Director of Combatives
Chad Lyman has combined his years of operational law enforcement and Mixed Martial Arts experience to emerge as one of the nation’s leading defensive tactics trainers. He is the consummate professional, trainer, and street cop whose dedication to students and the advancement of officer safety through modern tactics is unparalleled. His intensive study and experience led to development of the comprehensive intermediate use-of-force training system; Code 4 Combat.
Chad’s career began with a Bachelor’s Degree from Portland State University in Administration of Justice and double minor in History and Terrorism Studies. Chad then entered into law enforcement as a full-time Police Officer with the Portland Bureau of Police. There he distinguished himself as a key trainer of police personnel in the areas of defensive tactics and subject control.
Chad later moved to Southern Nevada to serve with a major metropolitan police department. His responsibilities have included patrol, Field Training Officer, gang detective, Mobile Crimes Saturation Team (anti-terrorism), and full-time SWAT operator. Chad is currently assigned to the training division as part of the Advanced Officer Skills Training (AOST) team. He also holds multiple law enforcement user and instructor certifications including FTO, firearms, active shooter, riot/civil unrest, and advanced defensive tactics instructor.
Chad has trained in Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over ten years. He currently serves as a coach for the Gracie Humita Las Vegas Competition Team-Team Mica and has taught Mixed Martial Arts in Las Vegas since 2006. Chad is a frequent grappling competitor and currently holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Because of his exceptional skills, Chad is a personal ground fighting coach for several professional MMA competitors. In 2012, Chad was inducted in the Masters Martial Arts Hall of Fame for his work in the area of police and military defensive tactics.
As the Director of Combatives for PFC, Chad is the Lead Instructor and primary curriculum developer for PFC’s Code 4 Concepts courses. He is also an instructor for PFC’s weapons, tactics and protective services courses delivered to military, law enforcement and security personnel. Chad frequently serves as a featured instructor at training conferences throughout the U.S. to include ILLETA, NYTOA and TAC OPS East.