About Us

Barret Kendrick is the founder and lead instructor of Bearco Training and Defender School. Bearco Training is a firearms education and consulting company that was established in 2009 to provide realistic defensive training to those interested in personal defense and active shooter response. Defender School was established to form security relationships with educational facilities, houses of worship, and businesses to help prepare for the worst-case scenario of an active killer through online and in-person training. Throughout his region and nationally, Barret has worked with several thousand students in defensive shooting, force-on-force training, state certifications and instructor development.

Barret has worked as a Staff Instructor with I.C.E. Training, Master Instructor for the USCCA Defensive Shooting Fundamentals program, Master Instructor for Taser Conducted Energy Weapons, on-screen instructor for First Person Defender, and as an established contributor for the Personal Defense Network, where he is currently the co-host of the monthly live Personal Defense Network Training Talk Show. Barret has been featured as a subject matter expert in numerous local and national news segments surrounding personal defense.

As an elected board member of the Louisiana Shooting Association, Barret has written, co-written, and/or testified on numerous firearm, concealed carry, and use of force related bills in the Louisiana Legislature that have become law.

Barret carries numerous instructor-level and master instructor-level certifications for defensive shooting, range operations, and safety, LE range/shoot house operations, scenario-based force-on-force training, Taser conducted-energy-weapons, chemical agent aerosol, and active shooter response. He is certified as a Force Science Analyst and Realistic De-Escalation instructor through the Force Science Institute. He is a program graduate of the Law of Self Defense Instructor Program.

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