CEO, Lead Instructor
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Ernie Medina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Thermodynamics.
As a decorated U.S. Marine Captain who proudly served as an infantry officer for eight years, his time as a platoon commander, operations officer and executive officer allowed him the privilege of commanding and supporting upwards of 1,200 Marines at home and abroad.
Also, a certified NRA pistol instructor, Ernie has been a high-level combatives and weapons expert for nearly 30 years.
In fact, the former Marine Corps officer is a marksmanship instructor trainer and expert in both the rifle and pistol, certified concealed carry for high-risk personnel, holds a Marine Corp martial arts 1st degree black belt, and remains a 6th degree master level instructor in karate (Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan).
Today, he is one of the most trusted firearms experts and trainers in Orange County, California due to his vast experience in the field, personalized training strategies and consummate professionalism. His highly-skilled training and extensive credentials allow him to train other instructors, which means he’s able to teach even the most efficient marksman how to be superior weapons experts.
I have been taking both public and private lessons with them for over a year now, and as a new instructor, Ernie and Brendon's courses have been instrumental in both my personal and professional shooting development!
They are both passionate and effective trainers, who give so much knowledge. Their weekly IG livestreams where they freely give so much great advice is a sign of how much they care and give back to their community of students and greater firearms community at large.
Also, they're always innovating with new challenging and useful course material you won't find at other schools. I can't recommend the TRB team enough!
Top notch. Serious but charismatic trying the focuses on precision and accuracy both law and self defense.
It was simply a great experience. ERNIE is the absolute most gifted teacher. If you don't learn your CCW with Earnie you just not paying attention.
Safe, educational and very interesting!
I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a weekend. All of the instructors are very professional and personable. I feel like they would help you anytime, anywhere.
Was very nice to meet you all! Would like to get back together sometime soon.
Million dollar course at a fraction of a price!
Ernie and crew are the top of their class. My wife and I have taken several courses with several companies with several instructors at several different ranges. No one tops TRB @ FT3.
Ernie makes material fun, easy to pay attention to and realistic. There are definitely cheaper courses throughout LA and Orange County. But you won't be disappointed in the amount of value you get out of the coursework and live fire.
The thing that sets TRB apart from other training courses we've taken is Ernie teaches you to be a "thinker" not a shooter. There's enough shooters out there. But to really analyze the situation and how to react. It's something I've never experienced from other trainers. We're coming back to TRB for more training in the near future.
If you're looking for your first firearm safety class, CCW coursework requirements, or rifle TRB has you covered. It won't be a mistake.
I completed the in-person CCW course at FT3 recently, and I can't say enough about Ernie and his team (Sunshine, Brendan, Stephen)! First, their expertise is top notch! And, they are all very professional and knowledgeable. Ernie is really a gifted trainer, too. He is clear, concise, and keeps you engaged at all times. It is serious stuff but he keeps it fun! He and the team go above and beyond what is required and you get a big bang (pardon the pun) for your buck! With the comprehensive course work, videos, holster draw, dry fire, range shooting, the laws, organized notebooks, links, and tons of supporting information, they cover everything you need and more, and make it easy to follow. All in all I was very impressed! I have signed up for the white glove and I feel confident moving forward.
I've also taken private lessons from Ernie which I highly recommend. The one-on-one is quite valuable and worth every penny. I'm looking forward to training hard in the Advanced CCW courses, Women's Defense and a lot more! Thank you TRB! I'm all in!
Very comprehensive and detailed training. Ernie is a professional and his team are all top of their game. They are all very skilled at what they do.
The CCW class I attend was interesting and entertaining. I learned a lot more than I thought I would about laws and regulations. Erine covers a lot but it's in a great learning environment, and he makes it fun.
The second day was mostly shooting and I got to use some of the skills taught to me the previous day. If you are on the fence, don't be. You will at the very least, come away with a better understanding of your weapon and how to employ it safely and efficiently.
Again I had a great time throughout the 2 days and will definitely be back for the more advanced training that they offer. Last but not least, Sunshine is awesome to speak to, and she's really helpful getting all setup in the cousres. Thanks Sunshine!
Highly recommend going to TRB for your firearm training needs! The staff was professional, personable, and extremely knowledgeable. I really also appreciated that they took the time out to educate everyone about firearm safety & rules/laws/etc. and not just strictly going over how to shoot, but why (or why you shouldn't in certain instances).
All of the coursework and videos are dissected and it wasn't in the style of a "boring lecture" but so much more interactive and conversational. Ernie and his team also made it a point to really get to know you and know you by your name.
Aside from the educational piece, the live fire training was also great. Ernie and his team broke down each training session step by step and never rushed you into it. They focused on making sure you have your basics down and they threw in real life scenarios that really make you think about what you're doing and why.
I definitely can say I learned A LOT in just two days of training and am definitely coming back for their other courses! Thanks again Ernie & the TRB team - Brendon, Riley, Sunshine, and Stephen - you guys went above and beyond!
This is the place to go!
Ernie, Brendon Steve and all the T.R.B. employees are great. I can’t say enough kind words to describe this experience. If you are serious about your weapons and your second amendment rights, T.R.B. and its courses are where you want to be.
I was nervous about taking a Concealed Weapon training course just because I had no idea what to expect. I imagined all of the horrible scenarios, Military personnel or police officers screaming and yelling in your face etc. You get the idea.
I was so wrong, to say the least. This class was so much fun that I wish it lasted a week!
One thing you will quickly realize in this class that it is all about safety first. You will also quickly see why I am saying I wish I could have spent a week with these guys. If you are going for your CCW there is so much to consider and understand that it's hard to get all the information and digest it in such a short amount of time.
The good news is you will be able to ask questions and even voice your opinions. This turns into a full class discussion which I found to be extremely helpful. Its always a good thing to hear how other people think, it could save your life!
Then there is the day on the range! Your adrenaline will be pumping, you’ll be nervous and excited all at the same time. The good news is that you have nothing to worry about. Safety is top priority and the T.R.B. staff is paying close attention to you. That alone will put you at ease.
The drills and discussions you will be having on the range are so much fun. You’re not going to want to leave.
I heard there were other companies offering classes like this for a shorter time in the classroom. If you’re serious about this you will not sell yourself short by taking a lessor course. Do yourself a favor and take all of this seriously. T.R.B. will give you the training you need to keep yourself out of jail and even more importantly, how to not get killed by another person with a CCW.
I have been training with weapons for decades. Im from a military family and trained with a S.W.A.T. instructor for a short period of time and I PROMISE you that you will learn from T.R.B. Ernie and his employees truly love what they do, so listen closely when they speak!
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Ernie thank you so much to you and your team for an amazing experience. It was a very eye opening and educational experience for me. I started this journey into ccw ownership shortly after the riots. It's been a crazy learning experience and now I feel more ready than ever.
I sincerely look forward to more opportunities to train learn and practice to improve upon my abilities as a shooter and ccw carrier.
Thanks again for everything I will be back for more training.