Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy Semi-Auto Handgun Instructor. (Don)

Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy Revolver Instructor. (Don)

Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy Shotgun Instructor.  (Don)

Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy Handgun Retention Instructor.  (Don)

Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy Range Safety Officer.  (Don and Melissa)

Current Certified Ohio Law Enforcement Officer. (Don and Melissa)

Member of Ohio Tactical Officers Association. (Don and Melissa)

NRA Certified Semi-Auto Handgun Instructor. (Don and Melissa)

NRA Certified Revolver Instructor. (Don and Melissa)

NRA Certified Shotgun Instructor. (Don)

NRA Certified Rifle Instructor. (Don)

NRA Certified Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor. (Don)

NRA Certified Shotgun Shell Reloading Instructor. (Don)

NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer. (Don)

NRA Certified Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor. (Don) 

NRA Certified Home Firearm Safety Instructor. (Don)

Certified Glock Armorer. (Don and Melissa)

Penn Foster Certified Gunsmith. (Don)

GLOCK Instructor Workshop Certified. (Don)

AR-10 * AR-15 * M-4 * M-16 Armorer. (Don)

Certified TASER Instructor. (Don)

Certified PepperBall Technologies Instructor (Don)

Certified Smith & Wesson M&P Series Pistol Armorer. (Don)



We offer 1 on 1 personal training and small group training in our handgun classes and teach groups of 2 to 20 students  in hand to hand self defense.  We also now offer Force on Force training for the most realistic firearms training available.

Please check out our fees and services page for more information.

The Instructor:


Hello, My name is Don Mason.  I am the owner/operator of Excel Martial Arts and Chief instructor for Excel Defense Myself along with my wife Melissa, we pride ourselves on quality personal self defense instruction with 20+ years teaching experience. 

I have trained in various disciplines of martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do, Jiu-Jitsu, American Kenpo, Muay Thai, and Kickboxing since 1975 and have trained with pillars in the martial arts community such as Rickson Gracie, Royce Gracie and many others.

I currently hold a 5th degree black belt Master Instructor status.

In 2009 I obtained my Certified NRA Personal Protection In The Home Instructor, NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer credentials and have graduated over 3000 CCW students to date.

In 2010 I obtained my Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy Firearms Instructor Certification for semi auto handgun, revolver and shotgun, NRA Shotgun Instructor certification, NRA Rifle Instructor certification,  NRA Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor certification, NRA Shotgun Shell Reloading Instructor certification, NRA Home Firearm Safety Instructor certification and NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor certification.

In 2012 Melissa obtained her NRA Semi Auto Handgun and Revolver Instructor Certification.

I have been employed by the village of Bettsville, Ohio from 2005 to 2013 where I was the Chief of Police.  I have also been with the Sandusky County Sheriffs office as a deputy from 2005 to present.

Melissa has been employed by the village of Bettsville, Ohio since 2011.

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