Meet Lewis (Lew) DiPietro

Lewis (Lew)  DiPietro

I have always been interested in self-defense and as a kid I read many books and articles and tried to learn these skills thru them. At Aquinas High School, I fought in the Mission Bouts, known to many as Golden Gloves. Also while in High School I became interested in The Martial Arts and studied Karate for a few years here in Rochester.

My dad had firearms but we only spent a few times together shooting woodchucks or walking fields hunting pheasants. It was not until after being drafted into the Army in 1967 that I had a serious introduction to firearms.

I was deployed to Taiwan China where I continued with my Martial Arts training and became a Black Belt in Karate. In 1969 I was sent to Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division and served a 13 month tour. Upon returning to the US I did teach Karate for a while but gave it up due to work and family obligations.

I completed college at SUNY Brockport and really wanted to teach Physical Education. The job market and economy led me elsewhere. I spent 24 years at Eastman Kodak as a Tool and Die Maker, then furthered my education to become an Engineering Technician, and finally a career with General Motors working on the development of Fuel Cells.

Through it all I have been an avid shooter and enjoy hunting and training with my guns. For a long time I was unaware of all of the great opportunities in the area to shoot and especially to train. Then I was introduced to IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) and then on to Rochester Personal Defense, LLC  with Dave and the guys. It has been a great and fun experience so far and I expect that it will only get better.

With all of this past training I did learn that though training was important, mindset and planning were critical elements for self- defense skills to be effective. I have continued to train in many aspects of firearms and self-defense and believe I will never stop. It is that important to me. I love teaching these skills and find that I always learn something new every time I teach a class.

 

 



Philosophy

I believe strongly that the best defense and the best chance that you have to survive a violent encounter is to have a plan and to have practiced that plan, so that you will know how to react and how you will react. Action is always faster than reaction.

 





Training Experience:

  • 1967. US Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training
  • 1968. Black Belt Wado Style Karate
  • 1972. B.S. in Physical Education, SUNY College at Brockport
  • 1983. Journeyman Tool and Die Maker
  • 1985. Engineering Tech Degree RIT
  • 2006. B.S. Business Management
  • 2009. NRA Certified Instructor for Personal Protection Outside The Home
  • 2009. NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Rifle
  • 2009. NRA Certified Instructor for Personal Protection Inside The Home
  • 2009. NRA Certified Instructor for Home Firearm Safety
  • 2009. NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Pistol
  • 2010. NRA Certified Instructor for Refuse To Be A Victim
  • 2010. NRA Certified Range Safety Officer
  • 2010. Red Cross First responder (CPR, AED, Basic First Aid)
  • 2012. Defensive Shotgun Skills 101 Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2013. Combat Focus Shooting from Rob Pincus of ICE Training
  • 2013. Defensive Pistol Skills 201 Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2013. Combat Focus Shooting from Rob Pincus of ICE Training
  • 2013. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2013. Defensive Pistol Skills from Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2013. Defensive Pistol Skills 301 Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • 2014. NRA Certified Instructor for Shotgun
  • 2014. Completed Ret Lt Col Dave Grossman's "On Combat" Online certification
  • 2014. Custom Rifle from Academi
  • 2014. Custom Defensive Pistol from Academi
  • 2014. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2015. Custom Rifle course from Academi
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Vehicle Operation course from Academi.
  • 2015. Custom Defensive Handgun course from Academi
  • 2015. Range Safety Officer rating for The Second Amendment Foundation's Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation's Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Handgun 1 from The Second Amendment Foundation's Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2015. Defensive Folding Knife 2 from InSights Training Center
  • 2015. Defensive Folding Knife 1 from InSights Training Center
  • 2016. FAST Handgun Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation's Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Custom Pistol Instructor Development Training from Academi
  • 2016. Custom Shotgun Instructor Development Training from Academi
  • Teaching Experience:

  • Physical Education
  • Traditional Karate
  • Practical Karate
  • NRA Basic Pistol
  • NRA Basic Rifle
  • NRA Home Firearms Safety
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • NRA Refuse to Be a Victim Seminars
  • Rochester Personal Defense, LLC defensive pistol and shotgun courses.
  • Community Involvement: