C. Allen Reed brings over 25 years experience in law enforcement, Asian and European martial arts to his role as the Head Instructor of the Gallowglass Academy in Rockford, Illinois. Allen is a firearms, baton and police combatives instructor for a Federal agency and a State of Illinois certified defensive tactics instructor, certified TASER ™ instructor and certified Pepperball ™ instructor. He is a member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Instructors, the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, the Illinois Tactical Officers Association, and the National Tactical Officers Association.
Allen also holds the rank of Kaiden (equivalent of 7th dan) in Paracombatives Jujutsu, which he has taught at the Northwestern University Jujutsu Club for over 17 years.
He also studies and recreates the sword arts of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. Allen is a past member of the Chicago Swordplay Guild, and has taught the Western Martial Arts for more than 10 years. He teaches rapier fencing at Highland Community College in Freeport, IL.
Allen is an American Red Cross Authorized Provider/Instructor in First Aid, including CPR and AED.
In 2009 Allen produced the Introductory Bartitsu DVD and he also offers seminars and lectures on E.W. Barton-Wright’s “New Art of Self Defence”.