About Level 5 Combat Systems

The instructors at Level 5 Combat Systems are sought after experts in self protection.  They have been featured on multiple Denver TV News channels as authorities in Concealed Carry, Self Protection and Self Defense.

Meet The Chief Instructor

The Chief Instructor at Level 5 Combat Systems is Chris Love. He is a consummate professional and a highly regarded expert in the field of personal protection and aircraft defensive tactics. Chris started his martial arts training in a mixed style, near the end of 1993 while living in Arizona. After moving back home to the Chicago area he briefly studied a Tae Kwon Do / mixed style and Aikido before becoming introduced to Miyama Ryu JuJutsu. He started studying this style at the College of DuPage program run by Combat Arts Institute, under Sensei John Martin and Sensei Don Koz in March, 1994. He spent the next 5 1/2 years rising through the ranks, preparing for sankyu before relocating to the San Jose, CA. Chris began training with Professor Tony Janovich in July of 2000. Chris has completed training in Professor Okazaki’s Restoration Therapy, taking both the Basic and Advanced courses from Professor Janovich, completing them in April, 2004.

After attending class 3 nights a week for several years and assisting with kids and adult classes, Chris tested for his Shodan in December, 2003. Just over two years later, in January 2006, Chris received his Nidan. In July, 2009, during a visit from Professor Clive Guth, Sensei Chris was promoted to Sandan. This is an unprecedented event as promotions are done only at the Kodenkan in Santa Clara, CA. In February and March of 2013, Chris attended Professor Janovich’s Kodenkan JuJitsu Okugi class. This class is held once every 10 years for instructors from around the world. At graduation, Chris was awarded the title of Kyoshi. He was also promoted to 4th Dan (Yodan). Chris was one of Professor Janovich’s ukes as well as had the distinct honor of demonstrating techniques from Yawara up through Shinnin as well as being uke for Shinyo and Shingen arts.  On May 10, 2018 Chris was promoted to Godan (5th Degree black belt).  In 2019, Chris taught alongside Prof. Janovich at the AJJF National Convention in Chicago.  On November 5, 2023 after attending Prof. Janovich’s Okugi class for the 2nd time, Chris was awarded the title of Shihan.

There is a direct lineage to Professor Okazaki in Chris’ training (Okazaki – Kufferath – Janovich – Love). This is important in transmission of the art and preserving its heritage. Chris is the highest ranked instructor in Arizona of this direct lineage.

In addition to Danzan Ryu, Chris is also an instructor in Ju-Jo an invention of Dr. John J. Lewis (who was the instructor of Sensei Martin and Sensei Koz of Combat Arts Institute). As far as it is known, at the time of this writing, Chris is one of a few, if not the only, Ju-jo instructor west of the Mississippi. Chris has also studied modern combatives with Lee Morrison and has appeared in one of Lee’s instructional videos (Primal Combatives) from Paladin Press. Chris has also trained with Bill Kipp and has studied Filipino Kali under Guro Mike Jennings.

Outside of the dojo, Chris has created and teaches a defensive tactics class for pilots and flight crew. This class deals with varying scenarios on board a commercial aircraft from intoxicated or belligerent passengers, those trying to exit the plane while at altitude up through counter-terrorism. This class is currently taught to a major U.S. air carrier. Chris has also written a number of programs for Law Enforcement as well as private security teams such as doormen, church security, hospital security and many other organizations.

Chris is also an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor, Range Safety Officer (RSO) and USCCA Instructor and Training Counselor and can provide training to certify you for the Colorado or Arizona concealed carry permit issued by your county or state.

Please contact us for information on the following classes:

Women’s self defense
Self defense
Law enforcement
Consultant to law enforcement
Security professionals
Executive protection
Fight scene planning and choreography
Traditional JuJitsu in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
Aircrew defensive tactics and supplemental training
NRA Basic Pistol
Concealed carry classes
Use of Force and Liability Management
Denver Armed Guard Qualification

Summary of other relevant experience:

30+ years in martial arts
5th degree black belt in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu
Holder of Kaidensho – Kyoshi
Instructing for over 15 years
Assisted in training police officers and deputies
Attended National Institute of Bail Enforcement – September, 1996 – Life Member NABEA
Served civil process for approximately 5 years in Northeastern Illinois
State of Illinois Firearms Training Certificate – valid for pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun
Licensed Private Detective State of Wisconsin – May, 1997
Smith & Wesson Academy, NRA and other defensive pistol training
Competitive pistol shooter in IDPA
Trained police officers in arrest tactics and maneuvers
Experience working/training with police tactical teams
BA degree in Psychology
Master of Science in Management
Over 20 years in Information Technology
Consultant to a major air carrier for aircrew/cabin defense and counter terrorism
Certified Professional Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner – CPNLP
Certified Professional Life Coach – CPLC
NRA Certified Firearms Instructor
NRA Certified Range Safety Officer (RSO)
Certified Instructor Refuse To Be A Victim
Creator and Master Instructor Level 5 ECQC Law Enforcement Training Program
Instructor at 2015 ILEETA (International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association)
BLS Certification – CPR/AED/First Aid/Blood borne Pathogen
Certified Sabre Pepper Spray Law Enforcement Instructor
Certified RFLX Core Concepts Instructor in Weapon Retention and Personal Protection
ACCJT Certified Instructor – Use of Force and Liability Management
USCCA Certified Instructor & Training Counsellor – Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals
USCCA Certified Instructor – Children’s Firearms & Safety Fundamentals
USCCA Certified Instructor – Women’s Handgun and Self Defense Fundamentals
USCCA Certified Range Safety Officer (RSO)
UTM/NRA Certification (Ultimate Training Munitions)
As seen on Denver’s Channel 9 News – Self Protection/Defense Expert
As seen on Denver’s KDVR Fox 31 & KWGN Channel 2 News – Security and Self Protection Expert

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Professional Memberships

Member ILEETA (International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association)

Partial List of Agencies who have attended training with us:

Federal Reserve Law Enforcement
United States Coast Guard
CIA Police
Shadow Protective Services, Inc.
Alexandria VA PD
Wayne County SO
North Dakota Highway Patrol
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Ohio Division of Watercraft
Riley County Police
Blue Ash Police
City of Grande Prairie TX Police
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Police
Eau Claire SO
Burnsville PD
West Vancouver Police Department
Kenai Police Department
Metro Nashville PD
Woodbury PD
Edmonton PD
Champaign IL PD
Canyon County PD
Riverland Community College PD
Lawson Handgun Institute



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