Executive Training Group Team
Founder & Head Instructor
Garret has been shooting for 10 years and has a real passion for training and instructing. He takes a performance-based training style to solve tactical problems smarter and faster.
Mr. Propes has competed across multiple organizations and rule platforms within the sport of grappling. While BJJ has been his primary focus, Mr. Propes has extensive experience in Judo, Boxing, Self-Defense, and Shooting. As an experienced instructor, Kyle builds value by teaching a humble mindset and emphasis on technique.
Head Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Grandmaster Jigoro Kano, Grandmaster Mitsuyo Maeda, Grandmaster Carlos Gracie, Grandmaster Helio Gracie, Grandmaster Joao Alberto Barretto, Grandmaster Alvaro Berretto, Grandmaster Flavio Behring, Grandmaster Ricardo Murgel, Kyle Propes
Additionally, Mr. Butler has had the pleasure of being assigned to various dignitary protection details including President George W. Bush and Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. Mr. Butler is a consultant on night vision gear and mission related equipment in the firearms industry, and continues to train law enforcement, military and civilians on the use of night vision, firearms and tactics.
Medal of Valor, two Meritorious Service Awards, Secret Service Certificate of Commendation, FBI Certificate of Commendation, and numerous other division and individual commendations. Mr. Butler is a native of coastal Georgia, where he currently resides.
Josh Gilman is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Josh began his career in the Marine Corps as an Anti-Armor Missileman (0352), with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines. Mr. Gilman deployed twice to Afghanistan; Helmand Province Nawa District , and Garmsir.
Mr Gilman's awards include the Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Presidential Unit Citation and various others. Josh currently leads product research and development, while also being an assistant instructor with Executive Training Group. Mr. Gilman currently resides in Raleigh, NC.
Nick served in the US Marine Corps for 8 years, which included two deployments to Afghanistan, a deployment to Japan, and one deployment on ship. With a variety of experiences in multiple terrains, Nick brings a well-rounded perspective to training. He also graduated The Marine Corps scout sniper course while in the Marines.
Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Former U.S. Army Sniper
Won the 101st ABN DIV spot at the Forces Command annual shooting competition with the M4 Carbine and placed 2nd overall
Master Class USPSA Shooter
USCCA Certified Instructor
13 years grappling and striking experience
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Over 10 years experience in Law Enforcement
Participation in hundreds of high risk warrant services, undercover investigations, and overt operations.
Actively Served: Patrol Division, Narcotics Division, Gang Unit, and SWAT
US. Marines Anti-Armor Missileman with 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines
Principle Developer of DTNVG Integrated Cable Connector
Night Vision Consultant
Helicopter Insert and Extract/Assault Climber Instructor for Expeditionary Operations Training Group
Former Military Police Sergeant with experience in Law Enforcement Operations and Combat Support
Jamie is a US Army Veteran with service to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served a supervisory role of Military Police Soldiers in Law Enforcement Operations including Investigations, Force Protection, and Customs Inspections. He also served as his unit’s Squad Designated Marksman and Instructor. Additionally, he has experience in both Federal and State Corrections, including Special Operations.
Jamie began his grappling experience as a high school wrestler with multiple tournament and regional championship wins. Jamie was introduced to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu while deployed to Afghanistan where he trained with experienced grapplers from all over the world. Jamie is an avid competitor with many wins and medal placements in IBJJF, Newbreed, NAGA, and others, as well as one professional BJJ win with the National Fighting Championship in Atlanta, Ga. Jamie also has some experience in boxing and Judo.
"A few months back I had the chance to met up with Mr. McLaren and do some shooting/instruction. When I first met him, he was polite and easy going. Once the instruction/shooting started he was very professional. He broke down the do's and don'ts, as well as demonstrated techniques. But the biggest and most helpful tip was something he said that I haven't heard before regarding effective transitioning from iron sights to a pistol mount optic (red dot). I would gladly take another one of his classes."
- Drew Ramsey
Executive Firearms Client