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Dr. Leonard C. Holifield

Dr. Leonard C. Holifield


dr. leonard c. holifield

Founder of Phalanx Training Academy

Prof. Leonard Holifield is Director and Founder of the US Educational Institute (PHALANX TRAINING ACADEMY) of the International Protective and Security Academy.

A seasoned professional with over 3o years of combined experience in the fields of Security, Executive Protection, Military, Law Enforcement, and Education. Former Honor Graduate and Staff Instructor for ESI-Executive Security International, Former Combat Veteran (Operation Desert Storm), Military Police Officer and Chief Combatives Instructor to the United States Army, Over 5 decades of Martial Arts experience. 

He is the former Chief Security Officer and personal bodyguard to the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roy S. Moore, aka "The Ten Commandments Judge". He has protected High Profile corporate CEO's, government officials, Movie, Music celebrities , Executives and foriegn dignitaries. 

Certified Georgia Security Professional, Certified Court Mediator, Board Certified Homeland Security, Certified Fugitive Recovery Agent, POST Certified, published Author and National Speaker. A graduate of the World Academy of Martial Arts Philosophy and Science, he is one of only (10) Americans from the United States to earn the coveted Doctor of Martial Science DMS Degree.

5X inductee into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Recipient of the Who’s Who in America 2004 and Who’s Who in the World 2005, Georgia State Certified Classroom/Firearms Instructor, NRA Instructor Certified (Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, RSO), TCCC – Tactical Combat Casualty Care.

He is considered one of US leading expert in hand-to-hand combat, he is a published author and frequent lecturer on unarmed self-defense, executive protection and military combatives. 

During his military career he served as Chief Combatives Instructor to the United States Army from 1987 to 1997 and was instrumental in rewriting the Army's manual on Combatives (FM 21-150).

While stationed in Seoul, Korea, he and his team spear-headed a hand-to-hand combat training program that was taught throughout 2nd Infantry Division and 8th Army Command. His positions included Nuclear-Biological-Chemical Specialist, Combat Lifesaver, Master Fitness Instructor, Instructor Certified "H" Identifier, Inmate Labor Supervisor, Tac-Fire Operations Specialist, Military Police Officer and CQC/USD trainer to, Airborne, Air Assault, Air Calvary, Infantry, Field Artillery, (SRT) Special Reaction Teams and Special Operations.

His work in the field of hand-to-hand combat has been featured on AFKN (Armed Forced Korean Network) and in numerous military publications, to include Stars & Stripes, Soldiers, Army Trainer, Korus, and Military Police magazines and has been recognized by top military leaders to include former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen.

Holifield is currently a full member and Chief Instructor of the PSA Academy™ International Teaching Team.


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