Jay LaLuz was born into an Army family at the Army Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. Despite that he enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 where he spent his time trying to chase submarines and reading Tom Clancy novels. It was there that he was introduced to firearms and began to think that there might be something to that pursuit.
After his honorable discharge from the Navy Jay worked in Information Technology with side hobbies in firearms and martial arts. During this time, he took numerous classes and pursued learning under several instructors. Along the way he gained certifications in teaching for both firearms and martial arts. He also competed on a local, state, and national level in shooting competitions.
An economic downturn caused a change in careers, and Jay turned his hobbies of “shooting and getting punched in the face” into another career, namely law enforcement. Jay worked for the Metro Transit Police Department in DC for nine years, not only in a patrol function, but also as a firearms instructor for that agency, doing recruit and in-service training, culminating in an assignment as range master to the police academy. Jay also gained certifications as a department armorer during this time.
Jay has coached or instructed civilians, police, and military throughout his shooting career on a part time and full time basis. He has been the match director for several local ranges and the lead firearms instructor at one of those facilities as well. During his time there he created or assisted in class lesson plans as well as advised the owners on related issues that could and would arise.
Today Jay works at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy as a Firearms and Control Tactics Specialist, where he oversees recruit training in both disciplines. He brings to the table over 16 years of firearms instruction as well as numerous certifications in various firearms disciplines, as well as related police tactics. Jay continues his firearms and control tactics pursuits by attending numerous classes each year. His belief is that an instructor must continue to be a student in order to remain relevant.