About Us


What we do

Our training philosophy is “Practical, not tactical.”

There are many tactical training organizations out there, and they are good at what they do, but what do you really need?

Tactics are an important part of any training, but they are not the focus of our courses. We teach the tactics that you need, and we teach you how to use them. These fundamentals can be applied to whatever situation you find yourself in.

We focus on training you to identify and understand the situation and what you are facing and then apply those tactics to keep you and your loved ones safe.


Amestratus was founded in 2013 and has been faithfully serving the public ever since; our focus is your Safety and Security. At Amestratus, our goal is to bring the same level of training that our Military, Law Enforcement, and Government Agencies receive, to the public. 

Amestratus can give you the tools you need. Our courses will help you identify and understand probable threats, and act before it’s too late. Through classroom instruction and practical application, our training gives you the knowledge and understanding you need to survive a self-defense situation or violent encounter.

We want to help you protect your family and yourself. When danger is near, you are your best defense. “You are your own First Responder.”


Thomas “Rocky” Mistretta retired from the US Army after a career of more than 30 years. With 20+ years in Special Forces and Special Mission Units, Rocky has deployed globally in support of the US Government and Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Strategic and Operational missions.

Continuing to serve, Rocky leverages his knowledge and experience in order to train civilians and government agencies. 

Rocky has helped to teach Situational Awareness, Insider Threat/Active Shooter to students in US SOCOM, the US Secret Service, the FBI, Customs and Border Protection, US Park Police, and DC Metro Police. 

He continues to train Special Operations Forces, Department of Defense, and Government Elements. Rocky also trains select NATO and European Union nations in Unconventional Warfare and Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE).