Instructors


Head Instructor:
Cullan McHarg
Head Instructor and owner of Midwest Tactical Systems, Cullan McHarg, Has been a lifelong martial arts and combat sports practitioner. Cullan has been a Police Officer since 2002 with the Bloomington Police Department, MN. As a patrol Officer for over five years, he learned the vast difference between sport fighting and street confrontations. Cullan attended various training seminars, schools, and courses that specifically focused on combative street encounters, as they apply to law enforcement, in order to gain tactical proficiency in his trade. In addition to his on-going tactical training, Cullan also trains at ‘Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Minnesota’ under Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt Damian Hirtz.
In 2007, Cullan took a position as a use of force instructor for the Bloomington Police Department and also transferred to the investigations division, working primarily narcotics and gang cases. Cullan spent eight years working narcotics before transferring to the property crimes division, where he worked burglary and arson cases. He was promoted to Sergeant in August of 2017 and currently works in the patrol division.
Cullan has over a decade of professional teaching experience in law enforcement with respect to use of force/combatives, as well as, drug interdiction and gang intelligence. Based on his experience and commitment to training, Cullan has assisted in developing several programs for law enforcement and the private sector, with regards to use of force/combatives and criminal interdiction. He is the sole founder of the Midwest Tactical Systems LLC.

Associate Instructors:

Max Yakovlev

Max is a Sergeant with the Burnsville Police Department where he has worked for the past thirteen years.  He is one of the lead Sergeants in charge of the Burnsville PD Use of Force program.  Max is also one of two lead instructors for the Combatives Program at the Rasmussen College of Law Enforcement.  Max has been assigned to Patrol Operations, Gang and Criminal Investigations, as a Tactical Officer on SWAT, and is currently assigned as a patrol shift Sergeant / Supervisor. Max has extensive experience in all areas of police Operations and is currently an adjunct instructor for Rasmussen College’s Use of Force Skills training program. Max is a certified instructor in the following disciplines: Tactical Operations, handgun & patrol rifle, Use of Force, Combatives and Ground Fighting, Taser, ASP Baton, ASR (Aerosol Subject Restraint), Weapons Retention, Reality Based Scenario, Vascular Neck Restraint,  LOCKUP and Revolution Ground Combative system (level 1.). In addition, Max also trains at ‘Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Minnesota’ under Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt Damian Hirtz.

Tom Maloney
Bloomington Police Detective/DEA Task Force Officer Tom Maloney has 15 year of experience with the City of Bloomington, MN Police Department. Detective Maloney was assigned to the BPD Narcotics Unit in 2008 and was responsible for investigation of State level narcotics and vice crimes. In 2013, Detective Maloney was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Task Force Officer with Enforcement Group 71 and currently serves in that capacity. Detective Maloney has conducted hundreds of Hotel/Motel interdiction details that have resulted in the seizures of significant quantities of drugs and drug proceeds. Detective Maloney has conducted annual training for Bloomington Police Department in Hotel/Motel Interdiction for the past several years and has taught Hotel/Motel Interdiction courses at DEA in Minnesota and North Dakota, as well as, for the Minnesota State Patrol and the State of Iowa Narcotics Investigators Association.