Our Team

David Paul

David Paul is the CEO of SODACT and Master Firearms Instructor. He has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is a former law enforcement officer/instructor, tactical/special operations instructor, trained personnel from 150+ local, state, federal agencies as well as military personnel and created relevant, applicable, dynamic programs for the public. USCCA Training Counselor. NRA Certifications: Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Personal Protection Outside The Home, Home Firearms Safety, Refuse To Be A Victim, Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO), Certified SWAT and Hostage Rescue Instructor(EMU), Glock Armorer, PA MPOE Instructor. 

Paul Szyarto

Paul is the master instructor for SODACT and the founder of SDLA. Paul is an 8-year Navy Combat Veteran who has earned a 2nd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, G4 in Krav Maga with Master Eyal Yanilov, trained with Hiam Gideon, David Kahn, David Ordini, Yigal Arbiv and earned an Instructor Certification from Krav Maga Alliance. In addition, Paul is a USCCA Certified Concealed Carry and Home Defensive Instructor and Defensive Shooter Fundamentals Instructor along with Mass Shooter Threat, Emergency First Aid, Women’s Handgun & Self Defense, and Range Safety Officer. Paul has trained 1000s of students from around the world during his military service and through several martial arts and combative franchises including VMMA.

Cody Rourke

Cody Rourke is a lead firearms instructor at SODACT with various certifications and ranks. Cody is a USCCA Certified Concealed Carry and Home Defensive Instructor, USCCA Defensive Shooter Fundamentals Instructor, NRA Certified Firearms Instructor with Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun Credentials, and an NRA Range Safety Officer. Cody is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has completed over 100 plus hours of firearm courses. Notable classes are Urban Assault Rifle Tactics with John Farnam from Defense Training International, Long Range Precision Rifle with Fred Wissing from Black Hat Training Corps, and Advanced Pistol Tactics with Dick Reinheimer from Bux Mont Firearms Training Group. Cody has also completed the USMC Unknown Distance Test with a 90% hit proficiency.

Dave Ordini 

Dave Ordini has been involved in the martial arts since 1993. Moving through Jeet, Muay Thai, Kali, and Krav Maga, he has spent the last 10 years as a student and senior instructor.
David taught Krav Maga in NJ to MCMAP and MAPP instructors, NJ and PA State Police, various Hostage Negotiation teams at the UN in Manhattan, and countless numbers of Special Operations Combatants. He is a certified USCCA instructor, a member of the SODACT instructor team fir hand to hand and hand to weapon combat, a CT 707 qualified counter terror instructor, and is a licensed l, armed, close protection agent for Fox News, CNN, and additional PA local news teams.

Bringing realism to training, pressing the envelope of stressful training conditions while minimizing personal injury and maximizing survival chances is his training ethos.

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