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Who We Are?

At Guardians Circle Elite Defense Institute, we are committed to helping you become stronger, safer, and more confident. Our self defense school offers a variety of classes and training programs designed to meet the needs of individuals and businesses in the greater Charlotte metropolitan area. With a focus on firearms, home defense, and self defense, we provide you with the tools you need to decrease your chances of becoming a victim of violence.


Jay Henderson

Founder & Chie Instructor

Jay Henderson is the esteemed founder and Chief Instructor at the Guardians Circle Elite Defense Institute. As a certified instructor with credentials from esteemed organizations such as USCCA, SLED, and NRA, Jay is deeply passionate about imparting his extensive knowledge of self-defense and personal safety. At the institute, we provide a range of classes, workshops, and seminars meticulously designed to equip our clients with the essential skills to defend themselves effectively in any scenario. Our curriculum emphasizes easily learnable and memorable techniques, instilling confidence in our students, empowering them to safeguard themselves and their loved ones.

Myeisha Henderson

Program Director

Myeisha Henderson is the Program Director at the Guardians Circle Elite Defense Institute, bringing over two decades of invaluable experience in human resources, employee relations, and client consulting to her role. Her extensive background and expertise make her an indispensable leader in the institute, where she is dedicated to enhancing the skills and knowledge of individuals seeking elite self-defense training. Myeisha's commitment to excellence and her passion for empowering others set the standard for the institute's programs, ensuring that students receive top-notch education and guidance in self-defense. Under her leadership, the Guardians Circle Elite Defense Institute thrives as a premier destination for personal safety education and development.

Shelton Henderson

Fitness Director

Shelton Henderson is a certified Self Defense Coach accredited by The Guardians Circle Combat Arts Association, boasting over 25 years of martial arts and self-defense training. With a dedication to empowering individuals with essential skills for personal safety, Shelton is a trusted figure in the field. His extensive experience and patient teaching style make him a go-to resource for individuals seeking to enhance their self-defense capabilities, whether they are beginners or experienced martial artists. Shelton Henderson is committed to making the world a safer place one person at a time, offering comprehensive and effective training for those looking to improve their personal security. Connect with him today to take the first step towards a safer future.

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