Instructors / Trainers

Instructors / Trainers

Michael Johnson

Master Instructor


This rich lineage of martial combat started back in the 20’s with Samuel K. Johnson. Samuel Johnson had black belts in Judo & Jiu-jitsu from which he developed his own combination of tactics and taught it to his first and only student Steve Johnson. He began Steve Johnson in the martial arts at the age of 12 years and helped him develop his own style of defense and ultimately build his first school.

Steve A. Johnson continued to train in the arts under other well known martial artist including the late incredible Bruce Lee (1967-1969). His training developed into a combination of what he learned from his father (Samuel Johnson) and his instructors. He called his interpretation of the arts, Jin Sun Do Gung Fu.

Starting in the martial arts at 2 years old, Michael C. Johnson continues to grow his knowledge and career in combative’s. He opened Shockwave Defense in Albquerque, NM in 2002 which combined experiences that yielded life conviction, behavioral psychology, and multiple black belt rankings into his interpretation of defense called Bellicusology (The study of militant, martial, and warfare ways). He holds a BA in criminology from the University of New Mexico, & is the honorary squadron commander for the 512 combat rescue squadron at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, NM. Johnson has done bodyguard work for celebrities such as Xzibit, and was a the primary deadly force combative’s instructor for the Florida Department of Corrections & their Special Teams Units. His instruction has reached over 19,000 officers in the Department of Corrections, and has trained multiple officers from other agencies, as well as other agencies including the Silver City Police Department. He is a certified NRA firearms instructor and a professional lecture through the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. He teaches domestically and abroad including Taiwan, and The Yokota AFB in Tokyo Japan, where he trained the 459th how to defend themselves and their aircraft should a hostile actor try to take over the aircraft. His tried & tested skills have been tested against underground full contact fighters, & has over 55 full contact stick/weapons fights. He continues to train the public as well as, law enforcement, & military personnel in how to function in resistant environments. Additionally him and his team   do films in Judgmental Training Software scenario’s to aid first responders in dealing with violent individuals in shoot, & no shoot scenarios.

Abstract Background:

  • Michael C. Johnson has a BA in criminology & a minor in Political Science from the University of New Mexico 2003.
  • Recognized as the 2013 Silver City Chief Of Police Instructor Of The Year.
  • DPS Accredited Professional Lecturer Instructor
  • Advanced deadly force instructor for The Florida Department Of Corrections
  • As well Johnson holds a Black sash in Jin Sun Do Gung Fu: A rare gung fu system created by his internationally recognized father Sifu Steve L. Johnson former student of the late incredible Bruce Lee, and holder of 7 different black-belts in different martial arts systems.
  • Johnson also proudly holds a 5th degree Black Belt in Maka Karate, under Master Eric P. Lamb
  • Johnson is ranked a Master Instructor in Lameco Eskrima, under Master Felix Valencia
  • Certificate under Steve Grody (Jun Fan – Jeet Kune Do. Steve Grody studied under Dan Inosanto for thirteen non-stop years (1979 to 1992) and became the primary substitute at his academy from ’85 to ’90 when Inosanto had to be away.)
  • Certified Assistant Jeet Kune Do Instructor under Sifu Tim Tackett.
  • Certified Kickboxing Instructor & Black Belt under world champion Cecil Haggins
  • Johnson is a 2nd degree Black Belt in PMA under Sensei Bryon Schnell, a mixture of Muy Thai, Kickboxing, & Jiu Jitsu.
  • Certified Hand 2 Hand, Knife Combatives Instructor under Hock Hochheim.
  • Certified Kickboxing Instructor & Black Belt under world champion Cecil Haggins
  • Johnson is a 2nd degree Black Belt in PMA under Sensei Bryon Schnell, a mixture of Muy Thai, Kickboxing, & Jiu Jitsu.
  • Johnson has over 30 years of experience in martial arts & self-defense industry.
  • He has offered defense instruction for over 20 years around the country to citizens and the law enforcement community.
  • Johnson also offers customized defense training systems that allow the practitioners to be capable of defending themselves in a short amount of time.



Terrell King

King Head Shot
Asst. Instructor

Asst. Instructor King has been training under Master Johnson, and instructor Campbell,  for over 3 years. He has several full contact stick fights under his belt with Overpressure Combat Sticks.

Asst. Trainers

Arlys Lee

Quick Background:

1st Degree Black Belt: Obtaining his first black belt at the age of 15 Lee continued his desire to enhance himself as an officer in the United States Airforce. After serving his country for 6 years, and traveling internationally from Qatar, to Afghanistan, Lee moved on to becoming a police officer with the Albuquerque Police Department.

Police Officer: Lee accredits his success as an officer to his training he received from Shockwave Defense. While performing his duties as an officer Lee has had to deal with general public on a regular basis. His discipline in defense has enabled him to quickly an effectively neutralize several hostile encounters. Lee continues to use his knowledge protect himself and others from violence.

Assistant Instructor At Shockwave Defense™: As an assistant instructor at Shockwave Defense™ Lee does more than just aide in the instruction of students, he offers a living testament of how practical Shockwave Defense knowledge is, and how effectiveness its techniques are in the real time.