Our Instructors

The Team at E4Defense specializes in defensive tactics, live fire weapon proficiency, reality based firearms training as well as situational observation/avoidance tactics. We provide superior self-defense and firearms training from the curious to the most advanced students.  As a student, we will work at your current level, get you out of your comfort zone and help you prepare for unfavorable events. Our Instructors are Law Enforcement Certified Trainers who specialize in observational awareness, one on one confrontation, target acquisition and RBT Force on Force confrontation for the Law Enforcement and Civilian side of defense.

Heather Amendt - Lead Instructor

Heather was a Criminal Justice Major in college and has actively been involved in Law Enforcement. She holds multiple Firearm, RBT/Force on Force and Specialty Training Certifications and is an active member of ILEETA, IALEFI® and IAWP. Currently, she is an Adjunct Instructor at East Texas Police Academy, a Texas DPS Level III Firearms and Academic Instructor in DFW and owns her own company, E4Defense, LLC. Through her years of instructing and working with multiple Departments across the country she recognized the dire need for advanced firearms, DT and mental preparedness training for officers and civilians and formed E4Defense, LLC.   In addition to Firearms, DT and mental preparedness training for Law Enforcement and Civilians, E4Defense provides Departments and Private Security Companies with training program consultations.

Certifications and Licensing

    International Association Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors 
    • Master Firearms Instructor
    Hill Country Combatives
    • High Risk Control Options Instructor Course
    John E. Reid and Associates
    • The Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation
    Seal - Mar Institute for Law Enforcement Training
    • Proactive Counterterrorism For Patrol Officer Instructor
    National Law Enforcement Training Center
    • Handgun Retention and Disarming Instructor
    International Law Enforcement Educator Trainers Association
    • Foundational Defensive Tactics Instructor
    • Tactical Team Non Lethal Tactics Instructor
    • Proactive Counterterrorism Instructor
    • Gang Identification Instructor
    • Stress Acclamation Training Instructor
    Combative Fire Arms Training
    • Advanced Law Enforcement Instructor Development
    • Building Better Shooters Advanced Instructor Course
    The Safariland Training Group
    • Combat Pistol Instructor

    Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM)

    • RBT/ Force on Force Instructor

    CODE 4

    • Body Language Certification

    2018 ILEETA Conference Instructor

    2019 ILEETA Conference Instructor

    Lead Instructor Back the Blue 3 Day Female LEO Training, Dallas Texas

    Lead Instructor Back the Blue "The Depth of the Badge"  Training at the American Police Hall of Fame




      Licensed Texas DPS  Level III Firearms Instructor

      Licensed Texas DPS  Level III Classroom Instructor

      Texas  LTC Instructor

      Texas DPS  Licensed  Level III Commissioned Armed Security Officer

      Texas DPS  Licensed  Personal Protection Officer

      Texas DPS  Licensed Private Investigator

      NRA Certified Instructor and RSO




          Ken Jones

          Ken joined the U.S. Army Military Police Corps right after graduating high school in 1993.  During his 11-year tour as an MP, he was assigned to a combat support unit as a machine gunner, driver, and team leader.  He’s also performed duties as a unit armorer, D.A.R.E. Officer, Crime Prevention Officer, and a K9 Handler.  Military overseas duty stations included Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, various locations in South Korea, and various locations in Iraq.   After military service, Ken was recruited into the world of Private Security Contracting (PSC’s) where he worked as an Explosive Detection Dog Handler (EDDH) and as a Protective Security Specialist (PSS) for more than a decade.  He served on Diplomatic Protection Details for the State Department and for Other Government Agencies (OGA’s) all across Iraq and Afghanistan.

          Certifications and Additional Education:

          • WPS PSS (Worldwide Protective Services Training)
          • High Threat Motorcade Operations
          • Barricade Breaching
          • Room Entry Tactics (RETs)
          • Small Unit Tactics (SUTs)
          • Defensive Tactics (DTs)
          • Weapons Retention
          • Tactical Combat Casualty Care
          • Level IV Personal Protection Officer Certification
          • Level III Security Officer Certification
          • Level II Non-Commissioned Security Officer Certification
          • WPPS II NPSS Course (Worldwide Personal Protective Services II Training)
          • Patriot Group International Operator’s Course
          • Tier 1 Firearms Training
          • Close Quarter Defense (CQD) Training, Dieter Level 1
          • Combat Lifesaver Course, US Army
          • Columbia College of Missouri, Baccalaureate majoring in Criminal Justice
          • Small Group Instructor Training Course (SGITC), US Army
          • Total Army Instructor Training Course (TAITC), US Army
          • Single Purpose Explosive Detector Dog Handler Course, Vohne Liche Kennels, Indiana Law Enforcement Training Academy
          • North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Police Academy
          • Primary Leadership Development Course, US Army
          • Military Working Dog Handler Course, US Army
          • Finding Solutions for Violence in Schools, Missouri Police Chiefs Association
          • Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Instructor, Missouri State Highway Patrol
          • Unit Armorer Refresher Course, US Army
          • Military Police School, US Army
          • NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer
          • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor



          Shawn Williams - Defensive Tactics 


          Sihing Shaun Williams has been studying and teaching martial arts for 30 years. His Jeet Kune Do experience brings the knowledge of the philosophy of martial art concepts founded by Bruce Lee and passed down through an authentic lineage of instruction and evolution: Bruce Lee > Guro Dan Inosanto > Sifu Francis Fong > and directly from Guro Bruce Jolly and Sifu John DiJulio. Includes JKD Concepts, Jun Fan Gung Fu Boxing, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Kali & Escrima (stick and blade defense), Muay Thai Kick Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and more. He also earned 3rd degree black belts each in American Karate, Olympic style Tae Kwon Do, and Traditional Tae Kwon Do. 

          Detective Joshua White

          Joshua has been Instructing for nine years.  He is dedicated to paying forward the training he has received to his students whether it's firearms, self defense or communication skills.    

          • TCOLE Instructor
          • SFST Instructor
          • PPCT Instructor
          • Firearms Instructor
          • Vehicle Close Quarters Battle Instructor
          • Low Light Instructor
          • Force on Force Instructor 
          • Combative Instructor
          • Defensive Tactics Instructor
          • Brown belt in Shuri Ryu Karate
          • Blue belt in Tae Kwon Do
          • U.S. Army for 8 years
          • Texas Peace Officer