Chief Instructor

District Combatives is a veteran-operated small business specializing in reality-based personal protection & self-defense training. 


Founder & Chief Instructor Benjamin Drader has over 15-years experience in martial arts, self-defense, and combatives. He holds a Black Belt in Krav Maga and has studied Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response (SPEAR, and Special Combat Aggressive Reactionary System (SCARs. Concurrently, he is a contributor to The Loadout Room, part of Hurricane Group Inc., which was started by former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb and to Spy Escape & Evasion, featured on ABC's Shark Tank, and started by former CIA officer Jason Hanson.

Ben served honorably in the U.S. Army, he has operated on every continent but Antartica and Australia, And has earned numerous awards and commendations. At the Direction of the Director of National Intelligence, Ben led teams to test and report on the vulnerability of U.S. Critical infrastructure. He studied at Harvard University and has worked directly for two National Security Advisors, a Secretary of State, a Director of CIA, and HRh The Prince of Wales.