfortable with all tiers of government and business. He has briefed a Prime Minister and senior cabinet Ministers on a range of issues, and has engaged with senior representatives of the public service and private enterprise, including ACT Ministers, senior Commonwealth public servants, senior management of Australia’s key airlines, all of Australia’s major international airports, and representatives of the Australian maritime industry.

Joe Howard – Information Technology

* Joe is currently Vice President of IT for International Data Corp.  He runs all aspects of IT from security to implementing regional teams, network operations centers, vendor selection and negotiation in 63+ countries. Currently based in the US, with regional IT teams based in Asia, Europe the Middle East and Latin America.

Originally from Birmingham England, Joe has been training in various martial arts from the age of 4. He has been training steadily in AMOK for the last 15 years, with supplemental training in firearms and tactics with Interactive Gunfighting for the last 5 years.




Vendor Profile

The Sotis Group, LLC.

Formed on December 15, 2011

Entity ID: 556077

DUNS: 080386968


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