Director Joe Bannon
, Ph.D., CPS, CSO
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Director Joe Bannon, Ph.D., CPS, CSO
Former Department of Justice Anti-Terrorist Special Agent
Dr. Joe Bannon Ph.D. is a former Special Agent and the Chief Defensive Tactics Instructor with the California State Attorney General's Office / Department of Justice / Anti Terrorism Unit in Los Angeles.
As a 25 year retired veteran of local / state / and federal law enforcement, he has held the titles, assignments and ranks of Sergeant / Detective with the San Francisco Police Department; Special Agent with the Department of Justice - (Bureau of Criminal Intelligence), (Bureau of Investigations), and (Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement).
Tactical Commander for the Attorney General's Security Detail; United States Marshal with America's Most Wanted Fugitive Unit; Task Force Agent with the DEA Covert Operations Unit; Task Force Agent with the FBI Witness Protection Program; and has been assigned as a Task Force Agent to the US Secret Service Presidential Protection Detail under three separate US Presidents, First Ladies and Pope John Paul II.
Joe is a senior instructor at Executive Security International where he teaches Executive Protection; Counter Terrorism and Assassination; Tactical Firearms and Special Small Team Covert Operations; Counter Surveillance; Defensive Tactics; as well as Covert and Special Operations for military and private military overseas contractors.
As a doctor, Joe is a Professor of Holistic Health and Behavioral Science, with an emphasis on Oriental Medical Philosophy and Physio-Psychology (Mind - Body Synergy) as well as a Fellow of the Academy and Council on Chiropathy.
Emergency Medical internship at Doctor's Hospital
in New York, and his
Psychology / Hypnotherapy and Holistic Health Practitioner internship at the California Behavioral Science Institute
in San Francisco.
He is also the CEO and Founder of the Bannon Institute.
As a Martial Arts Grandmaster he
holds the highest senior black belt rank attainable within any of the traditional Asian martial art lineages - "Judan" (10th Degree Black Belt).
In July of 2007, he had bestowed upon him the highest ranking title that any martial artist in the world could hold under USMAA ranking guidelines - "Supreme Grandmaster" by the Founder and Executive Examination and Review Board of the United States Martial Artist Association.
is a 14th generation descendent of the Southern Shaolin Temple
and 1st generation senior teacher / disciple of the Lau Kune Do Temple
of Chinese Martial Arts in Southern California.