Starks Training Institute, Inc.

Dan Starks – Your Security Expert

Information + Protection = Safety 24/7

Dan Starks has hosted a long running news series for News Channel 36 (WCNC-TV) Don’t be a Victim – a series nominated eleven times for an Emmy Award, winning one! – as well as Partners Against Crime. The Don’t Be A Victim series has helped everyday people by offering them various crime prevention tips and covers a wide range of self defense topics. He has written a weekly Personal Safety column for The Charlotte Observer newspaper, and he is frequently called upon for his expertise of self-defense by various radio stations. He works within the court system as an Expert Material Witness.

Dan has taken all of his expertise and experience in personal safety and self-defense and offers his knowledge to you in the form of classes with STARKS TRAINING INSTITUTE, INC. Dan has been ranked in the top Ten Instructors in the USA by the NRA since 2009!

Concealed Carry

Taught by personal safety expert and Emmy-winning TV personality Dan Starks – ranked as one of the Top Ten instructors by the NRA – the course will prepare you to get your North Carolina concealed carry permit.

Safety & Awareness

Safety & Awareness

In this 3-hour class, safety expert Dan Starks teaches the use OC Pepper Foam, baton, and basic self-defense skills to protect yourself. This class has been featured by various radio and Television stations in Charlotte.

Campus Safety

Campus Safety

In addition to safety and self defense techniques, this 3-hour class discusses adapting to new surroundings, stalking and date rape, apartment/dorm safety, and Drug/Alcohol Issues (Rohypnol, Adderall, Smart Pills).

Corporate Classes

Corporate Classes

We bring our business to you with our customizable, industry-specific safety training classes. Let us know your specific needs and we will train your staff in the form of classes and seminars with Starks Training Institute.

Dan Starks

Dan has been in the business of teaching self-defense for over thirty years. During that time, he has helped tens of thousands of citizens to empower themselves to have the correct response when things go wrong. He teaches law-abiding citizens to look for the best way to protect themselves.

Why STI?

Regardless of the type of crime, there is always a perpetrator looking for a target. Criminals look for targets that are readily available, easily accessible and somewhat vulnerable. What they don’t want is someone who is aware, focused and obviously not intimidated.

I just completed your training course today and I wanted to thank you. It was very useful information and I really appreciated your professionalism as well as the training skills of your associates, both in the classroom and at the range.


In my 50 years of life, I have accummulated quite a few degrees, certificates, awards and other assorted pieces of paper but this one is probably the one of which I am the proudest. It only took about 8 hours to get but it means a lot in terms of its importance and value.


Being a full-time mom, I wanted to feel more confident in protecting myself as well as my family. I had never used a firearm prior to taking this course. The instructors are not only highly knowledgable but also treat each student with utmost respect.


My wife and I count it an honor and a blessing to meet Dan Starks and his team. He truly cares for the rights of citizens to be able to defend themselves. We plan to tell everyone we know about Starks Training Institute.

Mr. & Mrs. C.

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