Our Mission


Our STory

EFCombatives founders developed a proven defensive tactics system to move training beyond the current standard.
"EFC derived because we saw the broken model of combatives training in the law enforcement profession. EFC fills the need for effective combatives based on real-world experience, research, Jiu-Jitsu, case law, and pressure testing. Other organizations offer defensive tactics training, but none from instructors with extensive law enforcement credentials and the ability to integrate weapon(s) based entanglements (WBE) into Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling fundamentals. Our goal is to bring the 360-degree environment, use of force, decision making, and training together." - Jay Wadsworth
Our team has over 250+ years of combined experience in law enforcement, Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, and MMA. 

Our Team


Jay Wadsworth

  • Brazilian JiuJitsu - 2nd Degree Black Belt
  • Retired Pro/Amateur MMA fighter
  • 22-years of street cop experience
  • 14-years SWAT experience
  • NYS DCJS Certified SWAT Operator (2021)
  • DCJS Instructor: Developed the new mandatory curriculum for defensive tactics instructors and basic recruits; lead instructor on over 18 two-day recertification courses, 24 80-hour instructor courses and 4 1-day overview courses (2016-Present)
  • SME City of Syracuse case (2019)
  • SME NYS AG’s officer grand jury testimony (2020)
  • Reality Based Training Instructor (2019) DCJS
  • Range Instructor (2019) DCJS
  • Progressive FORCE Concepts/Code 4 Concepts Defensive Tactics Instructor (2016-2022)
  • Jamestown Police Department SWAT Team director of training (2015-2023)
  • Team Leader Jamestown Police SWAT TEAM (2011-2023)
  • Head defensive tactics instructor at Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy (2012-2023)
  • Director of Defensive Tactics @ NYTOA (2016-Present)
  • Instructor at NYTOA (2013-Present).
  • Instructor at TacOPs EAST/SOUTH (2016-Present)
  • Jamestown Police Department Lead Defensive Tactics Instructor (2010-2023)
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor Certification (DCJS 2010)
  • Taser Instructor (2010-2016)

Rob Hugus
Lead Instructor
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  • 28-year retired NY State Police
  • Mobile Response team member
  • Expert Marksman - former member of .308 Marksman Unit (sniper)
  • Firearms Instructor
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - 5th Degree Black Belt
  • Owner, Robert Hugus Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • NY DCJS, Defensive Tactics Instructor

Joe Indelicato
Lead Instructor

  • 20-year veteran of New York State Police (retired)
  • State Police Defensive Tactics Instructor for 12 years
  • Member-In-Charge of Defensive Tactics and Taser for Western Region of New York State Police
  • Lead Mobile Field Unit (Riot Unit) Trainer for 10 Years
  • Supervisor of the Arrest Team Defensive Tactics Instructor for New York State’s Department of Criminal Justice (2020 - present)
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Owner and Lead Instructor of Buffalo Combat Fitness, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Martila Arts, Police Training Academy in Buffalo, NY
  • Competed at the National and World- level medaling numerous times
  • Competed in numerous headline super fights
  • Trained in judo, wrestling, boxing, and Muay Thai

Henry Favor
Lead Instructor

  • 22-years law enforcement experience involving both police and corrections
  • Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Criminal Justice Professor at Monroe Community College
  • Instructor in multiple police disciplines to include DT and Firearms (2005 - present)
  • 10-year SWAT team member 
  • Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Selected to teach for Department of Criminal Justice Services for New York, 2017

Cody Goodfriend
Lead Instructor

  • Current law enforcement officer with12+ years of experience
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt
  • NYS-DCJS Master Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Current SWAT team operator, 6+years
  • NYS-DCJS firearms instructor
  • Reality-based training instructor
  • Former amateur MMA fighter

Ryan Romig
Lead Instructor

  • Police Sergeant with 15 years of law enforcement experience
  • Current SWAT Team Leader
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Army veteran
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt

Brendan McKeown
Lead Instructor

  • Burnt Hills High School All State Honors in 2008 in both Folkstyle and Freestyle
  • East Stroudsburg University Wrestling (Division 2, PA); qualified for the National Tournament in 2012, 2013, and 2014; ranked as high as 4th in the country
  • All America Honors finishing 6th at the NCAA Tournament, 2013
  • Finalist at the D2 Super Region 1 Tournament in 2012, 2013, and 2014; won in 2013; awarded Tournament Outstanding Wrestler, 2013
  • Awarded Senior Athlete of the Year at ESU, 2014 Capital One Academic All American, 2013 and 2014
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Bruno Tostes, Renzo Gracie Latham (2021)
  • Involved in the law enforcement community since 2014
  • Wrestling since 11 years old

