Jonathan McCormick holds a 6th degree Black Belt in Combat Martial Arts. He is a U.S Marine (Inactive), trained with famed CIA operative Rex Applegate and Ultimate Fighter Champion Royce Gracie and is the director of the Institute of Defense Tactics. He is a former member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers and works with members of various law enforcement agencies in the areas of suspect control and officer safety.
Mr. McCormick was the personal security columnist for the Vancouver, British Columbia Province newspaper. He wrote Cariboo Safety for the Cariboo Press and was their columnist. He has conducted workshops throughout Canada and the United States. McCormick instructs rape survivors at various women’s centers, teaches prevention courses for seniors’ groups, elementary/secondary school students, realtors, teachers/support staff, and was invited to conduct a safety seminar for 200 members of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board. Contemporary radio was his medium for personal safety, listener call-in programs.
He wrote the Educator and Outdoors for Sterling Newspapers, wrote for Beef in B.C., contributed to Backpacker and wrote personal security articles for the Canadian Association of Retired Persons, B.C. Woman and Maturity. He has written women’s self-defense pieces for Full Contact and Black Belt. He has been consulted by Telemedia Communication Inc.-Canadian Living and the Leeza Gibbons talk show on NBC. McCormick was recently featured in Maxim Magazine for self defence techniques. He has written Kids First, a complete child safety guide for parents. His first novel Wyoming Secrets is available from www.amazon.com Follow “J” Team characters, Jason Spencer, Jackson Pennington, Rebecca Simpson & “J” Team Leader Jessica Fukishura on Facebook. McCormick is currently working on the first sequel, “30,000 Secrets A “J” Team Novel” which is expected out in 2017.
McCormick worked with Dave Eyer of Eyer Training Services teaching bear attack survival techniques using a knife when avoidance, bear spray and firearms have failed. Eyer’s Bear Safety course is taught to forestry/mining employees and other resource users. McCormick collaborated with Eric Wilson- www.ericwilson.com-in Wilson’s latest teen thriller, The Emily Carr Mystery. Wilson’s protagonist Liz Austen is attacked in a cemetery and McCormick wrote the scene in which Austen successfully defends herself using his skills.
McCormick has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree from the University of Portland. He is a member of the College of Teachers, with twenty years teaching children, adults and seniors.
McCormick has written about the Colorado Lynx Relocation Project (Update) for B.C. Outdoor magazine, the Fur Fashion Industry for British Columbia tourism and the Changing Faces of Trappers for the Cariboo-Chilcotin Communities Coalition.