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Our Mission at KSI Shield is to empower organizations and their members through training and awareness.

Our programs provide smart safety and self defense solutions which can become valuable transferrable skills that your team can take with them through all walks of life.

Our approach starts with keen situational awareness and honing the skills to try to avoid or de escalate a bad or violent situation.

Conflict avoidance and prevention are at the heart of our philosophy in dealing with violence, but if all else fails you need other options!

If we can see it coming we have a better chance at mitigating or avoiding the threat altogether.


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James Keenan

Founder and Principal

James Keenan started KSI while seeking to improve his Executive Protection Team and Security Guard Staff while operating JKeenan Security LLC.

James Served as a Police Officer with The New York City Police Department.

After retiring from the NYPD in 2003 James went on to form his own security and close protection firm where he and his company protected high net worth individuals and assets.

James has been called upon for security, site hardening as well as crisis consulting and now brings this vast knowledge and experience to his lead training role at KSI

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Tim Kelly

Principal and Lead Instructor 

Tim joined the KSI team in 2020 and hit the ground running!

He brings over 30 years of both professional and military experience to KSI.

Tim served our country honorably in The United States Marine Corps and went forward to a successful career in the financial industry.

Tim brought his skills to Wall Street as highly successful leader and team builder.

As a tier 1 American Krav Maga Instructor and Certified AVERT Training Instructor, Tim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience into his role as lead instructor for KSI.

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