Matthew Secor
Lead Instructor

  • Head Instructor/Owner at Matt Secor Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (2016- present)
  • Professional MMA Fighter (2011- present)
  • Instructor, Eddie Fyvie Jiu-Jitsu Academy (2007-present)
  • Head Defensive Tactics Instructor and Deputy, Warren County Sheriff's Department (2020 - present)
  • Defense Tactics Instructor (DTI) - Cadre (2020-present)
  • Patrolman for Town of Fort Edward Police Department (2017-2020)
  • Certifications: Basic Course for Police Officers, Instructor Development Course, Defensive Tactics Instructor Certification (2020-present)

Michael Peckham
Lead Instructor

  • Current LEO Detective
  • 10+ years
  • 20+ years US Air Force SF
  • Current SFS SNCO
  • USAF Emergency Services Team
  • DCJS DT Instructor
  • DCJS Firearms Instructor
  • RBT Instructor
  • Black Belt in BJJ
  • USAF Combative's Instructor
  • 8 years K9 Handler
  • 6 years Detective
  • Trained Police Agencies in Iraq, Kuwait, Africa, Korea, El Salvador

Andrew Napieralski
Lead Instructor
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  • Current Assistant Team Leader, full-time SWAT Team
  • Police Sergeant with 15 years of law enforcement experience
  • 9 years SWAT experience
  • DCJS Defensive Tactics and Range Instructor
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black belt

Dylan Freedman
Support Instructor

  • Collegiate wrestler
  • Retired MMA fighter
  • Active competitor in BJJ, Brown Belt
  • MMA/BJJ coach
  • College wrestling coach
  • Corrections Officer with New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
  • Drill Instructor with New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
  • Army Infantryman/Paratrooper, 82nd Airborne Division
  • Combat deployment, Afghanistan
  • U.S. Army Combatives Level 1 and Level 2
  • U.S. Army Special Operations Combatives Program Level 1

Dylan Royce
Lead Instructor

  • B.S. Exercise Sports Science 7-years law enforcement experience
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt - 1st Degree
  • Tae Kwon Do Black Belt
  • IBJJF No-Gi Pan Am & American Nationals Medalist
  • IBJJF New York Open Medalist Medalist at Miami Open, New Orleans Open, Atlanta Open, and Denver Open 10x
  • Superfight Winner for Fight to Win Pro and Former Title Challenger

Manny Vazquez
Support Instructor

  • 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
  • Former Officer at Glenview Police Department
  • PTI Arrest & Control Tactics Instructor
  • Professional Mixed Martial Artist
  • Owner/Head Coach of 10th Planet Greenville, SC

Jayde Sheeley
Support Instructor
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  • Professional MMA fighter
  • 20+ years of martial arts experience
  • Current road patrol Deputy in Ohio with 5 years of experience
  • Brazilian Jiu-jitsu - Purple Belt
  • Active Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competitor
  • Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Criminology from Ohio University
  • Women’s HS/MS wrestling coach
  • OPOTA Subject Control Instructor Certification
  • Supervisor at a juvenile residential center (2016)
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor at Clark State Police Academy

Meet our Founders

Adam Haidary
  • Founder, Police Posts
    Co-founder, Effective Fitness
  • 7 years of Law Enforcement Experience (2013-2020)
  • Former Training Supervisor- Rank: Sgt.
  • South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy: BID Certified Instructor
  • 6 Years Grappling Experience (Purple Belt)
  • Assists Local and State Agencies With K9 Training and Officer Safety Tactics
  • Implemented Tac Med Program in 2019
  • Instructor Certifications: FLETC Tac Med Instructor, TCCC Certification, B-Con Instructor, FBI LETSS Certification, (NASBLA) Officer Water Survival Instructor, Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Instructor
Dane Gifford
  • Co-Founder, Effective Fitness Training
  • USAF Veteran
  • B.S. Exercise Science
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
Yves Gege
  • Serial Entrepreneur
  • Physical Therapist
  • Co-Founder, Effective Fitness
  • Over 15 years of experience working with a variety of athletes and communities in the fitness and healthcare space
  • Founder of Effective Fitness Training
  • Founder of Made 2 Move Health and Human Performance
  • Partner in PT Biz (educational company that has helped thousands of healthcare professionals)
  • Passion for working with LEO and similar communities as he sees an incredible need to provide educational content and evidence-based programs to help these individuals perform at the highest level

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